The UK Government has launched a strategy to help the country develop new technologies for the maritime industry.
Dubbed Maritime 2050, the strategy is designed to help the UK become a test bed of emerging maritime technologies for the next 30 years.
It includes a set of short, medium and long-term proposals to facilitate the development of technology, people, and infrastructure in order to strengthen the country’s maritime sector.
The proposals involve setting up an innovation hub at a UK port by 2030, exploring measures to clean up emissions, and building on the training currently being provided to the seafarers.
UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “Maritime is a vital UK industry, bringing in £14bn to our economy, as well as providing thousands of new and exciting careers for people across the country.
“This strategy is a clear message to the world – we will continue to be a leading maritime nation for the next 30 years and beyond.
“We will be at the forefront of emerging technology and seafarer training and will capitalise on selling this expertise to companies across the world.”
As part of the Maritime 2050 strategy, new legislation will be rolled out to establish a domestic framework for the testing of autonomous vessels in UK waters.
The UK is also expected to further advance the use of virtual and augmented reality in seafarer training by establishing a Maritime Skills Commission.
Among other initiatives, the Maritime 2050 strategy includes the development of a Maritime Innovation Hub by 2030 to promote new technologies as well as boost regional productivity with new jobs.
The government also plans to launch a Clean Maritime Plan later this year with an aim to help the UK achieve zero emission shipping as soon as possible.