The UK Government has revealed the 33 projects that have received a share of £33m as part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition.
The latest set of successful projects marks the fourth round of the competition, which awards projects developing sustainable maritime technology such as electric, ammonia, methanol, hydrogen, and wind-powered tech.
Some of the projects included this year include the Cammell Laird Green Shore Power Project, which is looking to provide a zero-carbon onshore power solution for the shipbuilder’s yard, and Artemis Technologies’ large offshore crew transfer vessel (CTV) demonstration, testing the first 100% electric foiling 24-passenger CTV.
Maritime Minister Lord Davies said: “Unlocking a sustainable maritime sector and the economic growth it provides relies on cutting-edge technology to propel it to the next level.
“Today, we witnessed a firsthand glimpse into the transformative solutions that can help shape the future landscape of the maritime industry and support jobs in coastal communities,” he added.
The £33m allocated during the recent round of the competition brings the total funding awarded through it to £128m, in addition to £45m of private investment.
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Other projects granted funding this round include Anemoi Marine Technologies’ design for a new rotor sail design hoping to “revolutionise wind propulsion technology”, the Northern Ireland to North West England green corridor project, and Osprey Research’s development of a lightweight ammonia engine for small craft.
Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine, said: “Many of our members are pioneering electric vessels and charging ports, in turn, contributing to environmental sustainability, job creation and the UK’s levelling-up agenda.
“We’re excited to witness this pivotal shift towards a cleaner, more prosperous maritime future.”
The competition builds on other funding announced by the government towards clean maritime projects, including the £10m Clean Maritime Day package revealed in September 2023.
However, some organisations such as Maritime UK have called for much more investment into decarbonising the maritime industry, with the representative body saying £2bn a year would be needed to achieve net zero by 2050.