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As an island nation the UK has traditionally been a leading player in the global maritime industry.

The maritime industry is critical to the UK economy with approximately 95% of all imports and exports transported by sea, including 25% of the UK’s energy supply, and 48% of the country’s food supplies. Maritime business services directly contribute £2 billion gross value added (GVA) to the UK economy; this is expanded to £5 billion GVA if the wider impacts of the sector are considered.

In addition to freight and goods movements the UK has a significant maritime tourism and leisure industry which was valued at £3.12 billion in 2017. The UK has a thriving and growing cruise sector with 1.96 million cruises sold in the UK in 2017, half of which started at a British port.

The UK is also a world leader in maritime services such as insurance, regulation and certification with London being the global hub for all such services.

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Funding Opportunities

Hydrogen Transport Hub: demonstration

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of £2.5 million to demonstrate how green hydrogen can be used to power transport solutions for end users.

Opens: 11/05/2021 Closes: 16/06/2021

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Look Out! Maritime Early Warning Innovations

This Defence & Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals for the development of alternative future concepts for Airborne Early Warning systems. Total funding £1.25M for contracts of up to £250k.

Opens: 10/05/2021 Closes: 06/07/2021

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Engage with...RNLI

Join this webinar to hear how RNLI offers a relatively unique position of in-house maritime engineering, design and build in our factories coupled with operation, maintenance and disposal, giving a whole life perspective for trials and collaboration for the electrification of marine-based emergency services.

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Green maritime equals sustainable and collaborative business

Maritime has long relied on diesel power, but the Port of Tyne is becoming a clean energy enabler. Dr Jo North, Technology and Transformation Director, tells us about their award-winning achievements and future aims.

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Portsmouth Naval Base Net Zero Carbon: the journey continues

Recognising the importance of 2021, the MOD published its Strategic Approach to Climate Change and Sustainability earlier this year.  Building on the substantial work already delivered, it recognises that demands are increasing and there is a need to broaden the approach and the benefits that result.

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