Teslas of the sea? Clean Maritime Innovation Showcase event highlights potential to shift dial on clean maritime economy

The revolution we have seen in electric cars will soon be coming to the sea, across all forms of craft from leisure to deep sea shipping. These are the topics that will be covered at the Clean Maritime Innovation Showcase on 16th June in Plymouth.

Maritime UK South has partnered with MDL Marinas to deliver a 3 day event to promote and showcase clean maritime. On Thursday 16th the event will kick off with the Clean Maritime Innovation Showcase with seventy organisations coming together to see a collection of the latest and best innovations in clean propulsion, charging and sustainability for the maritime sector.

Speakers include, an address from the Maritime Minster, Robert Courts MP, an overview of the £220M of funding that has been invested into clean maritime by the Department for Transport and numerous innovators including Princess Yachts, Sail GP, non-toxic replacements for marine paints and a project to recycle millions of tonnes of currently unrecyclable plastic boats.

Prof Chris Smith, of the Centre for Future Clean Mobility, University of Exeter and Chair of the Maritime UK SW Clean Maritime Subgroup said “The marine and maritime sector, similar to other areas of the economy is rapidly accelerating the development of clean, low carbon solutions. There are already technically proven and commercially viable marine solutions available to buy now, there are also areas of the sector where new innovation is required. All of this brings significant new opportunity to the sector for those willing and capable to make the shift.”

The event which now fully booked is part of the Maritime UK South West Clean Maritime Roadmap initiative, which is an ongoing collaboration by a range of partners to shift the dial in clean maritime. Organisations keen to get involved in this network are encouraged to get involved via the Maritime UK SW website.

The Clean Maritime Showcase marks the first day of the Green Tech Boatshow, hosted by MDL Marinas. The Innovation Showcase on the Thursday is for industry only but from Friday to Saturday the public are able to come and see exhibits of products and services which will make boating more sustainable, now and into the future.

“The Clean Maritime Innovation Summit will provide an important forum for those working on clean maritime across the UK to find out about the latest support in terms of funding, innovation support and also network with others at the forefront of innovation in this area” Ben Murray, Chief Executive of Maritime UK.

To book a free ticket to the public element of the event visit the event website at https://www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/events/green-tech-boat-show-tickets/

The Maritime UK SW Clean Maritime Roadmap is available via the cluster website. To get involved email sheldon.ryan@maritimeuksw.org. The next network meeting will be on 9th September at Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

See the opening video for the event