The UK government has launched a new $26 million research partnership called the UK National Clean Maritime Research Hub (UK-MaRes Hub) to study maritime decarbonization. The Hub will bring together academic researchers and private-sector stakeholders to accelerate shipping’s green transition. It will focus on studying alternative-fuel safety, propulsion systems, port decarbonization, and efficiency measures. Thirteen universities and 70 industry and public sphere stakeholders will participate in the research. The Hub aims to provide informed ways to decarbonize the maritime sector and set a global benchmark for excellence in maritime research.
The project’s consortium partners are contributing most of the funding, with an additional $9 million contribution from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for Transport (DfT). Thirteen universities, including Solent University, will be involved in the research. Solent University’s Warsash Maritime School, with its long association with the maritime industry, will contribute to tackling the impacts of the industry across its entire life cycle, from new fuels and efficient operations to the impacts of new technology such as autonomy.
The UK-MaRes Hub will not only conduct research but also share best practices across the industry and advise on policy matters for the UK government. The aim is to drive innovation and transformation in the maritime sector and create a global benchmark for excellence in maritime research. The partnership between universities and industry stakeholders will provide a collaborative approach to finding solutions for maritime decarbonization and sustainability.