Categories: Business, Maritime UKPublished On: 21.03.2019275 words1.4 min read

Companies urged to join new collaborative research and innovation vehicle

Initial focus on autonomy, green shipping and seabed mapping

(Register interest below)

MarRI-UK is an industry-led initiative, currently involving more than eight companies, one trade association, and four universities to address the lack of coordination and resource in the maritime research and development. Work undertaken by industry and academia has sought to shape an initiative, which builds coordination and resource in the maritime research and development, namely Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK).

The following points provide a brief overview on MarRI-UK.

What? Maritime research and innovation centre within mid Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs 3-7) and Commercial Readiness Levels to address the ‘valley of opportunity’ between ‘discovery and research’ and ‘commercialisation with focus on Technology and Systems.

Why? Maritime sector innovation is not often coordinated or attuned to national priorities, and no-independent body has oversight. Individual companies and universities have insufficient resource to apply to the national interest, especially as it requires coordination across such a diverse industry. MarRI-UK is needed for collaboration and synergy nationwide to meet challenges and opportunities in the maritime sector.

Who? Key specialists from industry, academia, and representative bodies in a collaborative partnership.

When? Rolling innovation roadmap-based programme extending to continuous industry-led and research projects.

How? MarRI-UK would be a hybrid of physical and virtual working, encompassing a physical centre with a small core team in Glasgow. MarRI-UK will develop prescriptive research and innovation programme driven by industry needs, coupled with bottom-up fundamental research projects. It will focus on key drivers: Business growth, Safety and Environmental regulation and Cost reduction.

Full details and Registration on the Maritime UK website here