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Posted 2022-05-16 12:20:58 by

A consortium of nine organisations led by MSE International, has been awarded £1.06 million as part of the Smart Maritime Land Operations Call.†

The call was launched in November 2020 as part of a Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) initiative supported by the Department for Transport (DfT), aiming to fund a single project or multiple linked projects that would enable the automation of operations in the land/water interface, supporting both infrastructure and operations.

A Smart Hydrogen Highway project to develop a national hydrogen highway network, integrating land, sea and port, led by Port of London Authority, was announced as the successful project last year. Additional funding was granted for the SPINE project given its strong potential in project impact and benefits for the maritime sector, innovative aspect, strategic fit with maritime 2050, alignment with MarRI-UK Vision and the projectís overall value for money.

The consortium of four SMEs, two large companies and three research technology organisations is looking at ship-shore integration from an energy and autonomy perspective, bringing together elements of infrastructure, with data, automation and supporting communications. By establishing an interface between ships, remote control centres, port operating systems and national energy infrastructure, the SPINE project can holistically address the entire maritime value chain, key themes of Maritime 2050, the Technology and Innovation in UK Maritime Routemap, Clean Maritime Plan and UK Ports of the Future.

Together with Smart Hydrogen Highway project, the SPINE project will play an important role in supporting the delivery of the Governmentís plans for Maritime 2050. They will deliver a research and innovation project that links key elements of UK government policy and ambition whilst demonstrating implementation in a real-world environment. This would further promote and extend collaboration, co-operation and synergy in the maritime sector.

MarRI-UK, which is based at the University of Strathclyde, will continue to support collaboration and co-operation within the maritime sector which tackles technology and innovation challenges.