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Posted 2011-09-27 14:30:13

New £8 Billion plan growth scheme for marine industry launched by Business Minister

A new strategy that could lead to £8 billion growth in the British marine and maritime industry was launched by Business Minister Mark Prisk the recent PSP Southampton Boat Show.

Drawing on the thinking of business, Government and academia, the Marine Industries Growth Strategy (MIGS) is the first ever integrated UK strategy for the marine industries and establishes a foundation for ambitious but sustainable long-term growth.

If properly implemented, this strategy could lead to a £25 billion marine industry by 2020.

Business Minister and Co-chair of the Marine Industries Leadership Council Mark Prisk said:

"Britain's marine industries are one of our best prospects for high value, high skilled economic growth. That's why we are launching the Marine Industries Growth Strategy to harness that potential and grow the industry by £8billion by 2020.

"By working together, like Lloyds Register and the university are doing here in Southampton, our marine industries can share knowledge, experience and opportunities. That way they will be able to create jobs, growth and a stronger more resilient supply chain.

"By harnessing the potential of the sector, and the research potential of our universities, we can build our strengths and capabilities to make sure that Britain's marine sector has a bright and successful future."

The strategy identifies several areas for growth including:

* Capitalising on export opportunities, particularly with growing economies like Brazil, Russia, India and China;
* Expanding the domestic offshore renewable energy industry;
* Building on partnerships with academia to continue to produce world leading research and investment; and
* Greater cooperation across the marine industries.

Lloyd's Register and the University of Southampton have already forged the largest university and business partnership of its kind in the UK, and are investing £116 million in creating a world leading Maritime Centre of Excellence in Southampton. The centre means that innovative engineering practices and cutting edge design are located in the same place, attracting new inward investment to the Solent maritime cluster.

The strategy has been developed by the recently created Marine Industries Leadership Council, which is inviting marine companies to show their support for the strategy by taking part in the "UK Marine Industries Alliance". The alliance is a new coherent identification to tie together the naval, commercial, leisure, renewable and other sub-sectors of the marine industries.

The strategy is available to download from the industry's new website,

Posted 2011-09-20 15:12:15

Apprentices for Business scheme offers cost effective solution for employers

Apprentices for Business (A4B) is not-for-profit organisation, providing businesses with a simple, professional and cost-effective solution to recruiting high-calibre apprentices.

The initiative has been created through a partnership between the London Apprenticeship Company and some of the largest FE Colleges in Hampshire and the South east and is fully endorsed by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

Apprentices for Business (A4B) aims to provide a one-stop service for employers and job-seekers that is both flexible and innovative offering a low risk, cost effective way to employ your junior staff.

Apprentices for Business is an Apprentice Training Agency (ATA), whose services provide companies with a completely different approach to the recruitment and employment of apprentices. Apprentices for Business are the legal employer; we then place the apprentices with a suitable 'host' company. The ATA model manages all of the HP, payroll and employment functions, relieving the host employer of the administrative burden involved in taking on a new member of staff.

Hosting an apprentice through Apprentices for Business is a simple and straightforward process.

Apprenticeship training for 16-18 year olds is fully government funded, with no cost to the host employer. For Apprentices aged 19+ apprenticeship training is part-funded by the government and an employer will be expected to subsidise the remainder or the training fee.

For more information on the scheme please visit
or email

Posted 2011-09-28 13:35:13

South Coast Maritime Board to feed into newly formed LEP's

The first meeting of the South Coast Maritime Board, comprising senior directors of twelve maritime businesses, will take place on Friday 7th October 2011 at the Marine South East premises on Southampton Science Park.

This Board has been established to identify the industry's growth priorities in the South, and equally the barriers to investment which need to be addressed. These recommendations will be presented to the Solent LEP and Coast-to-Capital LEP, both of whom have welcomed the Board's creation and future role.

The Board will also provide the 'regional' input to the newly-launched national Marine Industry Growth Strategy, and ensure that the needs of smaller businesses across the whole industry are fully reflected in the Strategy's implementation.

For more information please visit:

Posted 2011-10-03 09:34:34

Maritime Technoclogy Roadmap starts to take shape

Marine South East has been an active participant in the steering group for a project which will populate a roadmap for marine innovation and technology development priorities up to 2020.

This is being funded by the Technology Strategy Board, and led by the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge.

MSE was delighted to host the first thematic workshop on 20th September 2011, at its premises on Southampton Science Park, to identify key opportunities and UK capabilities in marine ICT and services. This will provide some detailed content within the overall roadmap.

It is anticipated that the completed roadmap will inform a new marine funding programme, announced by Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, Ian Gray, on 19th September. Meanwhile, Marine South East is keen to continue exploring project ideas in the marine ICT and services field, so that project consortia are in place ready to bid into the new funding programme. Companies having a potential interest in this are invited to contact MSE at

Posted 2011-10-03 09:31:38

Sponsorship opportunity to support Sailboat challenge for primary school children at Solent EBP Skills Festival

Solent Education and Business Partnership are looking for sponsors to enable a Sailboat Challenge for primary school children to take place at the forthcoming Solent EBP Skills Festival on 3rd November 2011.

The Festival has invited Primary Schools to attend for the first time and has been overwhelmed with the response. 350 pupils will be visiting to experience 'hands-on' activities and learn about the 'World of Work'.

Introducing them to the marine sector and its career opportunities is the Sailboat Challenge. This will enable 200 pupils aged between 5 and 11 to design a rig for a sailboat and race against other pupils.

Solent EBP are looking for a marine company to sponsor the Sailboat Challenge for around £500 and to promote their company alongside the activity.

To find out more please contact Robin Smith on 02380 725748 or

Posted 2011-09-30 11:14:25

Solent LEP targets foreign investment for Solent area

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership recently signed an agreement with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) which will make the LEP the official government body responsible for co-ordinating inward investment locally.

The signing, which took place at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, represents a landmark for the LEP as they indicate their intent to ensure a high level of inward investment to the Solent.

Minister of State for Business and Enterprise Mark Prisk MP signed the document on behalf of UKTI. In anticipation of the event, the Minister said:

"The Solent is an important area for the nation in targeting inward investment. The recently announced Solent Enterprise Zone will make the area particularly attractive to foreign investors, especially those in the Aerospace and Marine sectors. I expect the Solent to become one of the strongest areas in the UKTI national portfolio."

The Solent LEP will take on the role of co-ordinating inward investment from SEEDA, the Regional Development Agency which is set to close its doors in March, 2012.

For more information please visit

Posted 2011-09-22 12:20:22

University of Portsmouth able to offer environmental analysis facility for businesses

The Environmental Biogeochemistry Analysis Group (TEBAG) at the University of Portsmouth combines extensive in house expertise in Marine Environmental Sciences with state of the art analytical instruments and is able to offer businesses quantitative chemical analysis of environmental samples.

Of interest to marine companies is their ability to analyse water and sediment samples. TEBAG is also able to offer bespoke consultancy advice regarding environmental monitoring, sampling procedures and analysis.

For more information see or contact Fay Couceiro or Dr Gary Fones

TEBAG was set up in 2010 as a part of the University of Portsmouth's School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. As a University group we combine our extensive in house expertise in Environmental Sciences with state of the art analytical instruments and methodologies to provide clients with quantitative chemical analysis of environmental samples.

Typically these include elemental analysis in water and sediment samples, chlorophyll a analysis in water and sediment samples and macro-nutrient analysis in water samples. As an ISO 9001:2008 accredited analytical facility you can be sure of a professional service and that we listen to our clients needs carefully to ensure a rewarding working partnership.

Posted 2011-09-26 12:45:12

Alternative options for Short Sea Shipping Routes

The transport of goods between the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe is predominantly via Dover and Calais, and this route currently attracts over 80% of the traffic. Irish hauliers consistently use the roads in Wales and England as a land bridge to Dover. But there are alternatives into mainland Europe via the western channel ports, Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth.

From a geographical point of view, a short sea route into Spain or Portugal via a western channel port looks attractive. Reduced mileage reduces driver fatigue and facilitates the requirement to meet the EU driving directive which requires drivers to drive no more that 9 hours in two spells of 4.5 hours, after which a continuous rest of 11 hours is mandated. France has already banned lorry movements on Sundays, and also on Saturdays during the holiday season. Also with the cost of fuel rising through the stratosphere, there could be real economic benefits.

And yet there are disadvantages. The frequency of crossings between Dover and Calais is far in excess of services offered by the western channel ports. A long sea voyage is subject to the vagaries of the weather and some services are seasonal. There is a reluctance to change a well established business pattern.

Over the past 2 years, the Port of Poole and Marine South East have been working with port authorities in Ireland, France and Spain in an EU sponsored project called PROPOSSE.

PROPOSSE is an acronym standing for 'Promotion of Short Sea Shipping and Co-Operation with SME´s (Small and Medium Enterprises)'. The general aim of this project is to promote short sea shipping as a valid alternative to land routes.

One of the necessary requirements of the project is the full dissemination of the results. This will be done by seminars and workshops with SMEs, Freight Forwarders and Hauliers, and the publication of papers in logistics journals.

The PROPOSSE project has now completed its main activities. It is clear from the work that has been done that there is a potential for significant cost savings by taking a short sea route rather than overland. The savings apply particularly to imports and exports between the UK and Western France, Spain and Portugal. The Irish Republic would obtain similar advantages in using short sea routes for business with mainland Europe.

Hauliers however have to be convinced that it is in their commercial interest to use the Short Sea Shipping routes, hence the cost benefits have to be demonstrable to their satisfaction. TruckDriver is an attempt to offer this, and will be further developed in coming months.

In these straitened times, businesses need to seek all ways to reduce their costs and survive.

To read a full version of the PROPOSSE paper please follow the link to download a copy.

Posted 2011-09-22 12:11:11

Maritime Projects Roadshow event 12th October 2011, Southampton

This event is aimed at stakeholders and businesses who have an interest in nautical activities, maritime heritage, maritime training or marine renewable energy.

It will take place on 12th October, from 9am to 5pm,at Solent University Conference Centre, Southampton.

The event will involve a number Franco-British project workshops organised by the INTERREG IVA France (Channel) – England Programme.

The objectives of the Maritime Day are as follows:

* To meet potential maritime project partners within the geographical area of cooperation to enable interested parties to discuss their needs, share ideas for cooperation and initiate collaborations

* To highlight funding opportunities offered by the France (Channel) - England Programme for projects dealing with maritime issues

* To support interested parties to define their concrete actions and implement their goals of cooperation.

These workshops aim to map the needs of key players present in each of the territories through six separate workshops which will consider collaboration on the following themes:

Nautical activities

Workshop 1:
* Networking of marinas, common development tools
* Development of cruises and mini cruise activity
* Development of water sports (sailing races, regattas, diving, sport fishing ...)

Workshop 2
* Enhancement of maritime heritage (boats, coastal, urban, industrial)
* Public information (oceanography museum, aquariums)

The target audience includes: representatives of marinas, boating associations, tourism development organisations, representatives of cities or towns located in seaside tourist development organisations, associations of traditional vessels, structures for the preservation of lighthouses and other maritime heritage ...

Maritime Training

Workshop 3:
* Development of university courses in renewable energy (Masters, Common Modules)
* Development of training courses in operation and maintenance of Maritime Renewable Energy (MRE) for technicians (Knowledge of wind power, Health and Safety, Plastics, Mechanical Maintenance - hydraulic, electrical maintenance)
* To facilitate employability and the return to work as a result of MRE

Workshop 4:
* Development of logistics, transport and maritime safety training
* Training for staff of marinas (Technical knowledge, maritime language, marketing ports, tourist boats, exchange of marina personnel)

The target audience includes the representatives of universities and engineering schools with an interest in EMR, structures involved in maritime vocational training, Maritime Training colleges, Directorates of French Regional Councils,

Valueing marine resources and fishing activities

Workshop 5:
* Valuation, diversification and adaptation of seafood and marine farming
* Preservation and management of marine resources

The target audience includes conservation experts, voluntary and community organisations working to protect the marine environment, Wildlife trusts, Local authority biodiversity teams and other organisations tasked with the management of the marine environment.

Research, innovation and technology transfer

Workshop 6:
* Networking of "Nautical" and "maritime" clusters
* Technological development of renewable energy
* Networking of research centers and universities on the subject of maritime activities

The target audience includes: centres of excellence, "nautical and innovation" clusters dedicated to maritime and nautical activities, universities and research centers ....

The registration form and project ideas sheet is available to download from

Please return completed forms to before 9th September 2011.

Due to limited space not more that two representatives are allowed per organisation.

Posted 2011-08-19 14:17:42

SMARTA Business Solutions event; Innovative Solutions: The marine business experience , 20th October 2011, Port Solent

As part of the SMARTA project, Marine South East will be hosting a series of business-focused match-making events, the first of which is scheduled for Thursday 20th October 2011, at Portsmouth Harbour Yacht Club, Port Solent.

The event will showcase examples of how marine businesses have used external innovation resources to provide solutions to technology based problems.

Case studies from IT Power, Echopilot and Halyard will be presented at the event.

The event also aims to match marine businesses with the best solutions providers, whether they be universities, Knowledge Transfer Networks, Research Centres or private companies.

The 20th October event will take place from 4.00-6.00pm and will include a facilitated panel discussion with both the marine business presenters and external innovation resource providers. The event will conclude with a networking buffet.

The event is aimed at Product or Process Developers and Manufacturing or Processing Companies in the marine sector and is not suitable for service support companies.

Registering to attend the event will provide companies with free membership of the SMARTA Sustainability Network.

To register for this event, please click on the booking facility
or email or call 023 8011 1590

Posted 2011-09-13 14:16:49

Short Sea Shipping Atlantic Area Forum, 20th October 2011, Port of Gijon

The 1st Atlantic Short Sea Shipping Forum will take place on the 20th of October at the Edificio de Servicios Múltiples in the Port of Gijon, Spain.

The Atlantic Short Sea Shipping Forum offers a great opportunity to discover and discuss the advantages and benefits that the use of Short Sea Shipping services can provide your company and to learn about the latest developments within European Transportation Policies.

Online Registration:

More project information:

Posted 2011-09-26 16:23:18

Port Planning and Development for a Sustainable Future 20th October 2011, Portsmouth

The European project PATCH (Ports Adapting To CHange) is funded under the EU Interreg IVA 2 Seas programme. The project has a particular interest in assisting ports in their desire to become more sustainable as they develop. A one day conference has been organised on the subject of Port Planning and Development for a Sustainable Future which will be held at the Portsmouth City Guildhall on Thursday 20 October 2011.

The conference is open to all who have an interest in port and planning matters, and it will feature some practical examples of good practice. The event will run from 1000 to 1600 and a lunch will be provided. Both morning and afternoon sessions will include some time for questions and networking.

The agenda includes:

* An Introduction to the PATCH project - Wim Stubbe, Port of Oostende

* Portsmouth International Port - The Master Plan - Jerry Clarke, Portsmouth International Port

* Forecasting future port traffic flow - Peter Iles, Strategic Transport Solutions International

* Port Master Plans - where to now? - Phil Grindrod, Maritime Commerce and Infrastructure - Department of Transport

* Port Planning and the new localism - Martin Hendry, Adams Hendry

* Planning Port: anticipating logistic growth - Robbert Trompetter, Zeeland Seaports

* Resiliance of port operations - planning for unexpected - Julie Summerell, Serco Training/The Emergency Planning College

* Port environmental planning - Rosie Kelly, Royal Haskoning

* Working with the neighboors - connecting port businesses - Kate Royston, Robbee Smole

* Designing a 21st century port passenger building - Roland Asbridge, Halcrow and Ian Saunders, D5 Architects

* Financing future port developments - Luc Imbrechts, Imbrechts and Van den Nest bvba

There is no cost for the day but places are now limited.

Please contact Howard Holt at

Posted 2011-09-01 09:28:10

Solent Skills Festival and Jobs Fair, Thursday 3rd November 2011, Southampton

Marine Businesses are invited to participate in the Solent Skills Festival & Jobs Fair taking place at the City Cruise Terminal Southampton on Thursday 3rd November 2011.

This year's Solent Skills Festival & Jobs Fair aims to be the largest of its kind in the region, attracting over 150 organisations and 4000 attendees.

The Solent Skills Festival taking place from 9:00am to 2:00pm offers an Interactive World of Work festival for students who are currently attending Primary, Secondary, Further or Higher Education. £50 per stand for businesses wishes to attend.

The Solent Jobs Fair taking place from 3:00pm to 7:00pm is a Jobs Fair for adults seeking employment, change of career or to discover the roles, skills and tasks involved in various industries. Only £100 per stand + a free stand at the Skills Festival.

Skills Festival: Meet your future workforce and inspire them!

This year, as well as demonstrating the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the event will also provide students with the opportunity to discover the pathways that are open to them in other sectors such as hospitality, health, sport and hair & beauty. All Exhibitors are encouraged to bring educational and enjoyable activities for the students to participate in.

Jobs Fair: Recruit local talent, direct.

If you are an employer with a positive and professional attitude to planning, recruiting and developing a future workforce, the Jobs Fair will provide a very cost effective recruitment solution.

The aims of this event are to provide "Actual Jobs for Real People", as well as highlighting training and apprenticeship opportunities, and key employment skills.

Where possible, we encourage interactivity, so that attendees can see and try some of the activities and tasks that are relevant to your industry.

Please click here for the Exhibitor Pack (for both events).

Posted 2011-09-26 12:58:31