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MarRI-UK Newsletter June 2023

Foreword from Simon Reid, Interim Director of MarRI-UK

Welcome to the Summer edition of  the MarRI-UK newsletter, keeping you up to date with all the latest developments within MarRI-UK.In this newsletter you will hear about what we have been up-to over the last three months, as well as how you can get involved.

I would like to congratulate Sarah-Louise on her appointment as Director of MarRI-UK and wish her all the very best for her maternity leave and I am delighted to take on the role as Interim Director for the next 12 months. I look forward to working with all of you, as we collaborate together to accelerate the delivery of world leading research and innovation needed by the maritime industry, an industry crucial to the success of the UK’s international trade and global power projection.This year has been busy and exciting for MarRI-UK, our membership research programme continues to be developed and we are busy in preparation for our MarRI-UK Event that shall take place at London International Shipping Week in September. As always, if you want to get involved with our exciting work, the best way is to consider becoming one of our members.

New Member

University of Exeter Joins MarRI-UK


The University of Exeter joined MarRI-UK as a Tier 1 University Member to help steer the MarRI-UK research agenda and direction.

The University of Exeter established the Centre for Future Clean Mobility in 2021 to drive innovation in clean powertrains for various sectors including that of the Maritime Sector. The Centre is at the forefront of global research into clean maritime propulsion solutions and has been working with industry to design and fabricate a zero-emission powertrain demonstrator, funded through the CMDC (Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition).

Professor Christopher Smith, Director of Exeter’s Centre for Future Clean Mobility said “As Director of Centre for Future Clean Mobility at University of Exeter, we are delighted to become members of this strategic Maritime Network and look forward to collaborating with other members in MaRI-UK to enhance the UK’s research and development capabilities in Clean propulsion facing Maritime”

To find out more click here.

DfT Funded Projects

Over the last few years MarRI-UK has managed 23 projects over three separate funding calls. Many of these projects have now been completed and the results can be found on the MarRI-UK Website.Here are a few highlights from the last couple of months:

Applying machine learning (ML) for automated monitoring nearshore bathymetry led by University of Liverpool

MarRI-UK and the University of Liverpool are pleased to announce the completion of the “Applying machine learning (ML) for automated monitoring nearshore bathymetry” project. Through a nexus of satellite, radar and sensor data, University of Liverpool have managed to demonstrate that their Eigneshores product can help automate the monitoring of nearshore bathymetry, which shall allow for strategic interventions by port authorities on whether they need to dredge of recharge the nearshore.

To read about this project click here.

Advanced Zero Emissions Ammonia Engines for Future Marine Applications led by University of Nottingham

MarRI-UK is excited to announce the completion of the “Advanced Zero Emissions Ammonia Engines for Future Marine Applications” project led by the University of Nottingham. This experimental work successfully demonstrated the basic feasibility of using ammonia as a main fuel for both spark and jet ignition concepts, with operation at up to 100% ammonia fuelling viable at medium engine loads and above in a fully warm engine

To find out more about this project click here.

Project Final ReportsFinal Reports providing in-depth results relating to many of MarRI-UK’s projects can be found on MarRI-UK’s website. If you want to get in contact with any of our project teams, please get in contact as we are always happy to begin new collaborations.To access the final reports click here.

Membership Research Programme

Introducing Our Members Research Programme!Exciting developments are taking place in MarRI-UK as our Members Research Programme begins to take shape. With an £800k budget this year, the programme is set to contribute the maritime industry across three research themes: Autonomy, Clean Maritime, and Digital. Our exceptional academic members have been hard at work, refining initial short proposals into full research projects tailored for our industry members. By later this year, we will be ready to kick off these initiatives that promise to contribute to the future of maritime technology.What truly sets our programme apart is the unparalleled collaboration between industry leaders and our maritime universities. Together, we are forging new paths, fuelling innovation, and driving progress in this ever-evolving field.

Join us as we shape the future of maritime technology and make a lasting impact on the world. Together, we’re charting a course toward a brighter, more sustainable future.

Discover the Cutting-edge Research Landscape of our Academic Members!At MarRI-UK, we believe in the power of collaboration and knowledge exchange. That’s why we recently conducted an extensive mapping exercise exploring the wide ranging nature of our academic members’ research activities. The results were nothing short of astounding!

Across our three research themes—Autonomy, Clean Maritime, and Digital—we uncovered a rich tapestry of detailed research activities spanning a multitude of exciting topics. From ground-breaking advancements in autonomous technologies to pioneering solutions for a cleaner, greener maritime industry, our members are at the forefront of innovation.If you’re eager to learn more about the remarkable research activities happening within our community, we encourage you to reach out.

Upcoming Events

London International Shipping Week

London International Shipping Week – 11th – 15th September 2023

We are excited to announce that MarRI-UK will be attending and holding an event at the London International Shipping Week. The date, time and venue will be confirmed in the near future. Keep an eye out for our event in the LISW23 Calendar.

At the event we will invite industry members to disseminate their findings and developments from recent projects that have been funded by the Department of Transport (DfT) through MarRI-UK as well as updates on MarRI-UK future activity and direction. We would like to see you all there to share the work we have been doing over the last 12 months.

If you would like to express an interest in attending the event, please contact us at info@marri-uk.org

That way we can send you all the details just as soon as they have been confirmed.

British Ports Assocation Conference 2023

British Ports Association Conference – 17th – 19th October 2023

We are pleased to annouce that we shall have a stand at this year’s British Ports Association (BPA) Conference. More information about our exciting plans for that week shall be sent out in our next newsletter, but we wanted you to be the first to know.

Organisational News

Core TeamEveryone in MarRI-UK would like to thank our outgoing Director John Hudson for his leadership over the last year, as he steps back from the role. John will still be very much involved in developing the future strategy and development of MarRI-UK to ensure its success in the future.Summer Holidays

Finally, everyone in MarRI-UK would like to wish our members and supporters a very happy Summer Period and that we hope you manage to take some time off to recharge and refresh. Wherever you go, may it be a great summer time. Hopefully the weather will be better then the usual Glasgow summer rains!




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