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Marine Roadmapping update

UPDATE DEC 20th 2011 - We have now had all five Marine deep dive workshops.

All reports from these are now available to download.  

You may find the guide to interpreting the reports a useful adjunct.


1. The Maritime Services and ICT roadmapping event was held in Southampton in September to co-incide with the Boat Show. 


Key trends and drivers identified by the particpants at this event included a strong emphasis on security and safety, the changing nature of military threat and consequent needs for marine surveillance.  Climate change figured strongly in relation to adaption (eg to rising sea levels), mitigation (through renewables and  greater  efficiencies)  and  as  a  driver  for  the  “Green  Economy”.  Availability of new technologies for CAE, simulation and modelling, ICT, positioning and integrated transport were all identified as important components of a solution to these challenges, whilst changing demographics, consumer demands and the challenging cost environment were also important. 

Priority Opportunities were identified across a range of services and ICT areas, with a significant overlap emerging for knowledge-based services. The leading opportunities included: Maritime consulting; Ship management systems: I-ship; Training and education (including virtual training); In-service support of military and civilian vessels; Marine ICT & Information infrastructure; Decision Support Systems; Marine & Coastal environmental services; Design Services for "Green shipping" technologies; Emergency response systems (eg to natural disasters, terrorism, piracy); Recycling / Re-purposing / Decommissioning of ships, platforms, oil rigs etc.; Insurance; and Certification, Testing & Classification.


2. Marine Renewables and Resources was hosted by Strathclyde University in Glasgow at the beginning of November.  


Key trends and drivers identified by participants included a strong emphasis on energy scarcity and the needs to mitigate and adapt to climate change, driving the importance of renewables; and the importance of government policy (joined up between departments and across the UK) directing funding, incentives and regulation in creating an environment where public and private funding will be directed at to this area.

Challenges around cost-effectiveness and through-life costs need to be overcome but the potential impact in delivering UK leadership in this key area of the “Green Economy” was seen as tremendous.  

Priority Opportunities were identified across a range of areas, though largely focussed on renewables. The leading opportunities included: Logistics, services, asset management & operation for offshore renewables (inc new business models); Grid integration & electrical systems; Deep Water - extending operations into more challenging locales; Underwater sensors & monitoring systems; Specialist vessels for offshore renewables construction/support; Technology for and construction of affordable & reliable wind, wave & tidal power devices; Submarines and autonomous vehicles; and Integration of offshore renewable assets at the "Power station" / systems level. Opportunities for other marine resources were highlighted, including marine biofuels; mariculture; blue-biotech and underwater extraction / factories; however these were not highly prioritised as the necessary expertise were under-represented in the workshop participants.


3. Marine Leisure and Equipment was hosted by WMG at the International Digital Lab at Warwick University on 9th Nov.



4. Shipbuilding and Repair  was hosted in Bristol on the 16th November.


5. Ports and Infrastructure  was hosted in London on the 30th November.

About the roadmapping events

These events have provided participants with a very useful networking opportunity and valuable insight into aspects of the industry that they may not have considered.  They are providing vital feedback to the Marine Industries Alliance, Transport KTN, BIS and Technology Strategy Board and will help to inform future funding initiatives.

A final report is due soon.




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Executive summary for Workshop C - Marine Leisure and Equipment is now available to download: https://connect.innovateuk.org/c/document_library/get_file?p_l_id=70693&folderId­=4850899&name=DLFE-57619.pdf

In prioritising relevant Trends & Drivers, there was a strong emphasis on changing demographics and consumer demand (from the needs of an ageing population, challenges of introducing new people  to  boating  and  opportunities  from    emerging  Markets  /  BRIC  Growth)  resulting  in  a  more  “clean  hands   - no  sweat”  boat  operation;  as  well  as  the  challenges  of  reversing  the  increasing  cost  of  boating    at  a  time  of   economic downturn. The role of standards will be significant, especially from EU and relating to technical, environmental (NOX, SOX, particulates, waste & CO2) and safety; as will new technologies including more environmentally-friendly propulsion energy solutions; simulation & modelling and Accelerated NPD processes. Through-life support will be vital in delivering lower cost of ownership, with the need to consider recycling, retrofit and upgrade, as well as end of life disposal & recycling .
Priority Opportunities (see section 3) were identified across a range of areas, though largely focussed on marine leisure rather than equipment. The leading opportunities included: Easy to use leisure navigation system & integrated communications / data; Alternative fuels / Electrification & Hybrids & efficient propulsion / re-powering ;New leisure marine products for developing markets (and tailoring for specific market needs); Volume produced smaller leisure craft types for affordable participation eg for first-time owners / 3rd age; Lower-cost construction methods and Hull design, vessel design & aesthetics . Opportunities for equipment and component technologies were highlighted, including sustainable composites & smart materials; Coatings (eg for low friction); Safety systems & equipment ; Technologies for (Semi-)autonomous control & navigation (eg Intuitive IT based controls) and Exhaust after treatment systems however these were not highly prioritised as the necessary expertise were under-represented in the workshop participants.

Download the full summary for more information. https://connect.innovateuk.org/c/document_library/get_file?p_l_id=70693&folderId­=4850899&name=DLFE-57619.pdf
Posted on 23/11/11 11:07.
Executive summary for workshop D - Shipbuilding and repair - now also available to download https://connect.innovateuk.org/c/document_library/get_file?p_l_id=70693&folderId­=4850899&name=DLFE-60429.pdf

In prioritising relevant Trends & Drivers (see section 1), there was a strong emphasis on energy & fuel scarcity/cost  ,  EU  regulations  and  climate  change  mitigation  all  driving  the  need  for  low  carbon  /  “green”   shipping with reduced fuel consumption, requiring new propulsion energy solutions. Skills shortage (and prevention of further loss of scarce skills) was seen as a key challenge, particularly at a time of economic downturn, declining UK Naval market and resulting pressure on initial and through life costs. Responses to these would see an increased demand for autonomous systems and new business models around through life support & servitisation. The changing nature of military threat and other security risks (eg piracy) would see a need for more versatile, agile and reconfigurable systems. Increasing global (& low cost) competition might result in increasing international collaboration, particularly at an EU level.
Priority Opportunities (see section 4) were identified across a range of areas, though largely focussed on design and ship systems / equipment rather than build (due to the relative lack of capacity in UK for manufacturing large vessels). The leading opportunities included alternative fuels / electrification & hybrids (including commercial sail); efficient propulsion & energy management; optimised multi-modal transport including short-sea shipping; vessels for offshore support; unmanned autonomous vehicles; export of warship designs & military ships; in-service support of military and civilian vessels (incl. lifecycle design); new submarines (military & commercial including for deep-sea exploration). Opportunities for consultancy (eg Green ship services); luxury, commercial and leisure vessels (especially for BRIC markets); ship management systems: I-ship; and training (eg for operators / maintainers) were also prioritised but have already been explored in earlier workshops.
Posted on 07/12/11 10:41.
Guide to interpreting the marine reports also now available https://connect.innovateuk.org/c/document_library/get_file?p_l_id=70693&folderId­=4850899&name=DLFE-62113.pdf
Posted on 19/12/11 16:19.
Contain your excitement! The reports from the final workshop - on Ports and Infrastrcuture - are now available to download from the document library.

Download the exec summary here:https://connect.innovateuk.org/c/document_library/get_file?p_l_id=70693&fol­derId=4850899&name=DLFE-62091.pdf

In prioritising relevant Trends & Drivers (see section 1), there was a strong emphasis on a move towards integrated / multi-modal transport systems to support the migration of freight from road coastal shipping , driven by the changing attitudes toward different freight modes which in turn will be driven by fuel scarcity / cost and legislation to reduce CO2 and other emissions. Implementation of track & trace solutions and containerisation, as well changing consumer demand and skills shortages would necessitate more automation and integration of data. The opening of the Arctic together with expanded global trade and the move towards hub and spoke models for international freight shipping might yield a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for UK to establish a strategic position, providing UK & International political agendas could be aligned.

Priority Opportunities (see section 3) were identified across a range of areas, covering the integration of transport systems and operations in marine and between modes, re-purposing of existing ports and provision of new, and delivery of infrastructure and related services at these. The leading opportunities included systems integration (infrastructure, IT & data) from marine transport (building on strengths in this area) into other modes; new port and infrastructure facilities, particularly to serve offshore renewables support and construction; environmental services and low carbon, clean shore power for vessels in port; establishing a position as a major hub for trans-shipment (particularly in the context of new Arctic shipping routes; operation of sea “motorways" & associated short sea shipping infrastructure; bunkering (and other value- added services) associated with LNG and H2; inter-modal hubs / infrastructure & systems (eg road / rail interface to ports); end-to-end journey planning and automated cargo handling systems.
Posted on 20/12/11 13:19.

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