UK Government backs Port of Tyne 2050 Maritime Innovation Week


The UK Government has given its support to the 2050 Maritime Innovation Week hosted by the Port of Tyne.

The UK’s maritime industries have an exceptional opportunity to set a global standard for ‘green first’ innovation and, with full backing from the Department for Transport (DfT), Port of Tyne is taking a leading role in this transition, by hosting the first ever 2050 Maritime Innovation Week, from 13 to 16 June 2022.

Maritime Innovation Week welcomed over 300 senior leaders from across the industry on the first day to challenge traditional approaches and showcase the very best of Industry 4.0 thinking and action for maritime applications. The event brings together some of the most innovative minds from both inside and outside maritime, to provide insights and collaboration opportunities across many of the industry’s most pressing topics.

The event supports the government’s 2050 Maritime objective to cement the UK’s role as a world leader in clean maritime transport and new research and development of maritime technology.

The four-day conference kicked off at the Port’s 2050 Innovation Hub, a centre of excellence established to help the industry access cross-sector best practice and support research into energy business transformation, before concluding as London Tech Week’s maritime stream.

Investment Minister Lord Grimstone said: “The UK’s Maritime sector is pivotal to our prosperity globally and also here at home, creating thousands of jobs and boosting the economy. And the potential for trade-led growth for businesses in this sector is huge. That’s why events like Maritime Innovation Week, bringing together the best minds in the industry, will help progress towards a cleaner, greener, more sustainable maritime trade network.”

Robert Courts, Maritime Minister said: “We are delighted that the Port of Tyne will be hosting this year’s Maritime Innovation Week, which will help us to move forward with our shared objectives. We have exciting plans in development, with UK SHORE accelerating progress towards our Maritime 2050 decarbonisation goals. This is a brilliant event to bring together industry leaders dedicated to making the sector cleaner and greener.”

Matt Beeton, CEO of the Port of Tyne says: “Our maritime industry can accelerate achieving the government’s UK SHORE and Maritime 2050 goals by working together and we are delighted with the amazing response received from the entire sector. The case for disruptive innovation has never been more compelling and Maritime Innovation Week will provide essential know how and a clear opportunity to become cleaner, smarter, more efficient, data-driven, innovative and sustainable. Delegates can expect very lively debate and excellent cross-sector networking – exactly what our industry needs to move forwards.”

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