BMT welcomes the launch of the UK Government’s Maritime 2050 strategy paper

BMT has welcomed the publication of the UK government’s marine smart tech strategy paper “Maritime 2050”, which sets out the Government’s long-term ambitions for the UK maritime sector.

25 January 2019

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BMT welcomes the launch of the UK Government’s Maritime 2050 strategy paper

BMT has welcomed the publication of the UK government’s marine smart tech strategy paper “Maritime 2050”, which sets out the Government’s long-term ambitions for the UK maritime sector.

The strategy, which has been developed in consultation with the UK shipping industry, sets out a series of detailed recommendations to help the UK maintain its position as a leading global maritime nation. These recommendations span themes including the environment, international trade, security and resilience, infrastructure, people and technology.

A key focus of the strategy and consultation has been The Department for Transport’s address of the impact of emerging technologies such as autonomous ships and digital ports, as well as its efforts to seek clean and innovative ways to secure the country’s maritime future.

Supporting the Government’s ambitious Maritime 2050 strategy, BMT’s Chief Executive Sarah Kenny said: 

“BMT welcomes the publication of Maritime 2050, which sets out a compelling vision for the future of the UK maritime sector. 

The UK has the world’s fifth largest Exclusive Economic Zone and the better we understand our oceans, the better placed we will be to ensure its prosperity whilst capitalising on the opportunities that exist for future growth and collaboration. It is only through clever innovation and by harnessing the skills and expertise of all our partners across government and industry, we will be able to achieve the ambitions of Maritime 2050.”

Alongside this broader strategy is the “Technology and Innovation in UK Maritime” route map. The route map sets out the Government’s key policy ambitions for developing innovative technologies here in the UK, using maritime autonomy as a case study.

Commenting on the “Technology and Innovation in UK Maritime” route map, BMT’s Capability and Strategy Director Guy Tomlinson said: 

“BMT welcomes the policy recommendations on Technology and Innovation in the UK maritime sector produced by DfT in collaboration with the UK Maritime industry. These will enable the UK to continue to be a leading global supplier that contributes between £7.6bn and £13.8bn of direct gross value added (GVA) to the UK economy each year. In addition these recommendations demonstrate a clear commitment from Government in recognising the international competitive strength and value of the sector to the UK economy. We look forward to contributing to its implementation.”

You can read the strategy in full here and the route map hereThe comment from BMT’s Capability and Strategy Director Guy Tomlinson is featured on page 6 of the route map.

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