Ship-shore Integration Project Receives Massive Support From UK


  • A consortium of nine organisations led by MSE International, has been awarded £1.06 as part of the Smart Maritime Land Operations Call.
  •  The call was launched in November 2020 as part of a Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK).

A recent news article published in the Safety4Sea states that UK supports ship-shore integration project.

Automation of operations in the land/water interface

The initiative aims to fund a single project or multiple linked projects that would enable the automation of operations in the land/water interface, supporting both infrastructure and operations.

A Smart Hydrogen Highway project to develop a national hydrogen highway network, integrating land, sea and port, led by Port of London Authority, was announced as the successful project last year.

Additional funding was granted for SPINE project given its strong potential in project impact and benefits for the maritime sector, innovative aspect, strategic fit with maritime 2050, alignment with MarRI-UK Vision and the project’s overall value for money.

Ship-shore integration

The consortium of four SMEs, two large companies and three research technology organisations is looking at ship-shore integration from an energy and autonomy perspective, bringing together elements of infrastructure, with data, automation and supporting communications.

By establishing an interface between ships, remote control centres, port operating systems and national energy infrastructure, the SPINE project can address the entire maritime value chain, key themes of Maritime 2050, the Technology and Innovation in UK Maritime Routemap, Clean Maritime Plan and UK Ports of the Future.

Role of SPINE project

Together with Smart Hydrogen Highway project, SPINE project will play an important role in supporting the delivery of the Government’s plans for Maritime 2050. They will deliver a research and innovation project that links key elements of UK government policy and ambition whilst demonstrating implementation in a real-world environment.

The introduction of autonomous vessels alongside the shipping sector’s ongoing energy transition will make shipping more efficient, greener, and safer. To advance capability in these areas, significant changes to port and connected infrastructure are required

Maritime Minister Robert Courts said.

Moreover, John Howie MBE, Chair of MarRI-UK, added that “clean autonomous transport will play a key role in the future of shipping, and the land/water interface will be core to its successful operation, so I will be following this programme closely and look forward to seeing it develop.”

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Source: Safety4Sea


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