Cammell Laird has welcomed the release of Maritime 2050, a strategy document detailing the UK government’s vision and ambitions for the future of Britain’s maritime sector over the next three decades.
The wide-ranging paper was written following input from maritime industry leaders, academics, specialists from other sectors and promotional bodies. The government hopes its recommendations will “set the UK as a pre-eminent global test-bed of emerging technology, enabling the country to capitalise on the economic potential of maritime innovations”.
The report contains a range of short, medium and long-term proposals including developing technology, people, and infrastructure to help the UK maritime industry flourish.
Key recommendations include establishing an innovation hub at a UK port by 2030, the development of strategies for tackling emissions and expanding training opportunities.
“We believe private sector companies like Cammell Laird will underpin that maritime renaissance through our entrepreneurial spirit and export focus.” – Tony Graham, Cammell Laird COO.
The government also wants to see new legislation introduced to create a domestic framework for autonomous vessels to enhance testing in UK waters. It hopes to attract international business and investment by establishing the UK as the best place to trial new technology.
Cammell Laird’s chief operating officer Tony Graham said: “Cammell Laird welcomes the increasing governmental understanding of the importance of the maritime sector to the UK economy. Maritime 2050 turns that understanding into an ambitious growth action plan that whole sector can get behind. We believe private sector companies like Cammell Laird will underpin that maritime renaissance through our entrepreneurial spirit and export focus.”
Speaking at the launch of Maritime 2050, transport secretary Chris Grayling said the strategy was underpinned by a recognition of the sector’s fundamental importance to the country’s prosperity.
He said: “The UK’s maritime sector may not always hit the headlines or get the attention it deserves, but it is one of this country’s great success stories, staffed by professional, dedicated and highly skilled people and part of a quality flag.
“Maritime 2050 will enable those achievements to continue and allow the sector to further flourish over the coming decades. So let’s take inspiration from Brunel and our proud maritime past, let’s harness the excitement of the innovation of today and be ambitious for our maritime future.”