The workboat sector, comprising one of the strongest categories of the UK’s Ship Register and including many Small to Medium size Enterprises (SMEs), is leading the charge in developing innovative technologies that will ultimately reduce emissions throughout the wider maritime industry. This is according to the Workboat Association (WA), the trade, skills and safety standards association for the workboat industry, and pioneer in next-generation vessel design, Chartwell Marine.
Continued momentum towards decarbonisation in sectors such as offshore wind has driven widespread innovation in the maritime supply chain, as vessel designers and operators gear up to meet stringent emissions requirements and green targets for customers.
SMEs are particularly well placed to incubate new ideas and concepts to bring solutions to the market. Having launched a new Technical Working Group in 2019, which aims to accelerate the decarbonisation of the workboat sector in line with the Clean Maritime Plan, the Workboat Association has hailed a number of significant milestones achieved by its members
In recent months, members of this Technical Working Group have been responsible for a number of market firsts in the arena of vessel hybridisation, alternative fuels and performance optimization, including:
Andy Page, Managing Director, Chartwell Marine, said: “The decarbonisation of the maritime sector is now being spearheaded by small British and European businesses, particularly working in the offshore wind maritime supply chain. We have seen numerous experts in vessel design and construction collaborating through the Workboat Association’s Technical Working Group.
“By seizing the initiative on innovative naval technology, the skills and developments of the group can be scaled up and exported to support the global maritime industry in its continued drive to lower emissions.”
Kerrie Forster, Chief Executive Officer, The Workboat Association, added: “The members of The Workboat Association have made great progress towards decarbonising the workboat sector. Our members are primed to deliver the innovation sorely needed by the offshore wind sector due to their agility as small companies. They have the necessary freedom to design and create technologies essential to reaching net-zero, pushing workboats into the spotlight of maritime decarbonisation in the lead up to COP26.”
The Workboat Association sits on the UK Government’s Clean Maritime Council, and is partnering with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult to deliver the road map for decarbonising the North Sea Offshore Wind sector – now nearing completion following a recent week of industry workshops.
“Mercator Media’s Commercial Marine Network are working in association with the Workboat Association and in partnership with Maritime Journal and Seawork to deliver the Get Set for Workboat 2050 series. Registration for Session 4 of the series on Thursday 6th May 2021 is now open. The session will look at vessel design and technologies in the medium term from 2025, focusing on innovative propulsion systems.”
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Workboat Association | http://www.workboatassociation.org