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UK government launches competition for vessels running on alternative bunker fuels

09 Feb 2023

A multi-million-pound Zero Emission Vessels and Infrastructure (ZEVI) competition has been launched by the UK government to help decarbonise the UK’s maritime sector, according to UK’s Department of Transport on Monday (6 February).

Successful projects must show they could use this money to work with major UK ports and operators to launch a zero-emission vessel by 2025 at the latest. Examples of such technology include battery electric vessels, shoreside electrical power, ships running on low carbon fuels like hydrogen or ammonia, and wind-assisted ferries.

Zero-emission ferries, cruises and cargo ships will set sail in UK waters within two years, creating thousands of new jobs, thanks to a £77 million government investment in clean maritime technology.

This is the first time that the government is intervening to specifically target this level of funding on green maritime tech. The funding will take the tech from the factory to the sea – identifying which projects will have a long-term impact in reducing emissions.

The investment in clean maritime innovation is a milestone in the delivery of the wider UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions (UK SHORE) programme to accelerate the transition to net zero. The competition will be overseen by Innovate UK, which has a record of delivering similar competitions across government successfully.

Note: Details on the Zero Emission Vessels and Infrastructure (ZEVI) competition can be found here.


Photo credit: Cameron Venti from Unsplash
Published: 9 February, 2023

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