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UK Government sets up think tank on future of maritime

The UK Government has set up a team of experts to advise on the future of the maritime industry and how the country can stay at the forefront in the development of new technologies such as autonomous ships and digital ports.

Composition of the team was announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling today, along with the launch of a Call for Evidence on Maritime 2050 – the Government’s new forward-looking strategy for the sector – which closes on 16 May.

“We want to maintain our position as a world leading maritime nation and working with the experts from within maritime, as well as those with broader experience, will help us ensure we take every opportunity open to this vital sector,” said Grayling.

“Maritime 2050 is a once in a generation opportunity to set an ambitious vision for the future of this key sector and I encourage all of those who depend on shipping to have their say.”

The expert panel is chaired by Hugh McNeal, chief executive of RenewableUK, and includes industry notables such as Lucy Armstrong of Port of Tyne, Tom Boardley of Lloyd’s Register, David Dingle of Maritime UK, Dr Grahaeme Henderson of Shell International Trading and Shipping, Sarah Kenny of BMT, Dr David Loosley of IMarEST, Michael Parker of Citigroup, Neil Roberts of Lloyds Market Association and Martin Stopford of Clarkson Research, as well as academics such as Prof. Costas Grammenos of Cass Business School.

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