About MarRI-UK

MarRI-UK - Accelerating the delivery of world-leading research and innovation for the UK maritime sector through collaboration.

We are a collaborative innovation vehicle for UK industry and academia to jointly tackle innovation and technology challenges. We will focus on research and innovation within mid TRL (3 – 7) levels to address the opportunities between "discovery and research" and "commercialisation" of Maritime Technologies and Systems. Learn more about us and how to get involved as a member.

Watch the MarRI-UK: The Future of Shipping showcase film which highlights work underway to decarbonise the shipping industry. To find out more about this collabrotative project with the UK Chamber of Shipping please click here.


Why join MarRI-UK?

  • Engage in multi-disciplinary research to achieve effective solutions
  • Accelerate technological innovation, optimising impact across the sector
  • Develop practical, flexible/ responsive solutions for the maritime sector
  • Achieve sector integration between industry representative, organisations, and academia
  • Enhance the reputation of the maritime sector within the UK global economies.

Which membership is for you

There are three types of membership to suit a wide variety of organisations:

How to join MarRI-UK

Please complete our Membership Enquiry Form, and we will be in touch.

Ecomar Propulsion Limited becomes MarRI-UK's newest Industry Member

MarRI-UK is pleased to announce that Ecomar Propulsion Limited has become it's newest Industry Member. We look forward to working with them more closely as we endevour to inspire and enable innovation across the Maritime Sector.

If you and your organisation are considering becoming members of MarRI-UK, please either use the Membership Tab to explore which Membership Option would be correct for you, or contact us directly via info@marri-uk.org.


Green Fuels Research demonstrates 100% sustainable marine fuel refined from salmon farming waste – a world first

An important stage on the long voyage to marine transport decarbonisation was reached yesterday when Green Fuels Research (GFR), a pioneer in renewable fuels, successfully demonstrated use of unblended sustainable marine fuel (SMF) at Eglwys Nunydd Reservoir near Port Talbot, South Wales. The fuel was used in a Beta Marine B14 engine aboard a motor launch operated by C-Fury Limited.



The 100% renewable fuel demonstration was the culmination of SALMO (Sustainable Aquaculture Leading to Marine Opportunities), a Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) initiative supported by the UK Department for Transport. The project, a collaboration between GFR, the University of Cardiff and Lancaster University, addressed two challenges: decarbonisation of UK shipping and sustainable management of animal by-product (ABP) waste from UK aquaculture.

“We are thrilled to have proved today, in UK waters, that this truly sustainable hydrocarbon is comparable in properties to marine distillates and suitable as a drop-in fuel for marine engines, without modification to propulsion or fuel systems, and without additives or restrictions on blend percentages,” said GFR Chief Strategy Officer Dr Paul Hilditch.


The press release can be found here.

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Innovation through Maritime Research Innovation UK - 12th October 2022

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Successful study completed by Newcastle Marine Services investigating the use of LOHC

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DfT Announces Winners of Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition; MarRI-UK Members Amongst the Winners

MarRI-UK would like to congragulate its members BAE Systems, CENEX, Lloyd's Register, Newcastle University, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, University of Southampton and the University of Strathclyde, for successfully winning funding as part of the Department for Transport's Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition.

Each of these companies have been awarded funding as part of projects that shall create "feasibility studies and technology trials in clean maritime technologies to accelerate maritime decarbonisation in the UK."

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MarRI-UK Seeks £530M for Zero-carbon Short Sea Shipping Coastal Network

Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) submitted a Comprehensive Spending Review bid seeking £530 million of Government co-investment for a programme that aims to encourage greater use of safe, zero-carbon short sea shipping network.

A Zero-carbon Coastal Highway programme to transform the UK goods distribution reliance on road haulage could enable the UK to become a leading innovator in the global maritime sector. The ambition is to move more than 25% of UK’s land haulage tonne km via a zero-carbon automated fleet by 2030. MarRI-UK estimates that a successful transition to the network will add £1.8 billion additional revenue to the UK, create 39,000 extra jobs and reduce land-based CO2 emissions by 30-40%.

The press release article can be found here.