About MarRI-UK

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.

MarRI-UK Publishes Report on Smart Shipping Technology

MarRI-UK has published a report that highlights the most important drivers underpinning the development of smart shipping technologies in the UK. The report was an outcome of the research commissioned by MarRI-UK and paid for by the Department for Transport (DfT). A consortium led by London Economics, supported by NLAI and Marine South East, was selected to undertake the research. The report focuses on the UK’s strengths in smart shipping technology and provides economic and technology data to inform the DfT’s approach to supporting the smart shipping sector in the UK.

John Howie MBE, Chair of MarRI-UK, said:

“MarRI-UK’s report squarely underpins the Department for Transport’s Maritime 2050 Strategy: Navigating the Future, and demonstrates the value of industry and academia collaborating to highlight the economic benefits linked to investment within the Maritime Sector."

The press release can be found here

The report can be found here

MarRI-UK Announces New Members

MarRI-UK is pleased to announce four new members have recently joined MarRI-UK.

Abbott Risk Consulting Limited has become a MarRI-UK Industry Member.

Liverpool John Moores University has become the Sixth UK University to become one of MarRI-UK's University Members.

National Oceanographic Centre and Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult have become Associate Members of MarRI-UK.

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.


News and Events

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Launch of the Society of Maritime Industries "Marine Autonomy Challenge 2021"

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Speech: Sarah Kenny keynote to Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Conference 2021

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Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Conference 2021

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John Murray, former SMI Chief Executive and driving force behind MarRI-UK, receives New Year’s Honour

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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.

MarRI-UK: Covid-19 Update

Thank you to everyone who has shown MarRI-UK support over the last year. Times may be difficult just now with everyone working from home but together we can generate technological innovations that will usher in a better and brighter future for UK Maritime.

If you have any issues or queries please do not hesitate to get in touch via info@marri-uk.org. Please note that there may be a delay in responding.

Stay well and stay safe,

The MarRI-UK Team