Smart Maritime Land Operations Grant Awardees


Grant Awardee Details

Organisation Names


Project Title

Project Summary

Project Value

Grant Awarded



Port of London Authority

Health and Safety Executive;

Newcastle Marine Services;

ORE Catapult;

O.S. Energy (UK) Ltd;

University of Birmingham;

University of Kent;

University of Strathclyde

Land, Sea and Port Integration of a Smart Hydrogen Highway

The project aims to propose a holistic clean energy infrastructure based on hydrogen as energy storage and transport medium for the maritime and shore-based UK industry, enable step changes and accelerate the transition to a net zero economy through digitalisation and integration of land-based operation.


The aim will be achieved by completing the following objectives:

  • To test, model and develop smart, safe and economic solutions for 1) offshore hydrogen production​,  2) autonomous transportation of hydrogen into urban and port areas through short sea shipping, and 3) autonomous vessel solutions to maximise the efficiency.
  • To develop and demonstrate the safe effective use of hydrogen as a source of energy in a constrained maritime site.​
  • To produce scalable UK wide solutions from lessons learnt in the project with appropriate frameworks to adopt clean fuels and smart technology to keep the UK ports and maritime sector competitive in a growing worldwide market.






MSE International 




Marico Marine;

National Oceanography Centre;



University of Plymouth

Shipping and Port Interfaces In New Era (SPINE)

The SPINE consortium will deliver an integrated programme that links key elements of UK government policy and ambition in maritime decarbonisation and digitalisation whilst demonstrating implementation in a real-world environment. Specifically, it will:

  • examine the near and long-term energy requirements of ports as well as their onsite vehicles and the vessels they serve.
  • develop and trial an intelligent system to identify and alert onshore operators to developing faults and situational threats to autonomous vessels at sea, allowing the operator to take corrective action and enabling a transition from human-in-the-loop to human-on-the-loop vessel control.
  • design integrated berthing and recharging/fuelling facilities that will be critical to efficient port operations, especially within a just-in-time port operating regime.




South East