University of Liverpool announced that is part of a new £21.3m national maritime research hub to decarbonise the UK maritime sector, led by Durham University.

The UK National Clean Maritime Research Hub (UK-MaRes Hub) was announced by the UK’s Maritime Minister, Baroness Vere of Norbiton, during London International Shipping Week on 14/9/2023.

The Hub aims to accelerate the decarbonisation and elimination of air pollution from maritime activity in ports and at sea.

The Hub will carry out innovative research in several themes including sustainable marine fuels and their safe use, low-carbon power and propulsion systems for shipping, decarbonised port operations and infrastructure, improved maritime operations and vessel efficiency.

Professor Dongping Song at the University of Liverpool Management School and the Centre for Supply Chain Research will lead the “Port operations and infrastructure” theme of the project.

Funding for the Hub includes £7.4m from the engineering and physical sciences research council (EPSRC) and the UK government’s department for transport, with an additional £13.9m financial and in-kind match funding from consortium universities and project partners.

The UK-MaRes Hub is a consortium of 13 universities led by Durham and including researchers from Aston, Birmingham, Brighton, City, Cranfield, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Solent, St Andrews and Ulster universities.

It also brings together over 70 industrial, civic and international organisations as project partners, including shipping companies, ports, equipment and service providers, fuel producers and civic bodies.

Professor Dongping Song at the University of Liverpool Management School commented: “Collaborating with our partners, the University of Liverpool will contribute our expertise in maritime transport, port operations, logistics and supply chain, digitalisation to creating a cleaner maritime environment. In particular, supported by Peel Ports Group, the Hub will take the port of Liverpool as place-based scenario to showcase maritime decarbonisation.”