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‘UK maritime firms must seize opportunities presented by Clean Air Strategy 2019’ says Andy Page of Chartwell Marine

This week, the UK Government launched the Clean Air Strategy 2019, a report showing how the Government will tackle air pollution, making the UK’s air healthier to breathe, protecting nature and boosting the economy, covering how the UK will approach tackling vessel emissions.

Andy Page, Managing Director of Chartwell Marine, a specialist in hybrid propulsion and Naval Architectural consultancy business which supports boat builders and vessel operators worldwide, has drawn attention to the government clearly outlining how it is going to help tackle the issue of emissions at UK ports and highlights how funding research into alternative vessel propulsion is going to be critical.

Andy Page, Naval Architect and Managing Director of Chartwell Marine, said:

“The Clean Air Strategy 2019 commitments are very promising for the sustainable development of the maritime industry – but the government now needs to clearly outline how it is going to help the industry tackle the issue of emissions at UK ports and meet the agreements put in place in conjunction with the IMO. The emphasis is now going to be on the Maritime 2050 and UK Clean Maritime plans to deliver coherent strategies for meeting these goals.

In particular, funding and incentivising research into alternative vessel propulsion is going to be critical for ensuring that a focus on emissions reduction doesn’t come at the expense of a thriving UK maritime sector. Effective hybrid and electric propulsion isn’t as straightforward as swapping a diesel engine for an electric motor, and the R&D budget assigned to creating innovative new vessel designs will need to be extensive.

That said, if managed correctly, tackling this challenge may present huge commercial opportunities for UK naval architects and shipyards. Emissions legislation throughout Europe, the US and Asia is driving increased scrutiny on vessel design, and it is in the collective interest of the UK sector that the Clean Maritime Council delivers on its promise to create clean growth opportunities.”
Source: Chartwell Marine

Clean Air Strategy 2019 [PDF]

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