Shell granted £1.5m for the Centre. The Centre will have a key role in delivering UN International Maritime Organisation’s goal to reduce greenhouse emissions from international shipping by 50% by 2050.

Moreover, the Centre will provide funding for PhD students and Post-doctoral Fellowships at the University, ensuring students and researchers at the university can continue to work alongside experts at Shell to address critical challenges facing the maritime sector.

In light of this partnership, Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President of Shell Shipping & Maritime, commented

The maritime sector needs to work together to meet the IMO’s decarbonisation goals. The Centre for Maritime Futures will play an important role in bringing together researchers, students and industry to tackle challenges facing the sector.

Additionally, Professor Mark E. Smith, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Southampton noted

Industry and researchers need to join forces and take a collaborative lead in creating cleaner, more sustainable energy –a key societal goal. Thanks to this gift of £1.5 million we can take our long-standing collaboration with Shell even further.