The '2050 Innovation Hub' will see partners cooperate to develop solutions to the technological challenges facing the maritime sector and the wider logistics industry both nationally and globally.

As a centre for collaboration between several technology organisations and industry partners, the Maritime 2050 Innovation Hub aims to also attract more young people into the maritime sector.

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In addition, it fully aligns with the Government’s Maritime 2050 Strategy and it will work closely with the Department for Transport and MarRI-UK to make sure that it delivers for the benefit of the maritime sector as a whole.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, stated on the occasion:

The British maritime sector is world famous for driving innovation. The Innovation Hub is a fantastic way to increase efficiency, making the our ports more attractive to businesses at home and abroad as well as ensuring the UK continues to lead the way in maritime technology for decades to come

Moreover, Frans Calje, PD Ports Chief Executive Officer, noted that Northern Ports must collaborate with manufacturers and technology partners to enhance their global competiveness and rebalance the economy. The 2050 Innovation Hub will enable the sharing of knowledge and expertise to lead revolutionary change in the maritime industry powered by advancing technologies.