Bibby Marine awarded funding to aid decarbonisation research

Bibby Marine has been awarded government funding under the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition 2 (CMDC 2) to continue its research into the decarbonisation of its vessels.

The Department for Transport allocated over £14m to 31 projects supported by 121 organisations from across the UK to deliver feasibility studies and collaborative research and development projects in clean maritime solutions.

The funding will allow the Service Operation Vessel Offshore Charging System project to continue its research into the use of electrical batteries to power vessels, and how they are charged both on and offshore. 

“This programme is the next step in the vital, back breaking technical groundwork we need to undertake, to lead us to towards a brighter zero carbon future,” says Bibby Marine CEO, Nigel Quinn.

“Climate change is one of the biggest threats we have ever faced, and the shipping industry, whilst efficient versus other modes of transportation, still has a huge task to decarbonise. However, the good news is that clean, and cleaner, fuel pathways are key enablers to making this happen.

“We are excited to continue the work we have begun with our partners, and we hope that our research can enable us to bring our vision of an electrically powered SOV, coupled with the ability to charge offshore, into reality.” 

The CMDC 2 is part of the UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emission’s (UK SHORE) flagship multi-year CMDC programme. The first green submarine study was named as one of 55 winning projects of the £23m pot in September 2021.

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