Innovation Hub


At the forefront of pioneering advancements in the maritime sector stands the 2050 Maritime Innovation Hub – a groundbreaking collaborative venture in the UK. This initiative brings together key industry players, including the Port of Tyne, Drax, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC), Nissan, Connected Places Catapult, Accenture, Royal Haskoning DHV, Ubisoft, and the Department for Transport. This visionary partnership represents a significant leap towards the future of maritime innovation, uniting to address technological challenges on a national and global scale.

The 2050 Maritime Innovation Hub operates as a dynamic catalyst, fostering collaboration among partners to advance the maritime sector and the broader logistics industry. Encouraging the exchange of ideas, harnessing cutting-edge research and development, promoting technological advancements, and tackling shared challenges head-on, the hub aligns seamlessly with the strategic vision outlined in the Maritime 2050 Strategy.

In collaboration with the Department for Transport and Maritime UK, the Maritime 2050 Innovation Hub is committed to ensuring its initiatives yield significant benefits for the entire maritime sector. For those seeking further information or wishing to engage with the hub, inquiries and contributions are warmly welcomed at

Our Annual event: Maritime Innovation Week

The 2050 Maritime Innovation Hub took center stage as the host of the highly successful Maritime Innovation Week. This three-day event unfolded across the North East and the iconic BT Tower in central London through a revamped studio platform. The Innovation Hub's role as the epicenter of maritime innovation was further solidified during this dynamic event.

The event kicked off with keynote sessions featuring industry experts from around the globe. The virtual platform facilitated seamless interactions and Q&A sessions, allowing participants to actively engage with over 50 speakers, including:

  • Rt Hon Ruth Kelly, Lead Independent Director at Gorilla Technology Group, Former Minister in Blair and Brown governments, with diverse experience in finance, academia, and politics. Leading the innovation charge at Gorilla Technology Group.
  • Andy Sutton, Engineer & Principal Network Architect at BT Group, 35+ years in telecommunications, specializing in 4G and 5G radio access networks, mobile backhaul, satellite communications, and fixed microwave radio systems

  • Kit Williams, Maritime Sustainability Skills Manager at Maritime UK. Leads the "Skills for Green Jobs" workstream, addressing the green skills shortage in the Maritime sector.

For further updates and engagement with the 2050 Maritime Innovation Hub, stay tuned to our website and feel free to reach out via email at

Our Digital Space

Unlike many other live events, the story of Maritime Innovation Week is not a closed chapter but rather an ever-expanding narrative. The event legacy lives on, shaping the future of maritime innovation in ways that extend far beyond the confines of a single event, forging a new era where the possibilities are boundless.

As part of the project we have created a Digital Hub that continues the exploration, collaboration and narrative from the seeds planted during Maritime Innovation Week. It is here that the spirit of innovation, ignited during the event, finds a permanent home – a home for on-going collaboration, ideation, and the continuous evolution of maritime technologies.

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