Five Type 31 Frigates on Order with Babcock

Babcock Team 31 were contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) in November 2019 to deliver five Type 31 frigates.

This exciting programme, part of the new National Shipbuilding Strategy, has sought to bring together traditional experience, advanced design and build practices and innovative technologies. Babcock are immensely proud to be supporting the Royal Navy in this way and are sure that the programme will be of great interest to many other potential customers. Further information is available on Babcock’s website: https://www.babcockinternational.com/what-we-do/marine/defence/type-31/

October 8th, 2020|

Maritime Skills Commissioners announced

Maritime UK, the umbrella body for the maritime sector, is today announcing the inaugural Commissioners to serve on the Maritime Skills Commission.

Government and industry, working through Maritime UK, has established the Maritime Skills Commission (MSC) to lead the sector’s work in ensuring the maritime sector has a pipeline of talented people to serve all parts of the sector covering shipping, ports, leisure marine, engineering, science and professional services.

The MSC is a core element of delivering the Department for Transport’s Maritime 2050 strategy and reports jointly to the Maritime Minister and to Maritime UK’s National Council.

Graham Baldwin, Vice Chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire, was appointed Chair of the Commission in January.

It has been formed to:

  1. Understand the skills needs of the sector, including the effects of technological change, and to make recommendations for action
  2. Ensure that no part of the sector suffers from serious skills shortages or skills gaps
  3. Ensure that the sector has the apprenticeships and qualifications it needs
  4. Ensure the sector has the training provision it needs, (including the use of technology to engage learners and keep costs down)
  5. Provide employers and individuals with clear information about career paths and retraining options
  6. Ensure that employers have good quality recruits for their vacancies through effective promotion of maritime careers
  7. Increase exports of maritime education and training.

The following Commissioners have been appointed to serve on the Commission:

  • Graham Baldwin, Vice-Chancellor, University of Central Lancashire (Chair)
  • Lucy Armstrong, Chair, Port of Tyne
  • Mark Dickinson, General Secretary, Nautilus International
  • Kerry Hourihan, Head of Maritime Skills and Training, Department for Transport
  • Guy Mason, SVP Global Head of Shipping, BP
  • Brian Johnson, Chief Executive, Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  • Monica Kohli, Senior Lawyer, FD&D, Gard (UK) Lawyers
  • Douglas Lang, Group Managing Director, Anglo-Eastern (Offshore)
  • Iain Mackinnon, Secretary, Maritime Skills Alliance
  • Sam McBriar, Director, Maritime Strategy and Marketing, Thales UK
  • Colin McMurray, Director, Scottish Maritime Cluster
  • Kathryn Neilson, Director, Merchant Navy Training Board
  • Linton Roberts, Director Operations, Cammell Laird
  • Alison Rumsey, Chief HR Officer, Associated British Ports
  • Helen Sampson, Director Seafarers International Research Centre, Cardiff University
  • Nikki Sayer, Associate Director, Casper Shipping
  • Alison Thompson, Head Learning and Development, Princess Yachts
  • Karen Waltham, Karen Waltham Consulting

Maritime UK’s Diversity in Maritime Taskforce and Careers Taskforce will work closely with the Commission to ensure their work programmes reflect the latest labour market intelligence produced by the MSC.

The inaugural meeting of the Commission will be on Thursday 2 July 2020.

Graham Baldwin, Chair, Maritime Skills Commission said:

“I am delighted to Chair the Maritime Skills Commission and lead this group of highly skilled, diverse Commissioners to ensure the sector is equipped with a continuous pipeline of talented people and resources. Over the past few months, I have undertaken a robust mapping exercise to ensure the MSC has coverage across the five maritime sectors covered by Maritime UK.

I have also ensured it has the right balance of geographical coverage, seniority, diversity, knowledge of HR and current skills systems, as well as people who understand the impact of technical changes such as automation and digitisation.”

Kelly Tolhurst, Maritime Minister said:

“Our maritime sector thrives because of the well trained, highly skilled makeup of our workers. These commissioners will play a vital role in ensuring employees have the skills they need to keep the industry growing as we navigate our way out of Covid-19.”

Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK said:

“The Commission was always a critical element of Maritime 2050, but now, followingcoronavirus, its role is even more pivotal, and urgent. It has pressing work to get on with tounderstand what impact the pandemic has had, and will have, on the labour market. I amdelighted to welcome the new Commissioners to post and know that they want to get downto work straight away. The Commission is a true embodiment of the kind of partnershipbetween industry and government that we need to enhance the UK’s position as a worldclassmaritime nation.”

July 7th, 2020|

Message to Members of the Scottish Maritime Cluster

Looking forward there are going to be some serious challenges within the Scottish Maritime scene. There will also be significant opportunities. In order to capitalise on these, we will have to think smarter, shed previously held truths and be prepared to move quickly – waiting for things to become “normal” again is not an option for the majority of us.

Overused clichés have been spreading almost as virulently as the Covid virus itself however our businesses have been resilience tested in a way nobody imagined four months ago. None of us would have willingly plunged ourselves into utilising technology without a great deal of planning and testing but that is what we had to do. Lifting social media applications from youngsters’ bedrooms to mainstream lifeline business services happened so quickly and seamlessly. It has allowed us to carry on our businesses uninterrupted for the majority.

It would be interesting to carry out a survey of business firsts utilising digital technology over the last two months.

Pre-existing challenges arising from climate change and geo-politics (including Brexit) and their impact on international trade and our sector in particular have not gone away.

It is against this backdrop that the Scottish Maritime Cluster has had to review its plans and consider how best to continue its supporting role in facilitating the increase in GVA among the members. Our conclusion was that we needed to accelerate those plans and increase our resources in order to deliver within shorter time scales and against a challenging backdrop. Consequently, we have appointed two Executive Directors: Duncan Cunningham and Brian Fulton. Both have spent their careers in the maritime industry and bring to the Cluster different but complimentary skills.

We are able to appoint the new Executive Directors thanks to the continued support and faith shown in our purpose by Scottish Enterprise. Future support will be entirely contingent on us (the members, supported by our Executive Directors) meeting our stated GVA ambitions.

Duncan and Brian will work cooperatively to support business growth, for example by generating joint marketing, innovation or skills. Digitalisation and reducing our environmental impact will be two key areas where they will help to bring together academia, innovation centres, and non-maritime industries so that our members get every advantage possible from exposure to new solutions that they can adopt for their benefit and seek new collaborate partnerships to fully exploit. In parallel and as complimentary work streams, our Executive Directors will be looking at how the Cluster can assist on local sourcing and skills development opportunities.

Duncan and Brian will feature in more and more of our communications. Since communications is a two-way process they will be looking for feed-back and suggestions from the membership on what more we can do for you.

The Board very much looks forward to the next occasion when we can meet in person however, as we have all had to get used to, virtual meetings and workshops will be the norm for the next while.

Whilst we prioritise safety we must also consider the welfare of our future and learn how these last few months can become a springboard for the future growth of our cluster. The Scottish Maritime Cluster has positioned itself to play a valuable role in supporting our Members and to develop the relationships between them.

Douglas W. Lang
Scottish Maritime Cluster Ltd.

Contact Details:
Duncan Cunningham: Telephone: 0141 338 6768
Mobile 07785 256047
Email: duncan.cunningham@scottishmaritimecluster.com

Brian Fulton: Mobile: 07966 461283
Email: brian.fulton@scottishmaritimecluster.com

June 15th, 2020|

UK Maritime Services Brochure

Produced by the Department for International Trade (DIT), the Brochure aims to promote the UK Maritime Services. In addition the brochure also covers the DIT support available to UK maritime services companies.

From the DIT: “This is the first part of a wider strategy to promote UK maritime services, and as such we will be gathering case studies, imagery and input for more focused collateral. We are also working on webinars, and the ways in which we can best market your services to key maritime markets. It will be great to connect you with our overseas staff and target customers through such engagements.

If you would like to find out more about contributing to these efforts, and would like a case study of your company to be included please let us know, and we can explain more.”



April 20th, 2020|

Covid-19 – website Business Hub and related content

Anderson Strathern have converted their website Brexit Hub to a Business Hub.  It now has at its core, coronavirus response content live as follows:

– Business resilience overview

– Covid-19 business resilience checklist

– Job Retention Scheme article

– Government financial support for business article

– Employer guidance

– Contract terms guidance

– Data Protection guidance

– Director’s Duties explanation

Further articles are being prepared – including articles on property law and on construction contracts. All the articles will all be updated as events unfold and further details emerge.

Here is a link to the Business Hub:


You can subscribe for updates through the following link: https://andersonstrathern.co.uk/news-insight/subscribe/

March 26th, 2020|

British Marine Scotland News – New Strategy to Boost Scotland’s Marine Tourism: Giant Strides, 2020-2025

New Strategy to Boost Scotland’s

Marine Tourism:

Giant Strides, 2020-2025

Following on from a successful Marine Tourism and Marine Trades Symposium in November last year, which heralded the launch of the new Draft Marine Tourism Strategy and subsequent consultation on the draft document, we are delighted to announce the launch of Scotland’s Second Marine Tourism Strategy, Giant Strides 2020-2025.  The strategy was officially launched earlier today at the Marine Tourism Conference, hosted by Sail Scotland.

The strategy development has been led by British Marine Scotland in partnership with Royal Yachting Association Scotland, Scottish Canals and Sail Scotland, with support from Stuart McMillan MSP, Convener of the Cross Party Group for Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism.

The new strategy represents the next evolution of the hugely successful Awakening the Giant, Scotland’s first Marine Tourism Strategy. However, Giant Strides takes a much broader view of marine tourism, its role within coastal and island communities and the significant benefits marine tourism can deliver for communities, the environment and the economy of Scotland.  This is intended to be a strategy of influence and takes a partnership approach to strategic development.

The success of this strategy rests in how it is used. As a business, community group or club the strategy provides a wealth of information that will help your planning and development.  It may even inspire you to come forward as a partner to work on one or more of the 14 objectives.

If you want to partner, the route to action is through the partnership planning process.  This will be convened by the Cross Party Group and will start over the next few weeks. To note your interest, please contact the CPG secretary on admin@ryascotland.org.uk

British Marine Scotland would like to thank the many individuals and organisations who responded to the consultation to help shape this strategy.  A consultation report will be available soon.

Click here to read the new strategy, Giant Strides, 2020-2025.

Best regards,

British Marine Scotland

March 13th, 2020|

“Our Oceans: Our Future” (ITN Productions & City of Glasgow College)

City of Glasgow College, in celebration of 50 years delivering Maritime education on the Clyde has partnered with ITN and IMarEST in the “Our Oceans: Our Future” global initiative.

The short film provides a flavour of the college’s adaptive and forward thinking approach.

Courtesy of ITN Productions & City of Glasgow College: https://itnproductions.wistia.com/medias/ml8lvlmx5j 

November 26th, 2019|

MarRI UK proposals

The support that Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) can offer Scottish companies falls into 2 main categories – support for competitive funding streams (that are not from Scottish Enterprise) and support in finding international business partners. These are discussed below along with upcoming events and other services.

EEN is a network that spans 60 countries, 600 organisations and with 4000 EEN points of contact across these organisations. With such a large network, EEN has specific sector groups – I am a member of the Maritime sector group and the Energy sector group. In Scotland the EEN contacts are all full time employees of Scottish Enterprise or Highland Council.

More info here – https://www.enterprise-europe-scotland.com

Support for Competitive Funding

EEN can support companies by providing a review of proposals before they are submitted to funding competitions. This has mainly been for the various Innovate UK competitions such as Smart and also for EU funding streams such as SME Instrument and Eurostars. We are now starting to support companies with reviews of the MarRI calls. In general, a team of 2-4 people will be assembled for the review and detailed comments of the teams opinions will be given back to the company via a meeting along with an annotated copy of the proposal. These funding streams tend to be very competitive and we have received positive feedback from companies for providing our opinions on their proposals – these often include some of the common issues we are aware of when answering these competitive calls. Ideally, if a first draft is given 3-4 weeks before deadline, this would give enough time for us to review and give feedback in time for the company to complete another iteration. It is always recommended to get in touch as early as possible if your company is thinking of submitting to a call and would like review – it has become a popular service and although we do try to help as many companies as possible, we are limited by what we can do with the size of the team. Get in early with the support request so we can set aside time for your company.

First point of contact for more information on support for competitive funding is Liam Angus – liam.angus@scotent.co.uk


We are happy to support companies in finding new international business partners; we have helped SMEs promote their innovative business services all the way through to supporting multinationals with specific technology requests to access the greater SME community. We are also happy to support companies when they are looking for additional partners for specific funding projects such as with H2020

Where there is a short timescale with a request from a Scottish company, we could approach the EEN country contacts of the appropriate sector group directly and ask for any interested companies within their network.

If time is less of an issue we can publish a “profile” on the EEN database and an example maritime profile from the Netherlands is here – https://www.enterprise-europe-scotland.com/content/search/profile-detail/?TechRef=TRNL20191003001

Profiles are anonymous and are available for anyone to read. We have found that the greatest number of expressions of interest arise from “technology requests”. Technology and business offers tend to get less expressions of interest unless they are something that is quite innovative. There are internal and external review of profiles before they are published and therefore it can take up to a couple of weeks before they are live.

The partnering database can be searched here – https://www.enterprise-europe-scotland.com/content/search/

The main point of contact for all Maritime and Energy partnering enquiries is myself, Craig Moir at craig.moir@scotent.co.uk

NB – I will be in Rotterdam for the maritime sector group meeting at the start of November – if any company has a specific partnering request I would be more than happy to represent them. Over 20 countries will be assembled at this meeting and each EEN contact will bring a slide deck with requests and offers from their companies – 1 slide per company. Hot topics such as green shipping and digitalisation will also be discussed along with any updates from each countries maritime clusters and support organisations.


There is an Aberdeen event on Innovate UK funding at the end of November – event is almost full so there are limited places. There will be another event in Spring next year – venue and date TBC.


Other Services

Business innovation coaching – we are running a pilot programme for SMEs to help with aspects of innovation in their company. The coaching is squarely aimed at innovative companies that have international ambitions. This could be for a variety of areas such as innovation management, leadership or even marketing. Several offshore energy companies have now used this service and there has been good feedback on the positive impact that coaching has had on the companies involved.

To access this, a short, anonymous online form will be completed by the senior team at a company. Following this there will be a meeting to discuss which areas the senior team, through the form, has itself identified as being weak or strong. The meeting will conclude with a decision on where a coach would have most benefit for the company. A shortlist of coaches, both from UK and international, will be presented to the company, one of which will be chosen by the company. Coaching can last up to 10 days.

First point of contact for more information on business coaching is Alex Blackshaw – alex.blackshaw@scotent.co.uk

H2020 and Brexit guidance

There are specific H2020 calls related to maritime including decarbonising shipping. The UK government has provided guidance on H2020 after Brexit and this is included here:


November 18th, 2019|

Northern Lighthouse Board’s Scottish Users’ Consultative Group Meeting

The 2019 meeting of the Northern Lighthouse Board’s Scottish Users’ Consultative Group will take place on Tuesday, 5 November at 10:30 hours.

The location this year is again the Stevenson Rooms at the NLB’s Headquarters at 84 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 3DA.

Coffee will be available from 09:45 hours and a buffet lunch will be served after the meeting.

It would be much appreciated if you could advise us in advance whether or not you (or a representative) will be available to attend the meeting, via email SUCG@nlb.org.uk no later than Friday 25 October 2019.

October 14th, 2019|

Scottish Maritime Cluster Round Table at LISW 2019

London International Shipping Week 2019

Douglas Lang, the Chairman of the Scottish Maritime Cluster joined a panel discussion during LISW ’19 with the UK Shipping Minister Nujarat Ghani and chaired by Harry Theochari, of UK Maritime. Maritime cluster representatives from Hong Kong, Ireland, Malta, New York, Norway and Singapore also took part.

It was an interesting and wide ranging discussion however what became very apparent is the varying interpretations of the purpose and ambitions of the various clusters. The SMC Chairman made their position very clear; “we are all about creating, GVA and if what we do does not meet that criteria, then we shouldn’t be doing it”.

October 14th, 2019|

Scottish Maritime Cluster Evening Reception at LISW 2019

London International Shipping Week 2019

On the evening of Monday the 9th September the members and their guests gathered on board the “NLV Pharos” for a reception showcasing the strength and depth of the Scottish maritime scene. This was the second LISW reception organised by the Cluster and with the on board setting, moored alongside “HMS Belfast”, with a backdrop of Tower Bridge and warm evening sunshine it was the perfect setting.

The Board of the SMC welcomed politicians from the UK and Scottish Government as well as senior figures from UK maritime bodies. A small delegation from Dubai Maritime were also present.

The success of the evening can be measured by the fact that we had to extend the reception due to the reluctance of our guests to leave and from the “vibe” picked-up at several other venues throughout the week.

We owe a huge “thank you” to the NLB, firstly for taking “Pharos” south and secondly creating the perfect venue for the evening. The Board are already scratching their heads as to how we top this in 2021!

October 14th, 2019|

Marimatch international maritime B2B matchmaking event at Europort 2019

Meet new business partners & expand your research & innovation network in the maritime sector. Marimatch, the international maritime B2B matchmaking event organised by Enterprise Europe Network, is focused on international cooperation to speed up innovation. The matchmaking event offers the opportunity for 1:1 speed dating with new business partners. Find out more here:


October 14th, 2019|

Scottish Maritime Cluster Launch New Website

The Scottish Maritime Cluster is delighted to launch its new website to coincide with International Shipping Week in London. Our new website has been designed to provide information for members and visitors alike as well as news and events information and contact details as well as links to job opportunities. It’s designed to work equally well on mobile and tablet devices too. Keep visiting as we’ll be adding a secure members area in the future.

September 3rd, 2019|
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