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Chris Grayling      Nusrat Ghani



Chris Grayling and Nus Ghani

Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling:

When I launched Maritime 2050 in February 2018, I was confident that with engagement across Whitehall, the full breadth of the maritime sector, and our maritime academic partners, we would produce a truly visionary long term strategy for the UK maritime sector. This document is bold and aspirational, cementing our ambition to be a world leading maritime nation long into the future.

The global economic picture may change and new technologies emerge, but of one thing I am certain - this country will continue to rely upon the maritime sector for its trading success and many of our essential needs, from the clothes we wear to the food we eat.

The maritime sector is the key enabler for UK manufacturers and suppliers to reach out into international markets and I do not envisage that changing through to 2050. However, to remain a competitive maritime nation it is essential that we capitalise on new opportunities, being both innovative and forward thinking in meeting any challenges that arise.

Maritime 2050 is substantial, reflecting our intention to be as wide ranging and comprehensive as possible. It is founded on a number of core ambitions, demonstrating our bold and aspirational objectives as we head towards and beyond the second half of the 21st century. Our desire is for the UK to be a global leader, promoting a liberalised trading regime that delivers maximum benefit for our maritime sector. In doing so, we must take action now to ensure we are at the forefront of technological advancements, to transform and grow our maritime workforce and be bold and ambitious in progressing clean maritime growth. Underpinning this will be the delivery of maritime infrastructure that matches our future expectations.

Government is committed to working with industry and the wider sector to deliver on our Maritime 2050 commitments and in the development of the route maps. Together we can encourage innovation and investment, collectively shaping and ensuring the success of our UK maritime sector for generations to come.

I am extremely grateful to all those who contributed to the development of Maritime 2050, through an extensive programme of stakeholder engagement and consultation. Your input has been vital, demonstrating real partnership between government and the maritime sector.

Chris Grayling - Secretary of State for Transport



Maritime 2050 clean plan for the future of the industry

The Department for Transport works with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation Clean Maritime Plan and supports the transition to Net Zero by 2050 in line with the International Maritime Organization's (IMO's) targets for zero emission shipping.





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