The government has appointed a group of experts that could see new technology like autonomous ships and digital ports on the agenda for global shipping.
The team of experts will work closely with industry contacts to help make sure the UK stays at the forefront of global shipping.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has also launched a call for evidence on Maritime 2050 – the Government’s landmark strategy to make the most of future opportunities for the nation’s maritime industries to thrive.
“The success of the UK depends on our shipping – it helps put food in our cupboards and fuel in our vehicles,” said Grayling. “We want to maintain our position as a world leading maritime nation and working with the experts from within maritime, as well as those with broader experience, will help us ensure we take every opportunity open to this vital sector.
“Maritime 2050 is a once in a generation opportunity to set an ambitious vision for the future of this key sector and I encourage all of those who depend on shipping to have their say.”
The call for evidence, which closes on 16 May, highlights a number of themes fundamental to the growth of UK maritime – technology, trade, infrastructure, environment, people and security/resilience.