considering entering/applying for the UKRI - Innovate KTN, funding
grants, it is a requirement that you work with the Maritime and
Coastguard Agency (MCA). It appears that the MCA are involved to help
the Department for Transport formulate policy leading up to and during
the transition to zero emission vessels.
in 2022 is split into two Strands:
Strand 1: Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 3 – Vessel or Infrastructure demonstrations
Strand 2: Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 3 –Vessel and Infrastructure combined demonstrations
For strand 1, project costs can be £1m-£8m: for strand 2, costs can be £2m-£10m.
note that on the MCA's website, there is no specific mention of
collaboration with the KTN or UKRI and the funding call for such
projects, as of 27 October 2022. Hence, there is no specific guidance
available for applicants.
Projects which include a vessel intended to operate at sea must include
appropriate demonstrations for a minimum of 4 weeks at sea, subject to
compliance with relevant regulations, before proceeding to sea.
These vessels cannot proceed to sea without relevant seagoing certification.
rules out many hydrogen specials, so limiting innovation to existing
craft formats. Since, certification of new designs is a long winded and
extremely costly exercise.
According to the rules for this funding round, the MCA may also contact successful projects shortly after winners are notified to discuss the details of your
project, and a failure to engage with the MCA when requested could result in your project being suspended or funding withdrawn.
it is a pre-condition, and engineered as such that MCA's involvement
could micro-manage, to the extent of rendering such project impossible
to proceed. For example, if they do not like a concept, or have already
decided on a different approach, and your innovation does not conform. A
good example of which is the John Harisson's Marine Chronometer and the
Board of Longitute.
such frustrations intervene to breaking point, you might want to
consider entering the JVH2,
where there are no interferences. Giving you a free hand, other than
what your associates and partners may consider prudent, and agreeing
what class and course you are considering.
THE MCA DOES
Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport (DfT).
They provide a 24-hour maritime and coastal search and rescue emergency coordination and response service for the United Kingdom.
They produce legislation and guidance and provide certification to ships and seafarers. Through our survey and inspection regime, we enforce standards for ship safety, security, pollution prevention and seafarer health, safety and welfare. We promote maritime standards, encourage economic growth and minimise the maritime sector’s environmental impact.
Their vision is to be a world-leading organisation, accelerating the transition to sustainable shipping with non-negotiable safety standards. We put our people, our customers and our planet at the heart of everything we do. Focusing on the themes of safety and sustainability, growth and innovation.
WHY THEIR WORK MATTERS
According to their website, the MCA contribute to the wider Department for Transport objectives of boosting economic growth and opportunity, improving journeys delivering safe, secure and sustainable transport, promoting a culture of efficiency, and building a one nation Britain. The MCA fulfils an essential safety role across the United Kingdom’s maritime environment.
Examples of MCA work includes:
- HM Coastguard responding to more than 33,000 incidents in 2020
- their marine surveyors carrying out more than 2,800 inspections and almost 3,000 surveys on United Kingdom registered ships; and close to 1,500 port state control inspections of foreign registered ships which can lead to around 40 ship detentions each year
- setting standards to protect over 11,000 miles of coastline and being ready to respond to pollution incidents;
- encouraging safe behaviours from over 200 million coastal tourist visits
- promoting and enforcing better safety amongst the 12,000 workers on 5,700 fishing vessels
- facilitate the implementation of trials and projects, support regulation updates and drive forward change in industry in the uptake of innovative technologies in both emission reduction and autonomy
Their core responsibilities are:
- co-ordinating a 24-hour search and rescue service by HM Coastguard and all search and rescue helicopter operations throughout the United Kingdom
- acting as lead authority and Category 1 responder for maritime emergencies under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004
- preventing maritime pollution and responding to pollution events
- monitoring vessel movement in United Kingdom waters and further offshore
supporting the Secretary of State’s Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention (SOSREP)
- promoting and administering the UK Ship Register
- promoting and enforcing compliance with maritime rules, regulations and best practice, making sure that legislation is proportionate for business
- undertaking the survey and inspection of United Kingdom registered ships
- checking the safety and quality of ships and welfare, certification and training of seafarers operating under the Red Ensign
- promoting the Red Ensign Group of Ship Registers as high quality, business-friendly flags
- undertaking audit and providing assurance of the Red Ensign Group, in accordance with international requirements and the United Kingdoms obligations
- certificating independent survey organisations
- working with the Department for Transport on policy advice for Ministers
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL STATUTE & CONVENTIONS
The MCA are responsible for implementation in the United Kingdom of the following major international maritime conventions:
* The International Convention of the High Seas, 1958, article 12
Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, and Protocol, 1988
International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
Standards of training, certification and watch-keeping for Seafarers 1978
The International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, 1979
Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), 1973, and Protocol, 1978
Load Lines, 1966, and Protocol of 1988
Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006
International Convention on the control of harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships (AFS), 2001
DAMIEN OLIVER - CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Damien Oliver was appointed interim Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in October 2022.
Damien is a Chartered Project Professional through the Association of Project Managers with experience in project delivery that spans nearly twenty years. Damien started his career in the Civil Service in 2001 and has held a range of project delivery roles.
He joined the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Aviation team in 2007 where his first task was to project manage the delivery of brand-new Coastguard helicopters.
Between February 2013 and April 2015, Damien was the Business Change Manager for the UK Search and Rescue Helicopter Programme. Following this, Damien was responsible for aviation in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). He managed the implementation of a £1.9bn search and rescue helicopter service that has saved the lives of over 6,000 people since operations began in April 2015.
Damien was appointed Commercial and Programmes Director in February 2018, accountable for a £230m annual programme budget and a £70m annual capital budget. He is also the Senior Responsible Owner for three major programmes; the £2.2bn Second Generation Aviation Search and Rescue Programme (UKSAR2G) which will replace the current fleet of Coastguard helicopters and planes, the Radio Network Infrastructure Replacement (RNIR) Programme which will replace the Coastguard’s current radio network infrastructure and IT infrastructure, and the Blue Light Technical Transformation (BLLT) Programme for the replacement of all the technology that enables His Majesty’s Coastguard to do its job.
Chief Executive - The Chief Executive, Maritime and Coastguard Agency is responsible for the overall performance of the MCA, including achieving the goals set out in its business plan. They are also the Accounting Officer for the MCA.
CHRISTOPHER RODRIGUES CBE - NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
Christopher Rodrigues became Chairman of the Port of London Authority in January 2016, Chairman of the Royal Ballet School in January 2020 and Chairman of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency in April 2021. In May 2018 he became an Ambassador for the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), and in January 2019 Council Member and Chairman of the Development Committee at University College School, Hampstead.
Christopher was Chairman of Openwork from January 2014 – June 2020; Chairman of the British Council from 2016 – 2019; Chairman of the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association from 2013 – 2019; Chairman of VisitBritain from 2007 – 2017; Chairman of International Personal Finance and Windsor Leadership from 2007 – 2015; Chairman of The Almeida Theatre from 2008 – 2016. Christopher was a Council member of the National Trust from 1997 – 2004, and again from 2010 – 2012, and a Trustee from 2012 – 2016. He was on the Executive Committee of WTTC from 2007 – 2016.
Christopher is a graduate of Cambridge University (MA) and the Harvard Business School (MBA, Baker Scholar). He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University of Surrey (DUniv) in April 2013. He rowed for Cambridge in the 1970 and 1971 Boat Races, is a past-Chairman of Leander Club and is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta.
Christopher was made a Commander of the British Empire in the 2007 New Year Honours list for services to British business interests and charitable works in the UK and USA.
CLAIRE HUGHES - DIRECTOR OF HM COASTGUARD
Claire Hughes joined the MCA in 2000, holding various roles within the HR team and working up to the role of HR Director and Chief People Officer in 2012. Claire was also on secondment as Director of HR at the Department for Transport from January – July 2015.
In 2020, Claire took up the role of Director of HM Coastguard (HMCG) at the MCA. Since taking up this post, Claire has been working closely with HMCG colleagues to evolve Coastguard operations including its technology and is strengthening its leadership capability to drive a renewed culture.
During the pandemic, Claire and the team have ensured that HMCG has continued to provide its dedicated 24/7 Coastguard service fulfilling our search and rescue commitments and responding to incidents with professionalism and expertise.
Claire leads a diverse work force, including uniformed coastguards, volunteer coastguards, emergency responders, operational room staff, policy officials and administrative support staff.
Claire is a chartered fellow of CIPD and holds a BA in Human Resource Management.
KATY WARE - DIRECTOR OF UK MARITIME SERVICES
Katy was appointed as the Director of UK Maritime Services (formerly Maritime Safety & Standards) in April 2016.
Katy studied Marine Technology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where she graduated with Honour’s degree in Marine Technology. Katy qualified as a Chartered Engineer with the Royal Institute of Naval Architects.
Upon graduation from University Katy joined LRS as a trainee ship surveyor.
In 1999, Katy joined the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) Southampton Marine office as a flag State surveyor, Port State Control Officer, ISM lead auditor, ISPS Code officer and ILO Auditor.
Katy took a two year secondment with the Department for Transport, where she worked on maritime environmental issues.
In 2009, Katy was promoted to Principal for Marine Technology for the Maritime & Coastguard Agency. Katy was the lead policy official for all matters relating to life-saving appliances and fire-safety.
From 2011 Katy was appointed the Permanent Representative of the UK the International Maritime
Organization. Her role was to facilitate, coordinate and negotiate all maritime matters between other Governmental Departments, the European Union and the
Organization. Katy currently retains this status.
Maritime & Coastguard Agency
105 Commercial Road
Main switchboard: 0203 817 2000
Emergencies: Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard
Press enquiries: 020381 72222 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)
UK SHIP REGISTER
Customer Services: merchant and bareboat charter registration
105 Commercial Road
Merchant Ships: 023 8032 9197
Small Ships: +44(0)29 2044 8813
Fishing Vessels: +44(0)29 2044 8855
Pleasure Vessels: +44(0)29 2044 8866
7:30am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday.
UK BEACON REGISTRY
Telephone: +44 (0)20 3817 2006
Fax: +44 (0)1326 319264
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (except public holidays).
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS
Freedom of Information
105 Commercial Road
VESSEL LOW AND ZERO EMISSION TECHNOLOGIES:
- vessel propulsion and auxiliary engines, for example, battery, fuel
cell, and internal combustion engines using low or zero carbon alternative fuels such as
hydrogen, methanol or
ammonia, including hybrids and engines capable of using multiple fuels including zero emission options.
propulsion, including soft-sail, fixed-sail, rotor, kite and turbine technologies, targeting a range of ship types from small vessels to large cargo carriers, both as primary and auxiliary propulsion.
- low carbon energy storage and management
physical connections to shoreside power or alternative fuels, including fuelling lines
enabling technologies such as motors, drives, sensor and power electronics
If after consideration of the above, you still want help to find a project partner, contact Matthew Moss, KTM for Maritime, at Innovate UK KTN.