Maritime 2050 launched

The UK’s Department for Transport has launched Maritime 2050, its first ever long-term strategy for the UK maritime sector.

The strategy has been developed in close collaboration with Maritime UK, the body for the UK maritime sector.

Maritime UK Chair Harry Theochari said: “For the first time the maritime sector has a real long-term strategy – setting out what government and industry will do to position the UK as the world’s leading maritime nation over the coming decades in an increasingly competitive global context. The global ocean economy will double in value to $3trn by 2030. Competitor maritime nations are hungry for the prize, and Maritime 2050 will ensure that the UK is best-placed to capitalise.

Brexit has raised the profile of the sector, not least owing to national debate on the UK’s future trade relations. Whilst the sector is determined to manage the UK’s departure from the EU as smoothly as possible, it is also focused Beyond Brexit.

The strategy is founded on seven core ambitions, demonstrating the country’s bold and aspirational objectives: UK competitive advantage; Technology; People; Environment; Trade; Infrastructure; Security and Resilience.

By Jake Frith

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