Call for technology innovation

cranes Cranes in service at ABPs Port of Hull. Image: ABP
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The UK’s largest port operator is co-running a competition for UK technology businesses to provide innovative solutions to help provide energy saving, emissions reduction and efficiency boosting measures which can improve the sustainability of port operations.

Associated British Ports (ABP) is partnering with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), to run the EnSiX Challenge Competition, which will run until the end of October. It will address three main areas: reducing emissions from heavy lifting equipment at ports; systems and processes which can enhance equipment operator training and provide assisted inspection tools; and, novel alternative approaches to vessel propulsion systems.

Mike McCartain, ABP’s group director of safety, marine and engineering, said: “Improving efficiency and delivering more sustainable services to our customers is part of our ongoing commitment. The UK can be immensely proud of its engineering heritage and we are drawing on this pool of world-class talent to help us meet these challenges.”

Zero carbon goal

As the industry strives to be zero carbon by 2050, the winning businesses will be given a commercial opportunity to work with ABP to develop and roll out new technology across its network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales.

KTN is the network partner for Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK Government.

Colin Tattam, director of KTN, said: “KTN is delighted to support ABP’s drive to sustainable port services. The Innovation Exchange programme provides a sector agnostic approach to promoting innovation challenges. The opportunity for SMEs to pitch their cross-sector solutions to a major operator such as ABP is a key factor in helping innovation flourish.”

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