Project

UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund is investing £33M in Northern Ireland, to kick start a shipbuilding resurgence right in the heart of Belfast harbour.


Key Objectives:

  • Develop the technical and operational requirements for a maritime transport system of the future;
  • Undertake fundamental research into marine composite materials, integration of sensors, anti-fouling, collision avoidance systems, cyber security and safety;
  • Create an education programme and route to high-value jobs;
  • Act as a catalyst for collaboration between Northern Ireland’s marine, aerospace and automotive clusters; and
  • Demonstrate the technologies and innovations created during the project though the operation of passenger ferry pilot scheme.

Project Timeline

2018
  • Belfast Maritime Consortium formed.
2020
  • Funding awarded and project begins.
  • Business Secretary visits members of the Belfast Maritime Consortium.
2021
  • University led fundamental research projects begin.
  • Artemis Technologies maritime simulator relocates to Northern Ireland.
  • Opening of project exhibit & community engagement at the W5 Science Museum.
  • Belfast Metropolitan College electrical and composite technician courses begin.
  • 11m workboat technology demonstrator launched.
2022
  • Sub-system testing on technology demonstrator.
  • New advanced maritime design and manufacturing facility opens in Belfast Harbour.
  • Manufacturing of ferry prototype begins.
2023
  • Launch of ferry prototype and sea trials.
  • Passenger ferry pilot scheme operation.
2024
  • Project completed.