UK: Felixstowe port selected for clean marine technology development program

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The Felixstow port As one of the beneficiaries of Department of Transportation (CMDC) Clean Marine Demonstration Competition.

Developed in collaboration with Cranfield University, Siswell C and EDF, the project includes a feasibility study of Eastern Freeport’s potential to become a net zero port and net zero energy hub for third parties and the adjacent area, taking advantage of opportunities such as the local presence of existing and newly built nuclear power plants in Sizewell.

Commenting on the project, Chris Lewis, CEO of Felixstowe Port“There is significant use of fossil fuels in ports around the world,” he said. “Completely replacing hydrocarbons is a major challenge. In some cases, alternatives to technology are available, but in many cases they are still in their infancy or facing other obstacles to adoption. All solutions require a significant investment. The study will identify the solutions that give the best viable result in terms of speed and efficiency towards net zero.”

In addition to removing carbon from the port’s own operations, the study will also look at how Freeport East plays a role in helping to reduce or remove carbon from associated and adjacent businesses.

Freeport East is one of eight new freeports in England announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in March. Port of Felixstowe and Harwich International are Freeport partners along with many city councils and local business associations from New Anglia and the Southeast.

In November 2020, the Prime Minister’s Ten Points Plan for the Green Industrial Revolution included £20 million for CMDC to develop clean marine technology.

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