The UK will remain a leading global centre of emerging maritime technology under a new government strategy, Maritime 2050.
Outlining a range of short, medium and long-term proposals for the next 30 years, Maritime 2050 aims to develop technology, people and infrastructure to ensure the maritime industry in the UK continues to thrive.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The maritime industry is vital to the UK, bringing in £14bn to our economy as well as providing thousands of new and exciting careers for people across the country.
“The UK will be at the forefront of emerging technology and seafarer training and will capitalise on selling this expertise to companies across the world.
“The UK will also pioneer the use of virtual and augmented reality in seafarer training as the government looks to establish a Maritime Skills Commission, bringing together leading experts to report on the existing and future needs of the industry.”
However, within days of the Transport Secretary’s announcement, the world’s largest container ship operator Maersk Line, of Denmark, said it is to end the training of cadets from the UK following a decrease in demand for junior officers.
The line said this was part of introducing a new manning structure. The Maersk Line said: “As part of our long term crew strategy, we have decided to adjust the sourcing areas for our international cadet intake. This will result in a significant reduction of cadets that we recruit from countries such as South Africa and the UK.”