Text update 11 July 2023: we have changed the following:
Bracketed word (green) after methanol has been removed in the Specific Themes section.
Bullet point entry: the exclusion focusing on the use of synthetic fuels has an additional note of clarification. Synthetic methanol, ammonia and hydrogen are not excluded.
The aim of this competition is to fund real world demonstrations, pre-deployment trials and feasibility studies into clean maritime technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The aim of this strand is to fund real world demonstrations of clean maritime technologies in an operational setting.
Your project must develop, test and deploy novel clean maritime technologies focused on on-vessel technologies, shoreside or offshore infrastructure, including at ports, harbours and wind farms.
Projects that will demonstrate on either vessels or infrastructure separately must apply into Strand 1 of the competition. If you are in any doubt about which strand to apply into, you must check by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 working days before the competition closes. If you apply into the wrong strand, you will be ineligible, and your application will not be assessed.
If you apply into the wrong strand, you will be ineligible and your application will not be assessed.
Your project must:
- underpin a full commercial and operational technology deployment after March 2025, by delivering a meaningful operational demonstration in real world conditions for at least two weeks before April 2025
- achieve market potential through a clear strategy for commercialising the technology and the products, demonstrating the potential for significant value to the UK
- deliver emissions reduction by demonstrating a significant greenhouse gas reduction
- bring together a team with the necessary expertise and experience to successfully deliver the project objectives, and include at least one representative end user such as a vessel operator, port or harbour authority
At the end of your real-world operational demonstration project, you must:
- produce a clear, detailed and costed plan to fully scale and enter the solution into UK and global markets over the next 3 years, including your technical approach, objectives and business case
- detail your plan for compliance with regulation and how you will work with relevant regulatory bodies for novel technologies
- quantify the reduction of lifecycle emissions and positive economic impacts in the future, including citing usage data from the demonstration
- explain your understanding of any remaining barriers to full market adoption
- detail the expected commercial applications and exploitation to target customers and potential market segments for your outcomes
- share your findings with The Department for Transport (DfT), Maritime and Coastguard agency (MCA) and Innovate UK in your end of project report
- produce a detailed plan for disseminating the results of your demonstration project and knowledge sharing with clean maritime stakeholders and industry
Successful projects will be required to engage with the Department for Transport (DfT), Innovate UK and any third party contractors appointed by them related to CMDC projects.
Your demonstration must include the technology and vessel being used in a representative real world operational environment for a period of at least two weeks.
There is no fixed definition of how projects must undertake their demonstration and use this minimum two week period. The demonstration will depend on your project, technology and what is required to prove its performance. We strongly encourage projects to utilise this minimum two week period fully and to gather as much performance data as possible.
Your application must clearly state how you plan to undertake the demonstration, including how much time in operational use you currently expect and why this is appropriate for your project. During the demonstration you must validate the technology or vessel’s operation for the use case or target market and capture data on the performance.
Projects which include a vessel intended to operate at sea must include appropriate demonstrations for a minimum of two weeks at sea. Projects may undertake initial tests in categorised waters before progressing to sea, subject to compliance with relevant regulations, but this will not count towards the two week minimum demonstration period.
Vessel demonstrations should plan to be in a variety of sea states. Vessels must comply with and be certificated in accordance with relevant regulations before proceeding to sea.
Projects which include vessels operating on categorised waters, for example, inland waterways, that will never operate at sea can complete their full demonstration within categorised waters.
Vessels must comply with relevant regulations when undertaking voyages and where appropriate, be certificated subject to vessel type. These vessels cannot proceed to sea without relevant seagoing certification.
Projects involving a vessel must engage with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) during the project. The MCA may also contact successful projects shortly after winners are notified to discuss the details of your project. Failure to engage with the MCA when requested could result in your project being suspended or funding withdrawn.
Types of vessel
Technologies for all sizes and categories of maritime vessel subject to the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 are in scope. Solutions can be suitable for one target size of vessel or multiple. Pleasure and commercial vessels are in scope.
Where your project intends to utilise a vessel, the vessel is expected to be a United Kingdom Ship, otherwise you must provide justification for use of a non-United Kingdom Ship in your application. United Kingdom Ship is defined in 85(2) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.
Types of infrastructure
All ports and harbours are in scope, including infrastructure for freight, passenger, pleasure and commercial vessels. Offshore infrastructure is also in scope, such as wind farms.
Value for the UK
We strongly encourage projects from around the UK to support boosting jobs and economic growth, including projects from ports, vessel operators, vessel manufacturers and their supply chain. We welcome projects from areas with existing clean maritime expertise or co-located in clusters of renewable energy production and usage including hydrogen.
You must clearly demonstrate how you will anchor intellectual property (IP) generated by the project in the UK. You must also show how this IP will be exploited for the benefit of the UK supply chain in the future.
Previous applications and projects
We encourage projects that have been successful and were funded by the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC) Round 2, to apply for further funding support to continue developing your project. You are not required to have been successful in a previous round of the CMDCs to apply with an eligible project to Round 4.
If funded for a project in Round 3 of the CMDC, you are ineligible for funding to demonstrate the same project or technology concept in Round 4.
Once your project is completed, you are expected to be at the point that you are investment and construction ready to fully scale the solution and take it to market.
UK Domestic green shipping corridors
If your proposal focusses on a demonstration of a domestic green shipping corridor, you must demonstrate a vessel navigating between both ends of the corridor in real-world operational setting. To qualify as a corridor, at least one zero-emission (well-to-wake) vessel must be transiting the route during the minimum two week demonstration period.
If your domestic green shipping corridor project does not require investment in both a vessel and infrastructure at either end of the corridor then you should apply into Strand 1.
At the end of your domestic green corridor project you must also:
- provide annual additional costs of delivering the corridor, considering various market participants, for example, ship owners, ports, fuel suppliers, with clear plans to meet costs, covering both private and public funding sources
- prove the direct and indirect environmental impacts from delivering the corridors, including impacts on greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions
- produce a clear plan for scaling up the number of zero-emission vessels and corresponding landside infrastructure, replicating the corridor elsewhere, and potential additional benefits to other routes and the wider fleet
- demonstrate potential scalable zero emission energy source options for the corridor
- quantify the energy requirements each year, with a clear plan for how this would be produced, imported, distributed, stored and bunkered, and the conditions to mobilise and meet demand
- prove the design of the zero-emission vessels that are being used on the corridor, for example, newbuild or retrofit vessels, with a clear plan for how more vessels would be delivered after the demonstration project
- prove how the fuel will be safely and effectively supplied and bunkered, and stored on board vessels
- include a clear plan for how the corridor would comply with all relevant regulations, for example safety regulations
- develop a clear plan for disseminating learnings and data from the corridor across the industry
We want to fund a variety of projects across different technologies, strands, markets, technological maturities, theme, location, and research categories. We call this a portfolio approach.