News from the UK Government

05 October 2018

UK MCA wins funding for smart shipping initiative

The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is among 15 winning bidders for grants from the Government's £10 million Regulators’ Pioneer Fund.

The fund aims to support bodies in creating "a regulatory environment that gives innovative businesses the confidence to invest, innovate and deploy emerging technologies for the benefit of consumers and the wider economy", according to a statement from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DfBEIS).

The MCA's project, titled 'Putting Wind in the Sails of the UK Autonomous and Smart Shipping Industries', was awarded an undisclosed sum by DfBEIS.

This project will establish a regulatory ‘innovation lab’ that will bring together industry specialists, academics and government to pioneer new approaches to the regulatory challenges facing the Smart Shipping and Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship (MASS) industry.

The lab will make marine and maritime data assets available to remove barriers and spur new collaborations.

The initiative aims to drive innovation and position the UK as a world leader in the MASS space.

For more information on the Regulators' Pioneer Fund and its beneficiaries, click here



The MCA work to prevent the loss of life on the coast and at sea, produce legislation and guidance on maritime matters, and provide certification to seafarers. The MCA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Transport. w: