UK Marine Industries Alliance



The UK Marine Industries have a strength and vibrancy built on a global outlook, an expertise in advanced engineering and the ability to adapt and innovate.  

The UK Marine Industries Alliance is bringing  together all aspects of this diverse sector with the goal of working together to secure the maximum opportunity for the industry to flourish. All UK companies, trade associations and public sector agencies operating in the marine sector are offered free membership of the UK Marine Industries Alliance, and use of its brand identity. UK ships, boats, marine systems and equipment, skills and expertise are recognised throughout the world.  The ‘marine industries’ manufacture and provide support services in the Leisure, Naval, Commercial, Offshore Renewable Energy and other sectors.  They:

  • Include over 5,000 companies across the UK, not just on our coasts 
  • Employ nearly 95,000 people across the UK
  • £4bn gross value added
  • £1.8bn tax contribution 

UK Marine World Class Capability  

The UK’s marine engineering and services companies have many great strengths that have driven forward key developments in equipment and product design and technical innovation.  The UK is the fourth largest shipbuilder in Europe and the third largest in boatbuilding. This important sector directly employs nearly 90,000 people across the UK. It is a sector that is thriving, with plans to grow even stronger in the years ahead, building on competitive strengths that have been developed over many years.  UK marine equipment manufacturers, operators and service companies offer complex design, manufacturing and service solutions to major energy, shipbuilding, boatbuilding and defence customers in the UK and across the world. Our offer encompasses an extensive marine innovation ecosystem and we lead the world in offshore renewable power development. This is supported by a world leading research and development (R&D) and academic base, including marine R&D centres, excellent technical knowledge and skills, and a very strong international reputation for quality.

The 'UK Marine World Class Capability' brochure can only provide a brief introduction to all that the UK has to offer across a broad range of marine engineering disciplines, from design and manufacture through to disposal. We have over 5,000 companies offering world class capabilities that meet the highest international standards and incorporate the latest technological advances. The UK marine industries have a strength and vibrancy built on a global outlook, an expertise in advanced engineering and the ability to adapt and innovate. We aim to maintain a leading technological edge by sustaining and expanding this important business sector.  

Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) links with UK Marine Industries Alliance  

The Council 
The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) Chief Executive, John Murray is a vice chair of the Marine Industries Leadership Council and its working groups are formally an "ad-hoc advisory group", and unincorporated.  Members give their time and commitment freely and no fee or expenses are paid.  The power of this system is that (at minimal cost) to can manage and orchestrate a unified and comprehensive approach to growth and export for the whole marine industries. 

The Council generally meets four times a year to review progress on its overall aims, and to review progress reported by working group chairmen.  These "theme leaders" are responsible for delivering the strategic objectives.  Their groups will meet, identify and solve problems, and report to the Council on success and on issues that need ministerial attention.   

The Council will track performance of the strategy as follows:

  • Aligned to theme plans - Theme leaders monitor and control progress in line with specific objectives and measures of success 
  • Every 6 months - Council review progress, based on theme leader reports on the measures of success (issued one week in advance of Council Meeting) 
  • Every 2 1/2 years - Secretariat and Steering Group reviews strategy, including statistics 
  • Every 5 years - Council reviews strategy 
  • Ongoing - All will maintain understanding of external divers and influences, and proposed amendments when necessary   

Image Working Group 
David Kelly, Director of Asia-Pacific, IMarEST, is the chair of the IWG. This Group's mission is to increase stakeholder and public awareness of the marine industries value.  The IWG was formed by volunteer industry and Government stakeholders. It meets as required and actions are delivered by members. 


  • The IWG has generated press coverage of the new collaborative action the marine industries and has supported influencers in communicating the change 
  • It has developed the UK Marine Industries Alliance brand
  • It has also presented the strategy development to regional audiences

Broad Objectives: 

  1. To develop and implement a unified voice to engage target audiences 
  2. To define and implement an image change plan
  3. Annually to establish common statistics for the marine industries and Maritime UK
  4. To establish an annual marine industries forum  

September 2015 

In September 2015 a major report examining how to maximise Britain’s potential as a maritime nation was published during London International Shipping Week. The study led by Lord Mountevans, Chairman of Maritime UK, and supported by an advisory group of 8 leading figures from industry, examined how Britain can build on the success of an industry that contributes at least £11 billion to the UK economy annually and supports more than 113,000 jobs and 6,600 businesses. It considered the opportunities and challenges that the UK faces in maintaining its position as a leading maritime centre. It looked at all aspects of the maritime sector and identified where action could be taken to generate growth and recommendations to government and industry to help the UK maritime sector continue to compete globally and identified opportunities for growth.

Chair of the Maritime Growth Study Lord Mountevans said,

"I am a passionate believer in the importance of the maritime sector to our island trading nation, and very aware of the reliance of the rest of the world on our diverse maritime cluster. This report is the culmination of months of work involving widespread engagement and detailed research. I am very grateful to all those who have engaged in the study. The result is a ‘call to arms’ to industry and government to actively support and raise the profile of a vital sector that contributes significantly to the economy and which the nation relies on to meet its daily needs."



October 2015 

In October 2015 the MIA unveiled an updated technology roadmap which highlighted global trends and the opportunities for UK marine and maritime businesses. 

It was commissioned and funded by Innovate UK with support from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Knowledge Transfer Network (now Innovate UK).

Nearly 80 organisations contributed to the report, representing businesses building, repairing or refitting vessels or those supplying marine equipment and services for the commercial, leisure, naval and marine science sectors.

Globally competitive
The UK marine industry is estimated to generate £8.1 billion of gross value added, including approximately £3.3 billion of direct revenue. It supports 175,000 workers, including 74,000 directly employed within the industry.

John Murray, Chief Executive of the Society of Marine Industries, said, 

"The 2015 Marine Industries Technology Roadmap underpins the common vision and strategy of both industry and government working together to develop export-led growth. It provides a picture of where the global market is going, the trends and drivers affecting the market as well as highlighting the technologies the industry needs to develop. Knowledge of this will ensure the UK marine industry continues to be globally competitive."

The roadmap identifies 7 main areas of opportunity:

  • whole-vessel integration
  • design, integration, manufacture and operation of autonomous vessels and systems
  • design, manufacture and refit of superyachts, and high-end powerboats and sailing yachts
  • extended use of composites and other novel materials
  • design and manufacture of specialist vessels for the offshore energy and naval sectors
  • through-life operation (including refits and conversions)
  • decision support systems

The report recommends investment in 5 areas of technical capability:

  • design and manufacturing techniques
  • electronics, sensors, communications and control, data management and big data analytics
  • energy efficiency and environmental protection
  • structures and materials
  • autonomous systems



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