Connected Places podcast

Reimagining the UK’s ports and maritime economy

15 Sekunden vorwärts
15 Sekunden vorwärts

The United Kingdom is a maritime nation. Our ports have long been hubs connecting Britain to the rest of the world. Yet if we think of ports as under-utilised hubs of innovation, things start to get exciting!

Whether it’s 5G, autonomous systems, or net zero infrastructure, our ports can foster diverse innovation ecosystems. They can also be powerful engines of regional growth, as well as gateways to new global markets and routes to foreign direct investment.

With the right vision and imagination, we have the tools and capabilities to write a new and exciting chapter in Britain’s maritime story.

This episode features a special guest, David Shukman, the BBC’s former Science Editor, who’s reported from around the world on climate change and the environment for 30 years.

We also meet some of the innovators and port operators who are writing that new maritime story, like Bob Sanguinetti, CEO of Aberdeen Harbour and Nolan Gray, Freeport Director at Tees Valley Combined Authority. We hear from Anna Ziou, Policy Director at the UK Chamber of Shipping, as well as Mark Wharton and Sophie Peachy from IOTICS, a UK company specialising in data and digital twin technology.

Music on this episode is by Blue Dot Sessions and Phill Ward Music (

Show notes:

To find out more about our Clean Maritime Demonstrator project in Aberdeen, click here.

To learn more about our work on the future of the UK’s Freeports, click here.

To learn about how our ports are increasing being seen as hubs of clean energy and innovation, click here.

To download our report on Hubs of Innovation, click here, and you can also read our playbook for place leaders by clicking here.

And to register for the Maritime Innovation Week, which the Catapult is participating in as part of London Innovation Week from 13th-17th June, click here.

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