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University hosts SEA CHANGE event for COP28

Brittany ferries ship in the harbour

The University of Portsmouth is hosting an event about a new £19.8m project which aims to revolutionise the UK’s maritime sector.

The event on Wednesday 29 November has been organised to coincide with the start of the UN COP28 climate summit and guests can hear all about the city’s new SEA CHANGE project.

SEA CHANGE will design, build and operate a ‘shore power’ system across the three busiest berths at Portsmouth International Port. This will allow visiting ferry or cruise ships to turn off their engines when in the port, as they will be able to ‘plug-in’ and use green electricity to run their onboard systems.

Dr David Hutchinson, Associate Professor in Environmental Innovation at the University of Portsmouth, said: “This exciting new initiative aligns with Portsmouth’s commitment to address climate change. By showcasing a local response to a global challenge, Clean Maritime Portsmouth highlights the importance of regional efforts in contributing to broader international climate goals.”

Portsmouth International Port has been awarded funding from the Zero Emissions Vessels and Infrastructure competition (ZEVI) for the SEA CHANGE project. It is funded by UK Government and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.

Partners alongside Portsmouth International Port include the University, Brittany Ferries, MSE  International B4TIOTICS and Swanbarton.

Dr Hutchinson added: “We’ll be sharing the project’s objectives, milestones and the collaborative efforts driving sustainable practices in the maritime industry. Please join us to hear about the strides being made toward a cleaner and greener future.”

The event is at 6.30pm on Wednesday 29 November at the University of Portsmouth’s Portland Building. It is free to attend, but please register via Eventbrite: