News: Badr Moutik crowned winner at 2021 Maritime Masters Finalists Reception

The 4th winner of Maritime Masters programme is Badr Moutik of Liverpool John Moores University.

Maritime UK's Maritime Masters programme is designed to strengthen links between UK industry and academia by promoting academic excellence amongst students and their universities, whilst providing valuable research to support the maritime sector’s collaborative work.

Students adopt research topics proposed by industry as their masters dissertation and present their findings to industry leaders at a high-level event on completion of their studies. Industry leaders vote for their winning research and participating students will be able to gain work experience within industry.

2021's finalist reception was held on Thursday at the London offices of Clarksons Platou. Following presentations by each finalist, the audience voted for their winning research. Badr Moutik of Liverpool John Moores University clinched the prize. 

The University courses chosen represented a broad overview of UK academic abilities, ranging from naval architecture to maritime economics, ship management to shipping law. The research projects, tailored by University academic staff, related to contemporary issues concerning the UK maritime sector and its position within the global maritime environment.

Robin Mortimer, Maritime UK's Vice Chair, attended the event and awarded Moutik with the prize for his research on Carbon Negative Shipping for 2030: Develop a concept for a containership energy system that is carbon negative:  Combination of Carbon Capture Technology and e-methanol.

The other topics presented by the finalists included:

  • A feasibility study on LGN bunkering at UK ports
  • Optimising the economics of short sea shipping through decarbonisation
  • How revolutionising existing biofouling technology can reduce emissions
  • Autonomous vessels: collisions and cyber risk insurance
  • Experimental investigation of the damage tolerance of Natural Fibre Hybrid Composites
  • How machine learning can prevent unmanned surface vessel collisions
  • Forecasting Chinese iron ore imports using AIS

Throughout the year maritime businesses have supported students with their research. The Maritime Masters programme is sponsored by Royal HaksoningDHV, Clarksons Platou and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. 

The event brought together students with industry colleagues, some of whom have mentored the students throughout their research.