3,000 businesses

and 40,000 jobs on the South Coast


Europe's leading cruise port

£5.5 billion

generated for the South Hampshire economy


people employed, directly and indirectly

Maritime: An ocean economy

The UK marine and maritime sector contributes around £47bn GVA and employs around 500,000 people. By 2030 the ‘ocean economy’ is predicted to be worth $3 trillion globally.  Hampshire is at the front and centre; the sector generates more than £5.5bn and employs circa 120,000 people and is forged on centuries of tradition.


Innovation exchange

A culture of innovation is embedded in the UK’s maritime sector; we are known throughout the world for marine and maritime excellence and commitment to constant innovation.

With three universities with specialist marine capabilities, Hampshire is at the cutting edge of innovation and technology for the marine industry.

The South Coast Marine Cluster, which encompasses the South Hampshire coastal area, represents more than 20% of UK marine manufacturing.

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A sea of talent

Together with our South Coast Marine Cluster partners we offer access to 32 world-renowned universities and research institutions and a large and growing network of sector-leading innovative marine companies.

The National Oceanography Centre in Southampton is a world-leading research institution in large scale oceanography and ocean measurement technology innovation.

The University of Southampton, University of Portsmouth and Solent University are all specialist marine capabilities, Hampshire is at the cutting edge of innovation and technology for the marine industry.  Our strength in innovation and technology supports the marine sector and provides transferable skills to others such, as offshore wind and tidal energy companies, aerospace, and automotive industries.


Internationally renowned

Hampshire’s reputation for producing very high-quality leisure marine and superyacht design contributes directly to the UK’s international reputation for designing and building prestige vessels desired and bought all around the world.  


Marine and Maritime Stories

Key contact:

Gareth Roberts
Sector Growth Manager
07738 120566