24 January 2019


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On January 24th, 2019, Searica Intergoup, chaired by MEP Gesine Meissner, organized a well attended event: “Fit for the Future - Research and Development for the European Waterborne sector”

The objective of the event was to present the content of the Strategic Research Agenda and discussing with policy makers and other stakeholders about the needs and importance of the Waterborne community with respect to research and development.

The Waterborne Technology Platform brings together all waterborne stakeholders: shipbuilders, shipowners (both maritime and inland navigation), maritime equipment manufacturers, port terminals, logistics service providers, classification societies, universities or research institutes who strongly believe that it does not make sense to think in silos when it comes to investing in research and development as all the challenges that the waterborne community faces are similar. It is therefore essential to join forces and send a clear message to policy makers.

The platform has developed a Strategic Research Agenda, which establishes the goals and priorities on research to achieve a smart, sustainable, safe and clean waterborne Europe.

The agenda provides a long-term vision and missions for a climate neutral economy, an innovative and competitive high-tech sector and a prosperous European society. The Waterborne TP which stands as a new version of the previous Waterborne Platform has also been officially launched on January 24th, 2019 with a support from a number of industry and corporate stakeholders among them FEPORT.

In concrete, the new Strategic Research Agenda of the Waterborne TP will transform waterborne transport in Europe and worldwide into a clean, green, safe and more secure mode of transport through the development of dedicated technologies and concepts that will eliminate all harmful emissions from the sector by 2050.

The agenda will also help the waterborne sector to further develop Europe’s leadership in blue growth activities and will contribute to untapping the great potential of the oceans, seas and inland waters as a source of natural resources, in a sustainable manner. In addition, the agenda will pave the way for the creation of new business models for the Blue Economy in Europe.

Finally, the agenda will enable the waterborne sector to better integrate shipping and inland navigation into seamless port and logistic operations. By doing so, it will contribute to enhancing the overall European transport and mobility systems.

To fulfil these objectives, Europe’s waterborne industry will need to invest significantly in research and development activities, whilst the European Commission and Member States of the EU will need to back the industry with sufficient financial incentives. To that end, the Waterborne TP calls upon the European Commission and the Member States for a proper inclusion of the Waterborne sector in Horizon Europe as well as in other financial programmes. Furthermore, the fulfilment of these objectives will also require supporting policies from the European Commission.


Source: FEPORT and Sea Europe