Brussels, 22-23 May 2019

On 22 May, FEPORT participated in the Industrial Research Advisory Group on the Waterborne Technology Platform. The Waterborne Technology Platform has been set up as an industry-oriented Technology Platform to establish a continuous dialogue between all waterborne stakeholders, such as classification societies, shipbuilders, shipowners, maritime equipment manufacturers, infrastructure and service providers, universities or research institutes, and with the EU Institutions, including Member States. Amongst other objectives, the platform works to establish a continuous dialogue between all stakeholders in the waterborne transport sector and in other waterborne-related sectors on R&D.

During the Industrial Research Advisory Group meeting, participants discussed funding priorities for Manufacturing, Mobility and Logistics as well as Connectivity, Data acquisition and Management. Of interest to FEPORT in these discussions was topics related to Mobility, Logistics and Integration and Information & Communications technologies.

During the meeting, FEPORT emphasized the need to ensure that R&D funds incentives first movers. First movers into new technologies usually bear most of the costs of innovation and deployment. The role of funding should be to make innovation more attractive and should subsequently focus on cutting edge technologies rather than existing technologies or solutions. FEPORT also stressed that ideally funding should be technology neutral and not prescribe certain technologies on industry.