Cross-Cutting Maritime Technologies Workshop | JPI OCEANS

Cross-Cutting Maritime Technologies Workshop

2017.06.15

Cross-Cutting Maritime Technologies Workshop

On May 18th, JPI Oceans hosted a workshop at the European Maritime Day on Enabling and Cross-Cutting Maritime Technologies. Experts from different industries were brought together to break the “silo mentality” and identify cross-cutting technology-related challenges that act as bottlenecks for multiple sectors.

An active participation from the audience also provided vital insights into the current state of play During the event it was stressed that well established maritime sectors can benefit from technological innovations as well as the new ‘Blue Growth’ sectors. Specific cross-cutting technologies which may offer major advantages have already been identified (e.g. in Lloyds Register Global Marine Trends 2030).

From an industry perspective, there is a need for new technology now. If European developments cannot offer solutions, industry will look into international sources. Pierre Perrocheau, representing SEA Europe, clearly addressed this point. The European maritime industry is proactive but needs continuous investment to maintain its leadership.

Iain Shepherd, from the business-led consortium Marine Southeast, pointed out how multipurpose offshore platforms under development offer tremendous opportunities, creating new value chains by serving multiple end-user markets. Challenging initiatives such as the development of autonomous vessels and platforms (e.g. cargo carriers) are ongoing.

As well as identifying the state of play, participants also discussed what needs to be done. It was thought that multiple stakeholders’ action is needed to define common goals and keep a competitive advantage. Innovation funding/projects should aim to identify clear targets, to define the common ground for a worldwide fair competition, including themes and good processes, as well as responsibilities for each step; skilled and fit for purpose people is key.

In terms of ocean literacy, it was agreed that society needs a wider, more holistic understanding of the oceans role in sustainability. Environmental restoration actions should only be implemented if they are not an excuse for delaying the ban of a misbehave (e.g. littering) and following a well-informed debate.

Marine and maritime industry sectors need to learn from each other, but also from non-marine sectors. Co-design of research and innovation programmes with industry is key to ensure that it generates the results needed towards commercialization. Gilles Lericolais, member of the JPI Oceans Management Board and Executive Committee, brought the example of underwater technologies as driver for innovation on future exploration of the sea. A prominent sector where public-private collaboration is key.

Industry will participate in these discussions if the topics are interesting. But implementing innovation and scaling up also needs to be supported by infrastructures, test-beds, and the right regulatory environment. It is also important to access and make best use of existing knowledge.

Considering a massive development and deployment of autonomous platforms and vehicles, together with an estimated drop of technology costs in the next years, the definition of new rules and regulation for the use of autonomous multi-use systems is needed.

Alongside industry developments there is a need for scientific baseline assessments of the marine environment and a need to develop ways to identify and measure impacts.

The 30 million Euro COFUND ERA-NET on Marine and Maritime Technologies (MarTERA) presented by Ulrich Wolf (Juelich Research Center) is a good step forward in funding cross cutting technology developments. If further calls are initiated industry could be more directly involved in identifying the priorities for investment.


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