• 30 Oct, 2020
Accelerating Energy Innovation for the Blue Economy

The Economist Intelligence Unit examines the past, present and future of energy innovation for the blue economy. The report looks at the energy needs of different ocean economy sectors, assesses groundbreaking innovations and outlines an enabling environment for energy innovation within the blue economy. Based on three case studies and in-depth interviews with 30 energy and blue economy experts, this report provides valuable insights for all stakeholders working to develop new, clean solutions for the blue economy and beyond.

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  • 28 Oct, 2020
Advanced Master on Blue Growth

The Master in Sustainable Blue Growth is established to bring scientific excellence and technological innovation at the centre of a number of Blue Growth initiatives.

The Master is jointly organized by the University of Trieste and OGS to support the creation of stable and attractive blue career pathways throughout strengthening professional skills and enhancing competencies in fields related to sustainable blue growth.

Application: http://bluegrowth.inogs.it/advanced-master-sustainable-blue-growth

Application Deadline: 28 October 2020, 23.59 CET (Italian Time) 

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  • 27 Oct, 2020
Link to Web steaming and presentations of webinar "What...

Thank you to all of those who participated in the webinar "What future for Blue economy?" the 27th of October 2020. 

For those who could not join, you will find below the link to the event webpage. You will find there the link to the web steaming as well as presentations made by the different speakers:


We encourage you to concretely contribute to the formulation of the new approach for a sustainable blue economy via the on line consultation that is open until 7 December 2020, midnight Brussels time.


You can also send written contributions to MARE-A3-SBE@ec.europa.eu

Kind regards,

MARE A3 SBE team

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  • 01 Oct, 2020
Maersk takes cold ironing concept out to sea

Maersk Supply Service and Danish utility Ørsted have joined forces to test a prototype buoy that will act as both a mooring point and a charging station for vessels. The solution, developed by Maersk Supply Service, will be tested on one of Ørsted’s offshore wind farms in 2021.

The charging buoy will be able to bring green electricity to offshore wind farm service vessels and potentially to a wide range of maritime vessels if the project takes off. The buoy can be used to charge the smaller battery- or hybrid-electrical vessels and to supply power to larger vessels, enabling them to turn off their engines when laying idle.

The prototype buoy, which has received significant funding from the Danish state, has been developed by Maersk Supply Service while Ørsted is responsible for the buoy’s integration with the electrical grid at the offshore wind farm. The charging buoy will be tested in the second half of 2021, where it will supply overnight power to one of Ørsted’s service vessels.

Upon technical validation and commercial ramp up, the electrical charging buoy has significant potential, the two partners claim, to contribute positively to reduce emissions for the maritime industry. This will happen through displacing tens of thousands of tons of fuel consumed every year in the wider maritime sector by enabling inactive vessels to turn engines off and replace energy consumption and charge batteries with renewable electricity. Within five years of global operation, Maersk Supply Service has the ambition to remove 5.5m tons of CO2, additionally avoiding particulate matter, NOx, and Sox.

Ørsted intends to make any intellectual property generated in designing the integration of the buoy into the offshore wind asset publicly available to maximise the uptake potential of this carbon reduction innovation across the offshore wind sector.

“The charging buoy tackles a multitude of problems; lower emissions, offering a safe mooring point for vessels, better power efficiency and eliminating engine noise. This is also a solution that can be implemented on a global scale, and one that can be adapted as the maritime industry moves towards hybridisation and electrification,” said Jonas Munch Agerskov, managing director for offshore renewables at Maersk Supply Service.

“Ørsted has set the ambitious target of having carbon neutral operations in 2025, which includes the operations of our offshore wind farms. Technical and commercial innovation is central to Ørsted’s ability to provide real, tangible solutions to achieve our operational ambitions – and we need our partners’ support,” said Mark Porter, head of operations at Ørsted Offshore.

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  • 30 Sep, 2020
Information Seminar “Maritime Spatial Planning in the R...

On September 23, Scientific and Research Institute of Maritime Spatial Planning Ermak Northwest jointly with MIREA – Russian Technological University held the information seminar “Maritime Spatial Planning in the Russian Federation. Why It's Necessary for Russia” for federal and regional authorities. The seminar was held in a mixed mode, combining in-person and online participants. Venue — RTU MIREA Campus, Moscow.


The seminar participants discussed the prospects for promoting Maritime Spatial Planning in Russia, national circumstances of water area management system, and the coastal component in the regional socio-economic development strategies. Welcome addresses were given by: Stanislav Kuj, Rector of RTU MIREA; Nuretdin Inamov, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation; Igor Kapyrin, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.


The discussion on promoting Maritime Spatial Planning in Russia will be continued at the round tables “Russia’s Strategic Planning System for the Development of Maritime Activities, and the Maritime Spatial Planning” and “Multilateral Regional Cooperation in the Black Sea Based on the Maritime Economy: Opportunities and Prospects” to be held as part of the Strategic Planning Leaders Forum 2020, October 27.


Website : https://forumstrategov.ru/eng/news156.html

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  • 30 Sep, 2020
Credit Suisse raises $212m for 'world's first' ocean he...

Swiss investment bank Credit Suisse has partnered with Rockefeller Asset Management to launch an impact fund that will finance projects improving ocean health, raising $212m pre-launch. The businesses claim that the ‘Ocean Engagement Fund’ is the first impact fund of its kind, in that it is solely dedicated to and fully aligned with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: Life Below Water. The Goal includes targets to address issues such as overfishing, marine pollution and acidification, and to boost conservation and restoration. READ MORE


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  • 30 Sep, 2020
Members of the new EU4Ocean Platform on ocean literacy

The EU4Ocean Platform connects diverse organisations, projects and people that contribute to ocean literacy and the sustainable management of the ocean and aims at uniting the voices of Europeans to make the ocean everyone’s concern. Explore the Map of the Month to discover who the > 100 members are, where they are located and what their field of work is.



Website : https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/atlas/maritime_atlas/#lang=EN;p=w;bkgd=1;theme=354:0.8;c=3171518.3832054734,8063071.86330463;z=5


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  • 30 Sep, 2020
New booklet: Next Generation Climate Science for Oceans...

On 30 September 2020, four transnational projects on climate-ocean interactions funded under the framework of JPI Climate & JPI Oceans held a successful joint kick-off webinar. Marking the occasion, a new booklet “Next Generation Climate Science for Oceans – Research projects 2020-2023” features the projects.



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  • 29 Sep, 2020
Euronews Ocean season 2, episode 8: Maritime transport

The EU's maritime transport industry strives to reduce its impact on the environment with innovative solutions like battery-operated vessels, wind-powered ships and carbon-neutral shipping. The industry sets new environmental goals — but can it deliver?


Website: https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/press/euronews-ocean-season-2-episode-8-maritime-transport_en


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  • 29 Sep, 2020
Mission Starfish 2030: Restore our Ocean and Waters

Inspired by the shape of the starfish, the Mission has five overarching objectives for 2030: Filling the knowledge and emotional gap, regenerating marine and freshwater ecosystems, zero pollution, decarbonising our ocean, and waters revamping governance. These five objectives are mutually supportive and taken together, the Mission Starfish 2030 will enable the restoration of the water cycle as a whole.

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  • 25 Sep, 2020
EU4Ocean Thematic Workshops

: On 25 September 2020, the EU4Ocean thematic workshops on Climate and Ocean, Food from the Ocean or Healthy and Clean Ocean, discussed and gathered ideas for effective Ocean Literacy actions.

The EU4Ocean workshop “Designing Ocean Literacy action in Europe” built momentum for collective actions and knowledge sharing. At the three parallel thematic workshops, it was discussed and gathered ideas on how to help citizens in European landlocked or inland areas become Ocean Literate. The three themes of the parallel workshops were:

  • Climate and Ocean,
  • Food from the Ocean, and
  • Healthy and Clean Ocean.

More info could be found here.

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  • 22 Sep, 2020
Maritime Informatics: an emerging discipline for a digi...

The maritime industry recognises there is a need for smarter collaboration to enhance operations, satisfy clients’ expectation of transparency and predictability and respond to societal concerns. Maritime Informatics, originally defined as “the application of information systems to increase the efficiency, safety, and ecological sustainability of the world’s shipping industry” was developed by data scientists to meet the needs of practice and to be applied cooperatively by practitioners and data scientists

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