The maritime sector has many different players: shipowners, shipyards, suppliers including many SMEs, ports, engineering agencies, knowledge institutes, governments, international organisations and environmental groups (NGOs). It is by definition an international field which brings with it a special dynamic. Not only shipping, but also the potential of the seas as a source of sources and nutrients are important factors to consider.
However, maritime activities rarely stand alone. The connection with the hinterland, by water or by land, is of great importance to make projects successful. If the Netherlands are to remain at the forefront of the maritime field, innovation is of vital importance. Only then we can continue to provide high-quality products and services with high added value.
Themes of the maritime technology sector
The most important developments in the sector are:
Reducing the ecological impact, including:
- Energy conservation
- Alternative fuel sources, e.g. LNG, hybrid systems
- Invasive exotics from ballast water and bio-fouling
- Environmental pollution
- Activities in arctic environments
- Plastic soup.
Reinforcing logistical chains, multimodality or connections to:
- Inland shipping
- Road transport.
Use of the sea for:
- Extracting natural resources
- Extracting energy, both sustainable and fossil
Relevant grant programmes
- Horizon 2020
- Wadden Sea Fund
- Provincial and regional programmes
- Innovation credit
Examples of projects in the maritime sector
SME instruments application Greening transport for the demonstration of an innovative concept of transporting perishable liquid foods by water.