European Network of Maritime Clusters (ENMC) discusses the future of the maritime industry during EU Shipping Week

It was with great pleasure that the European Network of Maritime Clusters (ENMC) welcomed the maritime stakeholders at the European Shipping Week to discuss the future of the European maritime industry and the economics of the clusters behind it.

The President of the ENMC, Arjen Uytendaal welcomed the new Commissioner Sinkeviçius (Environment, Oceans and Fisheries) who addressed in his speech the incredible potential of the offshore renewable sector.  He called out for the maritime clusters to be pioneers. Financing the future was a topic as well: one of the recent examples is the just introduce BlueInvest Fund. The commissioner highlighted the importance of the co-programmed Partnership zero emission waterborne transport in the new Horizon Europe program. His call for “getting the EU Green deal more Blue, and the Blue more Green” was welcome by the sector.

There are four key takeaways from the dialogue with the maritime stakeholders, who represented maritime clusters from various countries in Europe and the representatives from the maritime trade associations active in Brussel:

  • share the maritime priority agenda with other ecosystems such as the automotive and the aviation sector;
  • develop a timeframe for alternative fuels and propulsion including an estimate of the investment needed for shipowners, shipbuilders, Ports and other relevant parties;
  • make sure we have data showing the drivers of the current and the new maritime and offshore sector
  • make life more easy for SME’s in getting access for funds for decarbonization of their business.

The European Network of Maritime Cluster is looking forward to continue the dialogue and will host the second stakeholder meeting in September in Brussels.

For more information contact Marjolein van Noort .