The European Commission to invest €15,1 million in new maritime projects

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Sustainable Blue Economy call - results

22 new sustainable blue projects have been selected for funding by the European Commission under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). 104 companies from 22 countries will share €15.1 million.  

The call was divided into 4 strands. The biggest share goes to Demonstration and market projects (almost 9 million). Blue networks and Fighting marine litter will share € 2.3 million for each strand. One project was selected in the strand Restoring ecosystems and will receive €1.5 million.

These projects are the results of a selection made under a call for proposal launched to accelerate the deployment of a sustainable blue economy across the EU and the Mediterranean.

They will work on the following topics: innovation (de-risking investment in demonstration projects), environment (fighting marine litter and restoring ecosystems), cooperation for a sustainable blue economy and better ocean governance in the Mediterranean sea basin.





Demonstration projects

Project Short description Countries
VPSTTG: VPS for Tidal Turbine Generators VPSTTG will design, manufacture and test an improved tidal turbine’s pitch system – an important component enabling technology for more cost-effective tidal energy turbines. UK and Spain
OCEANMET: Cost-efficient oceano-meteorological data service for reliable real-time information and marine forecast OCEANMET will demonstrate the technical and commercial feasibility of a service of wave data generated by a network of buoys equipped with optimised inertial sensors. Spain, Portugal and France
EASY FEED: Eco-aquaponics systems – 100% sustainable and profitable EU fish-farming EASY FEED will validate the use of an innovative aquaculture organic feed formula, based on locally grown quinoa and spirulina, to reduce the aquaculture sector’s dependence on marine resources. Spain and Portugal
DiveSafe: Integrated system for scientific and environmental underwater surveys, with advanced health & safety features DiveSafe will integrate a number of diving-related technologies, equipment and apps into a comprehensive solution allowing for more efficient and safe professional diving missions. Greece, Italy, Israel, Malta and Turkey
SpaceTech4Sea: Implementing Aerospace Technology on Marine LNG Applications Promoting Sustainable Blue Economy SpaceTech4Sea will demonstrate, validate and commercialise an innovative ultralight LNG fuel tank in the maritime sector, by utilising cutting-edge aerospace technologies and novel shipbuilding techniques. Greece and USA
SpecTUNA: Automated modular system for cutting and classifying frozen tuna using hyperspectral characterization SpecTUNA will automate the tuna preparation step prior to canning and provide information on the quality characterisation of each of the pieces by using hyperspectral image analysis and robotics. Spain and Portugal
DEMO-BLUESMARTFEED: Demonstration project of a smart technology for monitoring the delivery of feed for a sustainable aquaculture DEMO-BLUESMARTFEED will validate the SICA technology (Smart System for Feeding Control, in English) to monitor and optimise aquaculture feed supply, hence reducing feed waste. Spain and Greece
LEAPWind: Leading Edge Advanced Protection using novel thermoplastic materials and processes for offshore Wind turbine lades LEAPWind aims to commercialise a novel component that tackles offshore wind turbine blade erosion at manufacturing stage, to increase productivity of turbines and reduce maintenance and repair costs. Ireland and The Netherlands
AlgaeDemo: Demonstration of large scale seaweed cultivation at open sea and the positive effects thereof on the ocean AlgaeDemo aims to demonstrate the sustainable, large-scale (1.4 ha) industrial cultivation of selected seaweed species at open sea, with automated seeding, harvesting and monitoring. Belgium and The Netherlands
GREENing the BLUE: bound4blue wingsail demonstration project GREENing the BLUE presents the full-scale demonstration of a foldable wingsail solution based on aeronautical design, which reduces fuel use and pollutant emissions in maritime transport through wind energy co-propulsion. Spain and Germany
FTL-FISH: Follow The Light – LED devices to lower non-target catch in retail supply chain FTL-FISH will demonstrate the commercial viability of introducing light-emitting devices into fishing gear to lower non-target bycatch in fishing activities. UK and France


Fighting marine litter

Project Short description Countries
marGnet: Mapping and recycling of marine litter and Ghost nets on the sea-floor marGnet will set up and test multi-level solutions to monitor, map, prevent, remove and recycle marine litter from sea-based sources present on the seafloor. Italy and Croatia
BLUENET: Creating new life for discarded fishing and aquaculture gears to prevent marine litter generation BLUENET will set up a programme for recycling abandoned, lost or discarded fishing and aquaculture gear: recovering gear from the sea and using it as raw material to manufacture new gear. Spain and Italy
NetTag: Tagging fishing gears and enhancing on board best-practices to promote waste free fisheries NetTag will develop and test new technologies (acoustic device and robotic recovery system) to reduce lost gears and organise awareness-raising activities on marine litter for fishermen. Portugal, UK and Spain
OCEANETS: Technological approaches for circular economy solutions in terms of prevention, recover, re-use and recycle of fishing gears to obtain added-value products in the textile industry OCEANETS will develop an ICT tool to prevent fishing gear loss and optimise the recycling technologies to produce high-quality fabrics from plastic nets. Spain and Czech Republic
AQUA-LIT: Preventive Measures for Averting the Discarding of Litter in the Marine Environment from the Aquaculture Industry AQUA-LIT will develop a toolbox of innovative ideas and methodologies to prevent marine littering from aquaculture activities and to remove litter from aquaculture facilities. Hungary, Portugal, Belgium, Spain and France


Blue networks in the Mediterranean

Project Short description Countries
Cluster ACT: Aggregation and Collaboration Tools to enhance cluster network in the maritime sector Cluster ACT will develop a mechanism for maritime clusters’ networking and collaboration with private investors to enhance innovation and business development. Italy, Spain, Greece, Croatia and Egypt
DEEP BLUE: Developing Education and Employment Partnerships for a Sustainable Blue Growth in the Western Mediterranean Region DEEP BLUE will promote collaboration between marine and maritime education, research, and training centres to strengthen relevant skills and increase capacity building for blue career development. Italy, Spain and Tunisia
MedSkippers: Professional skippers in the Mediterranean MedSkippers aims to harmonise the training and recognition of professional skippers of small commercial vessels and expand their skill set to boost the nautical charter sector. Spain, Cyprus, Greece and Morocco
CMES-WestMed: Common Maritime Education Standards in the West Mediterranean CMES-WestMed will create a shared methodology for developing training programmes for seafarers and implement three pilot training courses, including a teachers’ mobility programme. Italy, France and Tunisia
ENSAMBLE: Expertise and Networking to Sustain Actions in Med through Blue and Local Economy ENSAMBLE will promote twinning activities among local coastal communities, and other relevant stakeholders, for the sustainable development of the fishing sector. Italy, France and Tunisia



Restoring marine ecosystems in the Mediterranean

Project Short description Countries
AFRIMED: Algal Forest Restoration In the MEDiterranean Sea AFRIMED will develop and promote robust protocols to restore damaged or degraded macroalgal forests (Cystoseira) and provide a framework for scaling up the approach in other regions. Italy, France, Spain, Greece, UK, Albania, Tunisia and Morocco


The Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) is managing the selection and follow-up of the projects funded under the EMFF on behalf of the European Commission. Please note that the disclosure of these shortlisted projects does not constitute a commitment for funding on the part of EASME until the grant agreements will be signed.

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