22 new sustainable blue projects have been pre-selected for funding by the European Commission under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). They will share €14.5 million. The grant agreements are currently being prepared for signature.
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.
|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
|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 Industr||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
|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
|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.