European Commission to invest €19.1 million in maritime economy

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26 new sustainable blue economy projects have been selected for funding by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The projects are expected to begin in late 2019.

These projects are the results of a selection made under a call for proposals launched to accelerate the sustainable development of the blue economy across the EU and support its maritime policy goals.

The total budget of €19.1 million is allocated to selected projects in the fields of: 
•    innovative laboratories addressing selected maritime and marine challenges and opportunities ("blue labs");
•    innovative approaches to cooperation between industry, education and public authorities to boost entrepreneurial skills, tailored curricula and training programmes ("blue careers");
•    testing/deployment/ scaling-up of innovative technologies for new industrial or service applications and solutions for the blue economy (grants for blue economy).

 

Blue Labs: innovative solutions for maritime challenges

Project description countries
FISH4FISH: FISH chitinolytic biowastes FOR FISH active and sustainable packaging material FISH4FISH will produce innovative active and sustainable packaging material based on chitinolytic derivatives, using marine biomass wastes.

Spain

Italy

MER-CLUB: MERcury CLean-Up system based on Bioremediation by marine bacteria MER-CLUB will deliver a mercury clean-up system based on microbial bioremediation. It will target the largely unexplored diversity of marine mercury detoxifiers, the isolation of novel detoxifying marine strains, and their application in a clean-up system based on immobilized bacteria able to operate in dredged marine sediments

Germany
Spain
France
Sweden

Blue RoSES: Blue Robotics for Sustainable Eco-friendly Services for innovative marinas & leisure boats Blue RoSES will develop innovative services by integrating robotics and the Internet of Things to adapt marinas and leisure boat design to changing customer demand. Remotely Operated Vehicles will help to monitor water, seabeds and yacht hulls for safer and more environmentally friendly refitting and dismantling.

Spain
Greece
Italy
Portugal

BASTA: Boost Applied munition detection through Smart data inTegration and AI workflows BASTA will formulate new tools, methods and workflows to detect and identify munitions on/ in the seafloor. It will integrate magnetic sensors into an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and implement smart routines for autonomous mapping. It will foster sustainable use of survey data and World War I/ II archived data within a multi-sensor database for advanced processing of Big Data using artificial intelligence. 

Belgium
Germany

BIOGEARS: Biobased gears as solutions for the creation of an eco-friendly offshore aquaculture sector, in a multitrophic approach, and new biobased value chains BIOGEARS will create a BLUE LAB, a multidisciplinary partnership to track innovation related to the application of new biobased materials to develop aquaculture ropes.

Belgium
Spain
Ireland

ExPloTect: Ex-situ, near-real-time exPlosive compound deTection in seawater ExPloTect will address the challenge of munition chemical detection and identification faced by the offshore maritime industry. It will develop a prototype system for shipboard, near-real-time detection of dissolved explosive compounds and chemical warfare agents in seawater. Germany
United Kingdom

 

Blue careers in Europe

 

Project description countries
ScienceDIVER: Cross-sectoral skills for the Blue Economy labour market ScienceDIVER aims to create a structured collaboration framework between marine industry and education, for the benefit of young people. It  will set up a permanent platform  to link  business with education institutions to identify skills needs/gaps; create pilot training programmes for scientific divers;  and contribute to the roadmap towards policy change in the professional acknowledgment of science diving. 

Bulgaria
Germany
Greece
Italy
Malta

 

BAPSI: Tagging fishing gears and enhancing on board best-practices to promote waste free fisheries BAPSI aims to promote a fruitful dialogue between the fisheries sector and education in order to empower ‘hybrid’ professional figures, equipped with the exact skills required by the industry. It will implement a one-year academy offering short blended courses; seminars/ conferences; practice learning days; and apprenticeships.

Spain
Italy
Portugal

CTP: Catching the Potential – Setting the Standard for Sustainable Fishing Training CTP brings together the fisheries sector and educators to gather information on best practices; and develop and implement an effective, international standard for sustainable fishing training. It will organise 14 dedicated pilot courses.

Belgium
Germany
Greece
France
Ireland
Latvia
Netherlands
Portugal

MarLEM: Maritime Logistics Engineering and Management MarLEM will design, structure and develop post-graduate training (Master's degree) in the field of Logistics Engineering and Management to address specific identified needs and gaps.

Greece
Netherlands
Portugal
United Kingdom

Sea of Experience – Establishment of Eastern Mediterranean Regional Network: pooling, sharing, development of innovative face-to-face and digital training/mentoring tools for the maritime sector Sea of Experience aims at establishing a regional training/mentoring network, for professionals and young people focusing on maritime transport; shipbuilding and ship repair; ports; and the cruise industry. It will develop a digital platform, toolkit and four common trainings.


Greece
Cyprus

MarENet: Atlantic Maritime Ecosystem Network MarENet will create a network of centres and ports from the shipbuilding, seaport operations and fishing sectors. A knowledge centre will directly support the network and implement a specific programme to promote entrepreneurship. France
NAUTILUS: Education & Certification Framework for Blue Career in Water Sports Tourism NAUTILUS will produce a training and professional qualification framework for the upskilling of water sports tourism professionals.  Greece
Italy
Cyprus
Turkey
TEAMS: Teaching Entrepreneurship Advancing the Maritime Secctor TEAMS will create a structured, permanent collaboration platform on innovation between the maritime industry and education. The scope is to train 10 Lecturers to become TEAMS Coaches, who will further train 60 students to become 'Teampreneurs', enhancing the maritime educational offer in three North-sea basin countries.

Belgium
Ireland
Netherlands

 

Grants for the blue economy: investing in innovation

 

Project DESCRIPTION COUNTRIES
CORAL4HEALTH: Sustainably produced Marine Coral for Innovative Applications in Bio-medicine for Human Health CORAL4HEALTH will work towards commercialisation of marine coral as a next generation market-leading bone graft substitute. It will obtain regulatory approval, for both the US and the EU markets, and upscale manufacturing to meet demand.  Ireland
MUSSELPRO: Demonstration of an IoT 4.0 mussel processing system for an advanced seafood canning industry  MUSSELPRO will fully scale up a demo unit comprising an innovative cooker and autoclave for the mussel processing industry. Through advanced imaging technology and artificial intelligence, the new system promises temperature optimisation and homogenisation for reduced energy use and higher quality output.   Spain
SEASTAR: Real time monitoring and SurvEillance of Aquaculture farmS with neTworks of underwAter sensoRs SEASTAR will deliver an innovative underwater system with wearable sensors that will allow fish farmers to monitor the health of each fish remotely, in real time, and to gather relevant data for accurate risk assessment and forecasting.  Italy
Norway
OpenMode: Demonstration of intensive shellfish farming in OPEN waters with resilient and affordable MODulEs OpenMode will help activate intense shellfish farming in high-potential unexploited areas by producing eight 140 m2 floating modules. They will be installed in Spain, Denmark, Croatia, Montenegro and Malta, where local farmers will share them to harvest molluscs or macro algae. Spain
DOCC-OFF: Digitalization Of Critical Components in OFFshore wind turbines DOCC-OFF aims to optimise the design, increase the performance rates and reduce the maintenance costs of critical components in offshore wind turbines, through the digitalisation of those components. The project will implement, validate and demonstrate sensors, a remote monitoring system and big data analytics tools. Belgium
Spain
VesselsLife.com: Holistic Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) Platform for the Shipping Industry VesselsLife.com will create a web-platform that will deliver “Life-Cycle Assessment” web services for optimised design of ships.

Germany
Greece
Cyprus
Malta

T4BS: Tourism 4.0 for the Black Sea T4BS will foster Tourism 4.0 technologies (i.e. High-Performance Data Analytics) to boost coastal and maritime tourism in the Black Sea for innovative touristic services and policies better tailored to the regional challenges/opportunities. Greece
Slovenia
Romania
Georgia
Ukraine
SMART-HATCHERY: Smart Feeding Systems for Hatcheries SMART-HATCHERY will develop a set of smart technologies, which will be tested and validated in production sites to demonstrate the soundness, cost-effectiveness and profitability of the innovative feeding processes in aquaculture hatcheries of marine fish and shrimp species. Spain
Portugal
Aspring wingsails: Aspiring wingsails for the fishing and maritime transport sectors The project will construct an 'aspiring wingsail' that will reduce fuel consumption and emissions in the fishing sector. It will integrate the aspiring wingsail in a fishing vessel and conduct demonstration journeys. Spain
Norway
FreShER: Floating Solar Energy mooring – Innovative mooring solutions for floating solar energy  FreShER will aim at demonstrating an innovative mooring solution and anchoring infrastructure in a full-scale floating PV park for the marine energy industry.  

Spain
Portugal
Sweden

SIMBIOSE: Sustainable Innovation in la Martinique –BIOfouling Solution for clean Energy SIMBIOSE will improve biofouling treatment solutions in heat exchanger technologies in the marine energy sector. It will optimise the biocide dosing in order to decrease the environmental impact of the electro chlorination; test innovative antifouling solutions such as ozonation; and assess the potential of biotechnology through integration of biopolymers that could reduce the quantity of biocides.  France
STARFISH 4.0: Demonstration of an autonomous connected device and digital tools for safety of artisanal fishermen and sustainable management of small-scale fisheries STARFISH 4.0 will bring to market an innovative product for small-scale fisheries (SSF). This product will include a solar-powered device with an IoT/ satellite/ GSM communications system and dedicated applications to help monitor fishing activities of SSF on a large scale. This will serve as a crucial decision-making tool for sustainably managing resources. Greece
France 
Mauritania

 

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