What does Blue Economy stand for?
The World Bank defines Blue Economy as: "The sustainable use of natural resources present in the seas and oceans for economic growth, the provision and improvement of people's livelihoods and employment while maintaining the health of the ecosystems of the seas and oceans".
The development and maintenance of wind farms at sea (offshore wind) is currently the most important part of the Blue Economy. Developments in wave and tidal energy, aquaculture, maritime connections and coastal protection are also part of the Blue Economy.
Oostende presents itself as the offshore wind hub for the southern part of the North Sea. Many offshore wind projects have already been realized from the REBO heavy weight terminal. Every wind farm in the Belgian part of the North Sea is maintained from Oostende.
Meanwhile, some 600 full-time employees are working in this part of the Blue Economy.
"It is our goal to excel in Blue Growth by offering specific port facilities, efficient infrastructure, research and innovation collaborations into an extensive national and international network.