2016 - 2019
The project overall objective is to improve innovation capacity of SMEs and to facilitate access to the OWI by creating the appropriate supportive conditions.
The offshore wind industry (OWI) is an important driver for economic development in the NSR and consists of a high percentage of SMEs that are located in clusters around the NSR. These SMEs are challenged by disadvantages of size, complex procurements, high costs and insufficient understanding of the (global) market for their services. They can address this by collaborating on a regional, sectoral and transnational level. Preparatory work from previous projects has paved the way and now allows the partnership to deliver focused support to SMEs. This is the first time that the NSR regional clusters and other supporting organisations in the OWI will work this closely together on the shared goal of bringing their SMEs across the borders to engage them in innovative business collaborations.The project overall objective is to improve innovation capacity of SMEs and to facilitate access to the OWI by creating the appropriate supportive conditions.
More specifically the project aims to:
• Connect and strengthen regional OWI clusters of SMEs by supporting SMEs to enter new transnational markets and by developing transnational SME collaboration
• Developing innovative concepts of harbour logistics and test facilities for SMEs in the OWI
• Improve the workforce for SMEs in the OWI
We will achieve this in cooperation with SMEs by identifying cross-border business collaboration opportunities, by supporting SME innovation capacity and by developing SME focussed MBA-level courses and facilities.
Inn2POWER is a project which joins forces of 11 partners over 5 North Sea Region countries.
- Hochschule Bremerhaven
- NOM Noordelijke Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij
- Provincie Groningen
- EASV Erhvervs Akademi Sydvest
- Kent County Council
Added value for the Port of Oostende
- Development of the maritime offshore infrastructure
- Improvement of the cost-effectiveness of the offshore maintenance operations in cooperation with other ports and SME
12/2013 - 12/2017
LEANWIND is a 4-year project that started in December 2013. Its primary objective is to provide cost reductions across the offshore wind farm lifecycle and supply chain through the application of lean principles and the development of state of the art technologies and tools. The LEANWIND project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No. 614020
Lead partner: University College Cork, Ireland
Other partners: • HMRC • MRTK • GDG • ACCIONA • KM • MTS • CIT • A2SEA • KALEIDO • EDF • AAU • UOPHEC • EDPI • UEDIN • IBR • SINTEF • Fraunhofer • NTUA • PLOCAN • FORCE • WindEurope • UHULL • 1-Tech • AGHO • GeoSea Maintenance • LR • SEA Europe • NAAS • AMS • Delta Marine
10/11/2015 - 30/06/2019
Developing Low carbon Utilities, Abilities and potential of regional entrepreneurial Ports
Autonoom Gemeentebedrijf Haven Oostende
Priority 2 Eco-innovation: Stimulating the green economy
2.2 Stimulate the adoption of new products, services and processes to reduce the environmental footprint of regions around the North Sea
DUAL Ports Kickoff
On November 3rd 2016 the international DUAL Ports Kickoff was held in Vordingborg, and representatives from the participating countries where there.
DUAL Ports aims to decarbonise Regional Entrepreneurial Ports (REPs)´ resources through a shared eco-innovation port programme that minimises their environmental footprint.
The objective is to specifically develop sustainable utilities and abilities of (REPs). This will be achieved by collaboratively piloting and managing technologies and processes that tackle targeted measurable direct/indirect emission/pollution sources.
The project will ultimately enhance ports organizational/operational (energy) efficiency and performance, facilitating port low carbonization at reduced cost and with knowledge/investment added value.
As demonstrated by last years´ offshore wind energy developments in EU & beyond, ports can be key centres of innovation, testing and uptake of emerging technologies, leveraging participation and multiplier effects, e.g. by triggering clustered activities that generate employment and benefit the environment.
A transnational approach/collaboration will be adopted to allow the DUAL small & medium size ports capitalise on this potential, overcoming their individual limited staff, funding and capability to identify the most effective solutions on their own.
Only few measures have been selected due to the project duration and size of the partnership, but they are expected to have a considerable impact on the way ports can act as facilitators between enterprises, research centres and public authorities to enable user-driven ecoinnovation in the North Sea area.
2009 - 2013
Port Adapting To Change
Interreg IV A - 2 seas programme
"Investing in your future"
Cross border Cooperation Programme 2007 -2013
Part financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund)
Project Leader: Port of Oostende
Crossborder cooperation in order to improve the logistics and economic performance of ports and to develop adapted management models.
Improvement of the management of port development;
Improvement of the socio-economic performance of ports.
Improvement of the quality of the logistics operations on both landside and seaside
Port of Oostende, CCI Calais, Port of Zeebrugge, SEEDA, Port of Ramsgate, Port of Portsmouth, Port of Newhaven, East Sussex CC, Port of Zeeland.
Oostende: preparation of a new logistics zone and the development of sites for diversification of economic and logistics activities.
Duurzame Zeehavens (NL)
11/2012 - 12/2014
Europees Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland project ‘Duurzame Zeehavens’
In het Europees Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland project 'Duurzame Zeehavens' werkten de havenbesturen van Gent, Zeebrugge, Oostende, Antwerpen en Terneuzen/Vlissingen samen rond duurzame havenontwikkeling. In het bijzonder legden ze hierbij de focus op energetische verduurzaming. Het project liep van november 2012 tot en met december 2014.
Met steun van het Europees Fonds voor Regionale Ontwikkeling investeerden voormalig Vlaams minister van Mobiliteit en Openbare werken Hilde Crevits, voormalig Vlaams minister van Energie Freya Van den Bossche, de vier Vlaamse zeehavens, de provincies West- en Oost-Vlaanderen, het Nederlandse Zeeland Seaports en de provincie Zeeland samen 794.428 euro in het Europese project "Duurzame zeehavens".
Er werd een tweeledig lerend netwerk opgericht, dat enerzijds bestond uit de betrokken projectpartners die regelmatig grensoverschrijdend overlegden en anderzijds een luik bevatte dat open stond voor alle stakeholders in en rond deze havengebieden. In de schoot van dit lerend netwerk werd een forum gecreëerd waar de deelnemers konden leren van elkaars onderzoeken en acties, inspiratie opdoen en nieuwe opportuniteiten uitdiepen. Het Havenbedrijf Gent trok het project.
2013 - end 2015
Advanced National Networks for Administrations
ANNA is an EU Member States driven project - in close co-operation with the European Commission - to support the effective implementation of the EC Directive 2010/65/EU (Reporting Formalities for Ships arriving in/departing from EU ports).
ANNA fosters a harmonized approach for administrative facilitation:
to reduce red tape for users
to parse IT languages and
to exchange data between national (Maritime Single Window) networks.
01/06/2013 - 31/05/2015
Blue Energy Production in Ports
Partners from Belgium UK, denmark, Norway: AG Port of Oostende; Highlands and Ishlands Enterprise (HIE); Wave Energy Research Group, Aalborg University; Ghent University, Power-Link; Danish Wave Energy Centre (DanWEC); Sintef Energi AS; Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute (MARINTEK)
The BEPPo project, co-financed by ERDF under the Interreg IVB North Sea Region transnational collaboration Programme, focused on Blue Energy (wave/tidal) and its complementarity with traditional (gas/oil/coal) & new (wind/biomass) sources of power, building on the innovation capacity of ports to become bases for the production of integrated sustainable renewables, thus ensuring reliable & affordable supplies of clean, green energy. BEPPo helped gain a better understanding of how ports should structure themselves operationally, financially and legally, in order to:
- maximise benefits from marine renewable developments;
- act as a key enabler of the marine renewables supply chain, through infrastructure investment and innovative technology research;
- and ultimately become renewable energy platforms and energy efficient businesses which can contribute significantly to the economic development of their areas