Ships are essential for transport, food production, coastal protection and defense. In addition, they play a fundamental role in the generation of renewable energy (offshore wind).
That is why the sector has compiled the Maritime Masterplan, which received good news at the end of June: 210 million euros will be allocated for a sustainable development of the sector.
This plan aims to accelerate the energy transition in the maritime sector. The Maritime Master Plan comprises four main programmes: hydrogen, methanol, LNG with Carbon Capture and energy efficiency.
The ambition is to ensure an innovative chain for ships throughout their lifespan. Emission-free ships: design, construction and deployment of 40 zero-emission ships, with associated research into and production of navigation systems, digital systems, software and mechanical components.
The aim is to create a new innovation and revenue model that distinguishes the maritime sector from competing countries. The focus is on upscaling and value creation in strategic submarkets and value chains, such as coastal and inland shipping, marine construction, offshore wind and maritime safety and services. >750 companies to collaborate digitally via the Joint Maritime Digital Platform > training 30,000 employees in the maritime sector to make the transition to climate-neutral systems 5-10% labor productivity increase through Human Capital program to compensate for expected labor shortage.
Good news for the sector where maritime business service providers play a crucial role. More information can be found on the website of the Maritime Masterplan