Traditional industry sectors are the backbone for regional economy, but they suffer from pressure resulting from the environment impact. Maritime transport is vital for regional development and in the entire EU, since approx. 90% of goods destined for markets other than the EU is supported by maritime transport.
Maritime related activities that of transport and shipbuilding, energy producing & energy utilisation as well as coastal tourism incl. small-scale infrastructure (yachting and cruising) are forced to search for new innovative and sustainable solutions as a result of environmental pressure (e.g. to reduce greenhouse and other emissions), to comply with new policy regulations for transport and related activities and to change the negative or ZERO innovation performance according to the recent JRC Technical Report on Blue Growth and Smart Specialisation (2016).
Project delivers four cross-border solutions for innovation development, management & exploitation:
1) triple-helix creative-business partnership and creative brokering platform facilitating innovation;
2) cross-sectoral innovationtraining methodology;
3) 30 specific demand-driven innovation solutions for traditional SMEs and regions, such as environmentally-friendly and ergonomic ship design, simulators for maritime applications; improved secure and safe navigation signs at harbours and coastal areas;
and 4) four sustainable self-running and financing mechanisms for developed models exploitation beyond the project life.