Event: BSEC-DG MARE-ICBSS Online Workshop on Black Sea projects for Blue Economy

Date: 02/10/2020

Press Release



  • Tuesday 24, Nov 2020
Blue Economy Window Call

EMFF opens a new Blue Economy Window call with a total budget of € 20 million. Join online our virtual info day and learn all what you need to know about the EMFF BlueInvest grants 2020.

This call is intended for SMEs across the European Union. You can get up to 70% co-funding for your project with an average EU contribution between between €700.000 and € 2.500.000.


Website: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/emff-information-day-2020

  • Wednesday 28, Oct 2020
Advanced Master on Blue Growth

The Master in Sustainable Blue Growth is established to bring scientific excellence and technological innovation at the centre of a number of Blue Growth initiatives.

The Master is jointly organized by the University of Trieste and OGS to support the creation of stable and attractive blue career pathways throughout strengthening professional skills and enhancing competencies in fields related to sustainable blue growth.

Application: http://bluegrowth.inogs.it/advanced-master-sustainable-blue-growth

Application Deadline: 28 October 2020, 23.59 CET (Italian Time) 

  • Thursday 01, Oct 2020
Maersk takes cold ironing concept out to sea

Maersk Supply Service and Danish utility Ørsted have joined forces to test a prototype buoy that will act as both a mooring point and a charging station for vessels. The solution, developed by Maersk Supply Service, will be tested on one of Ørsted’s offshore wind farms in 2021.

The charging buoy will be able to bring green electricity to offshore wind farm service vessels and potentially to a wide range of maritime vessels if the project takes off. The buoy can be used to charge the smaller battery- or hybrid-electrical vessels and to supply power to larger vessels, enabling them to turn off their engines when laying idle.

The prototype buoy, which has received significant funding from the Danish state, has been developed by Maersk Supply Service while Ørsted is responsible for the buoy’s integration with the electrical grid at the offshore wind farm. The charging buoy will be tested in the second half of 2021, where it will supply overnight power to one of Ørsted’s service vessels.

Upon technical validation and commercial ramp up, the electrical charging buoy has significant potential, the two partners claim, to contribute positively to reduce emissions for the maritime industry. This will happen through displacing tens of thousands of tons of fuel consumed every year in the wider maritime sector by enabling inactive vessels to turn engines off and replace energy consumption and charge batteries with renewable electricity. Within five years of global operation, Maersk Supply Service has the ambition to remove 5.5m tons of CO2, additionally avoiding particulate matter, NOx, and Sox.

Ørsted intends to make any intellectual property generated in designing the integration of the buoy into the offshore wind asset publicly available to maximise the uptake potential of this carbon reduction innovation across the offshore wind sector.

“The charging buoy tackles a multitude of problems; lower emissions, offering a safe mooring point for vessels, better power efficiency and eliminating engine noise. This is also a solution that can be implemented on a global scale, and one that can be adapted as the maritime industry moves towards hybridisation and electrification,” said Jonas Munch Agerskov, managing director for offshore renewables at Maersk Supply Service.

“Ørsted has set the ambitious target of having carbon neutral operations in 2025, which includes the operations of our offshore wind farms. Technical and commercial innovation is central to Ørsted’s ability to provide real, tangible solutions to achieve our operational ambitions – and we need our partners’ support,” said Mark Porter, head of operations at Ørsted Offshore.

  • Wednesday 30, Sep 2020
Members of the new EU4Ocean Platform on ocean literacy

The EU4Ocean Platform connects diverse organisations, projects and people that contribute to ocean literacy and the sustainable management of the ocean and aims at uniting the voices of Europeans to make the ocean everyone’s concern. Explore the Map of the Month to discover who the > 100 members are, where they are located and what their field of work is.



Website : https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/atlas/maritime_atlas/#lang=EN;p=w;bkgd=1;theme=354:0.8;c=3171518.3832054734,8063071.86330463;z=5