Find out more about projects supported by EU funds that have been completed:

Project applied for under notice No. 01/SIAC/2013 of COMPETE.

The SIAC Animation 2014 Project (SIAC No. 40960) aimed to ensure financial support for the management of the Knowledge and Sea Economy Cluster in the transition period between the old recognition period of the Collective Efficiency Strategies (EEC) and the launch of the new process.

The project was initially scheduled to close in December 2014, however, and given the delay in launching the new recognition process, the project was extended until 31 March 2015.

In this context, a set of activities to boost the Cluster were carried out, namely: organization of the international event FÓRUM DO MAR 2014, participation in the events Biomarine (Oeiras, October 2014), Mar Algarve Expo (Portimão, October 2014) and EXPOMAR (Cape Verde, November 2014), development of the study Desafios do Mar 2020, organization of SEA OPEN DAYS and SEA INFO DAYS meetings, realization of the series of programmes “Mar, the Promised Land” and the process for “Bronze Label” certification by the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI), among others.

The 2014 SIAC ANIMAÇÃO Project closed on 31 March 2015, with an execution rate of approximately 97.7%.

Project co-funded by:


The Project Animation, Coordination and Management of the Sea Economy and Knowledge Economy Cluster (SIAC No. 7576) aimed to ensure financial support for the management of the Cluster.

This project allowed Forum Oceano, as the organization responsible for boosting the Knowledge and Economy of the Sea Cluster, to participate in activities such as: monitoring the anchor projects recognized together with the Cluster of the Knowledge and Economy of the Sea (2009); support the promotion of complementary projects promoted by partners of the Cluster; expansion of the partnership to support the development of cooperation between members and partners; promotion of the Cluster, substantiated with the participation in various events, including conferences and seminars, among other activities.

The SIAC DYNAMISATION Project closed on 31 August 2013, with an execution rate of 99.6%.

Project co-funded by:

Co-funded by ERDF through the Atlantic Area Transnational Programme | January 2014 to June 2015

Fórum Oceano participated in the ATLANTIC BLUE TECH (ABT) Project which was developed by eight partners from the five European countries of the Atlantic Area.

ABT was one of the eight projects approved in the 4th Call of the Atlantic Area Programme. Its main objective was the promotion and development of the marine bio-resources sector at Atlantic Area level, involving in a joint and concerted manner innovation and economic development agents, local authorities, and scientific organizations. The project identified the main obstacles to the development of the sector, defined corrective measures and represented an essential link to the 2014-2020 programming period.

    » Find out more about the project and see the final reports.

The CINMarS Project – Combining Space and Maritime Innovation Networks was the winning project of the ESA – European Space Agency call, under AO/1 8131/14/F/MOS, being concluded in 2016.

The project’s goal was to identify mechanisms to support a strategy for the development of collaborative relationships between innovation networks dedicated to space and the maritime environment, namely in the areas of marine renewable energy (wind, waves, tides); resource extraction (hydrocarbons and other minerals); deep sea mining; marine engineering; ports, maritime transport and logistics; aquaculture and Safety&Security.

CINMarS was coordinated by UCC – University College of Cork (Ireland) and had as partners CIT – Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland), Fórum Oceano and the associates INEGI and INESC TEC (Portugal) and NORUT – Northern Research Institute Tromso AS (Norway).

» Learn more about the project.

Co-funded by FP7-ERA-NET-2012-RTD | 2013 to 2017

Fórum Oceano was the Portuguese entity invited to participate in the COFASP Project – Cooperation in Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood processing, as part of the prospective study implemented by EFARO, having participated as a stakeholder in the process of identifying the needs and future research priorities in the areas of fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood processing.

Between September 2013 and June 2014 (period of the prospective study) Fórum Oceano involved its members in the search for contributions, according to the requests of the project.

Consult the documents to which Fórum Oceano contributed:

   » Learn more about the project.

The ENTROPI – Enabling Technologies and Roadmaps for Offshore Platform Innovation project will receive over €600,000 from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) through the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME) and will direct this investment to address critical challenges along the value chain that supports offshore multipurpose platforms.

The development of capacity to build and operate these platforms will enable the expansion of aquaculture and marine renewables, as well as potentially contributing to future seabed mining, i.e., it will compete for three of the Blue Growth priorities.

The consortium, led by Marine Southeast (UK), is made up of 4 other European maritime clusters – Forum Oceano (Portugal), Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique (France), IMERC (Ireland) and PLOCAN (Spain).

Started in April 2017, the project will be completed in March 2019.

Duration: 06/04/2017- 04/04/2019

Call ID: EASME/EMFF/2016/ – Blue Technology – transfer of innovative solutions to sea basin economies

EU Funding: 595,112 EUR

– Consult the website:

– See the project video

This project has received funding from the European Union EASME’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund under Grant Agreement no. EASME/EMFF/2016/ This output reflects the views only of the author(s), and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Project applied for under Notice No. 2/SIAC/2011 of COMPETE.

The Inter-Mares Project (SIAC No. 23051) aimed to contribute directly to achieving the objectives of the Collective Efficiency Strategy – Cluster of Knowledge and Economy of the Sea – particularly about strengthening cooperation between companies and R&D centers and promoting internationalization in different areas of the Economy of the Sea.

In this context, a set of actions were carried out that led to the integration of Fórum Oceano and the Cluster in international networks and partnerships, especially in the Atlantic area, the preparation of promotional materials for the Cluster, the participation in international fairs, the holding of a set of business meetings with foreign guests, namely during the SEA FORUM in 2012 and 2013, and the holding of international conferences, also integrated in the SEA FORUM event in 2012 and 2013.

The SIAC Inter-Mares Project closed on 31 December 2013, with an execution rate of approximately 96%.

Project co-funded by:

The INvertebrateIT Project – Disruptive and forward-looking opportunities for competitive and sustainable aquaculture will receive more than €600,000 from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) through the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME) for the creation of strategic partnerships to accelerate technology transfer in the value chain of invertebrate production management, mainly insects, for the development of sustainable feed for fish produced in aquaculture.

The consortium, led by the Spanish company Innogate to Europe, consists of 2 further SMEs – NGN Pro-active BV (Netherlands) and AquaTT (Ireland), 3 European clusters – Fórum Oceano (Portugal), Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique (France) and Cluste de la Acuicultura de Galicia (Spain) and a national agency and marine research centre – Marine Institute (Ireland).

The project started in April 2017 and will be completed in March 2019.

Call ID: EASME/EMFF/2016/ – Blue Technology – transfer of innovative solutions to sea basin economies

EU funding: €688,796

Consult the website:

Follow the project on Twitter: @INvertebrateIT

See the information leaflet

– News about the project:

  • Winning projects from the competition held under the INvertebrateIT project will be presented at matchmaking event at AQUA 2018

Under the InvertebrateIT project a call for proposals was open until 28 January 2018, with the aim of selecting and supporting the three projects with the most innovative solutions that contribute to the production of invertebrates for fish feed, to a more competitive aquaculture, and to waste management.

The Portuguese brand EntoGreen was one of the three winners of this competition, along with the IPATAC and MUSFLOUR projects.

  • INvertebrateIT project meets consortium in Dublin

Fórum Oceano participated in a consortium meeting of the INvertebrateIT project, which took place on the 12th and 13th of April, in Dublin.


INvertebrateIT project: consortium promotes matchmaking event under AQUA 2018
The INvertebrateIT project consortium, of which Fórum Oceano is a partner, is organizing a matchmaking event, dedicated to the presentation and promotion of invertebrate-based solutions for aquaculture.

– Press Release:

  • Register now for matchmaking opportunities in invertebrate-based solutions at AQUA2018
  • INvertebrateIT regroups as disruptive, sustainable, aquaculture feed projects respond to call
  • INvertebrateIT Open Contest: Discover the Winning Invertebrate-Based Solutions for European Aquaculture at the INvertebrateIT AQUA 2018 Brokerage Event

– Webinars:

  • “Invertebrate Production for Aquaculture Feeds: Guidance and Opportunities for SMEs”

This project has received funding from the European Union EASME’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund under Grant Agreement no. EASME/EMFF/2016/ (INvertebrateIT). This output reflects the views only of the author(s), and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

The North Ocean Project’s main objective was to contribute to the reinforcement of business competitiveness in the North region, by promoting the internationalization and increase of exports of companies in the sector of the economy of the Sea present in the region.

The project was structured in three distinct but intrinsically associated actions, namely:

Action 1 – the study of markets of international demand
Action 2 – the exploration of business opportunities at international level
Action 3 – business capacity building for internationalization

The North Ocean Project was co-financed by NORTE 2020 – Regional Operational Programme of the North, as a result of the application to the Call NORTE-52-2015-05 – Support System for Collective Actions “Internationalization”.

See the study on international market and demand

The “O Norte Somos Nós” (“We are the North”) section of Porto Canal has broadcast an episode dedicated to the North Ocean project. Watch the episode here.

The OnBoard project – Development of professional profiles of training curricula for the ports and logistics sector aims to design, implement, and validate a learning model for the ports and logistics sector, complementary to new professional training profiles and curricula, promoting a new approach and effective cooperation between training entities and companies in the maritime sector.

With a duration of two years, the project is co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme. The coordination is the responsibility of INOVA +, which has as partners Fórum Oceano, ISCIA – Instituto Superior de Ciências da Informação e da Administração, CIRA – Comunidade Intermunicipal da Região de Aveiro, MSE – Marine South East (UK) and Halpin – Centre for Research and Innovation at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI).

Duration: 01-10-2017 – 30-09-2019

EU Grant: 275.360

Programme: Erasmus+

Key Action: Support for policy reform

Action Type: VET-Business Partnerships on Apprenticeships/Work-based learning

Consult the Website:

See the brochure

See the promotional video

– Press Release:

– Newsletter:

– News about the project:

  • Onboard: Questionnaire on training in the Ports and Logistics sector
  • Onboard: Focus Group debates training offer, needs and trends in the ports and logistics sector
  • EACEA recognizes Onboard Project as a good practice

Fórum Oceano promoted the creation of the Nautical Portugal Dynamizing Group, initially with 14 national entities, from companies, associations, local administration, and Tourism of Portugal entities, being open to the integration of other entities.
The aim of this Dynamizing Group is to continue the work done in the Project Portugal Náutico (*).


Fórum Oceano – Association of the Sea Economy
AEP – Portuguese Business Association
ANC – National Cruise Ship Association
APECATE – Portuguese Association of Congresses, Tourism Promotion and Event Companies
APPR – Portuguese Association of Leisure Ports
Peniche City Council
Intermunicipal Community of the Aveiro Region
Intermunicipal Community of Coimbra Region
Intermunicipal Community of Alto Minho
Intermunicipal Community of Oeste
DOCAPESCA – Portos e Lotas, S.A.
PLATAFORMA MAR DO ALGARVE – Association for Advancing Knowledge and the Economy of the Sea of the Algarve (MARALGARVE)
Turismo de Portugal, I.P.
Alentejo Tourism Board – ERT

APORVELA – Associação Portuguesa de Treino de Vela Câmara Municipal de Cascais
Ílhavo City Council
Lisbon City Hall
Mértola Town Council
Seixal Town Council
DGPM – Directorate-General for Sea Policy
Inclusive Sailing
IPL – Polytechnic Institute of Leiria
SaeR – Society for Business Evaluation and Risk
Sines Tecnopolo
Turismo Centro de Portugal
VdA – Vieira de Almeida Sociedade de Advogados

This Group shall, according to its areas of intervention and skills, and as far as possible within their respective programmes of activity, create favorable conditions for the implementation of projects and actions identified, mobilize support, carry out promotion, monitoring and dissemination of results.
The general action plan will be based on three axes:

  • building a nautical brand,
  • qualification of the offer and international promotion.

In line with its mission statement, Fórum Oceano hosts the operation of the Nautical Portugal Dynamizing Group and ensures its animation, being responsible for calling meetings, preparing materials to support its operation, submitting proposals, and following up on agreed decisions, as well as providing information on the progress of ongoing projects and actions.

The Group aims to boost the nautical tourism sector in Portugal. In this context, it has moved forward with work aimed at the development, promotion, and certification of Nautical Stations in Portugal.

Find out more about the Nautical Stations Network in Portugal.

See the presentation made at the “Nautical Route”, promoted by Fórum Oceano, as part of the BTL – Lisbon Tourism Fair 2019 – Presentation.


The Portugal Náutico Project was promoted by AEP – Associação Empresarial de Portugal and financed by the COMPETE Programme, under the QREN. It took place between January 2014 and June 2015 and Fórum Oceano was the partner entity in its implementation.
The Project sought to answer the question: what can be done to provide Portugal with a collective strategy to accelerate the organization of the recreational boating sector, enabling it to compete in the global market?

» See the video about the Portugal Nautical Project

» See the final report of the project

Co-funded by EU FP7 Regions of Knowledge | January 2013 to December 2015

Fórum Oceano was one of the 15 entities of the REMCAP Project – Resource Efficient Maritime Capacity, being the only representative of Portugal in this group that involved institutions from six countries.

The entities of this consortium represent six European Maritime Clusters: England – Solent Maritime Cluster, Sweden – Western Sweden Maritime Cluster, France – Pole Mer Mediterranee, Portugal – Fórum Oceano, Ireland – Irish Maritime & Energy Research Cluster and Lithuania – Klaipeda Maritime Cluster.

The REMCAP Project focused on capacity building to promote innovation among European companies and enable sustainable growth in the target markets: offshore wind energy, ocean energy, fisheries, aquaculture, blue biotechnology, aggregates and dredging, and seabed mining.

    »Find out more about the project and see the final reports.

SE@PORTS – Sustainable Energy at Sea PORTS is a project that aims to develop the implementation of wave energy converters in ports, namely at their jetties, contributing to the development of sustainable energy.

Co-funded by the Oceanera-net programme, the project has a duration of 24 months.



University of Porto, PT

APDL – Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo, PT



PLOCAN, Gran Canaria, ES


Duration: 16/01/2017 – 15/01/2019

Total costs: EUR 825 407.21

Funding: EUR 553 579.77

– Website:

Co-funded by the EU, approved by DG MOVE, winner of Call SUB/2012-548 | 2014 to 2015

The Project VASCO DA GAMA – Training for Greener and Safer Maritime Transport was led by the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR), with the involvement of 22 entities from 12 European countries and the objective pursued was the development of professional qualifications and, in particular, improvement of skills of people employed in the European maritime transport sector, in order to meet specific new challenges such as maritime safety and reduction of environmental impact.

Fórum Oceano participated in the project through representation provided by the Associate ISCIA – Instituto Superior de Ciências da Informação e da Administração (Aveiro).

  » Learn more about the project, documentation and courses held.

The WAOH project – The Wildsea Atlantic Ocean Heritage Route: Dive Into Adventure aims to develop a sustainable dive route in Europe, connecting world-class dive sites from the southernmost tip of Portugal and Spain to the northernmost tip of Europe, spanning Ireland and the UK, that embody shared European values and heritage.

The route will promote the 5,000 km of Atlantic European coastline as a unique transnational tourist destination not only for divers but also for eco-tourists.

Co-funded by the EMFF (European Maritime and Fisheries Fund) programme, WAOH involves partners from Portugal, Spain, Ireland and the UK and has a two-year implementation period.


  • Create a route of 10 destinations of excellence in diving.
  • To create 2 new international ecotourism products
  • To develop organizational and management capacities for tourism products with the operators involved

– Duration: 01/01/2018-31/12/2019

– Acronym: WAOH Route

– Call ID: EASME/EMFF/2016/ – Nautical Routes for Europe


  • Travelecology (Project Coordinator, ES)
  • Donegal County Council (IE)
  • Forum Oceano (PT)
  • Turismo de Galicia (ES)
  • Visit Cornwall (UK)
  • World Cetacean Alliance (UK)

EU funding: ¤299,920.00

Consult the website:

Reference to the WAOH Project within the presentation of the Nautical Stations of Portugal

BTL, Lisbon| 1 March 2018

Fórum Oceano highlighted the WAOH project, of which it is a partner, during the launch session of the certification process of the Nautical Stations of Portugal, which took place at BTL – Bolsa de Turismo de Lisboa, at the stand of Turismo de Portugal, on 1 March 2018. In addition to the reference to the presence at the Kickoff Meeting, the main objectives of the project were also presented.

See the presentation in full

News about the project:

  • Forum Oceano participates in the Kickoff Meeting of the WAOH Route project

Fórum Oceano will be present at the Kickoff Meeting of the WAOH Project – The Wildsea Atlantic Ocean Heritage Route: A Dive Into Adventure, which will take place on February 22 and 23, in La Toja, Galicia.

  • WAOH project consortium meets in Brighton

Forum Oceano participated, on May 24th and 25th, in a meeting promoted by WAOH project – The Wildsea Atlantic Ocean Heritage Route: A Dive Into Adventure, in Brighton, United Kingdom.

  • WAOH! promotes the first international stakeholder workshop during Business2Sea 2018

The WAOH! project consortium organized the first international stakeholder workshop during Business2Sea, bringing together 30 representatives from official tourism entities, municipalities, dive centers, marine ecotourism operators, travel agents and NGOs, from the destinations that integrate this European Sustainable Diving Route for now.

See here the Commitment-Letter signed by the representatives of the Portuguese destinations – Cascais, Sesimbra and Portimão – that integrate the European diving route WAOH!

The signing of the document took place within the scope of the project’s First International Stakeholders Workshop, held at Business2Sea 2018.

  • WAOH! Route project presented at the Nautical Route, an initiative promoted by Fórum Oceano, as part of the Lisbon Tourism Fair 2019

The WAOH! project in the Portuguese press:

  • SIC: Portimao, Sesimbra and Cascais enter the European Atlantic Diving Route
  • TSF: Bringing tourists to national waters. Portugal will have 15 certified nautical stations
  • Antena 1: Portugal em Direto Programme

The EBB – European Marine Biological Resource Centre Biobank project aims to bring together providers/biobanks of Marine Biological Resources (MBR), end-users (industry) and the administration responsible for the implementation of the ABS – “Access and Benefit Sharing” regulation in order to present industrial use cases that can help develop and communicate a set of recommendations and best practice guidelines for marine biological resources collections and for end users who wish to access these resources for applied research purposes.

The project will also lay the foundations for the coordination of the main marine biobanks in Europe. New common tools and protocols for the maintenance of the RBMs will also be developed and procedures to comply with the regulations on access to genetic resources will be harmonized by facilitating access to marine biodiversity, its data and extractable products.

With a duration of 36 months, the EBB is coordinated by the University of Vigo and co-financed under the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme.

FINANCING FEDER 1.499.908,35 €
TOTAL BUDGET 1.999.877,80 €
DuraTION 2017-10-16 – 2020-10-15

The project KETmaritime – Transfer of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) to the Maritime Industries has as a mission the creation of a cooperation network and the reinforcement of the transfer of innovation results within the KETs to promote the emergence of new products, services and processes in the sector of the Economy of the Sea, throughout the Atlantic Area.

Under the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme, the project will have a duration of 28 months.

FINANCING FEDER 738.692,64 €
TOTAL BUDGET 984.923,51 €
Duration 2017-11-01 – 2020-02-29

– Consortium

International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory PT
Asociación de Investigación Metalúrgica del Noroeste ES
Fórum Oceano – Associação da Economia do Mar PT
Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives FR
Marine South East UK
University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Cork IE

See the website:

See the A3 Poster

The main objective of the SHERPA DO MAR project is to stimulate the creation and consolidation of new knowledge-intensive business activities in the maritime domain, in the Galicia-North Portugal cooperation area, favoring the creation of employment and the increase of business competitiveness.

The project is co-funded by FEDER under the INTERREG VA Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) cooperation programme and aims to coordinate the existing entrepreneurship support resources in the geographical cooperation area, to promote the creation of a technology-based entrepreneurship network in the maritime sector and consequently contribute to improving the competitiveness of existing companies.

This initiative will be supported by the main universities and research centers in the Euroregion, which will promote the capitalization of University-Business and Business-University synergies through knowledge transfer.

Along with the concerted actions, the project also aims to develop a set of innovative initiatives to achieve a greater valorization of this entrepreneurship platform.

SHERPA DO MAR is led by the University of Vigo, with the partners Fórum Oceano, Consorcio Zona Franca de Vigo, University of Santiago de Compostela, University of Coruña, UPTEC, University of Porto, CIIMAR and Axencia Galega de Innovación.

Total Cost: 997.184,82 euros

ERDF incentive: 747.888,62 euros

Execution Period: May 2019 – December 2021

More information about the project here.

The ValorMar project – Integral valorization of marine resources: potential, technological innovation and new applications aims to develop innovative technological solutions that enhance the valorization and efficient use of marine resources through the integration of value chains, in a circular economy logic, articulating: aquaculture, food, biomedical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

ValorMar’s general objective is the valorization of marine resources, through research, development and demonstration of new products and the improvement of production processes, proposing innovative solutions for the creation of new healthy food products, using innovative, sustainable and efficient technologies.

The project, funded under the Mobilizing Programmes of Portugal 2020 (SI&IDT), started in October 2017 and should be completed in September 2020, with the participation of 18 companies and 13 entities of the R&D system.

Funding Programme: Incentive System for Research and Technological Development (SI I&DT) | Mobilizing Programmes (Notice 10/SI/2016)

Project code: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-024517

Final decision date: 27/06/2018

Duration: 01-10-2017 – 30-09-2020

Total eligible investment: 8,043,392.62 euros

Eligible investment Fórum Oceano: 82.969,17 euros

Total ERDF financial support: 5,475,707.39 euros

Fórum Oceano ERDF financial support: 62.226,88 euros

Consortium: SONAE, Fórum Oceano, CIIMAR, AlgaPlus, A Poveira, Bivalvia, CCMAR, CPC, CVR, CMP, Docapesca, Foodintech, Fourmag, Hidromod, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, INEGI, iBET, IPMA, IPVC, Navia, Necton, Piscicultura do Vale da Lama, Riasearch, Sorgal, Sparos, SPI, Escola Superior de Biotecnologia da U. Católica, Aveiro University, Minho University and Porto University.



The project AniMare – Animation of the Portuguese Sea Cluster aims to promote the dynamization of the Sea Cluster through the strengthening of cooperation networks and partnerships between

actors of the Sea economy creating the necessary conditions for technology transfer, innovation, entrepreneurship, internationalization, and competitiveness of the Sea economy.

Objectives and results: to strengthen cooperation networks and partnerships between players from different sectors of the economy of the Sea, creating the institutional, organizational, and technical conditions necessary for technology transfer, innovation, entrepreneurship, internationalization and development of the circular economy, in order to promote the creation of synergy effects and competitiveness of the cluster.

European Union financial support: 208,891.47 euros

Total project budget: 440.892,94 euros

Fórum Oceano is the sole promoter of this project funded under the SIAC Clusters Program of Compete 2020.

AniMare started in May 2017 and will be completed in April 2020.

Projeto nº 113282

Project Name: AniMare 2.0 – Animation of the Portuguese Sea Cluster

Support under the Incentive Scheme: Support Scheme for Collective Actions – Promotion of Entrepreneurship
Operational Programme: Competitiveness and Internationalisation Operational Programme

Thematic Objective: OT 1 – Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
Investment Priority: PI 1.2 – Promoting investment by companies in innovation and research
Intervention typology: TI 48 – Innovation clusters and networks
Territorial Scope (NUTS II): Multi-regions – North, Centre and Alentejo
Fund: ERDF
Beneficiary Entity: Fórum Oceano – Association for the Economy of the Sea
Start Date: 2021-04-01
Conclusion date: 2022-10-28
Eligible Investment: 316.509,49 euros
Incentive: 158.254,75 euros

Summary: The project promotes the strengthening of cooperation networks and partnerships between actors of the economy of the Sea, creating the necessary conditions for innovation, internationalization, entrepreneurship, financing, and competitiveness of the different sectors of the economy of the Sea.

Strategic Objective: to strengthen the dynamics of cooperation between stakeholders from different sectors of the economy of the Sea by creating institutional, organizational and technical conditions conducive to technology transfer, innovation and internationalization, entrepreneurship and business acceleration, investment and financing of the blue economy, which contribute to the competitiveness of the cluster in the context of the challenges facing the economy and society in the areas of digital transformation, decarbonization and energy transition and circular economy.

In the Maritime-Port Space, the integrated management of Risk, Emergency, Contingency and Business Continuity, in a comprehensive perspective, is critical to ensure the achievement of an effective state of Security of the Port Community.

The Blue Fund program, specifically the support recommended in the call for proposals 4/2017, aims to finance training projects, investment and actions aimed at improving maritime security.

With this project on Security of the Maritime-Port Supply Chain (GISAMP), we intend to operationalize a Collective Efficiency Strategy that considers the Maritime-Port Process in its most comprehensive perspective, considering the Strategic or Management layers (Administrations and Authorities), Operational (Port Facilities) and Support (flows and support), developing the following actions:

– Situation Diagnosis;

– Training and development of competencies according to the dual model;

– Consultancy and Technical Assistance actions aimed at ensuring the implementation of a Management System supported by ISO 28000 – Supply Chain Security Management, subject to International Certification.

Considering the Maritime-Port reality, the ISO 27001 and ISO 20858 references will also be considered, concerning respectively Information Security and Security Planning of port infrastructures, considering that the latter reference facilitates the implementation of good practices for a more efficient management of the ISPS code requirements.

From GISAMP’s point of view (in alignment with the Blue Fund edict), the actors in the Maritime-Port space (Administrations, Facilities, and other operators) are potential beneficiaries of a non-refundable support of 90% of the expenses actually incurred.

Total Eligible Investment: 261,233 euros

Approved AF Amount: 200,000 euros

IN 4.0 – Adaptation of industry 4.0 model to the naval sector is a project that promotes the modernization of the naval sector through the implementation of actions that contribute to transform the SMEs of this industry in 4.0, identifying barriers that hinder innovation in the naval sector business model, improving the productive processes of companies, transforming the systems of work organization, knowledge and marketing, and training employees for new functions/activities/tasks.

The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Atlantic Area programme and has a duration of 36 months.

FINANCING FEDER 1.913.664,12 €
TOTAL BUDGET 2.551.552,14 €
DURATION 2017-09-01 – 2020-08-30


Diputación Provincial de Pontevedra ES
Bretagne Pôle Naval FR
Cork Institute of Technology IE
Fórum Oceano – Associação da Economia do Mar PT
Asociación Cluster del Naval Gallego ES
University of Strathclyde UK
Foro Marítimo Vasco ES
Pôle de compétitivité EMC2 FR
Asociacion de Industriales Metalúrgicos de Galicia ES
High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute Ltd. UK

See the website:

See brochure 


The WestMED Initiative follows on from the Declaration on the Blue Economy of the Union for the Mediterranean Ministerial Conference of 17 November 2015, which invited participating countries to explore the added value and feasibility of maritime strategies, building on the experience and work developed within the Western Mediterranean cooperation process, called the 5+5 Dialogue, which involves 10 countries: five EU Member States (France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Malta) and five North African countries (Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia).

In October 2016, the Foreign Ministers of Algeria, Spain, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Mauritania, Portugal and Tunisia encouraged further work to set up an initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy together with the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean.

Aligned with the European Commission’s experience in Sea affairs and macro-regional strategies, the Initiative for the Sustainable Development of the Blue Economy in the Western Mediterranean is presented in two EC documents in April 2017:

– The Communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions (183 Final of 19.04.2017)

– The Action Plan (Framework for Action- Staff working document complementary to the Communication), which complements the Communication and identifies the gaps to be addressed, as well as the potential and added value of the proposed actions.

In order to valorize the full potential of the blue economy in this Mediterranean region, the WestMED Initiative is designed to support public institutions, universities, local communities, small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs of the countries involved, in the development of structuring projects that may be submitted to programmes supported by European Union funds (it is estimated that the funds available to implement this initiative amount to 4 billion euros).

In this sense, the Initiative aims to promote

– the sustainable development of the blue economy

– the security of the maritime space

– the preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity

To achieve these goals, coordination and cooperation between the countries involved is encouraged by pursuing three common objectives and six priority areas for action.

Common Objectives:

– A more secure maritime space

– A smart and resilient blue economy

– Better governance of the Sea

Priority Areas:

– Illegal fishing (IUU fishing)

– Aquaculture

– Marine Litter and Circular Economy

– Clean Shipping

– Cluster Cooperation

– Tourism

Along with the six priority areas, two transversal areas have also been identified:

– Skills and Training

– Research and Innovation

In Portugal

The WestMED Initiative is coordinated by the Directorate-General for Sea Policy (DGPM) at national level, covering the regions of Lisbon, Alentejo and Algarve.

Forum Oceano ensures the focal point for Portugal of the Assistance Mechanism, having the mission to mobilize and contact stakeholders in order to identify the interests in participating in the defined project areas. It is also the responsibility of the national focal points to support project development, identify funding sources and identify project partners.

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The project MATES – Maritime Alliance for Fostering the European Blue Economy through a Marine Technology Skilling Strategy aims to develop a strategy on skills linked to maritime activity, which considers the main factors of change in the Maritime sector, in particular in the field of shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy, which are linked and require the development of new capabilities, in a context increasingly digital, green and oriented towards a knowledge-based economy.

The project, which involves 17 partners from 8 countries, is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme and has an implementation period of 48 months.

Program Erasmus+
Instrument Sector Skills Alliances (SSA)
TOTAL BUDGET 4.9 milhões €
EU Grant 3.999.471 €
Duration Janeiro de 2018 – Dezembro de 2021 (48 meses)


  • Centro Tecnológico do Mar, CETMAR (ES)
  • University of Strathclyde (UK)
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam (NL)
  • Universiteit Gent (BE)
  • Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis (EL)
  • Conselleria de Cultura, Educacion e Ordenacion Universitaria (ES)
  • Fórum Oceano – Associação da Economia do Mar (PT)
  • Asociacion de Industriales Metalurgicos de Galicia (ES)
  • Aquatera Limited (UK)
  • Indigo Med smpc (EL)
  • Aqualex Multimedia Consortium Company Limited by Guarantee (IE)
  • Aquatt uetp ltd (IE)
  • Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia (PT)
  • Cosnav Engineering srl (IT)
  • CT ingenieros aeronauticos de automocion e industriales sl (ES)
  • Foundation wegemt – A European Association of Universities in Marine Technology and Related Sciences (NL)
  • Universidade da Coruna (ES)

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We will take young people on a journey of knowledge about the Ocean and sustainability.

Knowing more – and better – about all topics related to Ocean Literacy is the main goal of this project, not only for the school population, but also for society in general.

Starting early to instill in young people the interest for an active role in finding solutions to problems related to the Ocean is an important point of the project The Ocean of [my] future. But even more important is to demonstrate the real opportunities that this project aims to promote in the educational process and beyond.


We are living in a crucial time for the future of ocean sustainability. And this future is a real window of opportunity that is opening in the new “blue economy” and the excellent professional opportunities arising in the recent “blue careers”, based on the most innovative technological and scientific advances.

For all this to come to fruition, it is very important that all stakeholders play their part. More than making society aware of general principles and notions, it is crucial to encourage all citizens and stakeholders to take informed and responsible attitudes towards the Ocean on topics such as the sustainable use of marine resources for economic purposes, identify opportunities for the future – particularly for young people – and enable each person to make informed, sound decisions and make a difference in their choices and attitudes.

As such, it is essential to establish partnerships between institutions with an active role in education and the various “actors” of the sea, integrating Blue Growth and the Blue Economy as a professional future horizon.

The objective of the Ocean of [my] Future project is simple: that young people can responsibly and sustainably embrace their future linked to the Ocean.

It was with this purpose and in this context that the pilot project The Ocean of [my] Future was born, with the clear mission to show young people a vision of future opportunity and that they can do what has not yet been done in the “New Blue”.


The Ocean of [my] Future project aims to raise awareness among all 12th grade students who are at a decisive stage of choosing their vocation.

This project is a gateway to the different sectors of the blue economy, also transmitting a vision of (their) future “blue careers”.

One of the major objectives of The Ocean of [my] Future is to stimulate interest in a professional future linked to the oceans, including blue entrepreneurship, highlighting employment and business opportunities, particularly those related to blue growth.

The mission will be well accomplished if, at the end, a proactive disposition and behaviour towards the Ocean and its sustainable uses and resources has been created in young people, as well as a clear knowledge about the opportunities and challenges in (their) professional future.


The project The Ocean of [my] future highlights 6 important key sectors of blue growth. These are:

#1) Aquaculture and Fish Industry
#2) Blue Biotechnology
#3) Maritime Technology
#4) Marine Sports
#5) Sustainability, Environment and Marine Biodiversity
#6) Social Sciences (Public Policies, Economics and Law)


– Organization of thematic sessions on the different sectors of blue growth, aimed at students and teachers.

– Conducting study visits to companies/entities in the different blue growth sectors.

– Conception of ideas/projects on entrepreneurship by students, accompanied by tutors designated according to the themes.

– Organization of mentoring sessions for teachers, so that they can accompany the development of the students’ ideas/projects.

– Organization and implementation of a final event in Hackathon format, awarding a prize to the best project/idea evaluated by a panel of evaluators.


Fórum Oceano – Sea Economy Cluster
Private non-profit association with the status of Public Utility, being the entity responsible for managing and promoting the Portuguese Sea Economy Cluster, a Competitiveness and Internationalization Cluster recognized by the Government of Portugal.

As such, it will contribute with a valuable insight into “the real market”.

Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, with Mare Startup

Promotes the initiative with extensive experience in promoting blue entrepreneurship and the MARE Centre Hub, with a wide and comprehensive experience that extends to various levels of education, thanks to the awareness programme “MARE goes to School”.

Colégio Valsassina
One of the Blue Schools in Lisbon. It is a private Portuguese school, with a total of 1,300 students, aged between three and eighteen.

GCE Ocean Technology
Norwegian partner that will present a panoply of new techniques and technologies with cutting edge science, to stimulate the maximum innovative capacity of the students.


The Project, PT-INNOVATION-0046, is financed by EEA Grants, a multi-annual financial mechanism through which Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway provide financial support to European Union Member States, with a budget allocation of 24.971 euros.


The presentation of the project The Ocean of [my] future, funded by the EEA Grants Portugal Blue Growth program, took place on 20 October, at 12:00 pm, at the College Valsassina.

The presentation of the program and the project counted with the participation of Dr. Sandra Silva (Director of Programming Services of DGPM, as the operating entity of the Blue Growth Program – EEA Grants 2014-2021), Dr. João Gomes (Pedagogical Director of the Colégio Valsassina), Dr. Ruben Eiras (Secretary-General of Fórum Oceano), Prof. José Guerreiro (FCUL/MARE STARTUP/MARE), Dr. Sónia Ribeiro (MARE STARTUP/UCP) and Dr. Pierre Gein (UCP).


“Blue Economy and Blue Entrepreneurship”.
The session took place on 25 October, with Sónia Ribeiro (UCP/Mare Startup) and Pierre Gein (UCP) as speakers.

“New Maritime/Ocean Technologies”
This session took place on November 2, whose host was Gisle Nondal (GCE Ocean Technology).

“Aquaculture and Fish Industry”
Took place on 5 November, with Susana França and Vera Sequeira (FCUL/MARE) as speakers.

“Blue Biotechnology
In this session on December 2, the speaker was researcher Bernardo Vicente (MARE).

“Entrepreneurship Process”
The Entrepreneurship Process training and launch session, took place on 26 January, and was taught by Pierre Gein (UCP).

“Sustainability, Environment and Marine Biodiversity”
On 22 February, the training session for students took place, with Susana França and Vera Sequeira (FCUL/MARE) as speakers.

“Nautical Sports”.
The session on this theme took place on 25 February and was presented by António José Correia (Fórum Oceano).


The study visits of the students involved in the project aim to raise interest for the opportunity of qualified employment in the area of the sea.

These initiatives have been running at a good pace and with great participation and interest from the students.  And the themes have been quite varied:

The facilities of the company Gelpeixe, in Loures, were visited by the 12th grade students of Colégio Valsassina, on 8, 9 and 23 November.

On the 10th of November, the visit took place at Exporsado, a company in the aquaculture sector that has an oyster production unit in the Sado river estuary.

On February 23, the students went aboard the research ship Mário Ruivo, and had the opportunity in loco to understand the importance of the various professions connected to the operation and investigation of a ship like this.

On March 2nd, it was time to meet the Department of Sea and Marine Resources of the Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA).

On the 4th April, the students visited the Lindley company and the Cascais Marina, where they observed some nautical activities, nautical tourism and water sports in the context of the Cascais Nautical Station.

They also had the opportunity to interact with the people in charge of some companies and institutions, such as Aquastart – Boat & Bike Tours, PALMAYACHTS and the Cascais Sailing Club.


The launch session of the Entrepreneurship Process took place on 26 January.

It was lectured by Pierre Gein (UCP) with the objective of presenting the Entrepreneurship Process to the students and teachers participating in the project, as well as revealing the next steps.

On March 9, Pierre Gein (UCP) led the session on the Entrepreneurship Process, with the participation of the teachers who have been accompanying the entrepreneurship projects of the students participating in the project.

This session aimed to validate the identification of an idea that responds to a concrete problem identified by the groups of students.

It took place on 23 March and was led by Pierre Gein, with the participation of the teachers that have accompanied the entrepreneurship projects.

It aimed at validating the correct definition of the target client, the problem to be solved and the solution.

On April 6, with the mentorship of Pierre Gein (UCP) and the participation of the teachers who have been following the entrepreneurship projects of the students participating in the project, the session aimed to define what the “Minimum Viable Product” is and how the teams can develop it.

It took place on April 29th, with the mentoring of Pierre Gein (UCP) and with the participation of the students and teachers involved in the project The Ocean of [my] Future.

Each team was encouraged to present its idea and resolution of the identified problem, defining the customer segment, and starting the outlining of the pricing policy.

Session #5
Took place on May 18 with the mentorship of Pierre Gein (UCP), and with the participation of the students and teachers participating in the Project “The Ocean of [my] future”.

This fifth session of the entrepreneurship process aimed to prepare students for the Ocean Hackathon, in which students will have the opportunity to present their projects to a panel of evaluators that will distinguish the best ideas. It was time to clarify the final doubts and have everything in place to convince the jurors.


On April 27th, took place the session about the Blue Profession Map, oriented by Sónia Ribeiro (UCP/Mare Startup).

The aim of this session was to present and discuss the results of the Blue Profession Cards (designed by the groups of students), during the sessions and field visits of the project.

The students went their own way and discovered for themselves the professions associated with each theme and economic sector covered throughout the project.

More than 100 professions were identified, corresponding to technical, vocational, higher and specialist training programmes.

New job opportunities have been identified and, we all hope, may become the professions of the future for these students.


On June 1st, the Ocean Hackathon event took place at Valsassina College, one of the main activities of the Ocean of [my] Future project.

The Ocean Hackathon was the culmination of several activities developed during this school year, which sought to promote blue entrepreneurship and disseminate job opportunities and future businesses in the area of the Sea.

In this event, the students of the 12th grade had the opportunity to present their innovative projects, developed during the school year, to a panel of evaluators that distinguished the best ideas.

There was also the presentation of the Humanities Course project, which consists of an online Quiz about Ocean Literacy, with a version for 2nd cycle students and another version for 3rd cycle students.

Entrepreneurship Project Winners

1st Place
– Plastic4fun- Beach barbecue service, with reuse of plastics.

2nd Place
– Ostracal – Production of a sustainable agricultural corrective, from oyster shell waste.

3rd Place (ex aequo)
– Helping hands – Hydroalcoholic gel from food waste.

– Syrenity – Moisturising cream from marine collagen (fish scales and fins).

The Ocean of [my] Future project thanks all participants who so enthusiastically and creatively embraced this project!

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