Led by Beta-i and co-lead by Forum Oceano, the project “Atlantic Smart Ports Blue Acceleration Network (ASPBAN), funded by EMFF – European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, and approved under the call for proposals “Cross-sectoral development of innovative port clusters in the Atlantic: Developing a blue accelerator scheme for Atlantic ports” (EMFF-APC-2020 call), brings together 13 partners (among Accelerators, Clusters, and entities linked to funding and policy), with the support of more than 120 strategic partners and the involvement of a total of 391 Ports.

The project aims to lay the foundations for the construction of a platform of acceleration services, transforming the EU Atlantic Ports into Blue Economy Hubs, diversifying their business models and revenue sources.

The main objectives of the project include the attraction of 450 startups to an acceleration programme; the selection of 30 startups that will be able to develop pilots in 30 Atlantic Ports; the attraction of €6 million of private investment for the selected startups; the mobilization of €4.5 billion of potential private investment; the reduction of 100,000 tons of CO2 in the operations of 30 Ports.

FO Budget: 81,905.83 euros

EU Funding (80%): EUR 65,524.66

The Consortex – European Internationalization Maritime Consortia project is part of the Interreg Atlantic Area programme and aims to set up export-oriented interregional naval ancillary industry consortia based on the high-tech manufacture of product packages (bridge, engine room, deck and accommodation) for offshore vessels, marine energy plants, cruise ships and scientific vessels.

Commencing in October 2017, the project is expected to be completed in September 2019.

financing FEDER 1.262.250,00 €
total budget 1.683.000,00 €
Duration 2017-10-02 – 2019-09-30

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Foro Marítimo Vasco ES
Fórum Oceano – Associação da Economia do Mar PT
Associação das Indústrias Navais PT
Cork Institute of Technology IE
IMWA cic t/a National Maritime UK
Clúster del Sector Naval Gallego ES
Bretagne Pôle Naval FR

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Projeto nº 046014

Project Name: IREN – Internationalization of the Portuguese Nautical Stations Network

Support within the scope of the Incentive Scheme: Collective Action Support Scheme – Internationalization

Operational Programme: Competitiveness and Internationalization Operational Programme

Main Goal: Strengthen the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises

Investment Priority: PI 3.2 – The development and application of new business models for SMEs, especially regarding internationalization

Intervention typology: TI 52 – Internationalization of SME

Territorial Scope (NUTS II): Multi-regions – North, Centre and Alentejo

Beneficiary Entity: Fórum Oceano – Association for the Economy of the Sea

Approval Date: 2020-07-01

Start Date: 2020-07-01

Conclusion Date: 2022-06-30

Eligible Investment: 444,326.10 euros

Incentive: 377,677.19 euros


The IREN Project – Internationalization of the Portuguese Nautical Stations Network aims to promote the internationalization of Portugal’s Nautical Stations (ENP), through international promotion and valorization, stimulating the increase of exports from the companies integrated in them, reinforcing the visibility of Portugal as a destination for Recreational Boating. In this sense, the present application reinforces the association’s mission, in what concerns the dynamization and competitiveness of the Sea’s economy.

The activities foreseen under this project include the following actions:

  1. Stimulating the Portugal Network of Nautical Stations for Internationalization;
  2. Digital Platform for the international promotion of products and services offered by the Network of Nautical Stations Stations Network;
  3. International exploratory operation for the prospection, knowledge, and access to new markets for the Portugal Nautical Stations;
  4. Collective campaign for the international promotion of Portugal’s Nautical Stations;
  5. Dissemination of the project’s activities and results;
  6. Project management.

The jUMP project – Joint Action: a stepping-stone for underwater noise monitoring in Portuguese waters, is funded by the Blue Fund programme, and is coordinated by WavEC Offshore Renewables with the participation of nine other Portuguese partners, including Fórum Oceano. The project started in January 2020 and will last for two years, with a total investment of 167,000 euros, of which 149,000 are supported by the Blue Fund.

JUMP aims to collect and disseminate information about the problem of noise pollution. To this end, several activities will be developed such as the collection of acoustic data, the calibration of acoustic models and dissemination and debate activities with interested entities and the general public.

JUMP partners:

1.WavEC Offshore Renewables
2.Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada
3.Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
4.Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil
5.IFAW Internationaler Tierschutz-Fonds gGmbH [European Union Office]
6.Administração do Porto de Aveiro, S.A.
7.Museu da Baleia da Madeira
9.Associação Nacional de Conservação da Natureza
10.Fórum Oceano

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Projeto nº 072597

Project Name: Mar&Ar – Empowering for entrepreneurship
Support under the Incentive Scheme: Support Scheme for Collective Actions – Promotion of Entrepreneurship

Operational Programme: Competitiveness and Internationalization Operational Programme

Thematic Objective: OT 8 – Promoting employment sustainability and quality and supporting labor mobility

Investment Priority: PI 8.3 – Creating self-employment, entrepreneurship, and business creation, including innovative micro, small and medium-sized enterprises

Intervention typology: TI B5 – Stimulating the entrepreneurial ecosystem

Territorial Scope (NUTS II): Multi-regions – North, Centre and Alentejo

Beneficiary Entity: Fórum Oceano – Associação da Economia do Mar (Promoter) and AEDCP – Associação Portuguesa para o Cluster das Indústrias Aeronáutica, do Espaço e da Defesa (Co-Promoter)

Start Date: 2021-05-01

Completion Date: 2023-06-30

Total eligible investment: 393.089,50 euros

Total incentive amount: 334,126.07 euros

FO Investment: 241,637.31 euros

FO Incentive: 205,391.71 euros

Abstract: Project addressed to students from basic education (3rd cycle), secondary and higher education, aims to promote the adjustment between the educational and professional options of young people and the needs identified in the aerospace and maritime sectors, enhancing the emergence of innovative and entrepreneurial responses to social and societal challenges of the territories. It includes the systematization and dissemination of information on professional careers in the blue economy and available training, contacts with industry and entrepreneurship.

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The Blue Economy has the potential to deliver growth and jobs in the coming years, but an adequate supply of blue skills is mandatory. As can be observed in the Commission’s Annual Growth Survey, there is a growing skills gap affecting particular knowledge-intensive sectors, with particular relevance for:

  • Skills mismatch between labor market needs and the output of educational institutions;

  • A lack of communication and cooperation between education and industry to efficiently align supply and demand.

In reply to the Blue Economy Call from the European Commission`s Blue Careers program that aims to accelerate the implementation of the EU Maritime Policy and the sustainable development of the blue economy across Europe, arises MarLEM (Maritime Logistics Engineering and Management) a project to develop a Joint Master course in Maritime Logistics Engineering and Management which:

  • Aims to fill the existing gaps and needs of higher education;

  • Intents to progress beyond the state-of-the-art on the Maritime Education and Training.

MarLEM will launch a cooperation network based on a Knowledge Triangle concept. The Industry will articulate with Academia and with Authorities to establish a better framework for skills development, continuous improvement, and alignment with identified needs.

MarLEM has in its genesis the concept of innovative education and training centered in the methodologies of Project-Based Learning and Work-Based Learning:

  • On the 1st year, each student will be guided on the selection of a project to be developed on the 2nd year;

  • On the 2nd year, students will learn by working on the selected project and applying it to the port-maritime reality.

Expected results and impacts:

  • Clarification of skills gap, and respective proper answer;

  • Entrepreneurial capacity and employability;

  • Transfer and exploitation of knowledge;

  • Communication, pooling/sharing of knowledge and new synergies between Industries, Universities, and Authorities at the EU level.

Relevance to EU policy:

  • Reducing / eliminating the gap between skills;

  • Potential to be widely adopted by Maritime Universities in Europe;

  • Gives a better fulfillment of industry needs and will grant the availability of the “real maritime world” environment to the students.

Since there is in Europe 70 000 km of coastline and more than 1200 commercial seaports across 22 Member States, with growing movement of cargo and passengers, the interest on MarLEM and specifically on the replication of the Master Course and adapting the Industry/University collaboration platform models well the Knowledge Triangle Industry/University/Authorities shows great potential. We strongly believe in MarLEM’s trans-nationality and in its potential to be widely adopted by Maritime Universities in Europe.

SAFER – Smart Atlantic Seafood Clusters is a project that aims to improve the level of innovation in the seafood industry, particularly at the level of marine food products, through the adoption of technology and increased transnational cooperation as a response to the challenges faced by this industry.

Started in October 2017, this project will last 36 months and is funded under the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme. SAFER’s coordination oversees ERNACT – European Regions Network for the Application of Communications Technology.

FINANCING FEDER 1.353.165,39 €
TOTAL BUDGET 1.804.220,52 €
Duration 2017-10-02 – 2020-09-30


European Regions Network for the Application of Communications Technology IE
Údarás na Gaeltachta IE
Letterkenny Institute of Technology IE
Gobierno Regional de Cantabria ES
Conférence des Régions Périphériques Maritimes d’Europe FR
Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique FR
Derry City and Strabane District Council UK
Fórum Oceano – Associação da Economia do Mar PT
Foodintech Lda PT

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