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Better Ships, Blue Oceans!


MARIN’s new Strategy and Technology Plan


The next few years are essential for the future of the maritime sector and MARIN. We are facing the challenge of clean (zero emission) transport over water. The drive for sustainable use of the seas as a source of energy, food and raw material requires maritime knowledge and innovation. Floating mega islands may provide solutions as sea levels rise and cities become overpopulated. Increased computer power and a large amount of operational data provide opportunities for simulation and digitalisation.


this Report we share our mission and vision with you: ‘Better Ships, Blue Oceans!


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Henk Prins & Bas Buchner h.prins@marin.nl


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Blue growth One thing is certain: our future is at sea. With more than 70 percent of our Blue Planet covered with water and 90 percent of all transportation over the seas, there are enormous opportunities for us as a maritime sector. ‘Blue growth’ can become reality when we combine knowledge with innovation and economy with ecology. As a knowledge institute, we therefore see our mission as follows:


n many ways we see a transition. That is why MARIN worked on a new strategy with input from the maritime sector. In


MARIN wants to make ships cleaner, smarter and safer and to contribute to a sustainable use of the seas. To make this concrete, we developed a ‘vision’, presenting a picture of the future sea as we see it. A sea with: • zero-emission ships using natural propulsion/nature inspired solutions


• safer and autonomous shipping • effective navy ships providing safety and security


• solutions for sustainable energy and food at sea


• floating cities and ports to provide working and living space.


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