The project "Maritime Technologies and Innovations - Model Region Germany/Netherlands (MariTIM)" provides the framework for innovation-oriented maritime cooperation in the German-Dutch border region. Cooperation partners of the project are the Maritime Competence Centre MARIKO in Leer, co-coordinator is the TechnologieCentrum Noord-Nederland TCNN in Gronigen.
The background is above all the fact that, after the above-average impact of the economic and financial crisis on the sector, shipbuilding in particular must now increasingly focus on niche areas and new technologies in order to be sustainable.
The maritime industry is one of the most important economic sectors in the extended Dutch-German border region. The entire maritime value chain is represented here, and almost all segments of the maritime economy are represented. This is the basis for a cross-border model region for maritime research and development.
Following the above-average impact of the economic and financial crisis on the sector, shipbuilding in particular must now increasingly focus on niche areas and new technologies in order to be sustainable. In addition, the constant rise in business costs, especially rising mineral oil prices, and higher environmental standards require the development of "greener" and more efficient ships. The pressure for innovation on Germany and the Netherlands as leading shipping locations is great, but the industry's propensity to innovate can often be expanded.
Against this background, the German-Dutch border region with its maritime profile has a special responsibility. New ship designs, increased use of intelligent technologies and, above all, new propulsion systems for the ships of tomorrow are the fields of action. Leading companies and knowledge institutions in the maritime sector from the extended German-Dutch border region have come together to create new impulses for international shipping by pooling their potential.
The origin of the cooperation process already started in early 2010 under the initiation and coordination of the Maritime Competence Centre MARIKO in Leer. The projects have been in operation since the beginning of 2012.
The German-Dutch cooperation in the field of "Maritime Technologies and Innovations" aims at increasing the innovative capacity and cooperation capability of the maritime economy in the extended border region. A stronger partnership of knowledge institutions and companies is to trigger additional growth and employment effects for the maritime economy. This does not apply to the companies involved, but to the entire sector in the region.
Three innovation projects initially form the core of the new cooperation. With the investigation, development and testing of new propulsion systems on real ships, new insights for tomorrow's shipping are to be gained. The implementation is carried out by German-Dutch consortia from industry and research.
In addition, the cross-border maritime structures must be further consolidated. This applies in particular to the maritime knowledge institutes and universities, which are to be more closely networked across borders - also with a view to future cooperation projects. The aim is the German-Dutch maritime knowledge region, from which innovation for international shipping will emerge. From a regional point of view, the sharpening of the regional maritime technology profile is taking place with the focus on "Green Shipping".
The project "Maritime Technologies and Innovations - Model Region Germany/Netherlands (MariTIM)" provides the framework for innovation-oriented maritime cooperation in the German-Dutch border region. The technological focus in the period 2012 to 2014 is on the development of innovative ship propulsion systems. Dutch and German knowledge institutions and companies are working hand in hand in three innovation projects to develop "green" ships.
The project is funded via the Ems Dollart Region within the framework of the EU INTERREG programme. Coordinator of the MariTIM project is the Maritime Competence Centre MARIKO in Leer, co-coordinator is the TechnologieCentrum Noord-Nederland TCNN in Gronigen.
Resource efficiency and climate protection are challenges with which shipping is increasingly confronted - both for reasons of economic efficiency and because of increasingly stringent emission limits. The propulsion system is a decisive factor for the environmental and climate relevance of a ship.
- The technological cooperation in the MariTIM project focuses on the development of innovative ship propulsion systems. The "ships of tomorrow" are being developed in three innovation projects:
- For passenger shipping, an environmentally friendly propulsion system using liquefied natural gas (LNG) is being developed and the framework conditions for its use are being comprehensively investigated. --> LNG Passenger VesselFor inland waterway transport, it is being investigated in theory and practice which innovative propulsion systems are most sustainable for which transports and types of ship. --> ECO² Inland Vessel
- For coastal shipping, the wind-supported drive is being further developed using sail rotor technology. --> Wind Hybrid Coaster
In all three projects, work is being carried out on specific ships provided by the maritime industry in the region.