The Norwegian blue maritime cluster connects with Spain.
Photo - from left: Lieneke Fjørtoft (Innovation Norway), Knut Tore Aurdal and Reidar Skipø Øiestad (both Blue Maritime), Marie Ramsdal (Innovation Norway) and Antonio Crucelaegui (ANAVE).
Last week we presented some of the Norwegian maritime industry’s green transition projects and the two maritime clusters GCE Blue Maritime Cluster and NCE Maritime CleanTech to the Spanish Ship Owners Association (Asociación de navieros españoles (ANAVE)) at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Navales de Madrid (ETSI Navales de la UPM) together with Innovation Norway's Madrid office.
We also met with the Spanish Naval Engineers Association (Asociación de Ingenieros Navales y Oceánicos de España), the International Congress of Naval Architecture, Marine Technology, and Maritime Industry organizers, and the Spanish Maritime Cluster (Cluster Marítimo Español).
From these meetings and good talks, we see several opportunities for the Norwegian maritime industry in Spain, both in terms of business and joint innovation projects. As we all have the same challenges, we believe it is necessary with an international focus to solve them and from GCE Blue Maritime’s side we want to be the point of contact for our members that can help speed up this process!
The Blue Maritime cluster - Global Center of Expertise, is committed to increase the innovation in the cluster and at the same time maintain the important relations and inspiration from the European and International maritime community. This enables us to work more effectively and through cooperation help the innovation projects to success. Spain and Norway has had a maritime history together for centuries and for the last decades also been important trading partners within shipbuilding.
Thank you to Innovation Norway Spain for the invitation and the opportunity to engage ourselves in the Spanish maritime industry to further assist our members regarding Norwegian and Spanish relations.