The European Maritime Day (EMD) was officially created on 20 May 2008 where the President of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Pöttering, Council President Janez Janša, and Commission President José Manuel Barroso signed a Joint Tripartite Declaration establishing it.
FUTURE OF OUR SEAS
Maritime Day is celebrated on
the 20th of May each year to mark the day it was officially launched in 2008.
The event centres around a two-day Maritime Conference that brings together experts and stakeholders from all different maritime sectors including shipbuilding, shipping, ports, fisheries, offshore energy, environment, tourism and heritage to address the major challenges they face. Economic growth,
change, sustainable energy and environmental pressures on the coasts and seas are all topical issues that may be raised.
Poole is to host the event to boost the town’s position amongst the maritime community across
Europe. The council
submitted a formal proposal to be considered by the European Commission for Maritime Affairs
and was successful in their bid. The event is hosted by a different country each year.
Previous host cities have included Brussels, Rome, Gothenburg,
Athens and Bremen.
Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Local Economy, Tourism and Transportation, Borough of Poole,
is quoted as saying: "This hugely important conference is normally accompanied by a maritime festival lasting several days and gives us the opportunity to really celebrate Poole’s maritime heritage and showcase what we have to offer in Poole on a scale never seen before. This is a time to bring in the tall ships, flotillas, a pageant, international shipping, yacht and power
boat racing, interactive maritime events, nautical festivities and so much more."
volunteer advocate (also a consultant marine engineer) will be attending this event on our behalf,
should anyone be interested in discussing the potential for collaboration
on the SeaVax™
autonomous ocean workhorse (feed
the world project) or the AmphiMax™
(virtual boatyard project). We are looking for corporate sponsorship by
way of risk-share on the AmphiMax, the build of which has commenced with
the purchase of a suitable diesel
engine and details design of the cab hydraulic
controls and frame.
for any reason you are unable to speak with our delegate at this event, please contact us using either of these
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JUNE 2015 - “We share a conviction that our seas and coasts hold the key to our future and we are here to discuss what that future should be,” Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries told the 8th European Maritime Day (EMD) in Athens on 28 May.
This year's conference focused on the role of ports and coasts in the Blue Economy. In order to seize the potential of this economy, the Commissioner stressed, Europe needs to “protect, innovate, invest, train and reach out.”
The Commission, industry representatives and members of the research community also took the opportunity to launch the Blue Economy Business and Science Forum, which will seek to bridge the gap between theoretical research and applied innovation.
The Commissioner reminded the 1,300 participants at the best-attended EMD yet that 90% of the EU’s external trade is carried out via its waters, and that the maritime sector accounts for some five million jobs. “Economic opportunities carry with them environmental responsibility,” Mr Vella added. The key challenge is to bring good ideas to the market, he said, announcing funding for new business. But he also stressed that ideas and money aren’t enough if we don’t have the skills to make them a reality.
Indeed, the topic of skills came up repeatedly throughout the event. “We need to think of the jobs that will exist in the future and help people learn how to learn,” said MEP Eva Kaili.
In a session dedicated to skills, Ian Jenkinson, Director of the School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations at Liverpool's John Moore University, shared the city's experience with creating a knowledge hub: industry puts money into the university and the knowledge created is shared. “Port restructuring in Liverpool could create 20,000 new jobs, but we don’t have the right people to fill them,” he said. Tine Viveka Westerberg of Buskerud and Vestfold University College in Norway claimed that “academic education doesn’t give people the knowledge employers want.”
This point was underlined by Lowri Evans, Director-General of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries at the European Commission, who challenged training institutes, industry and policymakers to find short-term responses to the current mismatch in the labour market.
The Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) Directive was the subject of an especially well-attended workshop. Participants discussed implementation challenges and compared experiences, for instance with the Adriplan project on cross-border MSP in the Adriatic. Dr Eleni Hatziyanni, Director of Environment and Spatial Planning for Crete, urged the audience to focus on the outcomes of MSP, reminding them that "MSP should be seen as a tool." This point was also made by Lodewijk Abspoel, advisor on the Integrated Maritime Policy in the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, when presenting the Dutch North Sea 2050 Spatial Agenda. MSP should “not be an academic or a legal exercise,” he emphasised.
Haitze Siemers, Head of Unit at DG MARE, added that “the main issue is how can we best support MSP in very different regional contexts,” and pointed to the big differences between the North Sea and the Mediterranean. The driving forces behind MSP were the Member States and their regions. He stressed, “We need to develop an interface between national and regional authorities.”
With ports as a focus of this year’s conference, one workshop investigated how they could act as innovation powerhouses for ocean energy development. Damien Perisse of the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions argued that ocean energy and marine renewable energy could create jobs, especially for former shipyard workers. Ports could in fact be run on ocean energy, he claimed.
Simona Margarino of the Blue Energy Production in Ports (BEPPo) research project at Ostend port added that marine renewable energy would increase ports' versatility and ability to diversify. However, the main challenge would be to get funding, as it involves long-term investment.
Data was a final recurring theme throughout the conference, not least in the workshop "Marine Data and Information Powering Blue Growth" where Pierre Bahurel, Director General of Mercator Ocean, presented the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service. Now operational after a six-year demonstration period, this service offers free and open forecast data for the world’s oceans, based on currents, salinity, sea level, wind, sea ice and bio-geo chemistry.
The Commissioner’s opening words were echoed in the closing session when Lowri Evans described ports as “the agents of change” that should take the lead in the transition to a sustainable, oceans-based economy. Ports have the potential to aggregate the different interests, funding and skill needs of various sectors and could thus be the link between policy, investment, innovation and training.
In particular, they should help define new ways of solving a paradox witnessed today: ever-growing levels of youth unemployment coinciding with a shortage of qualified technicians in maritime professions. The Commission will work to improve the dialogue between industry, research and training institutions as a way to find short-term solutions to this skills issue and unlock the job creation potential of the blue economy, Evans said.
The conference concluded with Yannis Moralis, Mayor of the City of Piraeus, thanking the participants. He then handed over to Aleksi Randell, Mayor of the City of Turku in Finland, which will host the EMD in 2016 – another opportunity to assess the pledges towards, and progress of, the
Blue Economy in Europe.
The thematic stakeholder workshops are at the core of the conference to be held at the "Lighthouse" Arts & Conference Centre in Poole, UK on 18 & 19 May 2017.
There will be 27 separate workshop sessions delivered over the 1.5 days of the conference, during 4 separate parallel sessions – 3 parallel sessions will take place on Day 1 and one parallel session will be on Day 2 (please see programme outline). Of these, 25 workshop sessions will follow a core theme with a standard workshop format, while 2 sessions with ‘pitch presentations’ will allow for a number of presentations to be delivered. All 27 sessions are related to one of the four core conference themes, although some overlap of these themes is expected:
* Innovation and growth (9 workshops)
* People and skills (7 workshops, including 1 pitch presentation workshop)
* Safety and security (2 workshops)
* Sustainability and governance (9 workshops, including 1 pitch presentation workshop)
The 27 workshops will take place in parallel over the course of the 4 separate parallel workshop sessions. These will take place:
Session 1: Thursday 18 May – 13.30-15.00
Session 2: Thursday 18 May – 15.15-16.45
Session 3: Thursday 18 May – 17.00-18.30
Session 4: Friday 19 May – 08.30-10.00
As part of the conference planning, a mail with the final list of workshops will be sent beginning of April to already registered delegates in order to evaluate the attendance wishes and to plan for conference logistics.
A Workshop Summary and Reflections Session will take place on Day 2 of the conference and a guidance for preparation of this session will be sent to workshop
Brussels 2008: "A regional approach to the implementation of Maritime
Rome 2009: "Integrated Maritime Policy and the contribution of
Gijón 2010: "How to foster innovation?"
Gdansk 2011: "Maritime Policy: Putting People First"
Gothenburg 2012: "Sustainable Growth from the Oceans, Seas and
Valletta 2013: "Coastal Development and Sustainable Maritime
Bremen 2014: "Innovation driving Blue Growth"
Piraeus 2015: "Ports and Coasts, Gateways to Maritime Growth"
Turku 2016: "Investing in blue growth – smart and sustainable
Poole 2017: "The Future of our Seas"
MARITIME DAY 2017 – Matchmaking Event
your international network, explore new ideas and develop
event is organised in the framework of European
Maritime Day Conference 2017, which will take place on the 19th
of May 2017 in Poole (UK).
The European Maritime Day (EMD) is an annual event which welcomes Europe's
growing maritime community gathering EU maritime stakeholders and EU
policymakers to discuss, debate and exchange best practices. Participants
come from ports, shipping industries, clusters, environmental
associations, NGOs, trade unions, scientific and research institutions, and
local, regional, national and European authorities, amongst others.
networking event targets innovative companies, universities, researchers,
public authorities and other organisations interested in sharing new
project ideas and finding collaboration partners to:
Safety and security,
People and skills,
Innovation and growth,
Sustainability and governance
Coastal Areas and Ports
Maritime Environment and Protected Areas
Maritime and Shipyard Technologies and Equipment
Maritime Services, Transport and Shipping
Maritime and Port Security
Skills and Training
Marine Research, Development and Innovation
is an ideal way to find technology and business partners through
pre-arranged meetings during an event which attracts delegates and experts
from across Europe and beyond. You simply need to register, present
yourself, your company/organisation and a cooperation idea and select
partners of interest to you in advance of the event.
earlier you submit your collaboration profile, the more it will be
of charge: Participants need to register in European
Maritime Day Conference in order to participate in the
NEWS 4 JULY 2013 - Poole has been successful in its bid to host European Maritime Day in 2017.
The event, held annually on 20 May, includes a two-day conference with speeches led by maritime experts from all over Europe.
Topics will include renewable energy, sustainable fishing and coastal erosion.
A maritime-themed festival featuring tall ships, flotillas, a pageant, and yacht and power boat racing is also planned.
Conservative MEP Julie Girling, who represents South-West England said: "This is an opportunity to really put Poole on the map in Europe and showcase what a great place it is."
It will be jointly funded by businesses and the EU.
This year's event (2013) took place in Valletta, Malta. Bremen, Germany, will host next year's.
European Maritime Day was created by the Presidents of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU on 20 May 2008
Six events will cover a range of networking, workshops, seminars and discussions as well as opportunities for business growth by accessing information on import and export opportunities and funding. The events are yet another way Poole is looking to maximise the benefits to
their local community through hosting the prestigious European Maritime Day conference.
Borough of Poole’s STEM event kick starts the programme on Monday 15 May. Approximately 100 students from nine schools across Dorset are taking part in an innovative challenge to design a lifting device that can pull people safely from the sea. The group that comes up with the winning design will be rewarded with a trip on the Royal Navy’s
minehunter. Guest speaker Neil Heritage from Help for Heroes, will provide an inspirational talk about overcoming life's challenges to succeed. Supported by local business leaders and academics from the marine sector, the event will encourage our next generation towards science, technology, engineering and mathematics related careers.
Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry is hosting a Breakfast Network on Tuesday 16 May at Rick Stein restaurant in Sandbanks. It is the perfect opportunity for members to hear from Phil Popham, CEO of Sunseeker and network with businesses within Dorset in a fantastic setting on the south coast. The event starts at 8am and there is a charge of £18.
Also on Tuesday 16 May there is an opportunity for members to join Dorset Women in Business at their breakfast networking event held at Poole Yacht Club. The event starts at 9am and costs £16.50, which includes local guest speaker Sue Barnes, People and Transformation Director at the RNLI.
On Wednesday 17 May there is an opportunity to join members of the Federation of Small Businesses at their Breakfast Networking event at the Harbour Heights Hotel. The keynote address is by Brendan Hall who will provide a gripping narrative of an ocean yacht race on the edge and a young skipper’s determined journey to victory during the 2009-10
Clipper Round the World race. Brendan’s inspiring story mixes sailing action with leadership and teamwork lessons learnt quite literally at the deep end.
Borough of Poole’s Business Growth Day is taking place on Wednesday 17 May at the
RNLI College in West Quay Road. This free event, in partnership with the Department for International Trade, British Marine and WSX Enterprise, engages 60 regional businesses with a series of workshops and talks built around encouraging business growth through export within regional marine industries. Information on funding and bid opportunities will also be available.
The Poole Maritime Festival business programme closes with an invitation only Reception to celebrate the local and global businesses that have chosen to locate their organisation in Dorset. In partnership with Invest in Dorset and the Department of International Trade the event on Wednesday 17 May will launch the Invest in Dorset's Ambassadors Programme.
Adrian Trevett, Economic Development Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “We have created an interesting and diverse business programme that enables our local and regional businesses to be part of the Poole Maritime Festival. Not only do these events support existing businesses, whether these are large or small, but encourages our young students to consider STEM related careers and help bridge the skills shortage in these areas. We hope as many businesses as possible take the opportunity to sign up to these events at
Businesses can also take the opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas, products and services to an international audience by exhibiting at the prestigious European Maritime Day two day conference on 18 and 19 May.
It is the ideal opportunity to meet new contacts, exchange experiences, discuss the latest developments and build lasting relationships within the maritime community.
@ LIGHTHOUSE, POOLE
Programme - Friday
08.30 - Parallel workshops, themes 1-4
- Coffee break
- Welcome and opening
Karen Coleman - Moderator
- Plenary session: Strategic support for Blue Growth at sea-basin/macro-regional level
Speakers and respondants
- INTERACT Knowledge of the Seas Network
Ditte Folke Kikkert Henriksen
- Danish Maritime Authority, EUSBR Policy Coordinator Ship
- Ministry of Environment and Energy, Greece, EUSAIR Blue Growth coordinator
- Senior Head of Region - Northern & Western Europe, Regional Business Development, European Investment Bank
Sea basin/macro-regional strategies provide a framework for integrated approaches to maritime issues and promote common solutions and actions. Implementation is supported through a variety of programmes, action plans and projects. This session will highlight best practice projects and will discuss whether and in what way these and other projects contribute to strategic project pipelines for blue/green growth. It will also discuss the evolving nature of project funding and risk sharing for blue growth projects to bring innovative ideas closer to market.
- Plenary session: Blue Growth in action: Launch of EMFF projects on skills, creative solutions and technology
This session will present a number of projects selected under the 2016 BLUE GROWTH CALLS funded by the EMFF. The launch of these projects represents a concrete step to implement the 'Communication from the Commission: Innovation in the Blue Economy: realising the potential of our seas and oceans for jobs and growth'. The projects focus on three key areas for the blue economy: skills (BLUE CAREERS), creativity (BLUE LABS) and technology (BLUE TECH). Co-organiser of this session is EASME, the Executive Agency for SMEs.
- Lunch break
- Workshop summary and reflections session: What have we learned?
This session will enable feedback from stakeholder workshops and will attempt to harvest common messages and policy recommendations.
- Closing panel and handover
Joao AGUIAR MACHADO - Director General, European Commission -DG MARE
- Member of European Parliament, Chair of SEARICA Intergroup
Councillor Lindsay Wilson
- Mayor of Poole
- Mayor of Burgas
- End of conference
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