In order to further harness the potential of Europe’s oceans, seas and coasts, we need to understand how value is created, delivered, and captured today, what the growth potential is and how it can be unlocked.

Important questions associated with this are: “Can the limited space that is available across Europe be shared among companies from different sectors?” and “What synergies can be created by working together and/or sharing resources?”

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MARIBE Summary booklets: workpackages, case studies and results

As maritime activity increases so does the competition for space. This led to the European Commission to publish a call in 2014 asking researchers to prepare for the ‘future innovative offshore economy’. It was in response to this call that the MARIBE project was initiated with the aim of promoting growth and jobs within the Blue Economy.

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Read all about the history of Maribe in this Maribe Booklet.

MARIBE Closing event

The closing event of H2020 project MARIBE will take place this August and will be hosted at MaREI  – Institute for Marine Renewable Energy Ireland based in Cork Harbour, Ireland. During Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st of August a wide range of companies, institutions and organisations from all over Europe with an interest in Multi-use of Space and Multi-use platforms  will come together and the findings of the MARIBE project will be presented.  More information on the meeting is available on the Closing event page.
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MARIBE closing event in Cork in August 2016.



MARIBE panel discusses the potential for multi-use of space in Blue Growth

The MARIBE project finished on the 31st of August 2016. To coincide with the end of the project, a meeting was held in the MaREI Research Centre in University College Cork. During the course of the two-day event, MARIBE partners presented the findings of the project and industry stakeholders presented 9 innovative multi-use of space projects that were developed with assistance from the MARIBE consortium. A selection of these presentations are now available and can be accessed via the links in the agenda below. The event also hosted two lively discussion panels where MARIBE partners, industry representatives and external experts discussed the potential of multi-use of space in Blue Growth as well as the merits of the MARIBE process.


10:00-10:15 Coffee and registration
10:15-10:30 Welcome and overview of MARIBE project
Gordon Dalton [MARIBE project coordinator]
10.30-11.00 Key note address
Profs. Tony Lewis & Jerry Murphy
11:00-11:30 Coffee/tea break
11.30-13.00 The current state of Blue Growth
WP 4 – Maritime industries, sector lifecycles and Blue Growth
[Kate Johnson, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, UK]
WP 6 – Current state of investment in Blue Growth
[Sander van den Burg, Wageningen University, The Netherlands]
WP 7 – Blue Growth business models
[Roland Wijnen, Business Models Inc., The Netherlands]
13.00-14.15 Lunch
14.15-15.40 Multi-use of space and Blue Growth 
WP 8 – Identification of high potential combinations
[Gordon Dalton, UCC]
Socio-economic assessment of BG combinations
[Mike Blanch, BVG Associates , UK]
WP 5- Challenges facing multi-use of space in Blue Growth
[Pedro Diaz, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain]
Example of multi-use project: Wavedragon & SES presentation
[Wave Dragon, Seaweed Energy Solutions & BELLONA]
15.40-16.10 Coffee/Tea break
16.10-17.00 Panel discussion: multi-use of space and multi-use platforms


09:00-10:30 Multi-use of space and multi-use platform projects in Blue Growth: Industry stakeholder presentations
09.00-09.20 Oceans of Tomorrow review Overview of FP7 multi-use of space and multi-use platform projects
[Pedro  Diaz, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain]
09:20-09:35 Floating Power Plant [Floating Offshore Wind + Wave]
09.35-09.50 Grand Port Maritime de Guyane [Floating Shipping Terminal + Aquaculture]
09.50-10.05 Float Inc. [Floating shipping Terminal + Wave]
10.05-10.20 Albatern and Aquabiotech [Wave + Aquaculture]
10:20-11:00 Coffee/tea break
11.00-11.15 J J Campbell and CREDIT presentation [Wave + Floating Offshore Wind]
11.15-11.30 MERMAID [Aquaculture + Fixed Offshore Wind]
11.30-11.45 EcoWindWater[Floating Offshore Wind + Desalination]
11.45-13.00 MARIBE methodology overview followed by panel
discussion on the validity of the ‘business incubator’ approach

Thanks for your contribution to the MARIBE Advisory Sessions

A huge thank you to all the companies, panel members, speakers and the MARIBE consortium partners for making the Advisory Sessions held in Brussels on the 15th and 16th of June a successful event. We hope you have all enjoyed it and found the experience helpful in furthering opportunities of working together and exploring the Blue Growth possibilities.  A follow up event will be scheduled end of August and we hope to see a lot of you there. Watch this space for updates.

Thank you

Can Combining with Other Blue Sectors Further Reduce Offshore Wind’s LCOE?

Can Combining with Other Blue Sectors Further Reduce Offshore Wind’s LCOE? This was the question that Mike Blanch of BVG Associates addressed at Global Offshore Wind earlier this week.

MARIBE is analysing 23 potential commercial combination projects between Blue Growth or Blue Economy sectors including: Offshore wind energy (fixed and floating), wave energy, fixed shipping terminal, aquaculture, oil & gas, and desalination. Multi-use of space and multi-use platforms. Atlantic, Mediterranean, Baltic/North Sea, and Caribbean locations.

Mike’s presentation described the nine combinations with offshore wind and provided an analysis of whether these combinations really can reduce LCOE. Slides for the presentation are available here: MARIBE Global Offshore Wind Presentation