Maritime sector Urk is heading towards sustainable and digital shipping with the approval for their REACT EU application

19 MARCH 2021

Last Fabruary, Werft, Horizon Flevoland, Weforsea Shipping and De Boer Marine, together with the maritime research institute MARIN and Green Maritime Consultancy have submitted their subsidy application at the REACT EU counter for the project of Smart & Sustainable Shipping Flevoland. Today, after a pitch in front of the expert comittee,  they were informed that the application has been approved and funding will be awarded.

The project was pitched today by Karin Senf, Business developer Maritime Cluster Urk and project manager at Horizon Flevoland and Meindert-Jan de Boer, director of De Boer Marine. “We are very pleased that we were able to convince the expert committee of the importance of this project for the Maritime Cluster in Urk.”

Opportunities in uncertain times.
REACT EU is intended for further development of promising concepts that are in danger of being delayed by the crisis (Source: Opportunities for West II). COVID-crisis offers the maritime sector, in uncertain times with declining sales and uncertainty, an opportunity to make a move towards sustainability. In addition to the environmental benefits, this can also lead to cost reduction and an improved competitive position.

Sustainable and digital shipping
The main objective of the project is the development of the maritime cluster in Flevoland into an international hotspot for sustainable shipping, in which companies from the entire maritime chain (designers – builders – end users) work together with educational and knowledge institutions on the development and application of the latest sustainable and digital innovations. To achieve this, investments must be made in the development of innovative, energy-efficient ships and in strengthening the cooperation between companies from the maritime cluster Flevoland.