Pôle Mer Méditerranée in France and Maritime CleanTech in Norway agrees on more collaborative actions in the green transition of the maritime industries.

The agreement, signed during a maritime reception in Marseille 9th of April, follows up on France and Norway entering a strategic partnership on green industrial transformation, signed by their respective governments in Paris in January.

  • Hubs for green maritime interactions

As cluster organizations, both Pôle Mer Méditerranée and Maritime CleanTech unite industries, research centers, financial experts, and public bodies to explore solutions for advancing the green transition.

The green transition is driving the need for innovative approaches and solutions. Our industries are transforming to ensure a resilient energy supply and minimize environmental footprints. These complex approaches require good coordination between public and private players and arenas for trustful collaboration, says Director Christophe Avellan of Pôle Mer Méditerranée.

The organisations are focusing on fostering innovative activities to create cleaner maritime solutions.

– We look forward to following up on the French-Norwegian collaboration towards a greener industry, addressing challenges and solutions focusing on decarbonizing maritime industries throughout the entire value chain. This has the great potential of uniting unique ecosystems to unlock innovation and bilateral collaboration, says CEO Ada Jakobsen of Maritime CleanTech.

  • Targeting ambitious climate goals – together

With their over 650 partners, the two hubs will be seeking French-Norwegian opportunities for more green maritime collaboration in many areas:

  • Connecting partners, fostering cooperation and potential business
  • Knowledge transfer through technology updates, events, and conferences
  • Project development and establishment of R&D and innovation collaboration, with a special focus on EU programs
  • Accessing world-leading testing facilities through collaboration
  • Influencing framework conditions for greener shipping at EU and international levels

Agreements for specific projects will be established separately for the eventual parties involved.

– We share ambitious goals to meet new emissions targets within the maritime sector. Strengthening cluster-to-cluster cooperation across Europe can reinforce relations to new business and R&D opportunities, says Christophe Avellan.

– We’re charting the course toward a sustainable maritime future powered by collaboration, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of reducing emissions. Across borders, we can make it a reality. We’re committed to strengthening our work today, in alliance with Pole Mer Méditerrané, to explore future mutual business and R&D opportunities, says Ada Jakobsen.

Pôle Mer Méditerranée

Pôle Mer Méditerranée is a world-leading sea innovation cluster. It’s ambition is to contribute to the sustainable development of the maritime and coastal economy in the Mediterranean basin, in Europe, and across the globe. The network of the Pôle Mer Méditerranée involves over 500 members including major companies, SMEs, research institutes and academia. It stimulates and encourages innovation trough collaboration around 6 Strategic Business Areas, including “Harbours, infrastructures, and shipping,” where the industry is working together to decarbonize activities.

Maritime CleanTech

Maritime CleanTech is a world-leading industry hub for clean maritime solutions. Through partnership pioneers groundbreaking technologies and solutions that are key in accelerating the transition towards emission-free maritime industries. With over 150 partners covering every stage of the maritime value chain, Maritime CleanTech represents a leading ecosystem for green maritime innovation. There is a firm industry commitment to push for green transformation.