Norbert Brackmann, Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry, at a meeting on the status of the Maritime Research Programme

Norbert Brackmann, Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry, at a meeting on the status of the Maritime Research Programme

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The Federal Government has sent out a strong signal for maritime research: an additional €45 million will be made available for the sector in the next four years. In the context of the ‘Maritime.Green propulsion’ initiative, more projects will be funded that make a significant contribution to the maritime energy transition.

Norbert Brackmann, Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry, said: “We have a high-performing maritime industry. As Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry, it is my task to set the sails and continually improve the framework conditions for the maritime industry. We can now advance additional research projects and position Germany as an international hub for maritime research. The additional funding will provide a boost for the sector.”

Digitisation and smart systems on board are also revolutionising the maritime industry, facing the sector with new challenges in terms of maritime security. Forward-looking solutions are urgently needed both onshore and offshore. In addition, it is becoming increasingly important to make sustainable use of the resources of the seas.

Mr Brackmann is outlining the new priority funding in Berlin today on the occasion of a meeting on the status of the Maritime Research Programme. In the context of the ‘Maritime.Green propulsion’ initiative, more projects that make a significant contribution to the maritime energy transition will be funded as from 2019. The long-term vision is zero-emission vessels. The first step is to develop carbon-neutral ‘e-fuels’, which are the result of the transformation of electrical energy from renewables into synthetic fuels (‘power-to-fuel processes’).

Mr Brackmann said: “The manufacturers of engines for the maritime sector are experiencing a spirit of new opportunity. The industry wants clean technologies for clean vessels. This requires efficient support instruments to speed up technological developments, planning security for companies and a cross-sectoral overall strategy. We have now made available sufficient funding.”