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The North Sea Region (NSR) is a crucial area for Europe's Blue Economy with marine resources, technologically advanced industries, major port areas and increased offshore activities. Due to global drivers, the wider maritime, marine and offshore economies are exposed to profound challenges with some industries undergoing significant changes, including increased production as well as stagnation and decrease of production. The NSR is experiencing a period of considerable restructuring.
These new cross-border and cross-sectorial prospects generate new challenges, and ask for transnational and intersectorial solutions supported by incentives to break out of existing silos.
PERISCOPE aims to support Interreg North Sea’s objectives, first and foremost “Thinking growth” by strengthening cross-sector Blue Growth innovation capacity in the NSR by bringing together the players (businesses, entrepreneurs, clusters/networks, researchers, universities, business angels, incubators, investors and funds, customers/users, regional and local authorities and development/business support agencies) for knowledge sharing, acceleration and launch of new innovation-projects for sustainable business development.
The ambition is that PERISCOPE will result in a permanent platform for partnership and business development in the North Sea region, which will increase the capacity of players in the blue economy. Through this tool, ideas for new innovations and trends can create synergies and new business opportunities, but also joint project applications.
The project started in October 2017 and ends in September 2020 and is funded 50% by the EU through the Interreg Nordsjö program. 12 parties from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom participate.
Port of Gothenburg – a hub for the region's maritime industries
The Port of Gothenburg is the largest port in Scandinavia and a gateway to the world for much of Swedish industry. The maritime industries comprise one of Western Sweden's prioritised strong clusters. Western Sweden is home to 3,000 maritime companies with some 20,000 employees, corresponding to 45% of Sweden's maritime industry employees. Companies in the maritime industries are represented in all municipalities in the Gothenburg region. The maritime industries encompass a large number of sectors and business conditions vary between them.
The global maritime market is considerable; it is valued at more than 210,000 billion Swedish kronor and employs more than 200 million people. Shipping and tourism comprise the largest segments of the maritime sector. The forecasts for most areas associated with the maritime economy point towards continued growth. Leading up to 2050, maritime transport is expected to grow by almost 430% on a global level, tourism and aquaculture are expected to more than double by 2030 and offshore wind power is expected to exhibit annual growth of 20–25%.(Source: A Swedish Maritime Strategy, 2015–, Government Offices of Sweden)
The maritime industries have left their mark on our coastal area. Today, we comprise a Nordic shipping hub in the shape of the Port of Gothenburg, a centre for research and development in maritime environments and maritime development, and a Swedish fishing centre.
Västra Götaland Region is responsible for coordinating strategic activities in the maritime sector in Västra Götaland.
Cluster analysis Shipping
A mapping of the shipping cluster in Gothenburg Region. The mapping contains facts and statistics about the shipping industry in Gothenburg Region. Here, the industry, ecosystem and these actors are described, as well as the development of the cluster since 2008.
Did you know that…
… Volvo Penta is among the world leaders when it comes to inboard motors and complete propulsion systems for everything from pleasure boats to commercial vessels and industrial motors?
…there is a strong shipbuilding tradition, especially on the island of Orust which has several shipyards for yachts and motorboats?
…in order to develop the maritime industries and to pursue research in environmentally sustainable shipping, trade and industry and academia have a number of collaborative projects? One example is Lighthouse at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg.