Royal IHC officially became a member of the Waterborne Technology Platform (TP) on January 24, the company said in their latest announcement.
This Brussels-based association interacts between the waterborne community and the relevant European Institutions on waterborne, blue economy and ports & logistics related topics.
According to the release, IHC will proactively contribute to the promotion of R&D of waterborne technologies within the European Research Area.
Waterborne has been set up as an industry-oriented Technology Platform to establish a continuous dialogue between all waterborne stakeholders, such as classification societies, shipbuilders, shipowners, maritime equipment manufacturers, infrastructure and service providers, universities or research institutes, and with the EU Institutions, including Member States.
The strategic objectives of the Waterborne TP are:
- Establish a continuous dialogue between all stakeholders in the waterborne transport sector and in other waterborne-related sectors on R&D;
- Contribute to the widest possible consensus regarding R&D and to focusing of efforts and resources;
- Develop a common medium- and long-term R&D Vision and a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA);
- Contribute to the appropriate mobilization and allocation of the necessary financial resources (private/regional/national/EU sources);
- Contribute to the social expectations regarding clean, competitive and safe waterborne transport as well as regarding other waterborne-related activities, including education and training.