WATERBORNE TP is an initiative that came forth from the Maritime Industries Forum (MIF) and its R&D committee in 2005 and is making strident efforts to regularly update R&D requirements for European competitiveness, innovation and the meeting of regulations like safety and environment. The stakeholders include EU associations covering deep and short sea shipping, inland waterways, yards, equipment manufacturers, marine leisure industry, research and university institutions, classification societies etc. The so-called stakeholder Support Group is matched by a Mirror Group of government appointed delegates.

The WATERBORNE TP is one of the some 30 technology platforms in the EU and where appropriate possibilities for exchanges or other ways of cooperation are investigated.

The WATERBORNE TP published a VISION 2020 paper in 2005, a Strategic Research Agenda in 2006 and an Implementation Plan in 2007. In 2011 the WATERBORNE Declaration has been published as position paper for HORIZON2020. Strategic Research Agenda and Implementation plan have been revised in 2011 and the renewed VISION2025 document has been published. The contents are been used by industry sectors, national R&D programs and not in the last place by the European Commission for defining the outline of and calls under the R&D Framework Programs.



Maritime Europe Strategy Action (MESA – FOSTER WATERBORNE), main strategic objective (in line with WATERBORNE-TP) is to strengthen the effectiveness of the research and innovation capacities of the European maritime industry, by:

  • Optimization of the European maritime RDI strategies;
  • Improvement of the stakeholders network, of the dissemination, of the use of the research results, and increasing the visibility of the R&I; findings;
  • Fostering the definition of the maritime R&I; transport policies.

MESA, is (1) providing support to the WATERBORNE TP work, enlarging and maintaining it, (2) identifying 4 major themes (implemented via Thematic Technology Groups on Energy Efficiency, Safety, Production, E-Maritime) performing an in-depth analysis and assessment of the achievements at EU and National level, to foster future strategic lines in research and innovation, (3) updating the strategic research agenda and creating an innovation agenda contributing to close the gaps between research and market uptake, (4) enhancing a network for the exchange of ideas and priorities, (5) acting as major player for dissemination raising waterborne value chain profile and visibility in Europe.

Foresight activity will provide market, societal and regulatory trends studies, contributing to transport RDI policies.

An Integration Group will issue Strategic documents for the waterborne sector: VISIONS2030, Strategic Research Agenda, Innovation Agenda, Implementation Plan, homogenizing findings of the Thematic Technology Groups and the Foresight.

A comprehensive communication strategy will be implemented including coverage of the TRA2014, 2016, Technology Workshops, Major Conferences, Newsletter, Brokerage Events, Show Cases of successful projects, TRIP liaison, etc. MESA involves 28 partners, (industrial, research, education, associations) ensuring the widest possible participation accustomed to work together since many years, in the majority of EU projects and in the WATERBORNE-TP.