EUROPEAN MARITIME DAY 14 - 15 MAY2020
The European Commission kindly invite you to save the date for the European Maritime Day 2020 which will take place on 14-15 May in Cork, Ireland. EMD is the annual EU meeting point on maritime affairs and sustainable blue economy. It targets maritime professionals, entrepreneurs and ocean leaders.
EMD Conference and Expo is the place where ‘Ocean Leaders Meet’. It provides an interactive experience to catch up on the current state of play on a broad range of issues concerning the blue economy and the marine environment and discuss ways of moving forward. It features a large number of excellent speakers, multiple breakout sessions and project pitch sessions organised by stakeholders and European Commission services as well as hundreds of B2B meetings. EMD targets professionals from businesses, governments, public institutions, NGOs and academia.
European Maritime Day is an annual celebration of Europe’s diverse maritime community and is the flagship event in the European Union’s maritime calendar. As part of the celebration is a two day conference which attracts 1,000 stakeholders from across the
The event and exhibition will take place on 14-15 May 2020 in the City Hall of Cork and is co-organised by the European Commission, the City of Cork and 'Our Ocean Wealth' Summit.
The European Maritime Day (EMD) Conference and Expo is the annual two-day event during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss and forge joint action on maritime affairs and sustainable blue economy.
CITY TO HOST EUROPEAN MARITIME DAY IN 2020
- 14 and 15 MAY 2020
Up to 1,000 different delegates including industry professionals, policy makers , researchers, academics and NGOs take part in the annual EMD two-day conference where they attend political sessions and workshops to discuss challenges and opportunities in the maritime sector including the blue economy, ocean energy and ongoing development potential in areas such as aquaculture and cruise shipping.
Lord Mayor, Cllr Mick Finn said: “Cork hosting European Maritime Day in 2020 - when it will wrap around SeaFest and the RCYC 300 celebrations - is perfect for a city with such a rich maritime tradition. I was honoured to accept the mantle from Lisbon which is another proud port, EU city and I have no doubt it will be a huge success. Greeting 1000 delegates to the city will be a huge boost for tourism and the positioning of the new, larger city in the EU.”
Stakeholders’ workshops are at the core of the conference. Each workshop lasts 1.5 hours and for 2020 we are planning to host 20 high-quality workshops (four slots with 5 workshops running in parallel).
- organisers set out clear and relevant objectives for their workshop, and invite high-quality speakers from the public and private sectors
- demonstrate a clear European dimension (relevance for EU maritime affairs and its blue economy)
- provide an interactive format that engages the audience into discussion and will aim to deliver actionable conclusions
The format of the workshops should not include more than 4 presentations or contributions and allow time for interaction with the audience. We encourage the use of easy-to-use interactive tools (e.g. sli.do, menti, etc).
Workshop organisers shall apply under one of the following themes:
- blue economy – sectoral themes (e.g. bio-economy, aquaculture, tourism and coastal communities, ocean and off-shore energy, shipping and shipbuilding, ports and port clusters)
- sea basin cooperation
- maritime spatial planning
- ocean literacy, maritime skills and people
- maritime security and surveillance
- marine pollution, climate action, decarbonisation
OCEAN WEALTH - The annual Progress Report on Ireland’s Integrated Marine Plan - Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth, for 2018, was launched at the Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Cork, 10 June. The report, which contains information from across government departments and agencies, provides a wealth of information, spanning governance, research, education, international cooperation, business development, sustainability and protection and conservation of marine ecosystems. The annual ‘Our Ocean Wealth Summit’ forms a key part of the Government’s integrated plan for Ireland’s marine sector and brings together national and international expert speakers, industry leaders, business development agencies and the Irish business and marine research community.
GALWAY & MARINE LITTER
Every year over 10 million tonnes of litter ends up in our oceans causing a devastating impact on the seas and the marine life that dwells within them. It is estimated that by 2050 our seas could contain more plastic than fish.
A number of aquariums around the globe are banding together to highlight this major problem and engage with the public. The new campaign will show people practical solutions on reducing their own impact and how they can help to turn the tide on marine pollution.
SEA CHANGE: IRELAND'S LARGEST FREE MARITIME FESTIVAL TO RAISE AWARENESS OF PLASTIC POLLUTION
Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn said: “Environmental stewardship of our oceans is something we need to instil in our children. This will ensure the problems facing our oceans are addressed, and hopefully, reversed. I’m delighted to welcome SeaFest to Cork for the next three years, as it serves an important role in this
education. SeaFest is a brilliant illustration of our unique and unrivalled maritime history. In a fun and interactive way, this national annual festival is helping those of all ages to think about their connection with the water and how the actions they make today can make a difference tomorrow.”
Sustainably sourced Irish seafood plays a starring role at SeaFest with demos from top chefs Nevin Maguire, Rory O’Connell and Martin Shanahan. The Bord Bia and BIM Seafood Experience also features fishmongers Pat O’Connell and Hal Dawson on seafood preparation. Encouraging responsible activity on the water, SeaFest will hold free sailing, kayaking, and currach boats sessions; along with interactive displays exploring the marine world.
MAP - Cork County is shown in the darker green. The pink is Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom.
As part of Cork City Council’s commitment to green initiatives, Cork City Council Environmental Awareness Officer, Mary Walsh highlighted that market traders will be using compostable packaging across the weekend. “There will also be pirates on-site, keeping SeaFest free from single use
plastics. If someone has brought a
plastic bottle with them, the pirate will show them how, and where, to dispose of it,” she said.
EMD HEADLINE THEMES
* Brussels 2008: "A regional approach to the implementation of Maritime Policy"
* Rome 2009: "Integrated Maritime Policy and the contribution of maritime clusters"
* Gijón 2010: "How to foster innovation?"
* Gdansk 2011: "Maritime Policy: Putting People First"
* Gothenburg 2012: "Sustainable Growth from the Oceans, Seas and Coasts"
* Valletta 2013: "Coastal Development and Sustainable Maritime Tourism"
* Bremen 2014: "Innovation driving Blue Growth"
* Piraeus 2015: "Ports and Coasts, Gateways to Maritime Growth"
* Turku 2016: "Investing in blue growth – smart and sustainable solutions"
* Poole 2017: "The Future of our Seas"
* Burgas 2018: Bulgaria "TBA"
* Lisbon 2019: Portugal "TBA"
* Cork 2020: Ireland "TBA"
* Den Helder 2021: The Netherlands "TBA"
* Ravenna 2022: Italy "TBA"
* Brest 2023: France "TBA"
* Svendborg 2024: Denmark "TBA"
CONFERENCE - DRAFT PROGRAMME
Thursday, 14 May 2020
08.00 – 09.00 Registration & Welcome Coffee
09.00 – 10.00 Opening Session "EU Maritime Policy towards 2050"
10.00 – 11.00 Networking Break / Pitch Stage / Blue Expo
11.00 – 12.30 Workshops organised by Stakeholders
12.30 – 13.30 Networking Lunch
13.30 – 14.30 Plenary Session: ‘Empowering Future Ocean Leaders’
14.30 – 16.00 Workshops organised by Stakeholders
16.00 – 17.00 Networking Break / Pitch Stage / Blue Expo
17.00 – 18.30 Workshops organised by Stakeholders
18.45 – 21.30 Networking Reception
Friday, 15 May 2020
08.30 – 09.00 Welcome Coffee
09.00 – 10.30 Workshops organised by Stakeholders
10.30 – 11.30 Networking Break / Pitch Stage / Blue Expo
11.30 – 13.00 Policy Sessions
13.00 – 14.00 Farewell lunch
ZERO CARBON SOLUTION - Although a potential solution to the problem, we suspect that this is not what the European Commission are looking to tease out of the woodwork. They are probably hoping for a miracle cure that might be applied to conventional hulls, such as a new fuel or process that renders existing shipping zero carbon - and bully for that. Nevertheless, this is a possible way of reaching targets, or at least easing the pressure - and for that reason - it is put forward as a funding contender. Vessels that are solar and wind powered should (in our view) be developed alongside other incremental emission reduction means.
An alternative to constructing this vessel in aluminium alloy as a purpose build, is to purchase an existing cargo vessel that is due for retirement, and to retro-fit solar panels and wind generators, to be able to measure the savings. Operators of fleets might want to consider partnering to this project, maybe to provide a donor vessel. Please note that these drawings are Design Copyright © October 2019, Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd and Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd.
A BIT ABOUT IRELAND
The Republic of Ireland (Poblacht na hÉireann), is a country in north-western Europe occupying 26 of 32 counties of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Dublin, which is located on the eastern side of the island. Around a third of the country's population of 4.9 million people resides in the greater Dublin area. The sovereign state shares its only land border with Northern Ireland, a part of the
Kingdom. It is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Celtic Sea to the south, St George's Channel to the south-east, and the Irish Sea to the east. It is a unitary, parliamentary republic.
Cork is the second-most populous city in the State and the 16th-most populous area of local government.
The Cross River Ferry, from Rushbrooke to Passage West, links the R624 to R610. This service is used by some commuters to avoid traffic in the Jack Lynch Tunnel and Dunkettle area. The Port of Cork is situated at Ringaskiddy, 16 kilometres (10 miles) SE via the N28. Brittany Ferries operates direct car ferry services from Cork to Roscoff in France and Santander in Spain.
The population of Cork City and its immediate suburbs was 208,669 according to the 2016 census, with in excess of 300,000 in the Metropolitan Cork area.
Cork is twinned with Cologne, Coventry, Rennes, San Francisco, Swansea and Shanghai. As of February 2017, the city council was also in talks to twin with Bordeaux, Saint Petersburg and Miami.
- Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella has opened the 2019 European Maritime Day conference in Lisbon. This year, the main focus is on boosting a “blue” economy, the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, through entrepreneurship, investment, and research and innovation. On this occasion, the European Commission launches the second edition of its Blue Economy Report.
City Hall, Anglesea Street
Cork, T12 T997
Festival Manager: Joya Kuin
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CRUISE LINE OPERATORS A - Z
ZERO CARBON FISHING & NO NETS - Traditional fishing boats do not lend themselves to solar or wind assisted conversions, hence may not be zero carbon. Changing from diesel to clean energy requires a clean sheet of paper approach and a re-think of how to solve the problem. The SeaVax concept has long been seen as capable of being modified for oil recovery and fishing for food, rather than recycling marine plastic. If marine transport is to comply with the IMO directives for 2030, 2040, 2050 and 2100, we must start looking at other ways of harvesting fish to prevent global warming getting any worse.
SeaVax uses solar and wind energy collectors that track the wind and sun in combination such as to manage potential incoming energy for maximum harvest and storage. The turbine generators used could be horizontal (HAWT) or vertical axis (VAWT), where horizontal axis were thought to offer higher power to weight ratios, but that this may now be the subject of research, where a new type of VAWT potentially offers similar outputs with perhaps other advantages.
Another advantage of modifying the SeaVax concept to fishing is that there are no plastic fishing nets to pollute the oceans. Operating a zero carbon fishing boat that uses no nets in the catching process, opens up a whole new era of sustainable opportunities in terms of the United Nations development goal: SDG14. Nets are costly items that choke the ocean when discarded irresponsibly. The possibility of modifying a SeaVax head to allow for variable depth trawl of selected fish species holds the potential to alleviate ghost nets to some extent, though fishing with regular nets would also be a feature of the design.
CROSS CHANNEL A - Z FERRY OPERATORS & ISLAND SERVICES
OCEAN CLEANUP PROJECTS A - Z
* Boyan Slat's ocean booms
* Earth Day ocean plastic fact sheet
* Junk Raft - plastic expedition
* Plastic Oceans Canada
* Plastic Oceans Org
* SeaVax autonomous drones
LINKS & REFERENCE
CREATION - The European Maritime Day (EMD) was officially created on 20 May 2008 where the President of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Pöttering, Council President Janez Janša, and Commission President José Manuel Barroso signed a Joint Tripartite Declaration establishing it.
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