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Fórum Oceano - Associação da Economia do Mar (Association of Maritime Economy)

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 15 July, 2009
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Norte
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Other Label: 
Recognised association to foster the Portuguese Maritime Cluster (since 2009)
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
ENMC - European Network of Maritime Clusters
MiTiN – Maritime Innovative Territories International Network
PORTUGALclusters
BCTA - BlueTech Cluster Alliance
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Rui
Azevedo
Cluster Manager
+351220120764
geral@forumoceano.pt
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Portuguese
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Fishing and Fishing Products
Food Processing and Manufacturing
Technology fields: 
Aquaculture
Marine Science
S3 EU priority areas: 
Blue renewable energy
Coastal & maritime tourism
Emerging industries: 
Biopharmaceuticals
Blue Growth Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Aquaculture; Fish Transformation and Processing; Marine Renewable Energy; Maritime Safety and Security; Ports, Transport and Logistics, Shipbuilding & Ship Repair and maintenance; Ocean Technologies
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
130
Number of SME members: 
67
Number of larger company members: 
18
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
19
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
26
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

MISSION

  • Strengthen dynamics of strategic cooperation between actors;

  • Promote competitiveness of the main value chains that use the Sea and the marine resources as the central elements of its activity;

  • Contribute, in a sustainable way, for the economic growth and the growth of exportations and employ;

  • Increase the maritime economy importance in the national economy.

 

STRATEGIC AXIS

  • Entrepreneurship and business development

  • Innovation and modernisation

  • Internationalisation

  • Production of qualifications and skills

  • Foster the Maritime Culture

  • Strategic information and monitoring

 

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Periodic Information dissemination
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

Fórum Oceano works with supply chains and customers by organizing international business contacts. By identifying projects and cooperation between academy and industry through promoting focus groups’ discussions, the organization promotes and develops innovation. Other activities in which the association is involved  include monitoring of anchor projects, dissemination of maritime affairs, promotion of studies and strategic reports, participation in national and international projects and networks, participation in B2B meetings, organizing and participation in entrepreneurial missions (e.g. Spain, France, Norway, Cape Verde, Latin America), organizing open and info days and organizing Business2Sea (Forum do Mar), yearly event in Portugal that comprises exhibition of products, business meetings and conferences on blue economy.

 

Fórum Oceano participates in cooperation projects, at regional, national and EU levels, namely REMCAP– Resource Efficient Maritime Capacity (FP7 Regions of Knowledge), AtlanticBlue Tech – Enhancing the blue biotechnology niche of excellence (INTERREG IVB) and CINMars – Combining Innovation in Maritime and Space (ESA). It has also participated as stakeholder in COFASP – cooperation in fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing (FP7 ERANET) and has recently submitted several applications to international competitive calls.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Brazil
Canada
Cape Verde
Peru
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
France
Ireland
Lithuania
Spain
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Marine Southeast
Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique
The Martime Alliance (USA)
Pôle Mer Méditerranée
Irish Maritime & Energy Research Cluster
Aclunaga
PLOCAN
Western Sweden Maritime Cluster
Cluster Maritime Luxembourgeois
European Network of Maritime Clusters
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
FP7
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG
Other
  • REMCAP - Resource Efficient Maritime Capacity

www.remcap.eu

Partners: Fórum Oceano (former designation: Oceano XXI); Solent Maritime Cluster, Western Sweden Maritime Cluster, Pôle Mer Méditerranée, Irish Maritime & Energy Research Cluster and Klaipeda Maritime Cluster;

Funding Programme: EU FP7 Regions of Knowledge.

 

  • ATLANTICBLUETECH — Imagine the marine bio-resources sector for 2014-2020

www.mitin-network.org/Atlantic-Blue-Tech-2318-0-0-0.html

Partners: Fórum Oceano (former designation: Oceano XXI), Universidade do Algarve, Technopôle Brest-Iroise, WestBIC, NUI Galway, CEEI - Bahia de Cádiz;

Funding Programme: Interreg IVB Atlantic Area.

 

  • Vasco da Gama: Training for Greener and Safer Maritime Transport

www.vasco-da-gama.eu

Funding Programme: DG MOVE SUB / 2012-548

 

  • Cooperation in Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Processing (COFASP)

(www.cofasp.eu Participation as a stakeholder only; Funding Programme: FP7 ERANET KBBE)

  • Portugal Náutico

Partners: AEP - Associação Empresarial de Portugal (lead partner)

Funding Programme: COMPETE (National Programme)

 

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Fórum Oceano – Associação da Economia do Mar (Association of Maritime Economy) is a private non-profit association created in 2009 and since them formally recognized by the Portuguese Government as the entity responsible to implement collective efficiency strategies in the maritime economy sector. The headquarters are located in Matosinhos, Portugal, inside the Science and Technology Park of University of Porto and in proximity to the harbour of Leixões, a strength to support entrepreneurship in marine and maritime economic activities.