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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Tuesday, 4 December, 2007
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Oil and Gas Production and Transportation
Transportation and Logistics
Technology fields: 
Wind energy
S3 EU priority areas: 
Bio fuels & energy efficiency
Blue renewable energy
Emerging industries: 
Blue Growth Industries
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Advanced manufacturing for harsh conditions
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Saab AB
Larger Company
Oresund DryDocks
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy

Swedish Maritime Technology Forum (SMTF) is a non-profit member and cluster organisation supporting the maritime technology industry in Sweden. SMTF was established in 2007, and today it represents the full spectrum of suppliers and service providers to the shipping-, offshore-, and leisure boat industry. As per March 2016, SMTF has 87 member organisations in total, of which 90% are SMEs. A few major research and academic institutions are also members of the cluster.

SMTF offers networking activities and support services for its members and extended maritime network, and participates in collaboration projects bringing important industry knowledge and business perspective into collaboration with other stakeholders. Representing the industry, both large companies and SMEs, SMTF has participated in several EU projects (FP7, Interreg, ESF) as well as national and regional projects supporting sustainable solutions and increased innovation and competence in different maritime markets. From its solid member group of companies, SMTF has experience of bringing important industry knowledge into collaboration, involving topics such as emissions reduction and energy efficiency of vessels.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Direct advisory services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesName & Description (Regional/National)

CNSS (Clean North Sea Shipping) is a project under the EU Interreg North Sea Region Programme that was finalized in 2014. The CNSS project involved 18 partners from six countries. The objective was to improve the environmental and health situation caused by air pollution from shipping along the North Sea coast and within ports in the area. The project studied available technologies, focusing on LNG and onshore power supply. Swedish Maritime Technology Forum was in charge of developing a LNG showcase that informed and stimulated different stakeholders to take action and implement the necessary infrastructure.



REMCAP (Resource Efficient Maritime Capacity), an EU FP7 maritime cluster collaborative project finished in 2015. It was investigating capabilities of six regional maritime clusters and studying innovation priorities for a number of European priority end-user markets, for example, offshore wind and ocean energy. Swedish Maritime Technology Forum was leading the work package of developing measures supporting regional and joint action plans that facilitate innovation and address cluster capability gaps.



MARKIS (Maritime Competence and Innovation Skagerrak & Kattegat), a 3-year collaboration project between triple-helix partners from Sweden, Norway and Denmark co-funded by the EU Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak Programme. The aim was to develop the maritime cluster in this region and investigate solutions to reduce emissions from shipping to air and water. Swedish Maritime Technology Forum arranged serveral seminars and workshops where industry representatives could come together with academia and public authorities to discuss potential solutions around alternative fuels, energy efficiency, etc.  

GreenPilot (Methanol conversion of the Swedish Pilot boat 729). In this GreenPilot Project the Swedish Pilot boat 729 will be converted to be run on methanol. In addition to modifications of the engine the conversion includes installation of new methanol tanks, a nitrogen system for tank inertion and upgraded safety system for low flashpoint fuels.

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Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Vast experience of EU-projects

Representing active and engaged companies