The IMDO has had a very busy year so far. We have attended a number of events including Oceanology International and Ten-T Days 2018.
The IMDO, together with Enterprise Ireland and the Marine Development Team hosted a number of Irish companies at an Irish Pavilion at Oceanology International in London in March 2018. The companies exhibited under the 'Marine Ireland' brand, established for the Marine Development Team to communicate Ireland's marine opportunities both nationally and internationally. These companies included Smart Bay Ireland, Seatech, JFC Marine, XOcean, Technology from Ideas and Techworks Marine. The objective of the Pavilion was to promote Irish organisations providing products and services for global marine markets and to promote Ireland as an attractive location for inward investment into the blue economy.
Oceanology International has firmly established itself as the world leading ocean technology marine science exhibition and conference. It brings together the latest technologies and thought leaders worldwide. Attracting visitors from a variety of industries, including oil & gas, marine renewables and maritime defence, Oceanology International gives the opportunity for buyers and suppliers to do business in one location.
Tent-T Days, Ljubljana
Ministers, Members of the European Parliament and key stakeholders attended Ten-T Days in Ljubljana in April 2018 to discuss how to contribute to smart, sustainable and safe Mobility, relying on the trans-European transport network and investments in transport connectivity. The IMDO, along with representatives from the Irish ports and from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport attended the conference. It was a very successful conference which came at a crucial time for the development of the EU transport system.
Commissioner Bulc visited our stand in the exhibition hall and endorsed Ireland’s plans to keep Ireland connected to the single market.
Motorways Of The Sea
On 18 May 2018, a seminar on ‘Understanding the Opportunities from the EU’ was hosted by Shannon Foynes Port Company in Limerick. The “Motorways of the Sea” concept, which has significant funding available, aims to introduce new inter-modal maritime-based logistics chains in Europe, which should improve our transport organisation within the years to come.
The conference was arranged following a discussion at a smaller gathering in Brussels last November, also organised by Shannon Foynes Port Company, at which EU officials were briefed about the opportunity that the Shannon Estuary presents from an Irish and European perspective. Together with the risks presented by Brexit, the seminar heard that there is a growing recognition of the opportunity that investment in maritime infrastructure can bring about for the region and country.
Short-Sea Shipping Days
The Shortsea 2018 conference and trade event took place in Lübeck, Germany on the 20th and 21st June. The conference agenda included topics on issues of sustainability, economic efficiency, development of European markets, and the effects of political regulation, as well as innovation and digitalization. The conference was organised by the German ShortSea Shipping & Inland Waterway Promotion Centre and had around 500 participants with 40 companies from the shortsea shipping industry taking part in a trade show.
EU Policy advisor from the IMDO, Dr Paul Brewster, was a panel member on a session on "European Market Development" and presented on the challenges facing Ireland’s maritime transport system to stay connected with Europe.