Newsletter nº2 June 26, 2023


We are so excited to share with you AspBAN proyect deliverables!

AspBAN has been awarded funding by the European Union’ European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

Welcome to the June edition of our second newsletter where you will find all of the project deliverables made to date.

In addition, you will obtain information on past and future events that are relevant to the sector, as well as the next actions that must be carried out by those companies that have passed to the next phase of the Open Innovation Program.

These ongoing activities undertaken by the European Commission, DG MARE, Beta-I, AspBAN project and others that are of interest to the sector.

We are pleased to keep you up to date with all the latest news from AspBAN project!

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As you know…

In April 2021, the kick-off meeting of AspBAN project took place. Has been selected by the European Union to put in place an acceleration services platform for EU Atlantic Ports. As part of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) call on “Cross-sectoral development of innovative port clusters in the Atlantic: Developing a blue accelerator scheme for Atlantic ports” (EMFF-APC-2020 call).

The 13 partners of the project were present at the meeting together with DG MARE.

AspBAN will support Atlantic Ports to act as ecosystems to foster innovation in the blue economy, thus diversifying their business models and revenue sources. The project is a 2-year project and will support implementation of Pillar I of the revised Atlantic Action Plan and will also connect partners in the European Economic Area, transatlantic and other relevant EU and non-EU maritime basins, notably through its network of 137 strategic partners.


AspBAN proyect deliverables

After a year of project, we present you the public deliverables with the results we have obtained with our work and thanks to the collaboration of strategic partners. The partners of the AspBAN project are sure that these will surprise you and will be useful to you.


Open Innovation Program


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Acceleration Services Program

We continue with the activities of the Acceleration Services Program 2021.We are in the Online Pitch Events.

You can now register for the 2022 Program. Find out!

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In this section we are going to introduce various partners of the AspBAN consortium in each issue of the newsletter.


Events we have done so far!

At a time of social and economic uncertainty and preparation of the next generation of EU-funded programmes to foster economic recovery, the Atlantic Strategy Committee (ASC) have worked to develop a revamped Atlantic Action Plan to give new impetus to the Atlantic maritime strategy. Based on four pillars (Ports as hub of Blue economy, skills and ocean literacy, marine renewable energies and resilient coasts), the Action Plan aims at reinforcing cooperation in this area and contributing to the European Green Deal, a socially inclusive model of sustainable development and job creation, while safeguarding marine and coastal environments and securing a healthy ocean. This event aims to highlight the lessons learnt from the past Atlantic Action Plan and other experiences of intergovernmental strategies and identify opportunities and challenges for an ambitious future for the Atlantic cooperation.

Find the recording of the conference here!

The Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, came at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the SDGs. To mobilize action, the Conference sought to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.

Know what happened!

One Sustainable Ocean was a joint initiative organized by Lisbon City Council, Fórum Oceano, Science and Technology Foundation, University of Lisbon and several other entities, in the context of the United Nations Ocean Conference (UNOC) 2022.

The «One Sustainable Ocean | Ocean Science & Business2Sea» was one of the official side-events area of UNOC 2022, having been designated officially as «umbrella event». Sponsored by Pingo Doce, through the initiative to preserve the ocean “Amar o Mar”, it was an event focused on the ocean future, sustainability, circular economy, and innovation, totally aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life below water.

One of the key conferences held within One Sustainable Ocean was:

Open Innovation as a strategy for sustainable Blue Economy growth.

For the first time since the project began, AspBAN partners were able to discuss together in person the opportunities that open innovation brings to members of the Blue Economy value chain, as it promotes collaboration with people and organizations outside of business.

The round table aimed to analyze what Open Innovation is and how it can work as a driver of sustainability and business development.

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The European Commission organized an event on 30 June in Lisbon at the Oceanário de Lisboa. The aim of the event was to launch the Mission Charter. Members States, regions, and relevant stakeholders were invited to discover the charter and further engage with actions for a successful implementation of the Mission and its lighthouses.

More Practical Information!

Upcoming events

This event is organised in the framework of the Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas (SEArica) Intergroup of the European Parliament, together with the support of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions. The meeting will bring together regional stakeholders from the private and institutional sector to take stock of the implementation of the NAIADES III Strategy. What has been achieved so far? What are the remaining and future challenges?

Keep you update!

The All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance 2022 Forum will be co-hosted by the United States and Brazil, in collaboration with the European Commission, in Washington, D.C. on the 12-14 July 2022.

The event will bring together Ministers and the All-Atlantic Ocean Research community, reinvigorating collaboration between existing initiatives, while programming the work of the Alliance for the next years.

The Alliance is an ocean science diplomacy endeavor, which builds on the successes of the Galway and Belém Statements, offering a new framework for ocean research cooperation in the Atlantic Ocean, from pole to pole.

Keep you update!

The World Ocean Council (WOC) is set to launch its Global Blue Finance Summit as the first international finance event series focused on ocean sustainable development. BlueFIN is a cornerstone of WOC’s new partnership with the City and Port of Barcelona. Through this collaboration, we will develop the leading global hub for the Blue Economy in Barcelona. BlueFIN 2022 will bring together private and public finance leaders from across the spectrum of marine and coastal investment. The goal: to harness financial flows and create investment opportunities for positive ocean impact.

Keep you update!

The SMM International Maritime Trade Fair in Hamburg is the largest maritime industry trade fair and considered the most important global maritime industry event. It gathers more than 2,200 companies from 67 countries, attracting more than 50,000 visitors from all over the world.

For the 2022 edition, for the first time, the Clean Planet directorate of the Research and Innovation Directorate-General of the European Commission will have a large stand, to promote European research and to present how research and innovative contribute to the objectives of the European Green Deal in reaching climate-neutrality in the maritime sector.

Throughout the week, (6-9 September)) the European Commission has scheduled a series of sessions on green, sustainable, safe and digital shipping, starting with a session with high-level keynote speakers from the Commission. They will offer their deep insight of the industry and present the role of the European Union in this strategic industry.

AspBAN partners will be present at this important fair, so if you want to know more about the project, contact us at

Keep you update!

GreenPort Cruise & Congress, hosted by Port of Zeebrugge from 18-20 October 2022.

This event will cover the following topics:

GreenPort Cruise:

  • Sustainable cruise projects in aid of being carbon neutral by 2050

  • Environmental Cruise Ships – including hydrogen fuelled ships

  • Legislation and cooperation in the cruise industry

GreenPort Congress:

  • Fuel and energy provision for shipping

  • Fuel and energy for port operations (including hydrogen hubs, wind farms and electrification of port vehicles)

  • Sustainable Partnerships – Ports working together to meet sustainable targets

  • Ports and IT and AI – port process improvement and how digitalisation can be used for further improvement

  • Port:City:Logistics Chain collaboration – how port and city can work together to move cargo in a sustainable way

  • Monitoring of physical, chemical, and biological components whilst controlling their impacts

  • How to get ready for regulatory changes including Fit for 55 and EU Taxonomy

Keep you update!


Officially launched during the final conference of the MSPglobal Initiative, jointly led by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and European Commission, the International Guide on Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) is now available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

As of 2022, about 100 countries/territories worldwide are engaged in MSP initiatives, moving away from isolated sectoral management to an integrated planning framework for their maritime jurisdiction.

From setting the scene and designing the planning process to implementation and evaluation, the MSPglobal International Guide presents a diversity of topics, case studies and actions to assist governments, partners and practitioners in their MSP processes. It draws on the expertise and experience accumulated worldwide on technical, practical and conceptual aspects related to MSP since the first guide was published in 2009 by the IOC-UNESCO. The guide also addresses new and emerging issues related to ecosystem-based management, such as the blue economy and climate change, and incorporates MSP within the more global context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.



In our social networks you can find from time to time links to interesting articles related to our topic, but which have been discarded from appearing on the AspBAN website.

We take this opportunity to inform you that on the AspBAN YouTube channel you can find videos of our webinars, participation in events, etc.