New strategy for maritime R&D and innovation in the making

The Government has taken the initiative to draw up a new integrated strategy for research, development and innovation in the maritime sector. The strategy will follow up and replace a corresponding document from 2010.
Maritime R&D Chair of the strategy committee Siri Pettersen Strandenes of NHH and Ida Skard of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. (Photo: Karin Totland)
“The maritime industry is one of Norway’s most important industries in terms of value creation and employment,” states Ida Skard, Director General of the Maritime Department under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. She points to the Government’s overall maritime strategy, which was issued in 2015 and sets out guidelines for work with the Maritim21 strategy.


Synergies with other marine industries

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries has appointed representatives from a wide range of key actors involved in maritime activities to lead the strategy process. The committee is chaired by Professor Siri Pettersen Strandenes of NHH – Norwegian School of Economics.

For a complete list of members of the strategy committee, please see the Norwegian-language news brief.

“We are seeking a strategy with a broad perspective targeted towards the other marine industries,” says Ms Skard. “The strategy is to identify synergies with these industries,” she adds.

Professor Pettersen Strandenes stresses the importance of forging links between research and education, which is a specific point in the mandate for the strategy committee. She also underlines the key role that maritime expertise has played in building up Norwegian petroleum activities and the importance of interaction between commercial and technical expertise within the maritime sector.

Sustainability and value creation

The strategy is intended to encourage research, development and innovation that contributes to sustainable growth and value creation and boosts the competitiveness of the maritime industries. Ties between the public authorities, public agencies in the research and innovation system, the business sector, organisations and research groups will be vital to promoting integrated thinking.

The strategy committee will also point out the knowledge needs within the maritime sector, describe developments in the market and identify commercial opportunities.

Unique to Norway

The new Maritim21 strategy is one of a long line of research strategies for the 21st century that have been drawn up in Norway in the past 10–15 years. These include the OG21 (oil and gas), Energi21 (energy), HAV21 (marine) and Health&Care21 strategies.

“These strategy processes are unique to Norway and have garnered great interest from other countries,” says Anne Kjersti Fahlvik, Executive Director of the Division for Innovation at the Research Council.

Senior Adviser Kjell Røang of the Department for Challenge-driven Innovation at the Research Council is heading the secretariat for the Maritim21 strategy committee.



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