Two major industry clusters from Norway and USA have agreed to partner to strengthen the countries’ collaboration on sustainable maritime solutions.
On Tuesday 4 June at the Nor-Shipping trade show in Oslo, Norwegian industry cluster NCE Maritime CleanTech and Seattle-based cluster Washington Maritime Blue signed an agreement to speed up the development of new technologies and applications to drive low carbon shipping.
The main goal of the partnership between the Norwegian and US cluster is to reduce emissions from shipping and meet global targets, while also providing member companies with competitive advantage from collaborating with each other.
“To achieve these targets, we need to speed up the development and introduction of low and zero emission solutions. We believe cooperation between strong maritime clusters like ourselves is essential in this development. The partnership signed today is also in line with UN’s Sustainability Goal 17 that points to how a successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and the civil society,” said Hege Økland, CEO of NCE Maritime CleanTech.
“Our experience is that a cluster is an important platform that can accelerate innovation by bringing the partners together, facilitate knowledge-sharing, initiate innovation processes and assist in developing new value chains.”
“We are excited about the possibilities this partnership creates for future collaboration. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship between Norwegian and Washington maritime partners,” stated Joshua Berger, Washington State Governor’s maritime sector lead and chairman of Washington Maritime Blue.
Using resources from both groups will give members first-hand knowledge about new technologies for maritime applications, while sharing knowledge on new technologies is expected to lead to substantial reductions in implementation time-frames, Mr Berger explained.
This industry agreement follows the signing of a MoU for cooperation on green maritime technology between Norway’s national economic development agency Innovation Norway and Washington State Department of Commerce in Seattle in May. The signing of the MoU was witnessed and endorsed by the Norwegian Ambassador to the United States, Kare Aas and Washington’s Lieutenant Governor, Cyrus Habib.