Maritime Cluster

Maritime clusters are networks of maritime-related businesses, suppliers and institutions, the public sector included, that enhance the development of the industry.

Maritime cluster includes actors such as shipping companies, ports, port operators, marine industry, marine renewable energy production, classification societies, and finance and insurance companies.

We deliver research on maritime cluster industry structure and socio-economic impacts to support decision-making. We promote to skills development of companies and other actors in the maritime cluster.



Eco-efficiency to maritime industry processes in the Baltic Sea Region through digitalisation (ECOPRODIGI) project increases eco-efficiency in the Baltic Sea region maritime sector by creating and piloting digital solutions in close cooperation between industry end-users and research organisations. Ultimately, ECOPRODIGI supports Baltic Sea region in becoming a front-runner in maritime industry digitalisation and clean shipping.

Environmental and economic pressure for cleaner shipping

The Baltic Sea is one of the busiest and most vulnerable seas. Shipping in the Baltic Sea is highly regulated and the industry is under pressure to meet the regulations. In addition, customers are increasingly interested in the environmental performance of shipping. The shipping industry in the region is also facing increasingly fierce competition. Thus, there is a need to produce more value with less resources, waste and pollution – i.e. a need for more eco-efficient operations and processes in the shipping industry.

Digital solutions enhancing eco-efficiency throughout the vessel lifecycle

ECOPRODIGI addresses both the environmental and economic challenges by increasing eco-efficiency at all stages of the vessel lifecycle from design and building to the use, maintenance, stowage as well as conversion processes. In practice, ECOPRODIGI not only provides highly needed information about the key eco-inefficiencies of the industry but also concretely develops and pilots digital solutions to better measure, visualise and optimise the industry processes. ECOPRODIGI also improves the capacity of the maritime industry actors to enhance eco-efficiency in their operations by providing training for the key actors and by designing a digitalisation road map for increasing eco-efficiency. As digitalisation remains largely unexploited in the maritime industry, ECOPRODIGI also strengthens the public support for digitalisation by providing policy workshops and recommendations.

ECOPRODIGI project has received more than €3 million from the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. With partners’ own contributions the overall budget of the project is €4.2 million. The project is led by the University of Turku, Finland, and the duration of the project is three years. Project’s results, news and open events are communicated at and on Twitter, @ECOPRODIGI_BSR.

Contact: Tapio Karvonen, Senior Researcher, tel. +358 40 779 9482

For more information on the project, please contact Ms. Milla Harju at the Pan-European Institute at  the University of Turku, tel. +358 50 505 8625

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