Manufacturers of maritime passive safety equipment keen to work with SEA EUROPE
Since June 1st 2012, the European naval industry has spoken with a single voice when dealing with the European Union. Shipyards and equipment manufacturers are now united within SEA Europe, a single federation which is the fruit of a merger between the shipyards’ association (CESA) and the maritime equipment manufacturers’ association (EMEC). This united representation bodes well for the Maritime Passive Safety association, as SEA Europe should give the European naval sector the means to best defend its interests with the maritime authorities.
Lars Gorvell Dahll, Senior Vice President of Kongsberg Gruppen ASA and now President of SEA Europe, sums up his goals as follows: “So that all concerned, included the legislative bodies, fully understand the strategic importance of the maritime sector, we need a strong representative voice in Brussels. SEA Europe will now be that voice and will spare no efforts to effectively serve its members and society as a whole.”
Europe’s naval sector, hard hit by the economic crisis, is currently rebuilding. Shipyards and equipment manufacturers have the same interests. The market they serve is highly competitive, with leading edge technological needs. They are therefore highly sensitive to the large volumes of legislation passed to regulate a market which is worth more than 80 billion euros.
“Grouping shipyards and equipment manufacturers together within the same body is a decisive step towards our goal of a global, sector-wide policy. Our industry needs innovation to regain its competitive edge. Emerging markets such as maritime passive safety have the potential to boost the sector as a whole”, says Gilles Longuève, President of MPS. “SEA Europe will be an influential ally when it comes to raising awareness throughout the maritime world to the need to design and equip vessels in order to limit the environmental consequences of any future accidents. We are keen to work alongside them to this end. »
The newly established SEA Europe is already looking to attract European investment funding for innovation. At its first meeting, the association presented its Public-Private Partnership approach to collecting some of the planned €80bn in funding for Horizons 2020, an intention which echoes MEP Corinne Lepage’s call for Europe not to miss out on the 3rd industrial revolution.
The existing associations, CESA (Community of European Shipyards Association) and EMEC (European Marine Equipment Council), will remain in place to meet their contractual commitments to the European Commission. Furthermore, CESA will continue to play an active role as a consultant to the International Maritime Organization.
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