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On April 24th and 25th InnovationQuarter and Netherlands Maritime Technology have organized a Technology Exchange Roadshow (TER) to Aalesund, Norway. A group of eight Dutch maritime companies presented their new technologies and innovations to Norwegian ship designers. The Dutch solutions proved relevant and the participants turned home with useful business contacts and a wealth of information on the Norwegian market.

Get in touch with the market

Many maritime companies, especially SME’s, were having trouble getting in touch with ship owners. That’s why Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT) decided to introduce a Technology Exchange Roadshow (TER). Through this joint visit, organized by NMT and InnovationQuarter, contact between maritime companies and their market was more easily established. The Technology Exchange Roadshow is made possible by the Maritime Delta association. The participating Dutch companies – Alewijnse Marine, Hatenboer Water, VAF Instruments, Vuyk Engineering, Hug Engineering, Hull Vane, TKF and WEG – had the opportunity to present their business and solution. A visit was paid to Vard Design, Ulstein Shipyard, Remoy Management AS and Kleven Shipyard.

Keen to learn the Dutch way

These Norwegian maritime companies were all keen to learn about the solutions provided by the Dutch companies. Hatenboer Water for instance is able to provide complete, custom made fresh water systems using a variety of technologies. VAF Instruments has made it its mission to reduce environmental impact and provide measurement systems to create awareness about operational efficiency.

Keen to learn the Norwegian way

At the Norwegian Maritime Competence Center participants were given an introduction about the Norwegian Blue Maritime Cluster. To conclude the impressive Offshore Simulation Center was presented and some participants were given the opportunity to take some of the simulators for a ride.

Useful business contacts

For both Dutch and Norwegian participants the TER proved a good and efficient way to learn more about each other and to give the Norwegian companies the opportunity to ask questions. The Norwegians were exited saying that a lot of the presented cost effective solutions were relevant to them. The Dutch companies in their turn were provided with useful business contacts and insight into the strength of the Norwegian market as well as the challenges they face.

Since a significant growth is seen in the market for offshore wind, fishing and cruise vessels, this was an excellent time to introduce the Dutch delegation in Norway. Both NMT and InnovationQuarter will continue to support the Dutch maritime sector in exploring opportunities in this market.