The project MarChain connects the national maritime clusters in the Baltic Sea Region for increased competitiveness of the macro-region. The aim is to strengthen and improve the marine transport supply chains, efficiency and competitiveness. The project builds on cooperation between cluster initiatives around the Baltic Sea addressing issues such as environmentally friendly transport systems and intelligent ship, harbor and logistics solutions. MarChain also addresses cooperation on issues like new technology solutions and innovations promoting energy-efficient and environmentally safe and secure solutions.
The long term vision is that the cooperation will increase the product and service offerings from the Maritime sector in the Baltic Sea Region by improving supply chains and by cost effectiveness from the actors involved.
The success of the cluster cooperation and value chain development in the Maritime area is dependent of access of information and knowledge. The pilot project is seen as a way to improve cooperation and communication between the clusters and to connect these into united communication and business support infrastructures.
The partners in MarChain are Klaipeda Science and Technology Park (Lithuania), WTSH (Business Development and Technology Transfer Corporation of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany), Maritime Academy of Gdynia (Poland), Marine Systems Institute at Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), Latvia Logistic Association (Latvia), Turku University (Finland) and SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden (Sweden).
The associated partners in MarChain are Maritime Development Center of Europe (Denmark), Westpomeranian maritime Cluster Association (Poland), The Pomeranian Sea and Vistula Cathment Basin Cluster Association (Poland), Nordland Research Institute (Norway), Vestfjords Regional development Agency (Norway) and the Maritime cluster Programme (Finland).