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Edito Marc Lafosse, Bluesign

Marc LAFOSSE, President, Bluesign

After hosting ICOE (the International Conferencs on Ocean Energy) in Cherbourg in 2018, it is in Dunkirk from June 5 to 7, 2019 that Seanergy will be establishing itself as the key event for international stakeholders in Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) and offshore wind. The hometown of famous privateer Jean Bart will be welcoming some 3,000 participants, including politicians, contractors (energy operators and industries), technology experts, NGOs, researchers, investors and sub-contractors.

A cross-border location at the heart of maritime Northern Europe, the industrial and port facilities and infrastructures, and the local context make Dunkirk the obvious choice for this edition. The event is taking place against a backdrop of industrial competition, given that last March, 9 consortiums submitted their applications for the wind farm project off the Dunkirk coast, which aims to install a 500MW park by 2022. This is a ground-breaking project for ocean energy in France. For the first time, the consortium applicants, which are all formed from European alliances, will be providing electricity at market prices.

With the firm belief that MRE has a role to play in meeting the challenges of energy transition, the conference program will turn the spotlight on international best practices in industrial development, maritime law and installation & maintenance issues, via an original ‘film’ sequence. Energy storage will also feature prominently, in particular during the half-day dedicated to this technological issue which goes hand-in-hand with the challenge of MRE development around the world. In addition to this, Seanergy 2019 will be hosting more than 200 exhibitors including players from Belgium, the UK, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Taiwan.

For 4 years, Bluesign has been working with all professionals engaged in the blue economy and hopes that these 3 days will enable you to meet contractors in the MRE sector, develop your network, discover practical solutions and foster new business opportunities.

Let’s ride the MRE wave together and continue exploring the extraordinary potential of the oceans during #Seanergy2019!