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MARINA International Workshop

Ships and Ports of the Future are Green 

17th May 2018

Courtesy of the Port of Tallinn

Digitalization and automatization are not the only changes rattling the shipping industry. New technologic developments promise to make ships, ports and their construction and operation energy efficient, minimize pollution and thus lower the harm to the natural environment. This is what Green Port and Green Ship is all about. But are they green enough?

In any case, not all shipping companies and harbors can accept these developments with the same ease, either because of the inertia of the existing methods, the economic risks involved or inadequate tax- and incentive policy. And thus, none of the big Estonian cargo ships currently sail under the Estonian flag.

Estonian Maritime Administration is under pressure to devise a sea economy packet that adequately addresses these issues and encourages maritime companies to take the necessary risk. But as the sea is shared by many stakeholders and countries, there is a lot of discussion to be had on how we envision the future of green ports and ships, both locally and internationally.   

Photo: Evergreen Line

The workshop will bring together Estonian and European representatives from shipping and harbor industry, researchers, policy makers, civil society and citizens. It is aimed at exchanging knowledge and expectations and proposing a sustainable and integrated roadmap of recommendations based on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) dimensions: public engagement, gender balance, open access, science education, governance and ethics, in response to triggering question:

What actions are needed in order to make ports and ships environmentally friendly, efficient and sustainable?  

In order to make the workshop process smoother, as soon as you have registered using the web form below you will be invited to submit your ideas in response to the triggering question by e-mail.

This workshop is the eighth one in a series of MARINA international workshops. It will be carried out by professional facilitators from the Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute (CNTI) according to an innovative Structured Democratic Dialogue (SDD) method that was designed to give everybody a chance to participate in different ways all along the day and to reach a common vision. 

The results, together with the outcomes of the other MARINA workshops in Europe, will be freely accessible on the MARINA Web Knowledge Sharing Platform, used for identifying lessons learned and best practices and disseminated at European policy conferences.

Photo: Jaanus Dartšašvili

Information about the workshop

Date: 17th May

Location: Estonian Maritime Academy, Kopli 101, Tallinn

Workshop language: English

Contact: Sander Kask,, +372 5556 7880



Welcome coffee


Introduction to the MARINA project, RRI and the goals of the workshop


Triggering Question


Generation and clarification of ideas and actions


Coffee break


Clustering of actions

13:00 –13:10


13:10 –14:00


14:00 –15:30

Mapping of actions

15:30 –15:50

Discussion of the map of influence

15:50 –16:00

Coffee break


SMART actions



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