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Offshore Wind:

Mitigate underwater pile driving noise

Noise regulations are getting increasingly stricter and so are the requirements of the piles. Marine fauna is affected by the noise. Current noise-reduction methods are cumbersome and expensive. A demonstration of a technology that is easily installable and effective in both water and soil is what Van Oord is looking for.

Flexible Height Flood Barrier

Van Oord is looking for breakthrough solutions to stabilize dikes or adapt dike heights in a flexible way, to enhance their flood defence solutions. Specifically looking for a good fit with the Dutch ecosystem.

Modularizing specialised robotics

Via their motion-compensation system, Ampelmann can act as a platform for launching inspection drones/ROVs – what robotic tools are out there that can be deployed and operated autonomously? By modularizing highly specialised robotics, Ampelmann aims to make the right tools for the right job.

Air Quality Improvements

The City of Rotterdam seeks to support innovative companies that contribute towards a zero-emission shipping industry, to improve the air quality in and around Rotterdam.

Towards a Circular City

To transition towards a circular economy, sustainable building material that can be used in urban areas are sought after by the City of Rotterdam.

“Give us the 100% efficiency battery at no cost”

Challenge is to reduce LCOE (levelized cost of energy) from offshore wind by introducing improved energy storage solutions. A lower LCOE improves the business proposition. So far there has been a lack of economically viable solutions. Van Oord is looking for an offshore prototype within one year.

Automation technologies supporting offshore operations

The offshore environment is very unpredictable, and operations depend on factors such as weather and crew experience. Smart sensors to predict workability and detect anomalies, algorithms to optimise gangway/crane operations and support tools to improve decision making are all solutions explored by Ampelmann.

Sustainable Shipping

Maritime transport emits around 1000 million tonnes of CO2 annually and is responsible for about 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Tackling these numbers is of vital importance for our planet. Therefore, the maritime industry has opened their harbours to innovative ideas and smart solutions.

Energy Transition

The need for an energy transition from fossil fuels to green energy has been apparent for a few years now, and there has been a significant increase in the worldwide percentage of renewable energy – up to 19% in 2015, but the process to a full transition is a lengthy one. What solutions are entrepreneurs coming up with to accelerate this vital process?

Big Data Applications

Data analysis in conjunction with deep learning can create predictive, prescriptive systems that anticipate responses and incidents and help interest groups with decision-making. This learning would particularly benefit ports, companies and institutions that are clearly committed to digitalisation.

The Smart Port Model

The concept of ‘smart ports’ is based on transforming sea transport and logistics by applying digital technology. It is a long-term transformation strategy that will impact all areas of sea transport and bring technology like automation, driverless vehicles, Blockchain and the Internet of Things to port operations.


Blockchain (associated with geographic information systems and the Internet of Things) could be applied for safe monitoring of cargo inside containers and would be particularly useful if that cargo is perishable or must be kept at specific conditions (for example, refrigerated containers).


Connecting people, companies and institutions to objects and vehicles will lead to an exponential increase in the amount of data circulating between platforms and ports. So, security is one of the most noteworthy challenges.