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''Space for Blue'' event to be held in February

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Tuesday 13 February 2024,  9.00 - 18.00 CET,  ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands

The "Space for Blue" event will explore the possibilities that lie at the intersection of the space and maritime sectors.

The event will bring together key stakeholders from the maritime sector and beyond to discuss the challenges across three key areas:
•    Maritime Safety and Security
•    Maritime sustainability
•    Blue Economy

This event will bring together users and service providers to discuss how challenges in the three subject areas can be tackled effectively using space-based solutions.


The maritime sector plays a key role in the global economy, serving as a lifeline for international trade, transportation, energy production, and as vital source of food. Shipping remains the most cost-effective and efficient mode of transporting goods across long distances. Roughly 95% of global trade by volume is carried out via maritime routes, making ports and shipping lanes essential components of the global supply chain. The fisheries and aquaculture sector also plays a vital role in providing food for millions of people worldwide, especially in coastal regions and developing countries where seafood often constitutes a primary source of animal protein. Oceans also harbour immense quantities of energy. 

However, the industry is under increasing pressure to reduce its environmental impact. Issues such as air and water pollution pose significant challenges. Stricter regulations and demands for cleaner, more sustainable practices are driving the industry to adopt greener technologies and practices. Moreover, geopolitical issues surrounding illegal maritime migration, border security, smuggling and piracy are fast becoming a high priority for many governments. As a result of these challenges, space-based services are becoming common practice within the industry as they are able to address the requirements of the sector in a ubiquitous, timely, and cost-effective manner. 

What will the day involve?

The day will feature a number of expert speakers for each focus areas, with lunch and networking opportunities included.

Who should attend?

Maritime sector stakeholders including maritime industry, authorities and solution providers, especially those interested in innovative digital solutions,  and space technology providers engaged in the maritime sector.

The event is free to attend but spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.



Room: Newton 2

09:00-9:30 Registration

09:30-9:40 Welcome - Rita Rinaldo, ESA

Session 1: Maritime Safety and Security

Moderator: Nicolas Helssen – ESA

09:40-10:15 Users Perspective

  • TT Club – Michael Yarwood, Managing Director Loss Prevention
  • Port of Rotterdam – Niels Kalshoven, Head of Drone Innovation Program
  • Netherlands Coast Guard - Natasja Jones, Maritime Security Officer

10:15-10:50 Industry Perspective

  • KSAT – Karstein Rinjord, Director of Maritime Services
  • DLR GfR mbH– Francisco Gallardo Lopez, Systems Engineer
  • Space Norway – Lars LØge, VDES Program Manager

10:50-11:20 Panel discussion

11:20-11:40 Coffee Break

Session 2: Maritime Sustainability

Moderator: Nil Angli – ESA

11:40-11:45 ESA Maritime Sustainability Task Force

11:45-12:20 Users Perspective

  • Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping – Tanja Ebbe Dalgaard, Chief Strategy & Operations Officer
  • International Windship Association - Gavin Allwright, Secretary General
  • MSC - Cecilia Amosso, Environmental Sustainability Manager

12:20-12:50 Industry Perspective

  • DNV – Barbara Scarnato, Team Lead of Satellite Earth Observations
  • Toqua – Casimir Morobe, CEO
  • Amphitrite – Evangelos Moschos, Co-founder and CTO

12:50-13:20 Panel discussion

13:20-14:40 Lunch break

Session 3 Blue Economy

Moderator Diana Mathew – ESA


  • World Bank - Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep (Harsh), Global Lead (Disruptive Technology)


  • Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC) - Benjamin Lehner, CEO.
  • MSE International – Jonathan Williams, CEO
  • World Ocean Council – Paul Holthus, Founder President and CEO
  • Economist Impact's World Ocean Initiative - Tatiana der Avedissian, Head of Business Development
  • TripleAlpha - Álvaro Dosil, Technical Director
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Clement Chazot, Marine Programme Officer

15:45-16:15 Panel Discussion

16:15-16:25 Conclusions and Remarks

16:15-18:00 Networking


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20 December 2023
Last updated at 18 March 2024 - 13:31