At the Ostend-based GreenBridge incubator, Ghent University grouped all its marine and maritime research activities and technologies under ‘Blue Growth’ – referring to the long-term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine/maritime industry. GreenBridge’s unique sea-bound location and dedicated blue growth infrastructure make it ideal for application- and business-driven research, as well as the valorization of new technologies.
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The Port of Ostend, versatile and sustainable-minded
The Port of Ostend handles about 300,000 roll-in/roll-out units per year, and had a maritime goods turnover of nearly 1.5 million tons in 2016 (i.e. an increase of 13.1% compared to the year before).
Equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, the Port of Ostend is essential for the construction, transport and maintenance of offshore windmills. Furthermore, the port specializes in:
- ro-ro (roll-in-roll-out),
- short sea traffic to the UK,
- sea-dredged aggregates,
- ferro silicon,
- sand and gravel for the building industry.