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Coming up: maritime tech cluster at North Sea Port Ghent

On a vacant port site of no less than 13,778 m2 at North Sea Port Ghent (Flanders), the construction of a new tech cluster called BlueBird is underway. With the support of the City of Ghent, sustainability-focused real estate developer Brocap aims to unite port companies around topics such as digitization, innovation, training and the maritime manufacturing industry. These are all themes that will only grow in importance in the future.

The future of the maritime manufacturing industry

The BlueBird project is currently in its research phase and seeks to spur companies with different backgrounds to action to help shape the sustainable and innovative future of the port and maritime manufacturing industry.

We are specifically looking for innovation-driven activity on renewable energy, the circular economy, mobility, logistics and transshipment.

Iris Bauwens
senior project manager at Brocap

These companies include not only tech enterprises focused on digitization, data, community & security, but also those businesses active in the maritime manufacturing industry and those that specialize in recruitment, training or business support services.

Ambitious city and port

The overall goal of BlueBird is to lend a hand in Ghent’s ambitions of becoming the technology capital of Europe. At the same time, the project is surfing the internationalization wave initiated by North Sea Port Ghent, which has crystallized its ambitions in a strategic plan called ‘Connect 2025’.

By the end of 2022, we should have a clearer view of the definitive layout of the site, so we can then apply for the permit next year. If all goes according to plan, the first shovel will go into the ground in 2025.

Iris Bauwens
senior project manager at Brocap

More info

North Sea port
Reported by
website Flows
5 April 2022

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