Winners of the 2021 Blue Innovation Awards

During the 2021 Blue Innovation Awards ceremony, it was clear that the blue economy is thriving in Flanders. For the second time, Blue Cluster was able to highlight many innovative and inspiring projects.
25 October 2021

On Monday 27 October, the 2021 Blue Innovation Awards ceremony took place at the World’s Fair in Dubai as part of G-STIC. These are the winning initiatives:

  • Toqua’s project Leveraging AI for carbon-neutral shipping won the Blue Innovation Wave award. In this project, the company uses machine learning on data to reduce fuel consumption in shipping.
  • BEXCO’s MANTA-line was awarded the Corporate Blue Innovation Wave award. This project concerns a floating solution for anchor ropes that offers many opportunities for floating wind installations.
  • MPVAqua, a cooperation initiative between Tractebel, Jan De Nul, DEME, Soltech and Ghent University, won the Blue Innovation Swell award. The partners in this project focus on development of large-scale offshore solar farms.
  • The Port of Antwerp: The Echodrone & More project of the Port of Antwerp was awarded the Blue Innovation Captain award. This is an innovation roadmap developed on the Echodrone, a depth-sounding vessel.
  • The Belgian Navy won the Inspirational Blue Wave award, voted by the public, for its project A triple helix approach for innovation in the Belgian Navy.

The winners went home with a Blue Innovation Awards trophy and can use a unique Blue Innovation Awards logo.

What are the Blue Innovation Awards?

The Blue Innovation Awards are an initiative of Blue Cluster to give exposure to innovative projects, products and services in the blue economy. 

All entries are scored on the basis of five criteria: innovative character; link to economic activities in, on and by the sea; market potential; international ambitions and impact; and contribution to the delivery of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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