S TARing a trans-national NETwork of regional research-driven marine clusters Dragan Čišić Pomorski fakultet u Rijeci , Marcello Guaiana Consorzio per l’AREA di Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica di Trieste , Antje Klaesner Innova S.p.A Roma
annual turnover of the EU shipbuilding industry is more than EUR 11.5 billion and the about 350.000 people who are directly employed by yards and the marine equipment industry
Looking into the future, the competitive advantage of the European Union in the maritime industry sector has to be sustained and depends mainly on the sector’s performance, its flexibility and continuation of competitiveness.
S uperior position of the EU will be best maintained through the development of high-tech solutions
The STARNETregio project has been conceived to increase the overall capacity of regional players in the regions Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy), Slovenia and the County of Primorsko goranska (Croatia) to invest in RTD and carry out research activities in the marine industry, strengthening and developing the sector’s scientific and technological basis and ultimately the economic growth of the regions.
“ regional research-driven marine clusters”, based on the triple helix model, associating universities and research centres (RTD), enterprises (industry cluster) and public regional authorities (PA)
Political support necessary, regional/national programme for the maritime industry
Restructuring of shipbuilding industry necessary in order to increase productivity, efficiency, flexibility of operations, technological renewal, introduction of innovations in production processes, improvement of management processes
Modernisation of production process of shipyards, d evelopment of a clear link between practical skills and management techniques (focus on quality)
Adaptation to market needs and reduction of political dependencies
Port modernisation of the Port of Rijeka and concession assignments to domestic and foreign investors