Working and living at sea

Modular systems and floating islands

Courtesy of Tropos project consortium


For economic reasons, coastal areas have faced high unemployment in traditional industrial companies and for political reasons, they are threaten by migration and insecurity. At the same time, tourism is offering new development opportunities. This last trend has lead to space pressure for leisure infrastructures that challenged existing industry implantation and to environmental pressure to protect landscape and marine bio diversity.

As offshore installation is no longer a dream and taking advantage of offshore coastal protection to provide safe marine environment to artificial islands, the Waterborne sector will produce modular systems to support and protect offshore workers, to allow good living conditions at sea and to provide offshore recreational facilities by 2030. Then, the sector will produce the first floating islands for large-scale industrial or recreational activities and inhabitation by 2050.


Working and living at sea will change over the next decades with increasing offshore activities following the main drivers discussed above. Traditional maritime working patterns of weeks offshore followed by weeks at home may not be feasible or desirable for the coming working force. We want to provide technological and business models for fostering maritime activities. Digital communication and remote relations are becoming more common, increasing the need for offshore working and living while at the same time opening new possibilities for people to live in a maritime environment.

The Waterborne sector will foster increased automation and robotics in the maritime industry, supported by a change of expertise and increase in diversity in the workforce. The current workforce will be faced with a shift of employment requiring education and training.

Both the working activities and the offshore territorial expansion require a durable, affordable and safe solution in creating space at sea.


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