Increasing the competitiveness of European maritime industries


By 2030, digitisation and automation will also lead to the use of advanced design and production technologies, which will deliver flexible and cost-effective ships, vessels and offshore structures with competitive production costs and increased productivity by 50%. They will, furthermore, contribute to the establishment of an entire production chain of safe, competitive and eco-friendly shipyards and production sites. They will enable European shipyards to master the increasing complexity of ships and vessels, maintaining their leadership in the area of specialized ships and vessels and increasing their market share of new ships and vessels of other types.


The Waterborne sector will be the world leader in design, engineering, construction and maintenance of ships, vessels, equipment, infrastructure and integrated complex systems
in high value ships, equipment and infrastructure throughout their lifecycle.

The European Waterborne sector will provide ship-owners with the greenest and most innovative ships and vessels in accordance with the highest technical standards. The sector will provide a safe working environment, with a zero-accident target and long-term job creation through the local networks. The shipyards and production yards will ensure green operation with zero emissions into the environment and 100% recycling of production waste and decommissioning. The complexity of the construction of a ship, vessel or other floating structure requires excellence in design, engineering and construction. The various segments of the blue economy offer potential for the further growth of the sector, as long as they maintain the capability to manufacture a large range of products, thereby maintaining and diversifying specifically tailored production.