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The National Research Council (CNR) is the largest public research institution in Italy, the only one under the Research Ministry performing multidisciplinary activities.

Founded as legal person on 18 November 1923, CNR’s mission is to perform research in its own Institutes, to promote innovation and competitiveness of the national industrial system, to promote the internationalization of the national research system, to provide technologies and solutions to emerging public and private needs, to advice Government and other public bodies, and to contribute to the qualification of human resources.

In the CNR’s research world, the main resource is the available knowledge which means people, with their skills, commitment and ideas. This capital comprises more than 8.000 employees, of whom more than half are researchers and technologists. Some 4.000 young researchers are engaged in postgraduate studies and research training at CNR within the organization’s top-priority areas of interest. A significant contribution also comes from research associates: researchers, from Universities or private firms, who take part in CNR’s research activities.

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

SimFWD is an Engineering, Development & Application Company providing customers with integrated design and engineering services in Maritime / Offshore and Shipbuilding projects, with vessels of different types and size. SimFWD range of services starts from the concept idea until the ship is put in service and continues through life-cycle services as maintenance, repair and conversion. SimFWD  has the ability to address all steps of the design and engineering process with high quality. SimFWD background in Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE), Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in the Maritime industry has encouraged the development and application of simulation methods to solve the most demanding engineering problems.


National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) – Naval Architecture School has as purpose to educate Naval Architects – Marine Engineers to be able to deal with the study, design and construction of floating structures, marine technology, study of mechanical installations and maritime economy.

National Technical University of Athens

Allto University excels and makes breakthroughs in and across science, art, technology and business.  Aalto University has been ranked the 7th best young university in the world (Top 50 under 50, QS 2018) and one of the world’s top technology challenger universities (THE 2017), thinking outside the box on research collaboration, funding and innovation. Aalto has six schools with nearly 12.000 students and 4.000 employees, of which close to 400 are professors. Aalto campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland. With 37% of academic faculty coming from outside Finland, Aalto is a highly international community with strong academic standing. At Aalto, high-quality research, art, education and entrepreneurship are promoted hand in hand. Disciplinary excellence is combined with multidisciplinary activities, engaging both students and the local innovation ecosystem. Aalto main campus is quickly transforming into an open collaboration hub that encourages encounters between students, researchers, industry, startups and other partners. With an exceptionally strong entrepreneurial community, 70-100 new companies are born in Aalto ecosystem every year. Aalto University was founded in 2010 as three leading Finnish universities, Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki, were merged to strengthen Finland’s innovative capability.

Aalto University

The Grimaldi Group, entirely owned by the Grimaldi family, was founded in 1947 and is a multinational integrated logistics company, specializing in the maritime transport of cars, rolling stock, containers and passengers.

For over sixty years the Grimaldi Group has been a very important company at international level for maritime transport of goods and passengers, a pioneer of Motorways of the Sea.

Currently Grimaldi Lines carries out maritime connections in Sardinia, Sicily, Spain, Greece, Tunisia.

Grimaldi lines

Core business of Armada is the delivery of systems which reduce the world’s merchant fleet environmental impact, operating costs and contributes to regulatory compliance by reducing fuel consumption and emissions. To achieve this, Armada Technologies is developing a radical, largely passive air lubrication system (PALS) which will dramatically reduce friction between a merchant ship’s hull and the sea, the “boundary layer”.

Armada Technologies started operations in April 2020, confirming PALS ability to generate drag reduction passively at Newcastle University’s Emmerson cavitation tunnel the following year. In September 2023 PALS was tested  HSVA’s  HYKAT pressurised cavitation tunnel, demonstrating PALS capability  to generate > 10% drag reduction at speeds from 10 to 20 knots, drafts up to 6.5 metres and Technology Readiness Level 5.  From November 2022 to June 2023, 2 projects were completed. Firstly, a control design system with learning ability to optimize PALS performance and secondly detailed installation plans for class approval and costs estimate to install PALS on to a freight passenger ferry were delivered.

 Armada Technologies 

Atlantec-es offers industry experience and domain expertise and speaks the language of the maritime industry.

Atlantec-es focus is on providing sophisticated IT solutions for the maritime industry. Atlantec-es offers the fully supported Topgallant® software products and solutions as well as business consulting, training, customer support and maintenance services with the goal of developing long-term client relationships based on their satisfaction.

Atlantec Enterprise Solutions GmbH was founded in 1999 by experts in shipbuilding, engineering and computer science. Atlantec-es mission is to provide solutions that enable clients to improve engineering, production and life-cycle management processes in a cost-effective manner.


FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS is a German software company that started as a spin-off from the Technical University Berlin in 2001. The core team is based in Potsdam, close to Berlin, Germany. Our passionate computer scientists, mathematicians and engineers develop the software system CAESES® and advise and support our customers in creating high-performance products. CAESES® is made for simulation engineers, designers and anyone who is interested in intelligent surface modeling for automated shape optimization. FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS AG is a stock corporation managed by the company’s founders, Claus Abt and Dr. Stefan Harries.

We help our customers in the field of complex parametric geometry and simulation-driven design processes. In particular, we focus on efficient geometry models and the automation of the geometry generation for design explorations and shape optimization. With many years of experience in the field of flow-related shape optimization and on the basis of our proven software platform CAESES®, we are able to provide solutions to our customers for virtually every challenge that engineers and designers encounter when setting up an optimization process.

Friendship Systems

bound4blue develops automated wind-assisted propulsion systems as a turnkey solution for all shipowners and shipping companies seeking to reduce fuel costs and polluting emissions. bound4blue’s eSAIL® system is an efficient and validated solution for saving fuel and emissions, completely autonomous, with low cost, low maintenance and easy installation onboard. The company, founded in 2014 with a vocation clearly focused on the renewable energy sector in the maritime field, has its headquarters in Cantabria (ES) and offices in Barcelona and Singapore. Our strategy is aimed towards high value-added technology which is adaptable to our customers’ needs, outsourcing manufacturing and installation and focusing on value-added services for ship-owners and operators. We have been recognized by the clients (constant high increase of demand) and by the society as a promising company due various awarded prizes (for example, prize for EIT WOMAN AWARD 2020, EU Top 50 most promising Startups, Winner of Hello Tomorrow’s 2019 Aeronautics track (France), and many more).


Astilleros de Santander S.A.U. (ASTANDER), together with the shipyard of the same group, Astilleros de Canarias S.A. (ASTICAN) are strategically located in the Bay of Biscay and West African Coast respectively providing all the technical and human capacity needed to carry out all kinds of conversion and ship repair projects under the most demanding quality standards in the sector.

Astander is a modern shipyard with 130 years of expertise in the shipbuilding and ship repair industry. 


Advanced Wing Systems offers a unique solution in wind assisted ship propulsion.  AWS has demonstrated ease of installation, maintenance and operation. The technology can be tailored in order to accommodate diverse needs of individual operators of any size, and is available for immediate production for small vessels.

Advanced Wing Systems

Laskaridis Shipping Co. Ltd manages and operates a large fleet of high-quality bulk carriers with respect to human life, the environment and property, and in a way that meets and exceeds the safety standards of the shipping industry. Laskaridis Shipping Co. LTD. vessels are operated by competent and trained seafarers and by highly skilled and trained shore personnel.

Laskaridis Shipping Co. LTD is running the business in a socially responsible way. To assist in this, there is a strategic approach to R&D investment, operational efficiency, and continued excellence. Studying the transitional and functional risks of moving to a low carbon economy is a core of Laskaridis Shipping Co. LTD. daily business

Laskaridis Shipping

The Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine Research Institute (LOOM) specialises in marine, offshore and transport sectors.

Established in 1998, the Institute is a leading research unit in marine, offshore and transport studies. LOOM’s multidisciplinary work mainly focuses on the design and operation of large marine, offshore, port, transport, and logistics systems. However, within the marine, offshore and transport sectors, LOOM has also carved out an exceptional international reputation for its work within risk and safety management. LOOM is working towards becoming an international centre of excellence in design and operation of large engineering systems, such as ships, offshore installations, port terminal, transportation systems and logistics chains, whilst encompassing a focus in sustainability and environmental efficiency.

Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine Research Institute (LOOM)

RINA specializes in testing, inspection, certification and engineering solutions across a wide range of markets including, among others, marine, energy and mobility, real estate and infrastructure, space and defence, industry 4.0.