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Slovenia joins the Waterborne Technology Platform

The University of Ljubljana has joined the Waterborne Technology Platform. Its aim is to help shape the innovative, emission-free shipping of the future .

The Waterborne Technology Platform now represents 119 members from 21 EU member states and four other European countries. With access to the Adriatic Sea, modern freight and passenger ports and an economy geared towards water transportation, Slovenia has all the prerequisites for a waterborne nation, according to a press release on the occasion of its accession. [ds_preview]

The University of Ljubljana recently joined the Waterborne Technology Platform to contribute and collaborate with key players in the transition to a zero-emission, digital, safe and competitive shipping sector.

Waterborne Technology Platform is represented in the EU

The Waterborne Technology Platform (TP) is a European research and innovation platform for the water sector. It provides the European institutions with political guidelines for research, development and innovation as well as for the introduction of these innovations. In addition, the Waterborne TP coordinates the private side of the Partnership for Zero Emission Waterborne Transport with the European Commission. With currently 119 members from 21 European member states and four other European countries, the Waterborne TP claims to have a strong presence in the European Union.

The University of Ljubljana is the oldest and largest university in Slovenia and covers a broad spectrum of knowledge and expertise in the field of waterborne technologies. At the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, knowledge and skills in the fields of machine design, fuel cells, batteries, welding and mechatronics are just some of the areas of expertise, according to Waterborne TP. In addition, the university consists of 26 faculties and academies, including the Faculty of Oceanography and Transport, the Faculty of Biotechnology, the Faculty of Economics, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and others, all of whose research programs are related to water technology.

Eero Lehtovaara, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Waterborne TP, said: “We welcome Slovenia as a new member as the activities of the Waterborne Technology Platform focus on the challenges and opportunities of the wider European water engineering sector. The unique characteristics of the Slovenian waterborne sector and the wealth of knowledge that exists in this country will certainly help shape our future priorities and promote research and innovation activities in Slovenia and across Europe.”

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Koper is Slovenia’s most important port. In the picture: the “Panda 001” from Tailwind Shipping Lines

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Caption: The "Panda 001" in the Slovenian port of Koper