The Macaronesia Network for the Transfer of Inter-Regional and Multi-disciplinary Knowledge and Technologies to protect, guard and monitor cetaceans in the marine environment and analyse and sustainably manage the associated tourism activity (MARCET) held its kick-off meeting in the Elder Museum of Science and Technology of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Thursday the 17th of March.
Students from the qualification course as a Specialist in Marine Energies, certified jointly by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) and companies Raley Estudios Costeros and Hexia Formación, visited the PLOCAN facilities, along with two of their teachers.
The main objective of the visit was to show students the land-side facilities of the infrastructure, as well as the scientific-technological operational and training capabilities, lines of work and activities that PLOCAN is currently engaged in, as a potential professional opportunity in the area of marine renewable energies. All these aspects turned out to be of interest to the students on the Specialist in Marine Energies course, which is comprised of five modules: Appraisal of Marine Energies, Marine Converters, Auxiliary Facilities, Maintenance Management and Feasibility Studies.
The third co-ordination meeting of the Multinational Response and Preparedness to Oil and Chemical Spill (MARPOCS) research project funded by the European Commission to fight marine pollution was held in Casablanca, Morocco, between the 1st and 3rd of March 2017 with the participation of PLOCAN, project partner.
The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) have set direct partnership-cooperation within the framework of Educational Passages program. A mini-boat built at VLIZ has been recently shipped to PLOCAN facilities in Gran Canaria, in order to be deployed from a suitable location and aiming to start an exciting sailing-path across the Atlantic.
The Spanish Association of Marine and Off-shore Engineers (AINE, as it is known in Spanish) has organised the VIII PAT18 Technical Conference, the Marine Renewable Energy working group (ENERMAR) for the 29th and 30th of June, to be held in the PLOCAN shore offices in Taliarte (Telde), on the island of Gran Canaria, entitled “The sea and renewable energies. The contribution of Marine and Off-shore Engineering”.
The ENERMAR conference is aimed at presenting the opportunities available to local industry for opening up new markets; opportunities that arise from the ambitious programmes for rolling out these clean energies in Spain and throughout the world. The aim of the conference is to act as yet another contribution to meeting what is a vital challenge for our country.
Karen Kennedy, commercial counsellor in the Canadian Embassy in Spain, met with a large group of institutions and companies from the marine-maritime sector in the PLOCAN offices, and took part in a round table on the opportunities for co-operation between Canadian and Canary Island companies and institutions within the framework of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the European Union and Canada (CETA).