A supermarket for maritime technology

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Spain is leading the Stamar project, which aims to provide information about new technical developments to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) so that they may improve their productivity for sea-related activities.

There exists today a prototype robot that can monitor production on mussel rafts. This patrol drone takes photographs and, in addition to monitoring the development of the mussels as they grow on the rafts’ ropes, can also send out an alert if they have sustained damage or are being tampered with.

There is also underway a project that helps to plan navigation routes for fishing boats as they approach FADs (fish aggregating devices) in order to reduce fuel consumption and precisely determine where to find these devices once their drift patterns are calculated.

At the same time a plan has been put in place to provide boats with communications systems when they are fishing more than 25 kilometers from the coast.

All of these solutions for the maritime sector, developed by universities, technology centers and IT companies, will be exhibited in Spain’s northwestern province of Galicia, in collaboration with four other countries.

This is taking place under Stamar–Showcase Technology Applicable to Maritime SMEs in the Atlantic Area—a European project whose goal is to introduce these technological advances to small and medium-sized enterprises operating in the maritime sector. As such, these firms will be able to incorporate new technologies into their operations in order to make them more economically and commercially competitive.
Galicia also has its own technology supermarket for these companies. Three years ago AMTEGA, the Agency for Technological Modernization in Galicia (Agencia para la Modernización Tecnológica de Galicia), opened an information technology and communications demonstration center. This center serves as a fulltime showroom, where companies in the sector can shop for new solutions in order to improve their productivity.