Maritime Cluster in North Jutland and Denmark

  • Hermann, Roberto Rivas (Project Participant)
  • Remmen, Arne (Project Participant)

Project Details


Many drivers change the way that maritime transportation firms behave vis-à-vis their impact to the environment: global regulation, market, technology improvements and business self-regulation. This PhD project takes inspiration by these ongoing changes. Therein, the purpose is to understand how companies in North Jutland can benefit from the blue/green technological change in the maritime sector. To achieve so, this project was set as collaboration between Aalborg University and Maritime Center for Operations (MARCOD).

North Jutland is a region with an historical presence of ship-yards, research and development firms of maritime equipment. During the last century some of these firms provided employment to thousands of qualified staff. In the vein of changing trends of the maritime sector, there is an expectation about which benefits will bring the “greening/ blueing” maritime sector drivers to the firms depending on shipping. The region’s maritime firms strategic interest is how to better position themselves in a global context that requires shipping to be carried at lower prices and with environmental protection. An examination of the North Jutland case, can be insightful for the rest of the Danish Maritime cluster.

The PhD project is composed by three work packages (WP):
1. Drivers of maritime regulation: Greening and blueing maritime trends. Regulation is a broad term that nowadays is not restricted to State driven laws. It also implies voluntary and market driven self-regulation (e.g. Clean Shipping Index and similar). In order to propose new services and products, it is important to be aware of the regulatory changes affecting the maritime sector. This WP will pay attention to present and forthcoming regulation.

2. Technology transition. A special emphasis will be to the required services and competences for specific types of clean tech.

3. Maritime cluster responses: Some companies in North Jutland can be relevant examples on how to take lessons from the technological change in the maritime sector. This WP will pick some extreme cases. In this way, other companies in the cluster can drain some lessons for the future.
Effective start/end date15/10/201130/10/2014


  • Maritime sector
  • Clean tech
  • Eco-innovation
  • Clusters
  • Region Nordjylland


  • 3 Conference presentations
  • 1 Conference organisation or participation
  • 1 Organisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars

Summer School Cleantech at Sea

Roberto Rivas Hermann (Organizer)

Aug 2012Sep 2012

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars


Temadag om markedets efterspørgsel efter grøn skibsfart

Roberto Rivas Hermann (Organizer)

31 May 2012

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Maritim konference om forretningsmuligheder i kølvandet af nye maritime miljøregler for skibsfarten

Roberto Rivas Hermann (Speaker)

12 Apr 2012

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


MARKIS: Maritime Competence and Innovation Skagerrak and Kattegat

Riisgaard, H. & Hermann, R. R.


Project: Research

Research Output

  • 2 Journal article
  • 1 Ph.D. thesis
  • 1 Paper without publisher/journal

Partnerships for environmental technology development in the shipping industry: Two Danish case studies

Hermann, R. R., Smink, C. K. & Kerndrup, S., 2016, In : International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development. 10, 3, p. 260-280 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Greening of the maritime industry: Delivering product and service eco-innovations

Hermann, R. R., 2015, Aalborg Universitetsforlag. 233 p. (Ph.d.-serien for Det Teknisk-Naturvidenskabelige Fakultet, Aalborg Universitet).

Research output: Book/ReportPh.D. thesisResearch

Open Access
767 Downloads (Pure)

Innovation in product and services in the shipping retrofit industry: A case study of ballast water treatment systems

Hermann, R. R., Köhler, J. & Scheepens, A., 2015, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 106, p. 443-454 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • 23 Citations (Scopus)

    Press / Media

    Forsker: SMV’ere er rygraden i dansk maritim industri

    Roberto Rivas Hermann


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    MARCOD becomes a regional center for the Maritime Development Center of Europe

    Roberto Rivas Hermann


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media