In August 2011 the incorporation of Research and Development Centre of Latvian Maritime Academy into the Research Institute resulted in significant improvement on the availability of technical and intellectual resources required for practical and fundamental research which is carried out by the Institute. This incorporation enriched the scientific capacity of the Institute and provided the basis for further development.

At present the Research Institute takes part in international project Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 ‘BSR InnoShip – Baltic Sea Co-operation for reducing ship and port emissions through knowledge and innovation based competitiveness’. The project is promoting new and innovative transnational approach to mitigate the different needs and interests of the maritime sector and to ensure basis for more sustainable and economically viable management of the Baltic Sea resources. The overall objective of the project is to minimize adverse effects of pollution from maritime traffic and optimize the competitiveness of the Baltic shipping.

The project has been realized by 19 partner organizations from nine Baltic Sea region countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden) representing universities and research institutes, maritime business development agencies and associations, Pan‐Baltic organizations and cities. Project budget is240000 EUR in 2007 – 2013 and it is part-financed by European Regional Development Fund). 

Under the supervision of experienced researchers a number of tasks (for example, literature studies, opinion surveys, primary statistical processing of data) have been carried out by Master degree students as well. It provides them with an opportunity to improve their research skills and to get extensive experience in scientific work, which is vitally important for writing Master theses, to visit seminars abroad and to communicate with foreign cooperation partners.

Cooperation partners:

# Maritime Development Center of Europe (Denmark)

# Estonian Environmental Research Center (Estonia)

# Estonian Maritime Academy (Estonia)

# Finnish Meteorological Institute (Finland)

# Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

# The Baltic Institute of Finland (Finland)

# University of Eastern Finland, National Institute for Health and Welfare (Finland)

# University of Turku, Centre for Maritime Studies (Finland)

# VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Finland)

# Baltic Institute of Marketing, Transport and Tourism at the University of Rostock (Germany)

# Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (Germany)

# University of Applied Science Emden/Leer (Germany)

# Riga Technical University (Latvia)

# Ventspils University College (Latvia)

# Klaipeda University (Lithuania)

# Lithuanian Maritime Academy (Lithuania)

# Netherlands Maritime University (Netherlands)

# Norwegian Meteorological Institute (Norway)

# Gdynia Maritime University (Poland)

# Maritime University of Szczecin (Poland)

# Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)

# Södertörn University (Sweden)

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