Construction innovative maritime research center in Oostende starts already early 2017
The construction of a new maritime research center In the industrial port area Plassendale 1 starts early next year. The center will house a wave pool and a towing tank. This will allow groundbreaking research into the impact of waves, tides and wind on ships and objects at sea. This will both strengthen the position of marine scientific research in Flanders and boost the development of the port because the research center offers further opportunities to large and small businesses to develop in this matter.
Investment of 30 million euro
The Flemish Government invests over 30 million euros in an innovative 2-in-1 complex with a wave pool and a towing tank. In early December, secretary Weyts signed the supply contract for the construction of buildings for an amount of 18.9 million euros. A partnership between Signum + Architects and engineering Technum drew the final design. West-Flemish company Artes Depret NV from Zeebrugge will build the entire complex. Clear choice for Blue growth The wave pool and the towing tank are of great importance to scientific research in Flanders.
The strategic choice of Flanders for Blue Growth is herewith confirmed.
Blue Growth is the long-term strategy to support overall sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole.
Research infrastructure attracts entrepreneurs.
The wave pool is a concrete structure of 30 x30 meters and 1.5 meters deep. Therein, controlled currents, waves and wind can be generated. This allows testing at scale, for example: Floating wind mills, wave and tidal converters and other offshore structures. The towing tank is 174 x 20 meters and boat hulls and ship maneuvers are tested in a realistic way therein. For windmill builders, offshore engineering and developers of wave and tidal energy both test tanks offer a lot of research possibilities. The tests contribute to risk limitation and provide the opportunity for large and small businesses to respond quickly to developments in the market. The presence of test infrastructure will bring along entrepreneurship with it. This will accelerate the further development of the Science Park of the University of Ghent and attract businesses to Green Bridge, the incubator on the site.
The works will start in spring 2017 and at the end of 2018 the building will be finished. Afterwards, the measuring devices and the equipment generating the mechanical waves will be installed. The building also features space for offices. From there, the university institutions and the hydraulics laboratory will conduct the tests.