Aiming to plot the course towards sustainable marine ecosystems, the SEA20 network has begun work on a report titled “The Future of Maritime: A Global Analysis on Marine and the Environment”. The report seeks out best practices and identifies the main questions for guiding the transformation of the marine industry.


If we are to combat the waste, pollution and inefficiency that still characterise too much of what goes on at sea, the marine and energy industries must undergo a substantial transformation towards digitised, connected, safer and more environmentally sustainable operations.


As a growing network of forward-thinking marine cities, the SEA20 coalition offers the perfect setting to launch a global analysis for driving the sustainability of marine ecosystems.


Work is currently underway on collecting information in preparation of the analysis, both from interviews with different stakeholders and various leading research and public bodies. The aim is to find the best ways, for example, for redesigning business models, value chains and city planning to advance industry transformation.



A learning experience


One of the main objectives of the analysis is to chart some of the best practices for creating sustainable marine ecosystems and to identify examples from different corners of the globe that may call for further study and scaling. What, for example, are the maritime solutions needed to build a world in which the rise of sea levels can be halted or even reversed, and how does the relationship between port and city need to change? How can the global marine sector help address the challenges caused by rapid urban growth? By utilizing the ports, how can we create a logistics chain and solutions that can better serve the citizens of marine cities?  


Furthermore, the study aims to discover new and unpredictable questions that should be asked if we are to fight climate change and create smarter solutions for all. Also, by coalescing around new questions and answers, the analysis functions as a means of growing the SEA20 coalition by engaging subject-area experts and ensuring that everyone involved constantly learns and grows. The report also seeks to engage a broader public with our work.


In that spirit, if you have any ideas or suggestions on any of these topics, please feel free to be in touch via SEA20 Twitter.