Business areas are self organisation groups providing a forum for exchange for companies with interest in a specific maritime field.
Through life maintenance of ships is crucial if ships
are to be kept safe and environment friendly in operation. There is no
such thing as a maintenance-free ship.
European yards provide this essential service to shipowners, with skilled people at their disposal to perform everything from routine maintenance through repair, equipment upgrades and refit to entire ship conversions. Ship repair yards in Europe number about 150 and provide work for about 125.000 people.
Protecting 68,000 km of EU coastline is a highly demanding
security task. European naval shipyards are key providers of the appropriate
equipment for this task and therefore, key contributors to the defence capabilities
Until today, European Naval Yards have proven to be world leaders both in terms of functionality, quality and value and in terms of exports volume in international naval markets. CESA facilitates the cooperation at the European level in areas of common interest.
Offshore Renewable Energies
CESA is actively involved in the improvement of technological
fields for new products and new services for the offshore energy sector. Progress
has been made regarding the technologies of harvesting energy from the oceans, such
as wind, wave, tidal and thermal energy conversion.
However, the governments still have to subsidize them to bring their cost in line with the land based installations and conventional energy sources. The European shipyards have the experience needed to develop offshore power into a new source of energy capable of competing in the energy market in the near future. CESA actively promotes cooperation between the two sectors.