On the 31st of October 2017, the Rector of TU Delft, Tim van der Hagen (left), and the CEO of TNO, Paul de Krom (right),  signed a letter of intent for the  Dutch Ocean Technology Centre (DOTC)

The DOTC is a new and exciting initiative which will accelerate the development of knowledge by speeding up project  execution and creating innovation. Driven by the challenges of the maritime and offshore energy transition, we focus on  inspiring programmes in the fields of materials, structures and sustainability. The DOTC brings together leading researchers  and provide access to unique test facilities. By covering the entire development cycle, from fundamental science, through  to applied research and industrial implementation, the DOTC creates a strong synergy between partners from universities,  research institutes, and industry. Thus, fostering the development of a prosperous future for our sector and benefiting  society as a whole.

At the core of the DOTC is the drive to develop knowledge and technology that may be readily applied in solving immediate  societal challenges; for example, climate change, sea level rise, ever growing demand for food, and increased  environmental pressures. As a start, two pilot programs have been initiated: green performance (e.g. zero emission shipping)  and smart structures.  The DOTC, based in The Netherlands but serving the entire world, acts as an innovation catalyst in tackling these pressing  issues.

Inspired by national and international research agendas, a driving philosophy of the DOTC is the facilitation of joint  research programmes, allowing partners to combine their knowledge and experience in order to obtain excellent, long- term and profitable results