Free MARIN basin time for SME concept testing

To stimulate Dutch maritime innovation, MARIN invites SMEs to test their new ideas and concepts for free. MARIN offers the same opportunity again for 2018. The initiative aims at stimulating innovation in the Dutch maritime sector and lowering the threshold for SMEs to test their new ideas and concepts.

MARIN offers SME clients a free basin slot of two weeks (eighty basin hours including a qualified test engineer) and a one-day workshop with an experienced MARIN Project Manager and Project Engineer. The free basin slots allow feasibility checks and improvements in an early phase of a new concept development. They are not meant as final or formal tests of a design, or for optimisation of existing designs. Clients can bring in their own models and can perform and analyse the tests themselves. However, MARIN can also assist in model making, instrumentation, analysis and reporting at regular rates. This total offer represents a value of roughly €40,000 per client and is a MARIN offer to its clients (not a governmental subsidy).

Free basin slots • There is a call for 2018 for five projects of two weeks each. The 2018 call closes on December 31, 2017. Companies can apply by filling in the application form. • MARIN will consider all applications and will select a maximum of five projects. Selection is made by MARIN and is based on several aspects, such as innovation, feasibility and added value. The call is open for all innovative ideas, but Dutch SME companies have preference. Certain (PhD/MSc) student tests may qualify as well. There will be no discussion with clients about projects that were not selected, the selection is MARIN’s privilege. • A one-day workshop at MARIN will be organised for each selected project shortly after selection. The client, a MARIN Project Manager and a MARIN Project Engineer will discuss the details of the concept, the model(s), the set-up and the instrumentation. The one-day workshop will be free of charge. • A two-week slot (80 hours, working in single shifts of 8 hours) will be made available in the MARIN Concept Basin. • The clients can bring their own model(s), staff and/or instrumentation for the concept test, but it is also possible to ask MARIN for (some of) these services.