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Fórum Oceano is the managing body of Portugal's Blue Economy Cluster, certified and recognised by the Ministry of Economy and the Sea. It is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to promote and enhance the economy of the sea in Portugal, supporting the sustainable development of the maritime sector in Portugal, promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and cooperation between entities in the sector. To this end, it develops various initiatives and projects aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of companies and institutions operating in the maritime economy.
The main activities of Fórum Oceano include promoting research and development of new technologies, facilitating access to finance and investment, and supporting the internationalisation of companies and institutions in the sector. Fórum Oceano has more than 150 members from different sectors, bringing together companies, associations and institutions in the sector and playing a key role in promoting the country's maritime economy.
Fórum Oceano is the organisation responsible for creating the global business model for the Hub Azul, a network of innovation infrastructures for the Blue Economy, as part of the European Commission's Recovery and Resilience Plan.
Fórum Oceano is the leader of the Portugal Blue Digital Hub consortium, a digital innovation centre for the Blue Economy.
Fórum Oceano is the world headquarters of the BlueTech Cluster Alliance (BTCA), a global network of BlueTech clusters committed to collaborating and developing joint projects and sharing information.

Vision

Maritime activities constitute dynamic and competitive segments of the economy, capable of valorising the Sea and its resources, generating value, and creating qualified employment, contributing to the reinforcement of Portugal’s position in the global economy.

Mission

To strengthen the dynamics of strategic cooperation between actors – companies, RTD centres, higher education institutions, Public Administration organisms – and to promote the competitiveness of the main value chains that use the Sea and the marine resources as central elements of their activity in order to contribute, sustainably, to economic growth, exports and employment and to increase the relative importance of the economy of the Sea in the national economy.
The association has more than 150 members, linked to the most diverse sectors of the Sea economy activity, both to traditional areas such as:
- Conservation, Processing and Marketing of Fish;
- Naval Industries;
- Nautical and Nautical Tourism;
- Maritime Works;
- Fishing and Aquaculture;
- Ports, Transport and Logistics;
or to complementary areas:
- Maritime Culture;
- Defence and Maritime Safety;
- Services;
or even to emerging areas such as:
- Biotechnologies and Marine Bio Resources;
- Marine Renewable Energies;
- Offshore and Oil & Gas.
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Social Entities

Board Members

Carlos Costa Pina
President
Carlos Costa Pina

SRS Legal - Sociedade Rebelo de Sousa & Advogados, SPRL

Augustin Olivier
Vice-president
Augustin Olivier

INESC TEC – Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciência

Andreia Ventura
Executive Board Member
Andreia Ventura

Transinsular - Transportes Marítimos Insulares, SA

Isabel Moura Ramos
Executive Board Member
Isabel Moura Ramos

APL - Administração do Porto de Lisboa, S.A

João Rito
Executive Board Member
João Rito

SEAentia-food, Lda

José Cacho
Executive Board Member
José Cacho

APS - Administração dos Portos de Sines e do Algarve, S.A

Guilherme Vaz
Executive Board Member
Guilherme Vaz

BlueOASIS - Blue Ocean Sustainable Solutions

José Pinheiro
Executive Board Member
José Pinheiro

Ocean Winds

Adelino Canario
Executive Board Member
Adelino Canário

CCMAR - Centro de Ciências do Mar do Algarve

António Maia Seco
1st Substitute
António Maia Seco

Grupo Bensaúde - Bensaúde Marítima, SGPS

Roy Garibaldi
2nd Substitute
Roy Garibaldi

S.D.M. - Sociedade de Desenvolvimento da Madeira, S.A

General Assembly Members

José Ribau Esteves
President
José Ribau Esteves

CIRA – Comunidade Intermunicipal da Região de Aveiro

Renata Serradeiro
1st Secretary
Renata Serradeiro

FLATLANTIC - Actividades Piscícolas, S.A.

Isabel Gião de Andrade
2nd Secretary
Isabel Gião de Andrade

VdA - Veira de Almeida & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados, R.L.

Sérgio Faias
1st Substitute
Sérgio Faias

DOCAPESCA - Portos e Lotas, S.A.

Pedro Nogueira
2nd Substitute
Pedro Nogueira

FOR-MAR - Centro de Formação Profissional das Pescas e do Mar

Fiscal Council Members

João Neves
President
João Neves

APDL – Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo, S.A

Pedro Patacho
Fiscal Council Member
Pedro Patacho

Município de Oeiras

Manuel Sequeira
Fiscal Council Members
Manuel Sequeira

OESTE CIM - Comunidade Intermunicipal do Oeste

Ricardo Torgal
1st Substitute
Ricardo Torgal

Indico Capital Partners - Sociedade de Capital de Risco, S.A.

Sérgio Leandro
2nd Substitute
Sérgio Leandro

IPL - Instituto Politécnico de Leiria

Technical Team

Rúben Eiras
Secretary-general
Rúben Eiras

Secretary-general of Fórum Oceano, he was a mentor in the Ocean Stream start-up acceleration programme, and a 'coacher' in the European Commission's Blue Invest Platform. He was Director-General for Maritime Policy at the Ministry of the Sea and Science and Technology Manager at Galp Energia.

Rui Azevedo
Blue Strategic Consultant
Rui Azevedo

Since September 2021, is the Strategic Advisor of Fórum Oceano, after being Secretary-General between 2010 and 2021. Previously, Rui Azevedo was Vice-Chairman of the CCDR-N (The North Regional Coordination and Development Commission).

António José Correia
Blue Nautical Stations Coordinator
António José Correia

Responsible for coordinating and promoting the Network of Nautical Stations of Portugal, certified and coordinated by Fórum Oceano, and in partnership with Turismo de Portugal, municipalities, business associations and other public and private entities.

João Parreira
Communication & Marketing Manager
João Parreira

With over a decade's experience in journalism, he won 8 Consumer Choice awards at MEN'S HEALTH Portugal. As Marketing Coordinator at NEW GLOBAL PET, he led the communication of premium petfood brands. He is currently Blue Marketing & Communication Manager at Fórum Oceano.

Gonçalo Santos
Internationalization Coordinator
Gonçalo Santos

With a degree in Sociology from ISCTE and a postgraduate qualification in Law and Economics of the Sea (Nova School of Law), he was Secretary General of EISAP and Director of Public Relations at European Mar. He has extensive experience in communication and strategic planning in national and international markets.

Liliana Gonçalves
Blue Financial Manager
Liliana Gonçalves

She has a degree in Economics from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto. She has been responsible for administrative and financial management at Fórum Oceano (since 2012), namely treasury management and financial management of national and international projects.

Lorella Ciuti
Blue Executive Assistant
Lorella Ciuti

She has a degree in International Relations with a specialisation in Japan and the Korean Peninsula, teaches Japanese and Korean, and was also a university lecturer in International Politics in Argentina. At Fórum Oceano, she works on the Atlantic Strategy and the WestMED initiative.

Gisela Sousa
Blue Nautical Stations Officer
Gisela Sousa

Graduated in Tourism and Tourism Business Management from U. Lusófona do Porto and a Master in Tourism Management from Escola Superior de Hotelaria e Turismo do Porto. She began her career at Fórum Oceano in 2022, in the Nautical Tourism and the Network of Nautical Stations of Portugal.

Margarida Macedo
Blue Financial Officer
Margarida Macedo

With a degree and master's degree in Public-Private Administration from FDUC. Fórum Oceano was her first professional experience in the area. It is part of the Hub Azul de Leixões project, within the scope of the “Business Model Creation” component.

Francisco Beirão
Blue Consultant
Francisco Beirão

With a degree from the Advanced Sea Studies Programme at the Portuguese Catholic University, management at Finadvise and professional experience in the private business sector, he coordinated the Fórum Oceano delegation in Lisbon and was Secretary General of the Fórum Empresarial da Economia do Mar Association.

Hub Azul Team

Gonçalo Faria
Hub Azul Lead Manager
Gonçalo Faria

With a degree in Economics and an international MBA, he has worked in collaborative innovation consultancy for the Blue Economy, Sustainability, Smart Cities and Tourism. He was Director of the Bluetech Accelerator programme, focused on driving innovation in the blue economy.

Manuel Melo
Innovation Manager
Manuel Melo

He worked as an innovation manager in a diverse array of fields, such as banking, insurance, education, FMCG, retail and industry. In those roles, he developed projects in a variety of formats, from open innovation to corporate venture building.

José Eduardo Lontro
Investor Relations & Controller
José Eduardo Lontro

Professional career centred on the banking sector, with a focus on the commercial area, corporate segment (large companies and multinationals) and medium-sized companies, with management and commercial management responsibilities for over 30 years, currently working as Investor Relations & Controller at Forum Oceano.

Beatriz Lopes
Marketing & Communication Manager
Beatriz Lopes

Holds a Master's degree in Communication, Culture, and Information Technologies from ISCTE and a Bachelor's degree in Languages, Literature, and Culture from the Faculdade de Letras of Lisbon. Has worked as a Marketing and Communication Manager for a shopping center at Klépierre Iberia, as a Digital Marketing Manager in Real Estate, and Social Media Manager for a Hotel. Has published 'Revisiting Asymmetries in the Representation of Portuguese Women News Anchors' in the Women's Studies Journal.

Ana Chaves
Marketing & Communication Officer
Ana Chaves

She has a Master's degree in Communication Sciences from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. She has been working in Communication for more than 12 years, having worked as a content manager, editorial director and communication advisor. She is currently coordinating the communications portfolio for the Leixões Blue Hub project.

Susana Todo Bom
Blue Financial Officer
Susana Todo Bom

With a degree in Auditing from ISCAP, she has more than 20 years of experience in accounting for Non-Profit Sector Entities, as well as their specificities in Public Procurement, taxation and Expenditure Eligibility.

Portugal Blue Digital Hub Team

Carlos Pinho
Portugal Blue Digital Hub Lead Manager
Carlos Pinho

With an Executive MBA from Porto Business School, an M.Sc. in Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship, and a 5-year degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Porto, he has worked as the Business Developer Manager for the Blue Economy at INESC TEC, where he crafted and oversees innovation strategies. With extensive experience in executive management and advisory roles, excels in fostering business opportunities and partnerships, driving high-impact results.

Rodrigo Oliveira
Blue Project Officer
Rodrigo Oliveira

With a degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Engineering and a PMI-certified Project Manager (PMP), he was a director and manager of public works projects in Portugal and Angola for 20 years. He is currently programme manager for various projects at Fórum Oceano.

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Network Participation

BLUETECH CLUSTER ALLIANCE
BTCA – BLUETECH CLUSTER ALLIANCE

Fórum Oceano participates, as a founding member, in a transatlantic network of European and North American Maritime Clusters. Composed of Clusters from seven countries – Portugal, Spain, France, UK, Ireland, Canada, and USA – the BTCA emerged in 2017. The network seeks to promote investment and sustainable growth in maritime industries through collaboration among its members on initiatives linked to research and development, knowledge transfer and identification of joint business opportunities.

SMART COAST
SMART COAST

Smart.Coast – Technologies at the service of maritime activities – is an initiative subscribed by eight national entities that aims to foster the development and demonstration of New ICT Technologies for the competitiveness of the economy of the sea.

FEDETON – FEDERAÇÃO EUROPEIA DE DESTINOS DE TURISMO NÁUTICO
FEDETON – FEDERAÇÃO EUROPEIA DE DESTINOS DE TURISMO NÁUTICO

Fórum Oceano is a member of FEDETON – European Federation of Nautical Tourism Destinations – since 2016, representing the National Association in this European network, also composed by the Associations of France and Spain and the Members Sibenik/Croatia, Donegal/Ireland, and Assonautica Nord Sardegna/Italy. Membership of this Federation follows the interests of the partners and the work carried out within the Nautical Portugal Dynamizing Group, which Fórum Oceano promotes.

PORTUGAL CLUSTERS
PORTUGAL CLUSTERS

Fórum Oceano has belonged to the PORTUGALclusters network since its formation on 5 March 2014. Signed by 16 National Poles and Clusters recognised in 2009 by the COMPETE Management Authority, the agreement aims to bring the partners together in a cooperation network to explore synergies and projects in areas of common interest linked to innovation, internationalisation and competitiveness of entities in the different value chains.

ENMC – EUROPEAN NETWORK OF MARITIME CLUSTERS
ENMC – EUROPEAN NETWORK OF MARITIME CLUSTERS

Fórum Oceano belongs to the European Network of Maritime Clusters, a confederation of clusters whose objectives are, among others, sharing good practices and promoting maritime interests to the European Commission.

ECCP – EUROPEAN CLUSTER COLLABORATION PLATFORM
ECCP – EUROPEAN CLUSTER COLLABORATION PLATFORM

The Ocean Forum is present in this online platform, developed by DG Enterprise & Industry, which integrates clusters and other organizations, allowing the promotion of networking and international cooperation in networks.

MITIN – MARITIME INNOVATIVE TERRITORIES INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
MITIN – MARITIME INNOVATIVE TERRITORIES INTERNATIONAL NETWORK

Fórum Oceano belongs to this international network which integrates several partners representing maritime territories, including public administration, scientific and economic institutions.

RTA – RÉSEAU TRANSNATIONAL ATLANTIQUE
RTA – RÉSEAU TRANSNATIONAL ATLANTIQUE

Fórum Oceano is part of this cooperation platform of civil society of the Atlantic Area, officially constituted on 19 September 2003, and composed of Economic and Social Councils (ESCs) of the regions of the European Atlantic Area and, where such institutions do not exist, of equivalent entities or bodies.

Association Recognition

Keep up to date with the latest recognitions!

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Cluster of the Portuguese Sea

The “Cluster of the Portuguese Sea”, promoted by Fórum Oceano – Association of the Sea Economy and its associates, was recognized as Emerging Competitiveness Cluster by the Ministers of National Defence, Planning and Infrastructures, Economy and by the Minister of Sea.

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Bronze Label

Fórum Oceano (still under the name Oceano XXI) was recognized with the BRONZE LABEL Excellence, awarded by the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI) on May 20, 2014.

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Public Utility Entity

Fórum Oceano is, by Order No. 12762/2014, published in the Diário da República(DR), 2nd series, No. 202 of 20 October 2014, considered a Public Utility Entity.

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Fórum Oceano is the managing entity of the Portuguese Sea Cluster, certified and recognised by the Ministry of Economy and the Sea, the Ministry of National Defence and the Ministry of Planning and Infrastructure.


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