The aim of this orientation is to design and develop systems and models that allow companies in the marine and maritime sector to be among the most technologically advanced and competitive in an international context. Thus, companies in this sector of the region of influence of Campus do Mar should be pioneers in adopting innovative technological solutions for management and production, which can be exported to the rest of the world. This would not only give a boost to the efficiency and competitiveness of companies in the maritime transport, fishing, aquaculture, processing or shipbuilding sectors, for example, but also for companies in the technology sector that can work an international scope of ideas and products developed under the protection of a patent. The maritime sector includes very diverse activities: design and construction of all types of ships, platforms and naval artifacts; development of equipment for installation in ships; marine transport; maritime infrastructures, in particular port services and exploitation of marine resources, including the operation of naval artifacts dedicated to fishing, aquaculture and the extraction of other marine resources. Historically, these activities have played a strategic role in the region’s economic activity, and although in many cases, like shipbuilding, there is a technological leadership tradition, it is necessary to move this role forward to other fields in the sector. This guidance includes research lines, which results may have and added value in different fields of the extraction process, as well as the transformation of marine food resources, enhancing both quality and safety of the produced food and decreasing the production costs.

Port infrastructures, maritime transportation and management

  • Line 4.1: Projects and design of maritime works. Logistics and security. Control of port traffic, security in port facilities, competencies in matters of pollution in ports, facilities and port structures, traceability in ports, detection of ships and people, geographic information systems in environmental management and security in the ports. Groups such as numerical modeling of pollution, mapping pollutants in ports, influence of structures in hydrodynamics, application of geographic information systems.
  • Line 4.2: Governance involving ports and maritime activities. Maritime inspections, rescue, maritime security and protection, governance systems, management of institutions, regulatory frameworks, port organization, multilevel governance, networking, ports of refuge.
  • Line 4.3: Communications, control and signaling at sea. with contents such as GMDSS, GSM, underwater communications, network protocols, radio-software, secure communications, encryption, language barriers, maritime English, influence of meteorology on communications.
  • Line 4.4: Maritime transport, logistics platforms and intermodality. Supply chains, intermodality, global competitiveness, lobbies, design and planning of terminals, motorways of the sea.

Sea law and management

  • Line 4.5: Maritime enterprise management: Corporate Law. Market and international relations. Strategic management, competitive and corporate strategy, maritime business management, legal regulation, rights and duties, legal opportunities, audits, corporate law, cooperativism, ship management contracts, maritime insurance, maritime law and its reforms, internationalization, cooperation agreements, international maritime companies, common market, free movement of goods, globalization. It also includes brand and marketing of marine products, creation of value, denomination of origin, unfair competition, market research, brands, distribution and communication.
  • Line 4.6: Human resources in maritime activities. Labor Law. Social responsibility, control and incentive systems, labor law in maritime activities, associated work cooperatives, human resources and education, education and training.
  • Line 4.7: Financial evaluation and planning. Fiscal policy, financial sustainability, insurance and mutual insurance, financial strategies, financial efficiency.
  • Line 4.8: Competitiveness and sustainability. Knowledge and innovation networks in maritime activities. Competitive strategy, strategic analysis, innovation, green innovation management, corporate social responsibility, energy management. It covers knowledge in technological networks and associations, networking, industrial networks, regional development, innovation clusters, intellectual capital, maritime knowledge management, e-learning systems and social networks in the maritime fisheries field, scientific dissemination, multiplatform electronic education.


  • Line 4.9: Alternative energies. Evaluation of renewable energies, wind energy, energy modeling, tidal energy, gas hydraters, photovoltaic energy, wave energy, microalgae biodiesel, natural gas.
  • Line 4.10: Electricity supply systems. Multiphase conversion, electrical controllers, transmission and distribution of electricity, security of supplies, capacity and adequacy.
  • Line 4.11: Economy and energy efficiency. Regulation. Energetic politics. Electricity market, quantitative analysis of energy, energy demand, energy security, public regulation, taxes and fees, emission rights, simulation models, energy policies, Thermodynamic engineering, analysis of energy processes, energy conversion, energy management, energy efficiency policies, certificates and energy efficiency instruments.