​Fifth Steering Committee with visits to Coastal Ocean basin and Laminaria wharf, 03-04/10/2018 @ Ostend

October 5, 2018
On 3 and 4 October, the fifth MET-CERTIFIED steering group committee took place in Ostend.  It was hosted by project partner Power-Link, of Ghent University.
​​At the end of the first day, the group was offered a site visit to the new Coastal and Ocean Basin (COB) + Towing Tank that is currently being constructed in the Flanders Maritime Laboratory in the Science Park of Ostend.

The “Coastal and Ocean wave Basin”, is a large concrete construction filled with water (30 m x 30 m x 1,4 m deep) in which waves, currents and wind can be generated in a controlled manner. Scale models of offshore constructions, constructions for coastal protection, floating wind turbines, wave energy converters,… are placed in this wave basin (or wave tank) and their design and behaviour under the influence of waves, currents and wind is studied. The first experiments are planned to start in 2020. 

This new maritime research centre will join the Flemish maritime expertise and strengthen and support the operation of the Belgian ports and shipping.  It will be used to study the impact of waves, tides and wind on ships and constructions at sea.  Most importantly, these facilities will strengthen the international research position of Flanders in the field of coastal engineering and offshore engineering. Moreover, the infrastructure provides the opportunity for companies and governmental institutions and agencies to develop innovative designs for coastal protection and offshore energy. This new infrastructure will therefore be an important tool for the academic partners (Ghent University and the University of Leuven), for the Flemish Government (the Flanders Hydraulics Research) as well as for the Flemish industry players who are active in the wider "blue growth" sector, the sector of marine-related activities.
​​The next day, the partnership was given the opportunity to visit the prototype of the wave energy converter device of Laminaria, that is currently being constructed at the Gardec wharf in Zeebrugge.  After construction, the prototype will be shipped to Orkney where it will be tested at one of the wave energy test sites of our project partner EMEC.