About halpinnmci

The Halpin Centre for Research and Innovation at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) undertakes research, development and innovation activity in the Maritime Safety and Security, Maritime Education and Training and Shipping Transport and Logistics areas. Work in these areas is supported by five cross cutting themes where the Halpin Centre is building in-house expertise: IT & Communications, Shipping & Maritime Operations, Human Factors, Policy and Engineering. The Halpin Centre works closely with research centres and departments at the Cork Institute of Technology (NMCI is a constituent college of CIT) and with NMCI partners, the Irish Naval Service.

Upcoming Events.


Maritime & Space Innovation Days

Place: National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, Ireland.

Date: Friday, 24 September 2015 from 09:00 to 16:00 (IST)


(Combining Innovation Networks in Maritime & Space)

CINMarS is a new ESA funded project which aims to identify and scope priority areas for joint space-maritime innovation. The project team comprises of six partners, representing three world renowned maritime innovation clusters (IMERC, OCEANXXI, Norut).

In accordance with Europe’s Strategy for the Atlantic Region, CINMarS will stride to:

  • Promote entrepreneurship and innovation in maritime sectors
  • Improve accessibility and connectivity in our port facilities
  • Develop a sustainable coastal and marine tourism model
  • Secure and develop the potential of the Atlantic marine and coastal environment.

CINMarS shall focus on discovering key opportunities for maritime businesses hoping to exploit the latest advances in space technology, as well as identify the supports required by businesses to seize advantage of these opportunities. As a result of stronger collaborations and links between our space and maritime sectors, we envisage substantial enhancement in maritime employment and economic growth. However, CINMarS needs your support and guidance on how to best seize these opportunities.

The workshop will focus on interactive sessions where attendees may offer their expert opinion and feedback during roundtable discussions to help ensure that CINMarS will identify, analyze and develop strong maritime-space networks within Europe. In addition, there will be three key note speakers discussing the latest advances and opportunities available in space-maritime collaboration. We would be delighted if you could attend the one day workshop and be involved in this exciting new era in maritime and space innovation.

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Detailed agenda to follow.

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us at Eimear.tuohy@ucc.ie


Irish Maritime Forum 2015

Place: National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, Ireland.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2015 from 08:30 to 17:00 (IST)

The annual 2015 Irish Maritime Forum will take place at the National Maritime College of Ireland on September 25th and will look at “Success through synergy – an innovative & dynamic approach to the future” by exploring the ocean of opportunities that exist within the sector and concentrating on the key drivers that are set to change the sector in the future. This event, which will be formally opened by Minister Simon Coveney, is aimed at organisations and professionals operating within the broad maritime industry in Ireland.

The first event will be a drinks reception on the evening of Thursday 24th which will be held at the Port of Cork followed by the main event on Friday 25th which will be held at the National Maritime College of Ireland. The programme for the main event will focus on a number of core themes, namely;

  • The Maritime Industry
  • Maritime Skills & Human Resources
  • Port Sector(sponsored by Ardmore Shipping )
  • Offshore & Renewables Sector (sponsored by Mainport Holdings Ltd.)
  • Marine Tourism & Leisure

For further information regarding the Irish Maritime Forum keep an eye out on the official conference website ; www.irishmaritimeforum.ie