The director of the Santander Oceanographic Centre of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), Luis Valdés, visited the facilities of the CTC Technology Centre in the Science and Technology Park of Cantabria (PCTCAN), where he was received by Beatriz Sancristóbal, General Manager of the centre, and Álvaro Rodríguez, director of Business Development.
This was the director’s first visit to CTC, a meeting in which he learned about the various projects underway at the technology centre, generating great added value for the community. The representatives of both organisations also had the opportunity to discuss the history of the long-standing collaboration between CTC and IEO.
Both organisations have common synergies in the field of innovation being exploited within the collaborative framework. In this respect, both Valdés and Sancristóbal emphasised their interest in maintaining the lines of collaboration that reinforce the capacity of the two entities to offer greater and diverse innovative services in the marine field.
A clear example of the collaboration agreement is the Marine Corrosion Test Site “El Bocal” (MCTS “El Bocal”). It is a unique infrastructure, a marine laboratory in the open sea developed thanks to the joint management between CTC and the Spanish Institute of Oceanography. The main objective of this infrastructure is to study the behaviour of different materials against corrosion and biofouling.
The MCTS “El Bocal” is internationally recognised as the only laboratory in Europe that allows testing under real marine conditions. This uniqueness has made it one of the most sought-after laboratories on the continent. An infrastructure that showcases the significant research capabilities of CTC and IEO in the marine field and the strength of their collaboration to deliver innovative projects with high added value.
In addition to holding a meeting with representatives of the technology centre, Valdés had the opportunity to visit the CTC laboratories and see some of the initiatives developed by the Cantabrian centre in action.