This page gives an overview of the organisational structure of Waterborne: the General Assembly, the Board, the Coordination group, the Gommunication group, the Implementation Review group, and the Industrial Research Advisory groups.


The organisational structure of Waterborne is summarized in the graphic below.

Organisational Structure

General Assembly

The General Assembly is the forum of all members of the Association and it is the Association’s highest decision-making body. The General Assembly sets the Association’s policy and approves the Association’s annual budget, as prepared by the Board with the support from the Secretariat.

Board of Directors

The association is managed by the Board of Directors who are elected by the General Assembly. The Board of Directors follows and implements the policy and work program as approved by the General Assembly. The Board is composed of five people, notably  the Chair and the two Vice-Chairs, and the Chairs of the Coordination and Communication Groups.

Coordination Group

The members of the Coordination Group consist of the Chair and the two Vice Chairs of the Board, the Chair and Vice Chair of each IRAG, and the Chair and the Vice Chair of the Communication Group. The Coordination Group is the daily point of contact with the relevant EU institutions, Agencies and Member States to discuss the content of the framework programmes and present them the final input from the TP.

Communication Group

The Communication Group has two main tasks, i.e. public relations and public affairs. In terms of public relations, the Communication Group communicates on the work, activities and success of the TP towards the relevant EU institutions, stakeholders and other ETP’s, especially in – but not limited to - the field of transport. Furthermore, the Communication Group is responsible for the preparation of and contribution from the TP to the bi-annual TRA. 

In terms of public affairs, the Communication Group assists and cooperates with the Coordination Group in terms of taking initiatives towards the European institutions, Agencies and Member States, where and when necessary.

The Waterborne Industrial Research Advisory Groups (IRAGs)

The IRAGs are in charge of defining the strategic roadmaps for their domain, based on the technological input from one or more Thematic Working Groups that contribute to the IRAG’s domain. The current IRAGs focus on:

  • Ships & Shipping;

  • Blue Growth;

  • Ports & Logistics.

The Waterborne Secretariat

The Waterborne Secretariat provides all necessary organizational and administrative support. SEA Europe currently acts as the Waterborne Secretariat.