A long run network of Stakeholders will be established and consist of Internal (Partners/contractual) and External (non-contractual) entities. Setting-up a successful network entails overcoming several challenges. Most important is the need to bring together stakeholders from different maritime disciplines of the sector that do not necessarily share the same goals but fulfil complementary tasks.
Building a knowledge sharing network entails the formation of ties and relationships with stakeholders beyond the official partners of the project. Different stakeholders are likely to perform different project activities and undertake different actions and roles needed for the project to be sustained and fulfil its goals.
Internal partners will have the principal responsibility for setting up the knowledge exchange network by cooperating and organising the activities in forms suitable for the involved target groups and their needs. External (non – contractual) stakeholders will involve all actors that will become part of the larger network either as users, facilitators, evaluators, promoters or providers of various resources.
Bringing together the various stakeholders in a productive and interactive exchange is the most important function of the network. The platform of cooperation (portal) will provide the opportunity to bring these diverse groups together in a virtual world!