The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is a multipurpose service centre with land-based and seabased novel infrastructures to support research, technology development an innovation in the marine and maritime sector. Its mission is to promote long-term observation and sustainability of the ocean, providing a costeffective combination of services, such as observatories, test site, base for underwater vehicles, training and innovation hub. Its main objective is to construct and operate a fixed offshore platform that will be located both close to the coast and near of the edge of the continental shelf, in shallow waters. It will have a net surface around 2,500 m2 of research capacity, space for laboratories, instrumented containers and capacity to accommodate permanently researchers distributed in a multi-storey building with a main dock of 1,000 m2 . PLOCAN is a joint initiative between the Spanish and the Canary Islands governments, with the help of the European Regional Development Fund. It has currently has 26 high qualified R&D personnel (including PhDs). The PLOCAN managing team and staff have an extensive experience in the development and management of large national and international projects in the marine and maritime sector such us CANIGO (4th FP), ANIMATE (5th FP), MERSEA (6th FP), EuroSITES (7th FP), TROPOS (7th FP), NeXOS (7th FP), FIX03 (7th FP) etc.
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