The colloquium aims are:
- to dress a balance of the achievements realised in the field of maritime archaeology in Flanders/Belgium
- to increase the general public outreach of maritime and fluvial archaeology in Belgium
- to present a number of international case-studies in the field of conservation and communication of maritime archaeological heritage
- to gather people interested in maritime archaeological heritage in a discussion forum focusing on legislative matters and future archaeologist/sportdiver cooperation/interaction.