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2nd Mare Forum Poland 2017
May 16th, 2017
The Polish Excellence - What can the Polish Maritime Industry do for the international shipping - Meet the Polish Maritime Industry
Meet Polish the Maritime Industry
Following the very successful 1st Mare Forum Poland(*) conference held September 2016 in Sopot, MARE FORUM is pleased to announce the occurrence of the 2nd Mare Forum Poland 2017 to be held on Tuesday 16th May 2017. This event will accentuate and promote again the importance of the development of the Maritime and Shipping sector in Poland and its growing recognition as a global maritime centre and a very important nodal point in the Baltic Area, Europe and the World.
The central theme of the new upcoming conference will be: The Polish Excellence, What can the Polish Maritime Industry do for the international shipping - Meet the Polish Maritime Industry
Analyzing Poland’s significant role in the region, in Europe and the world, the current and future trade and shipping trends, the conference will examine the future of the promising Maritime Cluster and maritime hub of Poland and the Baltics. It will examine the dynamics of today and by focusing on 2030 explore how Poland will look like in the next 15 years and beyond, and what strategies and goals for this sector will come into play, including topics relating to shipping, shipbuilding yachting, logistics, taxes, finance, shipping law, ship repair, manufacturing, tourism, port and terminals and crew manning services industries.
The entire local and international maritime supply chain will gather at this distinguished event where the exchange of information and ideas will provide for a great conference experience. This will all take place in an open, stimulating, free flowing and attractive environment combined with informal discussions which once again will demonstrate the successful hallmark of the Mare Forum formula.
Views will be shared and debated by shipowners and ship operators, shipbuilders and ship repairers, equipment manufacturers, crew manning agents, industry associations, charterers, traders, analysts, bankers, consultants and entrepreneurs, classification societies, policymakers, regulators, maritime lawyers, port and terminal operators, yacht owners and yacht services representatives, the media and other members of the maritime community from the region and all over the world who will take an active part at this prestigious conference. The conference will provide an interactive forum to participants to network, learn, discuss and debate all contemporary and future themes in the shipping, marine, yachting and maritime industries in Poland, the Baltics Area and Europe.
The Mare Forum conferences are considered by many to be among the most global and influential forums for the maritime and shipping industry. Currently events are held in Europe, North and South America, SouthEast Asia and the Middle East.
If you are interested in global maritime, shipping and yachting business, and if you want to know what’s next in the Poland, the Baltic area, Europe and the world we invite you to attend the 2nd Mare Forum Poland 2017 and help establish it as a regular event in the global agenda. You will find your answers here.
Together with a very high profile international audience, participants will plunge in a pool of booming business and new network opportunities, with focus on Poland and the Baltic region but with a global reach.
CONCLUSIONS: "POLAND & GREECE - CONNECTED BY SHIPPING"
Representatives from both the political and business constituents of the Polish and Greek maritime industries joined forces on Thursday 9th February in Athens at a high-level meeting aimed at promoting business opportunities between the two countries. 17 shipowner groups, 4 shipbuilders, 7 engineering/technology companies, 5 consultancy companies and 2 Classification Societies attended this unique and pioneering event which was co-organized by theEmbassy of the Republic of Poland in Athens andMare Forum. ......
Synthesis and Conclusions of the 1st Mare Forum Poland 2016
Synthesis and Conclusions of the 1st Mare Forum Poland 2016 conference by Mr.Apostolos Poulovassilis, conference chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Eletson Corporation.
The 1st MARE FORUM POLAND was held in Sopot, Poland on 21 September 2016 under the Chairmanship of Apostolos Poulovassilis, Chief Operating Officer of Eletson Corporation.
The event was organised by Mare Forum under the Honorary Patronage of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship and a wide range of excellent presentations, very good discussions and a positive atmosphere, which resulted in new perspectives and ideas being explored and a conference day that was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants.
Mare Forum President Jannis Kostoulas welcomed all participants stating that Poland is akey maritime country with strong growth potential hence the decision to add it to the Global Mare Forum network of conferences.
Conference Chairman Apostolos Poulovassilis gave the audience an outlook of key industry issues as well as the opportunities and risks for the development of the Polish Maritime Industry. Recent regulatory developments at IMO where the Ballast Water Convention has been ratified could present an opportunity for Polish shipyards which will need to prepare their technical offering accordingly. The Brexit vote in June also poses some risks for Europe and Poland in particular which will need to be analysed and addressed. Mr Poulovassilis finally emphasised the need for Polish yards and companies to focus on specialisation in order to differentiate in niche elements of the shipbuilding/shiprepair sector in order to enable further growth.
The key policy issue raised by Deputy Marshal, Pomorskie Voivodeship, Wieslaw Byczkowski concerned the development of Offshore Ports & Logistics as a top priority, as well as the importance of Pomerania in the regional network of the European Commission and the high ranking position of Gdansk and Gdynia within the Baltic Seaports.
Ambassador Wojciech Ponikiewski, Deputy Director Economic CooperationDepartment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented an outline of the challenges facingMaritime Poland and explored the relationship between globalisation and the PolishMaritime Economy. The development of the LNG sector was highlighted as a key growth opportunity and progress that Poland was making, was stressed with a characteristic quote: "We are coming back to Europe."
Bogdan Oldakowski, Member of the Board, Pomeranian Chamber ofCommerce, described the Baltic Ports situation and policies and emphasised the growth of Polish ports over the past decade and in the container segment in particular.Preparations for LNG bunkering were also highlighted as business opportunities going forward.
Guy Verberne, Chief Economist, PGGM Pension Fund, showed that we could be at a turning point for Emerging Markets and a possible return of optimism in the global economy. With China stable at more modest growth, other emerging markets such asRussia, Brazil, India and Indonesia could provide a boost to global economic growth while US and EU struggle. "We need more Europe and not less" was the conclusion.
Marcin Bialek, Minister Counsellor, Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, outlined the Government's initiatives to "rebuild" the Polish Shipbuilding Industry promoting Innovation and Experience. He also went on to describe the Polish InlandWaterways development plan 2016-2020 via fund set up with the support of the NationalEconomy Bank (BGK).
Piotr Kus, Director of Brussels Office, Gaz-System S.A., explained that Poland is the biggest natural gas market in Central/Eastern Europe but that it still represents a relatively modest proportion of the overall Energy mix. The growing importance of the Swinoujscie gas terminal was outlined and the potential of the terminal as a regional supply solution.
John Su, President & CEO, Erasmus Shipinvest Group, gave an update on the developments in China with the slowdown still having a profound effect on world commodities trade but with stimulus measures put in place earlier in the year the demand for iron ore and coal could be boosted.
Amrit Singh, Lead Shipping Analyst, Thomson Reuters, provided an outline of shipping analytics and the outlook of main commodities trade prospects.
Pawel Szynkaruk, Director General, Polska Zegluga Morska (Polsteam), explained the root causes of the "dry-bulk problem" and went on to describe the potential of LNG bunkering for the region.
Dr. Jerzy Majewski, SVP Shipping Europe, HSH Nordbank AG, described the retreat ofGlobal Shipping Finance in 2016 under increased regulatory pressure but stressed that banks lending is available for "good" projects and with banks remaining focused on their existing clients. In view of the overall depressed markets, investor interest (PE) in shipping has cooled down further.
Zbigniew Kurowski, CEO MARS Design & Solutions, went through the main design characteristics of "Smart Ships" explaining that these are a combination of many innovative features and highlighted the opportunity of the renewal of the Polish Ropax fleet for applying these new technological advancements.
Konstantin Petrov, Business Development Manager for North Europe (Marine &Offshore), Lloyd's Register presented LR Global Technology trends with 8transformational technologies identified and predicted that more automation in shippingis not so far away.
Pino Spadafora, Area Manager Northern Europe – Continental Area, RINA, pointed out that increased use of digital technology on board has brought increased risks to cybersecurity and the need for shipowners and shipyards to focus on the overall ship network in order to identify and address vulnerabilities.
Bjorn Munko, Senior Sales Manager, TGE Marine Gas Engineering GmbH, gave examples of the increased take-up of LNG fuel gas systems with a number of projects completed and underway including with Polish shipyard involvement.
Irek Kuligowski, Chairman Polish Shipmanagers Association and Managing DirectorGreen Management Sp z o.o. outlined a possible approach to Shipmanagement forPoland with the creation of a "Pomeranian Ship Management Centre" and the opportunity to become the "Singapore of the Baltic Sea".
Andrzej Rodziewicz, Board Advisor - Strategy & Development, MS TFI S.A. (MutualFunds Society S.A.), gave a proposal for further development of the Polish maritime sector via the renewal of the naval fleet, the ropax segment, inland waterways and LNG bunkering. A prerequisite for this would be support of innovation by the government andt he effective implementation of new legislation enabling the re-industrialization and development of Polish maritime economy by the Ministry of Maritime Economy andInland Navigation. Polish companies have an opportunity and if they can develop further then Poland could progress in regaining a higher position in the Global and European maritime economy in the years to come.
Professor Marek Grzybowski, President Polish Maritime Cluster, effectively led a brainstorming session on the Polish Maritime Cluster with many audience participants contributing to a SWOT analysis of the Polish maritime industry. The key conclusions of this analysis were that the legislative framework will need to be very robust, with government providing incentives for innovative companies and also promoting a level-playing field. The need for the industry to enhance its external representation on international bodies was also discussed.
This year’s inaugural Mare Forum Poland on the last session of what will now become a regular Annual Event, took several key issues that the industry is wrestling with – LNGas a marine fuel (as well as other alternative fuels such as methanol), more autonomous ships (which could also ease the bottleneck on supply of competent seafarers), specialisation (on niche markets), competitiveness of Polish Flag and the development of the Vision of the Maritime Cluster - as themes to take forward throughout the year via the newly created Mare Forum Poland Community and then analyse further at the 2017 Mare Forum Poland (16 May 2017).
Mare Forum would like to thank the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship for their Honorary Patronage of this event, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry ofMaritime Economy and Inland Navigation, to all the key event sponsors TGE MarineGas Engineering, MARS Shipyards & Offshore, MS TFI S.A., Polish Shipmanagers Association, A.P.&A. Group of Companies, RINA, Invest in Pomerania.
We also thank our media partners PortalMorski, Baltic Transport, Thomson Reuters,Ship2Shore, Namiary and Gospodarka Morska .Finally, special thanks go out to the Ambassador of Poland to the Hellenic Republic, Mrs.Anna Barbarzak, and to the Honorary Consul of Poland in Piraeus, Mr. Michail Kokkinis, whose invaluable support and advice significantly contributed to the event's success.
The Speakers and discussion panelists (TENTATIVE - STAY TUNED!)
Aegean Shipping Management
Ioannis (Jannis) Kostoulas
Founder, Owner and President
Deputy Director Economic Cooperation Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Secretary General of Ports, Port Policy and Maritime Investments
Hellenic Ministry of Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy
Member of the Board / CEO
Pomeranian Chamber of Commerce / Actia Forum Ltd.
Specialist - Shipbuilding Industry Unit
Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation of Poland
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