Summer Conference 2017

We have just finished up this years summer conference where we explored future opportunities and drivers of change in the maritime industry.

This year, we explored market status and the opportunities that lies ahead for local businesses.

Mayor of Haugesund, Arne-Christian Mohn started the day off by showcasing future looking projects that are happening in our very region. VP Resources Vibeke Vikse Johnsen at Aibel told the story of adaptation and change after the oil price collapse. And how they found a way thorough simplification and prioritization. Bente Haraldson Syre further nuanced this view when she summarized her observations and experience with the supply industry from a local banks perspective.

Eidesvik is world leading when it comes battery technology and energy efficiency to their fleet. Gitte Talmo, commercial offices summarized the pros and cons of going into tech forefront. And summarizing her evaluation of tech implementation success thorough achieving increased commercial viability, operational reliability and decreasing emissions significantly. Jarle Hauge from "Kystverket", showed us how standardization in e-navigation has international relevance. He also advised to us to check out the "fremtidsbilder mot 2050" (link here).

An industry that has immense potential for the future is the seafood industry. Geir Magne Knutsen from Bremnes Seashore portrayed the immense opportunities that lies ahead, mapped the immediate industry challenges and showed technology roadmap of how to overcome those. Sometimes the road ahead is though knowing where we are coming from. Eirik Vormedal guided us thorough the history of navigation, and compelled us not to forget the most obvious source of data - our senses. 

Change is also sometime best captured by the young, the creative and by those that inhabit lean methods and strong vision of the future. Linn Jensen in X2 Labs challenged the audience to think about open innovation. She highlighted that the time we are living in now are characterised by paradigm shifts in what it means to work with innovation. This fall X2 labs are arranging a an ocean space program where you can become an entrepreneur and start-up founder in under 4 weeks. Stig Randal is an entrepreneur that has taken on a grand, but very important challenge. Marine plastic waste is an accelerating problem that should be solved to get cleaner waters and beach zones. But there is currently there a few effective and available solutions to deal with this waste issue. Clear Ocean suggested several paths forward in this field.

Maritime industry is heavily reliant on legislative conditions, thus we also invited politicians to share their views on legislation and incentives for maritime industries. Tina Bru (from "Høyre") presented her view that the environmental shift focusing on a cleaner maritime industry is another opportunity that is even greater then the ones in the past. Hege Haukeland Liadal ("Arbeiderpartiet") finished off the day by arguing that maritime industry could benefit from taking inspiration from other industries. In creative fields different actors dear to think differently, that can lead to tense tendencies, but it also challenges and inspires more innovative and creative solutions. Perhaps that is exactly what the maritime industry needs to seize incoming opportunities and cope with the challenges to come.  Our summer conference were held in Haugesund Rederiforening´s buildings and attended by over 30 local members. It is an annual full-day event for young in the maritime industry, in addition to young people working in related industries. The summer conference is now a yearly tradition focusing on giving participants new knowledge about trends, developement, technology and what matters in the maritime industry as well as other related sectors. This year board member of YoungShip Marte Jensen, led the program comitee. Jensen says she was satisfied with this years conference. "I was very pleased with the mix of participants this year. Participants were not only from traditional maritime companies, but also students, lawyers and economists attended this year. Participants with different backgrounds facilitate sharing of knowledge, something that is an important goal for YoungShip Haugesund"