AGM in Oslo and warm welcome to our new YSI President!

The YSI board gathered on the 2nd of March at Wikborg Rein in Oslo for the Annual General Meeting.

It was a very productive day where all members actively interacted sharing experiences and ideas for the future of the organisation. 

The 2018 Annual Report was approved and interesting projects were discussed among the board members. All news will be shared with the YoungShip members and supporters through the next months, stay tuned!

 After two exciting years, President Emilie Christiansen decided to step down and leave the scene to the next in line. The board voted unanimously deciding that Ingvild Nordhaug, previous YS Oslo board member, and newly elected chair, should take the role as President of YoungShip International. We wish Ingvild good luck in her new position and look forward to seeing what YoungShip will bring forward in 2019. Mads Vambheim Steffensen from YoungShip Møre will continue as Vice President, allowing smooth continuity in the international board. You can view our new YSI team at

Message from our outgoing President ……. After three years in the board of YoungShip Oslo (two as the Chair) and two years as the President of YoungShip International it was time pass the baton to other motivated YoungShippers. During my time as President of YoungShip International, we have grown from 16 to 26 departments with 4,000 members worldwide. We have become a truly global organisation also in our leadership after expanding the board of YoungShip International to also include the Chairs of YoungShip Cyprus and YoungShip Helsinki. In 2018 we went abroad with our yearly conference ShipCon for the first time – an amazingly well-organised and attended conference in Cyprus! It is now time to focus on how we can continue our globalisation process, we should follow the de-siloing as our industry focus is shifting from a purely maritime focus to an overall focus on the ocean as an industry (which is no doubt the right shift) and we should take a more active role in voicing the young people in our industry – I am very excited to see where the next couple of years will take YoungShip! I will no doubt continue to advocate for young people in our industry and the chance we have as the young generation to increase focus on the issues we consider most important for the future of our industry.” Emilie Christiansen

Message from the New President of YoungShip International ….. After working with Emilie for the last years and watching and learning from her leadership, I feel both humble and privileged for following in her footsteps and to take on the position as President for YoungShip International. YoungShip is such a great organization and I am very impressed what Emilie and the people before her have manage to create. We now have a truly international organization, a voice, for the young people in the industry. It is inspiring to see how the many contributors to YoungShip give of their spare time to help further improve the organization, and to see how the already established companies in our trade are willing to support us. As President I will continue to make the organization grow by continue the globalisation process. I believe it is important that we have strong representations from the international departments on the board and I want to listen to what the many young voices in the industry outside of Norway has to say. This year will be a very exciting year as Nor-Shipping is held in Oslo in June. I hope we will manage to inspire some of the many YoungShippers out there to use this opportunity to visit Oslo and get to know our maritime cluster.” Ingvild Nordhaug

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From the left: Ingvild Nordhaug - 2019 President, Michela Sasdelli – 2018/2019 Secretary General, Emilie Christiansen – 2017/2018 President of YoungShip International.