Meritaito Ltd is the leading Finnish marine survey service and infrastructure management company. The company has decades of experience in a comprehensive range of services in maintenance of waterways, use and maintenance of canals, hydrographic surveying services, oil spill response, hydraulic … Read More
The international maritime industry and shipping are undergoing a huge shift: digitalisation, automation, tighter environmental regulations, and changes in service are transforming the sector. The Finnish maritime cluster is embracing these changes wholeheartedly. New solutions are being created in this country of IT experts to meet the demands of the maritime industry, shipping companies and ports. Helsinki plays a key role in bringing all the different actors together.
The Port of Helsinki is Europe's busiest passenger port. The first icebreaker in the world to run on liquefied natural gas, Polaris, was built at the Hietalahti shipyard in Helsinki. The world's first test area for autonomous vessels was inaugurated in 2017 in Rauma. In the same year Rolls-Royce, one of the world's leading marine technology companies, announced that it was opening a research and development centre in Turku.
These success stories might come as a surprise considering what Finland is generally known for. The forest industry here has traditionally been strong and still accounts for one-fifth of the country's exports. And what about Finland’s IT expertise? Mobile phone company Nokia was born in Finland, and today the jewels in the high-tech crown can be found in the gaming industry with companies like Rovio and Supercell, whose hit games have achieved rapid global success.
The Finnish maritime cluster, however, has developed into a vital industry over a long period. In recent years, actors within the cluster have caught the wind from the changes shaking up the industry, such as digitalisation and ever-tightening environmental legislation. When the EU introduced a sulphur directive in 2015 to reduce sulphur emissions from shipping, the decision was widely considered unfair in Finland. There was much disgruntlement over the fact that the regulation covered only the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the shipping waters of North America. More stringent sulphur limits will come into force elsewhere in the world only in 2020. Despite their unpopularity, however, the new regulations have already turned in Finland's favour.
Breaking Waves 2018
– Reshaping Maritime
A side event of world’s leading startup event Slush.
Breaking Waves 2018 is a unique, for the industry by the industry platform for strengthening the competitiveness of the European Maritime Cluster – this forum a new way of working together within the industry. The seminar brings together top leaders, maritime experts and lean start-up companies. Breaking Waves 2018 is a mixed combination of think tanks, traditional conferencing and innovative start-ups and it is a platform for sharing knowledge and having the continuous industry dialogue.