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European Maritime Day in Gothenburg 2012

European Maritime Day in Gothenburg 2012

European Maritime Day in Gothenburg 2012


European Maritime Day 2012 was celebrated in Gothenburg, Sweden. Representatives of the maritime sector from all over Europe participated in the European Maritime Day Conference on 21th and 22nd May.

This year, we highlighted blue growth. We showed how the Integrated Maritime Policy is benefiting Europe's maritime and coastal communities, but also that the European maritime economy should keep and strengthen its innovative and competitive edge. All the growth opportunities presented during the Conference should start emerging everywhere in Europe. The maritime economy can make a strong contribution to the Europe 2020 agenda for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. A spirit of innovation and determination was noticeable in all of the debates.

The integrated maritime policy must develop hand in hand with its stakeholders, and European Maritime Day in Gothenburg illustrated this shared commitment. Maritime Day is genuinely a stakeholder event.

Events in Europe 2012 pdf - 99 KB [99 KB]


21 May - Programme, speeches and reports

Summary programme pdf - 177 KB [177 KB]

21/05/2012, 07:30 - 09:00

Moderator for the day: Axel Wenblad, Former Director General Swedish Board of Fisheries, Senior Adviser Region Västra Götaland

 Opening welcome to European Maritime Day 2012 in Gothenburg
21/05/2012, 09:00 - 09:45

Joint welcome address and welcome addresses

  • Ms Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, Minister of Infrastructure, Sweden
  • Ms Annelie Hulthén, Mayor of City of Gothenburg
  • Mr Gert-Inge Andersson, President Regional Executive Board, Region Västra Götaland

Keynote speech Maria Damanaki, Member of the European Commission
21/05/2012, 09:45 - 10:00

 Keynote speech Danish Minister for Business and Growth Mr Ole Sohn
21/05/2012, 10:00 - 10:15

 Keynote speech Secretary General International Maritime Organization Mr. Koji Sekimizu
21/05/2012, 10:15 - 10:30

The official signature of the European Social Partners Agreement on the ILO Convention 188
21/05/2012, 10:45 - 11:15

Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Armindo Silva, Director for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and the European Social Partners of the sea fisheries sector (Europêche/Cogeca and European Transport Workers Federation)

 Plenary session 1: "Marine and maritime innovation – lead-markets in Europe"
21/05/2012, 11:00 - 12:30

How can innovation act as a catalyst for growth and jobs both in established and emerging marine and maritime activities? How could Europe retain and strengthen its lead in these markets through innovation and research? What are the barriers and opportunities?

Chair: Tim Hall, Head of Unit, Directorate for Biotechnologies, Agriculture, Food, DG Research and Development, European Commission

Introduction pdf - 57 KB [57 KB]

 Plenary session 2: "Sustainable use of healthy seas"
21/05/2012, 14:00 - 15:30

Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP), as promoted by the EU integrated maritime policy, is crucial for creating an environment in which the maritime economy can grow in harmony with the surrounding ecosystem. Transparency, stability, predictability and reduced transaction costs are the factors that encourage and accelerate investments – and are among the benefits that MSP can bring. Innovation in Fisheries will also be covered.

Chair: Lowri Evans, Director General, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

  • Lena Ek, Swedish Minister of Environment
    Speaking points pdf - 193 KB [193 KB]
  • Gesine Meissner, MEP, Member of the European Parliament Transport Committee
    Presentation pdf - 16 KB [16 KB]
  • Eleni MARIANOU, Secretary General of the CPMR
    Speech pdf - 280 KB [280 KB]
  • Charles Ehler, President Ocean Visions
  • Frans Vroegop, Policy adviser to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation and Secretary of the Dutch Fisheries Innovation Platform
    Presentation pdf - 553 KB [553 KB]
  • John Tanzer, Director, Global Marine Program, WWF International
    Presentation pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]

Report from the event pdf - 222 KB [222 KB]

 Parallel session 1: Renewable marine energy and infrastructures
21/05/2012, 16:00 - 17:30

What is the potential of renewable ocean energies in the face of the climate and fossil fuel reduction challenge? What are the consequences for the environment and spatial planning when we contemplate building up renewable ocean energy capacity? What are the regional 'blue growth' implications of ocean energy industries for coastal zones?

Chair: Andreas Reuter, Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES

  • Yann-Hervé De Roeck, Executive director, France Energies Marines, IFREMER
    Presentation pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]
  • John Shaw, CIO and Head of Information Services, Mainstrean Renewable Power, Ireland
    Presentation pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]
  • Julien D'Hollander, Business Development Manager, Elia - Belgian Transmission System Operator, Belgium
    Presentation pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]
  • Anne-Bénédicte Genachte, Regulatory Affairs Advisor, European Wind Energy Association
    Presentation pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

 Parallel session 2: Innovative solutions for sustainable transport
21/05/2012, 16:00 - 17:30

This session will focus on clean technologies as providers of a competitive edge for shipping and European shipping in particular. It will also touch on the "Sustainable Waterborne Transport Toolbox" presented in September 2011 and accompanying the amendment of the EU Directive on Sulphur in marine fuels proposed by the European Commission.

Chair: Willem de Ruiter, Former Director EMSA

  • Francis Zachariae, Deputy Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority
    Speaking points pdf - 272 KB [272 KB]
  • Carl-Johan Hagman, CEO Shipping, Drilling and Ferries, Stena AB
  • Ernst-Christoph Krackhardt, Vice President Customer Service, Marine & Shipbuilding Siemens AG
    Presentation pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]
  • Richard Everitt, CEO of Port of London Authority, Chair of UK Major Ports Group
    Speaking points pdf - 35 KB [35 KB]
  • Pierre Sames, Germanischer Lloyd, Strategic Research and Development, Senior Vice president
    Presentation pdf - 279 KB [279 KB]

 Parallel session 3: Regional strategies – a path to sustainability and growth
21/05/2012, 16:00 - 17:30

EU regional funding strategies are being implemented in the Baltic and Danube areas to help promote business opportunities and create jobs. For maritime regions, such as the Atlantic or Arctic, regional funding strategies could be used to focus efforts on projects that can help to grow the blue economy. Regional strategies can also help regions work together on a cross-border basis on joint projects. Investment can come from the EU's structural and cohesion funds, and research funding from the new Horizon 2020 package. Depending on local needs, this could mean a renewed focus on areas such as coastal tourism, marine energies, maritime transport, etc.

Chair: Bernhard Friess, Director, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

  • Hans Brask, Director of Baltic Development Forum
  • João Fonseca Ribeiro, Director Portuguese Secretariat of State for the Sea
  • Andreas von Uexküll, Ambassador, Swedish Senior Arctic Official to the Arctic Council
  • Pierre Maille, Rapporteur on the European Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Fund, representative of the Committee of Regions
    Speech pdf - 15 KB [15 KB] français (fr)
  • Wolfgang Streitenberger, Adviser to the Director-General, DG for Regional Policy, European Commission
    Speech pdf - 21 KB [21 KB]

Report from the event pdf - 287 KB [287 KB]

 Parallel session 4: Maritime Surveillance: less costs, more knowledge, how can we do it?
21/05/2012, 16:00 - 17:30

14 countries have been working together in the past 2 years within 2 pilot projects to achieve a more efficient maritime surveillance of their seas based on cooperation across borders and across sectors. Two pilot projects, BlueMassMed and MARSUNO, has brought together civil and military user communities and the corresponding authorities dealing with maritime surveillance from the perspective of merchant transport, customs, marine environment, border and civil protection, defence, fisheries control or law enforcement. Both pilot projects will report about their challenges and recommendations: Did it work? Is it worth it? What is next?

Chair: Monique Pariat, Director, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

  • Lars Jernbäcker, Vice President, Head of Business Development Civil Security, Saab AB, and Vice Chairman EOS, European Organization for Security
  • Jean-Marie von Huffel, Vice-amiral d’escadre, Conseiller auprès du Secrétaire général de la mer, FR
    Presentation pdf - 497 KB [497 KB]
  • Dan Thorell, Director of Operational Division, Swedish Coast Guard Headquarters
    Presentation pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]
  • Chris Reynolds, Irish Coast Guard director, Chair EU Heads of Coast Guard network
    Presentation pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]
  • Michel Hofman, Outgoing Chairman of the CHENS – RADM (Belgium Navy)
  • Leendert Bal, Acting executive director of the European Maritime Safety Agency
    Presentation pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]

 Conclusion and message for stakeholder-day
21/05/2012, 17:30 - 18:00

  • Ms Lowri Evans, Director General, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
    - Speech pdf - 20 KB [20 KB]
  • Ms Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, Minister of Infrastructure
  • Mr. Austin Gatt, Maltese Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Communications

Seafood platter in the foyer of Eriksbergshallen
21/05/2012, 18:15 - 19:15

Prize ceremony Kungsfenan – The Swedish Seafood Award
21/05/2012, 19:15 - 20:15

We will honour the prize winners in three categories; Maritime Gastronomy (Elena Arzak, Spain), Sustainable Fisheries (Keith J Sainsbury and Tony Smith, Australia) and Innovator of the Year (Josef Nygren, Sweden).


22 May - Programme, speeches and reports

Summary programme pdf - 177 KB [177 KB]

09:00 - 09:30 Opening Address to Stakeholders Day 2012  

10:00 - 11:30 Better Coherence in the Baltic Sea Region

10:00 - 11:30 CPMR: Developing maritime transport, an obligation for a sustainable EU

10:00 - 11:30 Ecosystem based management in practise

10:00 - 11:30 From Growth Blues to Blue Growth – future prospects for the maritime industries

10:00 - 11:30 LNG for Shipping – Results and Recommendations to Stakeholders

10:00 - 11:30 Marine and maritime innovation in the outermost regions, blue growth and smart specialisation

10:00 - 11:30 New opportunities for blue growth and innovation and the value of the regional and national maritime clusters in EU

10:00 - 11:30 Reducing marine litter for the sake of the environment...and blue growth?

10:00 - 11:30 Taking ocean energy forward: implementation and community interaction

10:00 - 11:30 Tripartite seminar on IMO STCW-F Convention and fishing training in Europe

13:00 - 14:30 Cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning: lessons from the southern North Sea and Bothnian Sea

13:00 - 14:30 Delivering offshore electricity to Europe through EU integrated Maritime Spatial Planning

13:00 - 14:30 Improving maritime safety through research and innovations

13:00 - 14:30 Innovation with a purpose – healthy environment for all

13:00 - 14:30 Innovative and sustainable feed ingredients for the aquaculture industry

13:00 - 14:30 Seas and Oceans Research in Europe: Addressing critical societal and policy challenges

13:00 - 14:30 Surveillance technologies and their users – delivering the right maritime services/part 1

13:00 - 14:30 Sustainable shipping

13:00 - 14:30 Training for Maritime professions - competence and education tailored to business needs of European maritime clusters 

13:00 - 14:30 Tripartite seminar on IMO STCW-F Convention and fishing training in Europe

15:00 - 16:30 Blue Growth, Green Limits – Values at Risk

15:00 - 16:30 Connectivity for Blue Growth

15:00 - 16:30 Ecosystem based management and marine spatial planning: achievements and challenges requiring science-policy collaboration

15:00 - 16:30 How network of MPAs can contribute to the Integrated Maritime Policy? 

15:00 - 16:30 Long-term ocean observation strategies and implications for European sustainable maritime policies

15:00 - 16:30 SEASCAPES - Opportunities and risks for maritime and coastal intangibles, landscapes and environment

15:00 - 16:30 Surveillance technologies and their users – delivering the right maritime services/part 2

15:00 - 16:30 Tripartite seminar on IMO STCW-F Convention and fishing training in Europe

16:45 - 17:30 Conclusion of European Maritime Day 2012