The “Danish-Polish Maritime Networking Seminar” took place on 25 October 2016 in Copenhagen as part of “Danish Maritime Days” – the yearly fair of the maritime industry. The seminar was cohosted by ‘Danish Maritime’, the Association of Polish Maritime Industries „Forum Okrętowe” and the Warsaw Exhibition Board S.A in the prestigious conference center „Lokomotivværkstedet”. The conference at the same time was a pre-event of the 19th International Maritime Exhibition and Conferences BALTEXPO 2017, which will be held on 11 – 13 September 2017, in Gdańsk. The event offered an excellent opportunity to present the achievements and development plans of the Polish maritime industry as well as to increase knowledge and establish contacts and cooperation between the Polish and Danish maritime industries. Among the attendees they were representatives from the government administration (M. Niemiec-Butryn, Deputy Director in the Department of Maritime Economy in the Polish Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, Andreas Nordseth, Director General of Danish Maritime Authority), sector organizations (Jerzy Czuczman, Secretary General of the Association of Polish Maritime Industries „Forum Okrętowe”, Jenny Braat, Managing Director of „Danish Maritime”), as well as shipyards and ports (Arkadiusz Aszyk, Member of the Board of the Remontowa Holding S.A., Aneta Szreder-Piernicka, Sales and Marketing Director of Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority) as well as Danish companies operating in the maritime industry (MARCOD, PureteQ, Rohde Nielsen A/S, Søfartsstyrelsen, Hempel A/S, MAN Diesel & Turbo, Waimea). A wide range of presentations and audiovisual materials were shown during the seminar that was followed by a networking session between Danish and Polish business partners and institutions.
Representing the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Copenhagen, First Counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission Artur Soroko underlined the last years’ exceptionally intensive and dynamic development in the Polish-Danish economic cooperation and joint-venture investments, in which the maritime industry is contributing with an important share. He pointed to the potential of building synergy and complementing competences in the shipyard industry, ports and maritime industry in both countries crossing borders within the Baltic Sea Region and further expanding to external markets. This development is supported by the fact that Poland is a solid and trustworthy economic partner that has shown resistance to the crises in Europe and in the world. The potential and high level of specialization of the Polish maritime industry, which has already become a global brand, is proved by the Gdynia shipyard “Remontowa” and the shipyard Nauta delivering technologically advanced ships to specialized tasks on sea (including arctic sailing), fishing vessels and ferries and also by the steel constructions and elements for wind mill farms that are offered to the Danish, Norwegian and Greenlandic markets by such companies as Energomontaż – Północ Gdynia, Expom S.A. and Promostal. It was also highlighted that Poland has finally got the biggest deep water container terminal in the Baltic Sea (DCT, the Gdańsk Port) and that the first LNG fueled ferry in Denmark was produced by the “Remontowa” shipyard for the Danish municipality of Samsø as well as other pioneer constructions. Finally it was emphasized that Poland and Denmark being neighbours through the Baltic Sea are not only contributing to the economic cooperation and innovation in the maritime sector, but also building a natural synergy between North and South as well as tightening the economic and infrastructural relations between the Nordic, Baltic and Central European countries.
Contacts established during the seminar would improve and facilitate the future B2B cooperation – Danish partners were invited to take part in the said BALTEXPO Fair in Gdańsk in September 2017. Moreover, the Polish Embassy in Denmark together with Trade and Investment Promotion Section is also actively striving for a stronger cooperation between the ports in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Aalborg with Polish partners.