Poland : MAREK GRZYBOWSKI
Baltic Sea and Space Cluster Members meeting, which brings together about 60 Polish innovative companies, was held in Gdynia. Board members and hub managers discussed the Cluster’s current projects and strategic plans.
Representatives of large, medium, and small companies, maritime education, media representatives, and managers of HUBs of the Baltic Sea and Space Cluster met in Gdynia for a business breakfast on December 7 this year. Due to the prevailing pandemic and the safety of the participants, 25 people participated in the meeting.
Polish innovative companies
The meeting was attended, among others, by Przemysław Sztandera, president of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone and prof. Adam Weintrit, rector of Gdynia Maritime University, lawyer Matusz Romowicz from Legal Marine, and Piotr Witek from Moore Rewit, Captain Alfred Naskręt, director of the Gdynia Maritime School, Monika Kozakiewicz and Adam Potrykus, Nauta Shipyard presidents, and Jacek Milewski, Shipyard Crist , Chief Financial Officer.
The Hydromega company was represented by director Michałowski. Jakub Roszkiewicz (Biprograf) and Wojciech Panfil (Elmech-ASE) came from the ASE Technology Group. Marcin Więckowski and Robert Widomski were from Whizzbrand. The meeting was attended by Maciej Spigarski, a long-term sales director of the well-known manufacturer of Galeon yachts. There was also the Cluster Management Board and representatives of the Cluster Projects Office. The media was represented by Cezary Spigarski, President of the Management Board of the Foundation for the Promotion of Ship Industry and Maritime Economy, publisher of the OficynaMorska.pl portal, and Mateusz Kowalewski, president of the board, publisher of GospodarkaMorska.pl and MarinePoland.com.
Cluster of HUBs
Capt. Alfred Naskręt and prof. Marek Grzybowski welcomed the participants of the meeting. The Baltic Sea and Space Cluster have carried out fundamental organizational changes and has transformed into a cluster of innovative HUBs. This is a consequence of the evolution of the cluster that changed the traditional Triple Helix cluster into the HUB of international projects ten years ago. Projects are carried out with porters from the Baltic Sea region and with clusters operating under the European Cluster Collaboration Platform.
– We have transformed into a “Cluster” of hubs, i.e. specialist organizations with a high innovation potential – said Marek Grzybowski, president of the Baltic Sea and Space Cluster for the GospodarkaMorska portal, emphasizing that it is planned to prepare projects that will be implemented for the needs of the international market.
The cluster operates a zero-emission ship production HUB, an ICT & AI HUB that provides comprehensive smart port and smart shipyard studies as well as smart ship projects. BALTIC HUB GREEN TECH deals with creating projects of complete solutions for production, distribution, and management of green energy – explain Dr. Michał Igielski and Dr. Zdzisław Długosz. The modern energy storage was built by Elmech-ASE operating within the ASE Technology Group, a member of the BSSC Cluster – said Jakub Roszkiewicz and Wojciech Panfil.
ICT & AI and Greentech HUB
We hope that ASE will be a strong partner in the BALTIC GREENTECH HUB. BALTIC ZEV HUB offers a total solution for zero-emission ships with charging stations and onshore energy storage for the international market. HYDROMEGA has the potential to participate in the BALTIC GREENTECH HUB and the BALTIC ZEV HUB. HYDROMEGA has experience in building innovative hydraulic systems on ships and on land.
Implementation of projects on an international scale requires legal and financial support. Therefore, a legal and financial HUB was established in the cluster. LEGAL & FINANCIAL HUB is coordinated by lawyer Mateusz Romowicz, and the pillars are Legal Marine and Moore Revit. The Baltic Center for Economic Mediation helps in resolving disputes in the maritime business. Barbara Matysiak is the coordinator of the Baltic Center for Economic Mediation.
Maritime University and business
Baltic Sea & Space Cluster members and company representatives said they were open to employing future engineers. They allow engineers to practice in shipyards and design offices. Cador provides the university with the latest versions of design software, said President Grzegorz Kozłowski. Students from the Maritime University are training in the Nauta Shipyard, said, director Adam Potrykus. The Baltic Maritime Cluster plans to develop cooperation between science and business.
– The University expects companies to report specific needs on the topics of engineering and master’s theses, technical and organizational solutions results from the talks we conducted in the group of Rector Adam Weintrit and President Przemysław Sztandera. During the meeting, many new ideas for joint projects emerged.
The participants of the meeting agreed that the next meetings would be held periodically. There will also be meetings of hubs, during which new projects will be developed. Meetings with clusters from the European Union and from outside the European Union are planned.