‘Your Arena for Ocean Solutions’, taking place 4-7 April, will be the first major international gathering of maritime and ocean industry leaders since the global pandemic began. As such, notes Sidsel Norvik, Nor-Shipping Director, it provides a much-needed platform to connect, share knowledge and build partnerships capable of tackling both the opportunities and challenges on the business horizon.
“I’m really looking forward to welcoming the world to what, I think, is going to be the most important Nor-Shipping we’ve ever held,” Norvik comments. “After such a long period of digital meetings and isolation, the energy and enthusiasm we’re bound to see from face-to-face meetings will be something special. We sense a real excitement about the prospect of the community coming together again. And we need to seize on that positivity to enable progress, now more than ever.”
She continues: “As an industry, we stand at a crossroads. The need to translate sustainable ambitions to tangible achievement is apparent to everyone – and an arena like Nor-Shipping, where global expertise and innovative solutions are showcased and shared, can really help facilitate action. Furthermore, the current geopolitical uncertainty demonstrates the need for even closer collaboration and partnerships. No one can solve these challenges alone, so we must work together to plot the path to a sustainable future. Nor-Shipping can be an important step in the right direction.”
Added value activities
Visitors arriving in Norway on Monday can expect a busy, and productive, a week ahead. The exhibition is arguably the main draw, with four halls filled with companies from 33 countries, and national pavilions from Turkey, Denmark, Germany, Spain, the USA, the UK, Japan, and The Netherlands, to name a few.
Knowledge sharing is central to Nor-Shipping, with The Ocean Leadership Conference on 4 April starting proceedings with a mixture of insight, inspiration, and political gravitas. Here an audience of 900 C-level executives will watch speakers including Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Secretary-General of NATO and Prime Minister of Denmark, Kitack Lim, Secretary-General IMO, Kjerstin Braathen, CEO DNB, and Håkan Agnevall, President & CEO Wärtsilä Corporation, amongst others.
In addition, Nor-Shipping’s Blue Talks delve into creating sustainable business success in the ocean, while events like Brazil@Nor-Shipping shine the light on key development markets. Other standout activities include The Maritime Hydrogen Conference, The Quality Flag Forum, Technical Seminars, The International Ship Autonomy, and Sustainability Summit, Maritime Battery Forum, Young@Nor-Shipping, and more.
“And of course,” says Norvik, “there’s the social side of Nor-Shipping.”
She explains: “This really is a people business, and the buzz of actually being able to meet once again will create an electric atmosphere. We’ve seen the anticipation already, with The Opening and Closing Parties selling out within a week or two of tickets going on sale.
“After Work at Aker Brygge, in Oslo City Centre, will now operate as the key social hub, with a selection of excellent venues reserved for Nor-Shipping mixing and partner events. It’s often this kind of informal setting where the most value is created, as people talk freely, enjoy one another’s company, and identify mutual opportunities. I think there’ll be a lot of people that are happy to see one another again!”
The last Nor-Shipping took place in 2019, with the 2021 programme postponed due to coronavirus restrictions. All such measures have now been lifted in Norway, with a safe environment for business, travel and large-scale social gatherings.
Visitors are encouraged to download the Nor-Shipping app and order tickets before arrival. Public transport in Oslo City Centre and between Oslo and Lillestrøm on a train is included in the price of the visitor, conference or exhibition pass.
Knowledge sharing is central to Nor-Shipping, with The Ocean Leadership Conference on 4 April starting proceedings with a mixture of insight, inspiration and political gravitas. Here an audience of 900 C-level executives will watch speakers including Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Secretary-General of NATO and Prime Minister of Denmark, Kitack Lim, Secretary-General IMO, Kjerstin Braathen, CEO DNB, and Håkan Agnevall, President & CEO Wärtsilä Corporation, amongst others.
Nor-Shipping Ocean Leadership Conference
4. Apr, 09:00 – 13:15
Hall E, stage
The conference will be built around the theme #ACTION and will showcase concrete examples of actions companies have taken to manage existing challenges and explore innovative ways companies can build more resilient, profitable and environmentally responsible business models to survive and thrive.
Hosts: Pia Meling and Svein Tore Bergestuen
09:00 Bjørnar Selnes Skjæran, Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Policy
Call to Action
– Knut Arild Hareide, Director General of Navigation and Shipping, Norwegian Maritime Authority
– Kjerstin Braathen, CEO DNB
– Gyrid Skalleberg Ingerø, EVP & Group CFO Kongsberg Gruppen ASA
– Stéphane Boujnah, CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board of Euronext
Ocean Solutions AwardInter#Action
– Femi Owolade-Coombes, teenage computer-coding entrepreneur and philanthropist
– Hedda Felin, CEO Hurtigruten Norge
– Kimberly Mathisen, CEO HUB Ocean (former General Manager Microsoft Norway)
– Alexandra Bech Gjørv, President & CEO, SINTEF
– Morten Fon, President & CEO Jotun
Young Entrepreneur Award
– Kitack Lim, Secretary General IMO
– Magda KOPCZYNSKA, Director for waterborne DG Mobility & Transport (MOVE): A place of refuge for environmental transition
– Anne-Marie Trevelyan, UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency and Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
– Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO Maritime at DNV
– Rasmus Bach Nielsen, Global Head of Fuel Decarbonisation Trafigura
– Magnus Ankarstrand, President Yara Clean Ammonia
– Synnøve Seglem, Deputy Managing Director at Knutsen OAS Shipping AS & President of the Norwegian Shipowners ‘Association
Next Generation Ship Award
– Håkan Agnevall, President & CEO Wärtsilä Corporation
– Matt Duke, CEO at Grieg Maritime Group
– Knut Nyborg, CEO Aker Clean Hydrogen
A Changing Geopolitical Landscape and maritime implications
– Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Recent Secretary General of NATO and former Prime Minister of Denmark
13:15 – 14:15 Lunch
Vice President Sales & MarketingMassterly
Coder & Entrepreneur
Rasmus Bach Nielsen
Global Head of Fuel DecarbonisationTrafigura Group Pte Ltd
Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Recent Secretary-General of NATO & Former Prime Minister of Denmark
President & CEOWartsila Corporation
CEO Hurtigruten Norway
President & CEOJotun
Gyrid Skalleberg Ingerø
Executive Vice President & CFOKongsberg ASA
Knut Arild Hareide
Director-General Shipping & NavigationNorwegian Maritime Authority
Director WaterborneDirector for waterborne at DG Mobility & Transport (MOVE), European Commission
Secretary General IMO
Svein Tore Bergestuen
Founding PartnerSannum & Bergestuen
Bjørnar Selnes Skjæran
Minister of Fisheries and Ocean PolicyNorwegian Government
CEO Grieg Maritime Group
Deputy Managing DirectorKnutsen OAS Shipping
Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand
President Yara Clean AmmoniaYara Inte