Welcome to a Webinar on Pandemic Fall-Out For Shipping 2020-2021: What Can We Learn And Where Are We Headed? organised by the MBA Copenhagen Business School.
When? 14:30-15:45 (Copenhagen time) on 8 December 2020
Part of the shipping industry proved highly resilient in the face of the pandemic. Parts of the shipping industry changed drastically. Parts of the shipping industry absolutely did not work. This webinar, hosted by the CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics (aka the Blue MBA), takes a close look at what can we learn from 2020, and what path does that set the industry on going forward?
The student registration of the upcoming project competition #IHCup2021TransportLogistic was opened today.
Supply chain industry needs professionals with various professional backgrounds.
We welcome talented students from all over Europe, from any of the university faculties to apply as a candidate to the IHCUP2021TransportLogistic competition. In the project students will be able to showcase their skills and talents as well as to collaborate with the experienced mentors from the business life and with the Case Companies. The project work will start officially January 11th, 2021.
Mr Markku Mylly has a long experience in the maritime sector since 1973. He was sailing in Finnish merchants ships until 1987, when he joined Finnish Maritime Administration. He worked in FMA until 2010 and he was the 10th and last Director General of FMA. In 2010 he moved to Finnish Port Association and worked there as a CEO until joined EMSA in 2012 September. He was the Executive Director of European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Lisbon, Portugal 2012-2018.
Markku Mylly will be supporting the Student Teams as he is one of our Mentors at the #IHCup2021TransportLogistic.
Let us introduce to you Mr Esko Mustamäki. He is one of our Student Team Mentors of the upcoming IntelligenceHunt project - #IHCup2021TransportLogistic.
Esko Mustamäki has a long and wide experience in shipbuilding and maritime industry. He worked as a Managing Director for Arctech Helsinki Shipyard 4/2011 - 12/2018. Arctech Helsinki Shipyard was founded in 2010 specialized in building icebreakers and other Arctic offshore and special vessels. Today he is the Member of the Board of Directors of the Helsinki Shipyard.
Today presenting you one of our Student Team Mentors of the upcoming IntelligenceHunt project - #IHCup2021TransportLogistic.
Dr Rolf Neise is one of the experienced professionals who have agreed to join the project as a Student Team Mentor.
Currently Dr Neise is working as a freelance consultant at HPMLOG Project & Management Consultants GmbH supporting multinational companies to optimise their supply chain management and logistics structures and as a lecturer at the International School of Management (ISM).
Mentors are in great role at the upcoming IntelligenceHunt project - #IHCup2021TransportLogistic.
We are happy to introduce you our experienced professionals who have agreed to act as a Student Team Mentor.
Mr Frank Kho is an independent advisor active in the container logistic and terminal industry since 2018. He has more than 30 years’ experience in this industry across the globe. Mr Kho has an excellent track record in managing and leading several container terminals across the globe, including HIT in Hongkong and PSA Antwerp.
SeaFocus Energy Sharing Session - interactive online discussion about the coming #IHCup2021TransportLogistic project took place.
It was really nice to see "old" friends and meet new. We had a nice chat about the project. Case company representatives, mentors, jury members and ex-student finalists shared their experiences and also gave some valuable advice to new case companies and students for the competition.
Semi Finals 8.4.2021 Naantali, Finland
Case Companies 5.5.2021 Munich, Germany
Student Teams 6.5.2021 Munich, Germany
Case company discussions ongoing and we will soon open the application form for students to apply to the project competition. Stay tuned!
Steveco is the largest full-service logistics company specialised in stevedoring and logistics services in Finland.
Steveco offers comprehensive logistics services for all needs. Steveco produces logistics services for the clients cost-effectively, profitably and in a responsible way. This is accomplished through the expertise of the entire personnel.
We are pleased to announce about the partnership with Steveco!
Today SeaFocus formed a new partnership! We are very happy for being able to present Rauanheimo as a SeaFocus Partner.
Rauanheimo is a leading port operator that has grown rapidly in the past few years. The secret behind their growth is our long experience and strong investment capacity.
Today they operate in all major ports in Finland, and continuously look for business opportunities in new locations, while investing in our current ports.
In logistics, efficiency is at the core of everything, and therefore Rauanheimo´s business concept is to customise cost-efficient solutions for their customers.
What a busy day we had today.
Meetings after meetings and very fruitful ones.
We are happy to announce that SeaFocus has agreed on 12-month partnership with Wasaline.
Wasaline transport passengers and goods across the Kvarken strait. We are reliable, friendly and quality conscious. We are flexible and take the best care of our customers, our personnel and the environment.
We develop the traffic across Kvarken and strive to restore it to its former glory, even when it seems like a fight against the odds. Our challenge is to prove our work is of importance; that it is something we and our region can be proud of. We feel that we are part of something bigger and are committed to elevating the entire region through our efforts.
SeaFocus Energy Sharing Session
Interactive Online Discussion on IntelligenceHunt project.
Tuesday 10.11.2020 at 15.00 CET
Registration will be opened soon. Stay tuned!
Case Companies, Student Finalists, Mentors, Jury Members from the previous IntelligenceHunt projects share their experiences.
Number of participants is limited.
May 5-6th, 2021 Messe München
SeaFocus and Messe München´s leading exhibition "transport logistic" have formalised an Associate Partnership for 2020-2021. The aim of this partnership is not only to increase awareness of both parties, but also to increase awareness of the business and career potential that the transport and logistics sector can take advantage of globally.
Being young in mind and advanced in technologies, SeaFocus and "transport logistic" have decided to produce jointly a project #IntelligenceHuntTransportLogistic, the 7th edition of the Intelligence Hunt concept.
#IntelligenceHuntCup2021 - #IHCup2021TransportLogistic - May 5th-6th
The Combination Could Not Be Any Better
Ahlers Business Unit Trade Facilitation and After Sales Services is a one of the Case Companies in the next 7th IntelligenceHunt project - IntelligenceHuntTransportLogistic 2021 - a project organised together with Messe München.
We have a great pleasure at this very last moment still to invite all our stakeholders to listen to this magnificent webinar with Rödl & Partner Russia and Ahlers.
The event on Friday 23.10. morning will be moderated by Ulla Keino and the speakers are Johan Elzes and Olga Nikolaeva.
Join, by sending an email to Victoria victoria.chuikina(a)ru.ahlers.com
IntelligenceHuntCup - a Company and Student Competition with a new concept is under work - negotiations with the companies ongoing.
We are happy to tell about Ahlers Trade Facilitation and After Sales Business Unit joining the IntelligenceHuntCup as a Case Company.
Ahlers provides experienced logistics experts all around the world. Ahlers employs 650 staff in 3 regions; Europe, CIS and Asia.
They offer services in five areas: Supply Chain, Project Logistics, Data Analytics, High Value Trade Facilitation and After Sales.
We are very happy to announce that the Port of Naantali has become a Corporate Partner to SeaFocus International.
The Port of Naantali has participated in the IntelligenceHunt project twice with great results and now we have agreed on expanding the amplitude of this collaboration by forming a Corporate Partnership for the next 12 months.
The Port of Naantali has become one of the most important RoRo ports in Finland. Due to the port’s significant investments in ferry traffic, the unitised cargo is increasing rapidly.
SeaFocus wants to support employers and employees to meet, to find each others.
SeaFocus welcomes all companies acting in the maritime, shipbuilding, logistics and supply chain field, including the shippers and all of these aforementioned companies’ stakeholders to share information about any open vacancies, irrespective if permanent, temporary, traineeship or a summer job.
In FaceBook we have a platform "SeaFocus for Careers" , where we publish and share information about any jobs permanent or temporary. This service is 100% complimentary.
Join the Group!
Working on IntelligenceHunt project - edition number 7 - preparations.
Negotiations with companies to become case companies ongoing.
This project is a unique one again as this time it will take few steps to get to the Finals, which will be held in München May 5th-6th, 2021 in conjunction with the TransportLogistic Fair.
The application for students to apply to the project - company and student competition - will be launched soon.
Check the revised concept and joint the Company and Student Competition!
The Port of Turku and SeaFocus have agreed to start working on a Partnership for the next 12 months. The partnership covers co-operation and enhancing the visibility of the Port of Turku widely. SeaFocus and the Port of Turku look forward to a magnificent collaboration.
The Port of Turku – Vital Hub of Maritime Traffic
The Port of Turku provides speed and efficiency to the transports of trade and industry. Regular liner traffic opens up a shortcut for maritime transports to the ports in Scandinavia, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom, Netherland and connects Turku to the ocean lines.
Finnlines newbuilding programme continues as planned. The construction of Finnlines’ second new hybrid ro-ro vessel started at the Chinese Nanjing Jinling shipyard. The first steel plates was cut in the traditional steel cutting ceremony on 16 September 2020.
Finnlines’ ongoing EUR 500 million newbuilding programme, which includes three green hybrid ro-ro vessels as well as two eco-friendly Superstar ro-pax vessels, will further increase Finnlines’ energy efficiency.
The new hybrid ro-ro vessels will be named Finneco I, Finneco II and Finneco III in honour the green innovations.
Finnlines is a Strategic Partner to SeaFocus.
#SFAEM2020 Part II was held today at the Hotel Kämp, Symposion, Helsinki, Finland and Online.
The theme of the meeting was "Data, Environment and Changes in International Trade - Drivers of the Future Supply Chain".
We had 18 speakers - specialists presenting their point of views. The day consisted of keynote speeches and Q & A, moderated by Ulla Keino, Commercial Director, Ahlers and Owner, Seafocus and Frank Kho, Senior Advisor, Kho Management
The day was very interesting and inspiring! The feedback we received during the day from the participants both online and at the Hotel Kämp was positive.
We are very thankful!
Tomorrow we are having for the first time ever an international conference using hybrid and remote technology.
We are pretty excited about this. We have around 30 people coming to the Hotel Kämp and around 80 people joining the conference online.
Most of our distinguished guest speakers will be attending via remote technology.
SeaFocus International is developing all the time and looking for ways to improve itself.
Today introducing Artem Zhavoronkov, Specialist Partner, Borenius Attorneys Russia. He is one of the keynote speakers at the #SFAEM2020 Part II – 15.9.2020.
Read his article "Institutionalising Sanctions-Global Political & Competition Tool".
We do believe that sanctions are necessary and well justified in certain cases. They are appropriate to use against a dictator, an authoritarian rule, a human rights offender, a corrupt politician, a civil society oppressor, a genocidal regime, etc. Sanctions should carefully target only those directly responsible for the acts of bad will, and should not affect non-offending persons. Sanctions should not disturb international and local businesses and should not result in unjustified losses and expenses.
The Port of Turku and SeaFocus have agreed on Partnership today. We are extremely happy to have the Port of Turku as our Partner.
The Port of Turku is a hub for sea transport in Finland and included in the European Union’s TEN-T core network. The port plays an important role for the competitiveness of the local enterprises.
The Port of Turku is an important employer, both directly and indirectly. The Port’s own organisation comprises around 76 people, in addition to which the other players operating in the port employ over 1,000 people. The logistics industry is estimated to employ some 10,000 people in Southwest Finland, and the turnover of the industry in the region exceeds one billion euros.
Today introducing Poul Woodall, Director, Environment & Sustainability, DFDS A/S. He is one of the keynote speakers at the #SFAEM2020 Part II – 15.9.2020.
Read his article "Maritime GHG Goals – Do We Know Where We Are Heading?"
It is likely that the IMO system will demand equal efficiency improvement for all ships alike, but is this really the optimal way? Improving every ship a little, is that better than improving fewer ships a lot. I would claim it is not. Resources are limited and the big steps in de-carbonizing will cost time and money, but we need someone to pioneer these initiatives, many however cannot take on the big risky projects while simultaneously spend time and money on a number of smaller initiatives on other ships to reach the mandatory - ship specific KPI targets.
The programme of #SFAEM2020 Part II finalised.
Hybrid high technology conference with live streaming.
Speakers from Finland, UK, Portugal, Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Russia, of which 5 on stage, and the rest online. Audience will be high level shipping and supply chain industry professionals and executives in the conference in Helsinki.
This is the 5th year of SFAEM. 2016 Ferry between Turku and Stockholm, Sweden, 2017 Helsinki, 2018 Lübeck Travemünde, Germany, 2019 Ferry between Helsinki and Tallinn, Estonia, 2020 Helsinki.
Next year, where, all ideas welcomed!
#SFAEM2020 Part I was held today at the Hotel Kämp, Mirror Hall, Helsinki, Finland.
The theme of the meeting was "Responsible and Resilient Supply Chain" and we had 35 specialists representing top-level management of shipowners, logistics operators, ports and shippers.
The day consisted of keynote speeches and round table discussions on Investments in Supply Chain, Strategic Partnership and Outsourcing - Enablers of Growth, Cargo and Pax - Irregularities Management, Ports - Future Infrastructures and Technologies , Awareness of Environmental Challenges - Possibilities and Challenges to Image of Every Company and Brand, Circular Economy in Marine Fuels, Sales & Supply Chain and Finnish Supply Chain and Fairway Dues, How to Develop a System Benefiting All?
The feedback we received during the day was very encouraging and positive!
Today introducing Markku Mylly, Master Mariner, Principal Advisor, MyNavix OÜ, Chairman of the Advisory Board, SeaFocus. He is one of the facilitators of the round table discussions at the #SFAEM2020 Part I – 2.9.2020.
Read his article "Building Operational Resilience"
Successful companies have redesigned their operations and their supply chains to protect their business against a wider and more acute range of potential shocks and disruptive events. That calls for action on three fronts.
We are getting ready for tomorrow. Exciting day ahead as the first part of "SeaFocusSeptember takes place at the Hotel Kämp - the #SFAEM2020 Part I – 2.9.2020 with the title "Responsible and Resilient Supply Chain"
The day consists of keynotes and round table discussions: Jarkko Aro, SVP, Customer Logistics, Metso:Outotec, Mia Brunila, Sales Director, Steveco Oy, Jukka Etelävuori, Senior Advisor, Logistics, National Emergency Supply Agency, Staffan Herlin, Commercial Director, Finnlines Oyj, Liisa Hurme, SVP, Global Supply Chain, Orion Oyj, Ulla Keino, Commercial Director, Ahlers Russia, Owner, SeaFocus, Thomas Liljeqvist, General Manager, Marine Power Business, Wärtsilä Oyj Abp, Päivi Lonka, Senior Manager, Fortum Oyj, Esko Mustamäki, Member of the Board, Helsinki Shipyard Oy, Markku Mylly, Senior Advisor, SeaFocus, Jyrki Ranki, VP, Maritime Logistics, Metsä Group and Sari Turkkila, General Manager, Shipbrokers Finland
We are happy to announce that the co-operation with the Port of Naantali continues. We have agreed on Partnership Co-operation.
The Port of Naantali will also participate the IntelligenceHuntCup as a Case Company together with our customer Finnlines.
The Port of Naantali serves the trade in a wide range of the hinterland as well as the industry close to the port. Industrial enterprises and factories (e.g. oil refinery, lubricant factory, coal power plant, betaine factory, grain silos etc.) operating in the immediate vicinity of the harbour generate large material flows.
Today introducing Alexander Varvarenko, CEO and Founder, Varamar and Shipnext. He is one of the keynote speakers at the #SFAEM2020 Part II – 15.9.2020.
Read his article "The Future of Transportation"
With shipping being the slowest mode of transport, as well as the least transparent one, due to its international coverage, it is very hard to talk of a cost- and time- efficient, seamless door-to-door transport. Inefficient manual paper-based documentation flow, truck delays and time spent in search for an efficient shipping solution, let alone corruption of the conservative and non-transparent industry, all effect the the final price of goods the end consumer has to pay for.
Today introducing Staffan Herlin, Head of Group Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Finnlines Plc. He is one of the keynote speakers at the #SFAEM2020 Part I – 2.9.2020.
Read his article "Sustainability and Stability – Now Needed More Than Ever".
This extraordinary situation serves as an acid test for the supply chains: who can be trusted, who can ride out the storm of a volatile market and survive – and build for the future. Communication, dialogue, co-operation between different actors is more important than ever.
Today introducing Päivi Lonka, Senior Manager, Bio2X, Fortum Corporation. She is one of the round table facilitators at the #SFAEM2020 Part I – 2.9.2020.
Read her article "Brand Is in the Core of Every Company’s Success".
The key in brand strategy is to take a look from users’ point of view – how do they see and feel the brand. As the users i.e. customers are the key for the future of every company, brand strategy should be on the priority list of each and every board. Brand strategy should be a significant part of the entire company strategy parallel with vision, mission, values, target group and competitive edge.
We are proud and very pleased about agreeing today on partnership with the Port of Helsinki for 2020-2021.
Helsinki is one of the busiest passenger ports in Europe, and the Port of Helsinki Ltd creates a seamless framework for sea traffic to destinations such as Tallinn and Stockholm. In 2019, a total of 12.2 million passengers travelled through the Port of Helsinki. The Port of Helsinki is also Finland’s leading general port for foreign trade. In 2019, the Group’s total cargo traffic was 14.4 million tonnes. The main export commodities are products for the forest industry, machinery and equipment, whereas in imports the most prominent product group are daily consumer goods.
Today introducing Erik Lewenhaupt, Head of Sustainability, Brand and Communication at Stena Line. He is one of the Guest Speakers at the #SFAEM2020 Part II – 15.9.2020.
Read his article
"What a Difference a Day Makes".
Today we live in a different world and while we have learned to adopt to the threat of the virus many of us have been badly affected by the pandemic, directly or indirectly. At Stena Line we will leave the year 2020 in a different, and smaller shape than when we began. We have adjusted production and many of our employees have had to leave the company.
Today introducing Marcus Puffer, Vice President, Global Loyalty Strategy, IBS Software. He is one of the Guest Speakers at the #SFAEM2020 Part II – 15.9.2020.
Read his article "Digital Transformation – a Prerequisite to Weather the Covid-19 Storm"
Covid-19 has turned strategic management upside down – and placed digital transformation firmly in the spotlight.
Traditional business priorities like long term planning, strategic initiatives and vetted business cases are being replaced by agility, fast decision making, alternate business models, innovative customer communication, new engagement models, resizing and reshaping.
#SFAEM2020 Part II takes place September 15th, 2020 at the Hotel Kämp Symposion, Helsinki, Finland.
The theme of this exclusive partly F2F meeting with partly online with high technology live streaming is "DATA, ENVIRONMENT AND CHANGES IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE - DRIVERS FOR COMPLIANT SUPPLY CHAIN"
International experts on data and digital transformation as well as on environmental sustainability will share their views. The meeting consists of presentations and Q&A.
The ticket sale for online seats has been opened now.
Today introducing Jyrki Ranki, Vice President, Maritime Logistics, Metsä Group. He is one of the round table facilitators at the #SFAEM2020 Part I – 2.9.2020.
Read his article "Future Directions - Dialogue Between Players Is Needed"
Customers' consumer behaviour is influenced by environmental factors, and growth is driven by online shopping. These changes are already seen in the demand for different forest industry products. The change in demand is also partly reflected in the market and has led into situations, where industries´ supply chains are becoming more long and complex.
Today introducing Frank Kho, Advisor in the container logistic and terminal industry, Kho Management BV. He is one of the moderators at the #SFAEM2020 Part II – 15.9.2020.
Read his article "Common Vocabulary in the Container Handling Industry"
In today’s world, even when you are not thinking of an automated terminal, the terminal operators expect more and more that they will be able to exchange information with their fleet of equipment and many stakeholders in the transportation and supply chain.
Today introducing Dr Rolf Neise, Consultant, HPMLOG Project & Management Consultants GmbH. He is one of the keynote speakers at the #SFAEM2020 Part II – 15.9.2020.
Read his article "Supply Chain Control Towers – How to Make Best Use of It ?"
Supply chain control towers can offer significant benefits to companies by extending visibility and control beyond the enterprise, and enabling advanced analytics, real-time collaboration, and sophisticated optimisation.
Today introducing Liisa Hurme, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain from Orion Plc. She is one of the keynote speakers at the #SFAEM2020 Part I – 2.9.2020.
Read her article "Medicines in Global Supply Chains - Responsible and Resilient Way"
Manufacturing medicines is consolidated into few places – China or India – it is usual that a drug with the same API is out of stock in different brand names by different companies. If something happens to the suppliers at the plant or upstream in the chain, the volumes get scarce and global competition for the material is ready. Finland, as a small country, have to be very active in these situations.
Today introducing Johan Hanstén, Area Sales Director, Marine Solutions from Wärtsilä Finland Oy. He is one of the round table workshop facilitators at the #SFAEM2020 Part I – 2.9.2020.
Read his article "Towards Decarbonisation and Cleaner Future"
Emission reductions, and especially GHG (greenhouse gas) reduction, is the challenge of the century for the maritime industry. Being the most efficient mode of transportation doesn’t mean that it’s an excuse for not acting. The industry has now recognised that in order to tackle climate change, shipping must make a significant contribution.
Today we had a meeting with our Senior Advisors Mr Markku Mylly and Mr Esko Mustamäki and the SeaFocus Partnership Packages were finalised.
#SeaFocusSeptember2020 consists of two high-level #SFAEM2020 meetings to be executed using the latest digital technology.
#IntelligenceHunt project starts in Autumn.
So stay tuned! Some really interesting things are being prepared for you.
The Copenhagen Business School is organising a Webinar on What’s next for the shipping industry? What will the pandemic’s longer-term effects on global shipping be?
with Irene Rosberg, Founder and Programme Director for the CBS Executive MBA and Lars Jensen, CEO and Partner of SeaIntelligence Consulting.
When? 14:00-14:45 CEST on 3 July 2020
About the webinar:
Before the pandemic, a range of transformations had already begun in the shipping industry. Digitalisation, business model transformation and changes in fundamental global trade patterns were already creating ripples around the globe. On top of that, an increased focus on environmental responsibility.
We are happy and proud to announce a Partnership with C & C Port Agency Finland Oy Ltd.
C & C Port Agency is an independent Finnish company solely dedicated to port agency representation and ship clearance.
C & C Port Agency acts as a single point contact for you to all Finnish commercial ports and our offices in Helsinki, Kotka, Porvoo, Naantali, Loviisa and Lappeenranta expedite each assignment in accordance to FONASBA quality standards.
Vice President, Digitalisation & Business Transformation, Member of the Executive Team Mr Dennis Mol, MacGregor is one of our flagship speakers in the #SFAEM2020 Part II – an international conference organised 15.9.2020.
Article "Maximising operational availability through data transparency and optimised logistics"
With the current limitations on travel and provision of onboard support, this has changed and customers are seeing the value of locally based specialists and remote technical expertise in ensuring that the right parts are available in the right place at the right time.
Mia Brunila, Sales Director and Logistics Specialist at Steveco Oy is one of the round table workshop facilitators at #SFAEM2020 PART I - 2.9.2020.
Article "Going East with Eyes Wide Open"
Finland’s strength is, "Finland works – there is rarely any congestion in ports, cargo is handled quickly, and customs procedures run smoothly. This ensures that supply chains are kept on schedule. Russia is an important trading partner for Finnish export and import companies, and Finland has a solid foothold as a Russian transit route.
#SeaFocusSeptember2020 program was published today. This year we will have two Annual Executive Meetings.
2.9.2020 #SFAEM2020 PART I - Responsible and Resilient Supply Chain
Closed F2F Meeting, Hotel Kämp, Helsinki
15.9.2020 #SFAEM2020 PART II - Data and Environment as Drivers of the Future Supply Chain
Exclusive F2F Meeting with High Technology Live Streaming
Hotel Kämp, Helsinki
The construction of Finnlines’ newest environmentally friendly ro-ro vessel was started on 8 June 2020, with the steel cutting in the Chinese Nanjing Jinling shipyard.
All three ordered environmentally friendly hybrid ro-ro vessels will be built with the latest technology available to ensure the lowest CO2 emissions. In addition to lithium-ion battery systems that enables zero-emission operations in port, they will be equipped with efficient engines, emission abatement systems and an innovative air lubrication system to reduce hull resistance. The vessels will have the highest Finnish/Swedish ice class.
Finnlines is a Strategic Partner to SeaFocus
Riikka Joukio, Senior Vice President, Climate and Circular Economy at Metsä Group wrote an article "Shifting Away from Fossil Fuels – How to Do it?"
Climate change mitigation must, above all, focus on effectiveness, which is why the reduction of fossil fuel use plays a key role.
Riikka Joukio will join the #SFAEM2020 September 15th as one of the Guest Speakers.
A long update project was finalised today.
We are proud to present you our new website. Welcome to SeaFocus International!
We hope you enjoy.
In May Ocean Exchange will roll out a schedule for a series of Ocean Exchange Tenth Anniversary Webinars featuring updates from past years’ winners, finalists, and semifinalists. The objects will be selected based on their current status, either seeking funding or seeking new customers, but all demonstrating great progress since participating the competition, whether in 2011 or in 2019. This is to show the participants, fans and other stakeholders why these innovators are doing great work, technically and commercially.
For more than 70 years, Finnlines has played an essential role in integrating Finland with the rest of the Europe and Russia and increasing the prosperity in our country. With good seamanship and long term focus, the company has navigated through several economic storms during the years. In fact, thanks to these challenges, Finnlines is today in better shape than ever.
Finnlines is a Strategic Partner to SeaFocus.
A great opportunity to join Ocean Exchange Tenth Anniversary Webcast Series Take #1 - Tomorrow May 20, at 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Our wonderful Emcee Dain Dunstan will be joined by two former finalists, in this case a winner of Orcelle and a winner of Neptune, plus a panel member from industry or government. The startups will give an update of their status and Q&A as time allows. Please join us in a year long celebration of our Tenth Anniversary.
Arcada University of Applied Sciences is an Academic Partner to SeaFocus, and students from Arcada have participated actively to Intelligence Hunt projects since 2017.
Academic partnership and cooperation with the SeaFocus were started in an educational development project of TEKNETIUM at Arcada. During the past years our students have experienced unforgettable moments of sharing and learning within highly professional Intelligence Hunt projects.
Maritime Transport - Shipping Logistics and Operations
Author: Docent Ulla Tapaninen and Publisher: Kogan Page
This book written by Docent Ulla Tapaninen has been written with an eye to maritime economics and maritime logistics studies in universities or universities of applied sciences. There are some good and comprehensive books on maritime logistics available internationally, but they are mainly written from the point of view of ocean transportation, and it might be challenging for a student to apply such theory in the Baltic Sea region.
The Finnlines Group’s revenue for January–March 2020 was almost on previous year’s level and was EUR 130.5 million compared to EUR 137.6 million in the corresponding period 2019.
During the first quarter, we transported 186,000 cargo units, shipped 41,000 cars (not including passengers’ cars) and carried 121,000 passengers.
Financial Review January–March 2020 (unaudited) published first at Finnlines´ official site 7.5.2020. Finnlines is a Strategic Partner to SeaFocus
SeaFocus actively follows the situation globally.
We have a constant dialogue for example with our Trainees, who represent different countries and we get a picture of the influences of this pandemic into the societies and supply chains.
At the same time background preparations are ongoing for the coming Autumn.
Ayodele Makinde has been appointed as a Marketing Manager at SeaFocus.
As a SeaFocus Trainee and later Marketing Lead Intern, Ayodele Makinde has shown his diligence and great interest in learning new things. He has done an excellent job and without any hesitation executed all tasks given to him quickly and faultlessly, giving all his knowledge and abilities for the case in question.
SeaFocus tends to be actively present in the social media; FaceBook, Instagram, LinkedIN and Twitter.
Our Trainees have been in a key role in keeping up the visibility. SeaFocus Trainees have the social media accounts as on of their responsibilities. This impressive SeaFocus Social Media Report was done by Ayodele Makinde.
5 years of strategic partnership with Finnlines!
Finnlines and SeaFocus started strategic partnership in 2016, with a clear joint vision:
By forming an active positive dialogue of important areas for shipping and maritime industry
the speed of development will be accelerating and the whole industry will benefit.
We are happy and proud for being able to bring added value to our partner.
SeaFocus Strategy Meeting regarding the future plans, activities and tasks in the short and long run.
We discussed about the preparations for Intelligence Hunt Cup to be held in conjunction with the Messe München "Transport and Logistics", May 2021.
In the frames of the IntelligenceHunt project a lot is done vie online connections as the student teams work mainly using Skype and other online systems. So even in a situations like this we can continue the work with the companies and student teams.
The maritime business is highly significant for the Finnish economy. The maritime industry alone gives jobs to 28,300 people and generates a total annual turnover of 8 billion euros. Together with shipping and port operations, the entire maritime cluster gives jobs to 48,800 people, producing a total annual turnover of 13.1 billion euros.
"High Need for New Multi Talent Game Changers in the Maritime Field", article by Professor Pentti Kujala, Aalto University, SeaFocus Academic Partner
SeaFocus Trainees are brilliant young people, eager, innovative and interested finding new possibilities.
Anmol Jadav is one of our Trainees. We published his article "Possible Revisions to UNCLOS for Salvaging Auto-Remote Vessels Going Adrift" on Monday 30.3. and shared it in the social media. It has gained a lot of views. Highly recommend you to read it.
April 1st is a day of pranks in Finland. The time now is not good for any pranks, so instead we had a SeaFocus strategy meeting with our Senior Advisor Markku Mylly.
We are building up actions and drafting plans for the better times, which lie ahead.
Today we had a nice online meeting with our Trainees, Rodion, Anmol, Annabel, Ayodele, Phat, Maria, Jonathan and Maria. The trainees are doing fine and have been quite busy with their theses, some of them are working for the industry.
They found great activities for keeping themselves busy and the network and keeping in contact means a lot.
Let´s stay connected!
Thank you Trainees! You are very valuable to SeaFocus!
We are going through difficult times.
Co-operation and networking is important, just the means are different. SeaFocus Maritime Business Platform is here for you.
SeaFocus wants to help other small, SME, big and huge companies and especially those who seek for jobs, summer jobs, trainee or temporary positions by opening a Platform for Job Exchange. This service is 100% complimentary.
SeaFocus welcomes all companies acting in the maritime, shipbuilding and logistics field, including the shippers and all of these aforementioned companies’ stakeholders to share information about any open vacancies, irrespective if permanent, temporary, traineeship or a summer job.
Management of Real-time Data Defines the Future of Logistics and Shipping Companies, an article by Alexander Varvarenko, Shipnext.
The growing importance of the supply chain and transportation in global trade has led to a growing demand for transparency and transformation. Digitalization and automation in labor-intensive sectors of the transportation industry have already gained pace with the introduction of automated warehouses, unmanned ships, and driverless vehicles.
SeaFocus connects students with world-known maritime and logistics companies. Thanks to acquaintances from SeaFocus, trainees have opportunities to collaborate with inspiring leaders from marine business.
As the LinkedIn and Twitter account holder for SeaFocus I'm aware of maritime industry news on daily basis, hence I have a chance to inform people daily about the most important press releases from maritime sector. By now I'm an intern at Estonian Maritime Administration and writing thesis about value proposition in ships' flag-states.
I believe it's integral to create more opportunities than you find and commit to your future since everyone´s potential in unlimited, says Annabel Keerd, SeaFocus Trainee
Attracting young talents into the maritime industry
The war on talent will become increasingly severe as more economies respond to mitigate this potential human capital and economic crisis with varying approaches from immigration to non-immigration temporary work solutions, giving young people a wider range of global career opportunities in the shipping and more widely in the maritime industry.
Article by Mr Markku Mylly, Master Mariner, Senior Advisor
SeaFocus will become even more international soon.
A working group with our amazing Trainees Maria Petrova and Daniil Furman was launched to work on our improved brand imaging. The kick off meeting was held today. Ayodele Makinde, SeaFocus Trainee, Marketing Lead, will be participating the project.
Looking forward to the results of this project. Stay tuned to know more.
Delta Sygni Labs Ltd is Developing Partner to SeaFocus.
Can you make VOIP video calls through satellite network? How about VSAT video call? Can you use modern augmented reality video (AR video) tools for remote technical support for your vessels on the sea? Can you trust, that the connection will work? The answer is yes. These issues were studied in a joint project with European Space Agency, Wärtsilä, Valmet, Kone and Delta Cygni Labs.
Learn more about their remote support for maritime.
SeaFocus strategy meeting.
SeaFocus together with its partners have launched the theme of the #SFAEM2020 to be “Responsible and Resilient Supply Chain – The Shippers’ Voices”. We have planned the programme well and invited speakers and round table facilitators to give their input to the important matters.
Due to the COVID-19 status of today, being responsible and wanting also our industry to be resilient, we will postpone the SeaFocus Annual Executive Meeting to Autumn 2020.
We are happy to introduce Dennis Mol, Vice President Digitalisation & Business Transformation of MacGregor Group as one of the Keynote Speakers, #SFAEM2020.
Dennis Mol is a seasoned business executive and change leader in global operating maritime companies. Either private equity owned or publicly listed. More than 10 years he has held several P&L driven leadership positions in the merchant segment, super yachting market as well as offshore, focusing on new build projects and services execution.
#SFAEM2020 will take place April 22. We are happy to have Johan Hansten, the Area Sales Director of Marine Business in Wärtsilä as one of the Round Table Facilitator.
In this task at Wärtsilä, Johan Hansten is responsible for sales activities in Europe and Africa. He joined the Company in 1996 and has held different positions within Project Management and Sales.
One excellent day again on board M/S SeaFocus! Dinis Guarda - an author, academic, influencer, serial entrepreneur and leader in 4IR, AI, Fintech, digital transformation and Blockchain, will join the #SFAEM2020.
With over two decades of experience in international business, C level positions and digital transformation, Dinis has worked with new tech, cryptocurrencies, drive ICOs, regulation, compliance, legal international processes, and has created a bank, and been involved in the inception of some of the top 100 digital currencies.
Johan Elzes the Business Unit Director fro Ahlers’ Trade Facilitation & After Sales Services will also join the #SFAEM2020 in April. He will be one of the Executive Round Table Facilitators.
Glad to have with us Mr Elzes.
Ahlers does not only do the logistics, but also takes care of the import into Russia and the further sales of the goods, on behalf of its customers. In this sense, companies can outsource the complexity of doing business in a challenging region as Russia to Ahlers and receive real value from it.
We are extremely happy to have Mr Mike Sturgeon as one of the Keynote Speakers at the #SFAEM2020 in April. Mr Sturgeon has been Executive Director of ECG – the Association of European Vehicle Logistics – since March 2010.
Representing nearly 130 European companies from almost 30 countries who move finished vehicles by road, river, rail and sea. For over 20 years ECG has provided a platform for the Finished Vehicle Logistics sector through a Secretariat based in Brussels.
The Shipowners´ Foundation in Finland granted a Recognition Award of 2000 € to the team "Mega Move Consulting" for their impressive work on the case assignment by Meyer Turku. Jussi Mälkiä, Chairman of the Foundation and a Jury Member of the competition, granted in person the Award.
The Shipowners´ Foundation in Finland was established by the Finnish Shipowners’ Association in 2008. The Foundation strives to support research and education in the shipping industry and raise awareness about shipping in the Finnish society.
SeaFocus Annual Executive Meeting 2020, #SFAEM2020, takes place April 22nd, 2020 at the Hotel Kämp in Helsinki. The theme of the whole meeting is "Responsible and Resilient Supply Chain", which will be tackled by the high-level keynote speakers and also in the round table discussions.
Senior Advisor, Master Mariner, Markku Mylly is one of the Moderators of the Meeting.
He has a long and wide experience in maritime. He was the Executive Director of European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Lisbon, Portugal 2012-2018. He has also participated the work of IMO (International Maritime organization) IALA (International Association of Lighthouse Authorities) and ESPO (European Seaports Organization).
Sweco was very pleased and happy with their teams in the IntelligenceHunt6 company and student competition. One of their teams "Aquamarine" won the competition with a case assignment "Harbour2100".
“We want to know what kind of knowhow and manage is needed in the future, which is why we set a goal far. The assignment Harbour2100 did not limit the students' ideas, and we hope to develop the ideas further in the future, ”says Jyri Nieminen, Sustainability Specialist at Sweco. Student collaboration is an important way for Sweco to understand the future demand ans development in the industry and to attract the best players."
Baltic Transport Journal and Przemek Myszka has published a really nice article about the SeaFocus, about our history and what we are today.
ON THE HUNT! Without the knowledge about history, some say, one cannot understand the present, all the more predict or shape the future.
Per Westling, CEO of Stena RoRo on stage at the #IntelligenceHunt6. His topic as an Inspiring Speaker was "Roro and RoPax Newbuilds - Where, What, with Whom and How?"
IntelligenceHunt6 Finals was held January 22, 2020 in conjunction with the NaviGate2020 Maritime Trade Fair.
Riikka Joukio, the Senior Vice President, Climate and Circular Economy at Metsä Group in Finland agreed to join the #SFAEM2020 as one of the Keynote Speakers.
Metsä Group is a forerunner in sustainable bioeconomy and circular economy, by utilising renewable wood from northern forests into first-class products.
Today is a Valentine´s Day and for this occasion SeaFocus wants to thank our amazing Trainees, our dear friends, who have become an irreplaceable force for us.
We have gained now two years experience of working with Trainees, with young talented and enthusiastic people. We highly recommend this to all of you!
Thank you SeaFocus Trainees all of you; ex-trainees, today´s trainees and future trainees. It is and has been always a pleasure to work with you!
#SFAEM2020 presents a new concept of substance rich round tables facilitated by industry executives. Gunnar Mansfeld, Executive Director of the Norebo Overseas Holding Ltd, facilitates one of the round tables "Future Talents".
Norebo is growing and expanding its seafood business. The company is in need of future international talents to various locations globally. SeaFocus will support Norebo in finding candidates during this spring, and in the round table Mr Mansfeld will discuss with the other round table participants how the future portfolio of talents in the global businesses look like.
We have just finalised the 6th edition of the Intelligence Hunt project, and have already started preparations for the next one.
SeaFocus and Messe München Transport Logistik GmbH have formed an Associate Partnership 15.10.2019. Meaning the Finals of the “Intelligence Hunt Transport Logistic” will be held May 6th, 2021 in one of the Messe München Transport und Logistik exhibition halls.
We are really proud of this partnership. SeaFocus warmly welcomes Messe München onboard M/S SeaFocus as a SeaFocus Associate Partner.
Great news! Frank Kho will be moderating the SeaFocus Annual Executive Meeting 2020, #SFAEM2020 April 22nd, 2020 at the Hotel Kämp in Helsinki.
Mr Kho has more than 30-year experience in the container logistics and terminal industry.
He had several senior management positions in Asia and Europe with PSA and HPH, 2 of the leading global terminal operators. And prior to become an advisor. Mr Kho has also has been a member of the global leadership team of Kalmar for 6+ years. Kalmar is a leading global supplier of equipment and automation solution for the terminal industry.
The registration to the SeaFocus Annual Executive Meeting 2020, #SFAEM2020 opens soon. The Conference takes place April 22nd, 2020 at the Hotel Kämp in Helsinki.
The programme consists of high-level keynotes, executive round table discussions and networking of course. This time all of our guest speakers represent SHIPPERS.
The theme is "Responsible and Resilient Supply Chain - Shippers´ Voices".
We are happy to announce one of the Executive Round Table Facilitator of the SeaFocus Annual Executive Meeting 2020. #SFAEM2020, 22.4.2020.
Warmly welcome Mr Jyrki Ranki, the Vice President, Maritime Logistics of Metsä Group. He has more than 25 years experience from Scandinavian forest industry and logistics.
Metsä Group is a forerunner in sustainable bioeconomy and circular economy, by utilising renewable wood from northern forests into first-class products.
Exciting day - the concept of the #SFAEM2020 is ready and published. The concept is based on a hybrid model of high level speeches and round table workshops with stage presentations after the workshops by the table facilitators.
All speakers and round table facilitators represent the shippers, the customers of the other maritime supply chain stakeholders. Each round table will have a specific theme, to which the registered participants will be given some background material to study before the meeting. The facilitator for each round table will be announced in advance.
NaviGate 2020 Maritime Trade Fair Steering Group meeting took place today in Turku. SeaFocus was present of course. In the meeting we went through the feedback. Overall this year the exhibition and conference was a success.
SeaFocus is very pleased with the co-operation with NaviGate. Very professional work.
The preparations of the next Maritime Trade Fair NaviGate 2022 has been started.
SeaFocus as an organiser of the whole company and student competition also wanted to grant a Recognition Award to the team, which work the management found the most professional throughout the project. The Recognition Award this time was an Invitation as Follower Participants to a high-level SFAEM2020, April 22 in Helsinki, at the Hotel Kämp.
This Award was granted to the Student Team P.O.R.O. – Port of Raahe Organisation. The assignment was: “Sustainable Ports Towards Future Challenges” and the work was steered by Mr Kaarlo Heikkinen, the CEO of the Port of Raahe.
Johan Elzes, Business Unit Director, Ahlers’ Trade Facilitation & After Sales Services was one of the Inspiring Speakers at the IntelligenceHunt6 Finals. His topic was "Growth in the Complex Markets - True Stories of Customer Innovation".
The whole day was recorded and here a link to his presentation.
We have a lot of photos from the IntelligenceHunt6 Finals and the Award Ceremony.
You can find the photos at SeaFocus Facebook and also download them if you wish to.
Winners of the IntelligenceHunt5, Chia Palkonen and Calvin Kho presenting their experiences of the Award of Ocean Exchange participation as VIP guests, which was the Award for winning the 5th Intelligence Hunt project with a Wärtsilä case.
The award for the Intelligence Hunt 6 winners will be the same.
Shipowners' Foundation in Finland awards their favourite team MegaMoveConsulting with Jonathan Atwood, Nguyễn Tấn Phát and Maria Myhailenko.
SeaFocus congratulates the Student team and also Meyer Turku for an inspiring and very interesting assignment.
In the picture from the left Nguyễn Tấn Phát Jussi Mälkiä, Chairman of the board of the Shipowners' Foundation in Finland, Jonathan Atwood and Kari Sillanpää from Meyer Turku.
If you could not make it to the Finals of the IntelligenceHunt6 this time, you can enjoy the day via You Tube for the whole event was livestreamed.
Please note, the Finals on the video starts at 16.12 minutes.
Today - at last - the anticipated Finals of the IntelligenceHunt6! What a day - full of excitement and energy. Something for everyone and as one of the Jury Members, Poul Woodall, said everyone could learn something from today.
After a tough competition with four teams very close to each other, and two above all, the day finished with an announcement of the winner by Ulla Keino, Chairman of the Jury: The Winner of the IntelligenceHunt6 project is Team “Aquamarine”: Pavel Kan, Victoria Stroilova, Iaana Borodulina and Vladislav Zegerov from the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping, with the case Harbour2100 by Sweco.
Here we are in Turku! All set up for the Finals!
You can follow the Finals online via YouTube.
We are almost ready for the Finals! The curtains will be opened soon.
Today the Jury Members evaluating the works and teams received the Presentation materials of the Student Teams to have a look before hands.
During these last days the Teams have been and will be practising their stage presentation. They have had rehearsals with their Mentors and with the Chairman of the Jury.
Today the 10 Final Executive Summaries of the Intelligence Hunt 6 Student Teams were sent to the Jury Members for evaluation.
The Jury will evaluate the works by giving points from 1 to 6 on Executive Summary, Team Work and Stage Presentation.
Not an easy task for the Jury!
Delta Cygni Labs Ltd is a Developing Partner of SeaFocus. You can meet them at the IntelligenceHunt Finals in Turku 22.1.2020
Delta Cygni Labs is solving technical human-to-human communication problems for industry, by applying scientific results and fundamental concepts of Cybernetics, Human-Machine-Systems and Augmented Reality.
Maritime SCM and Shipping - Changing Ideas with the Next Generation that is what IntelligenceHunt is about.
Let us introduce you the ten international Student Teams and the Case Companies.
Excitement is in the Air! The Finals of the IntelligenceHunt6 within ten days.
The Teams have been working on the Executive Summaries and now it is the time to prepare the presentations for the Finals.
The Jury will evaluate not only the Executive Summaries but also the stage presentation and presence. Good luck for the Teams!
Today the IntelligenceHunt6 Companies will receive the Executive Summaries from their Student Teams. The Teams have been working now for about two and a half months.
Companies have few days to go through the Summaries and comment. After receiving the comments, the Teams have couple of days to finalise the works and then they will be send to the Members of the Jury for the evaluation.
At this point we also want to thank our Mentors and Student Mentors! Good luck to all Teams and Companies!
Enough holidays and relaxing! Let´s get back to work.
The year 2020 starts with agreement to have the SFAEM2020 in Helsinki April 22, 2020 at the Hotel Kämp. The theme of the SeaFocus Annual Executive Meeting is "Responsible and Resilient Supply Chain - Shippers´ Voices".
Later on we will let you know more.
New Year and New Opportunities! We wish you all Prosperous New Year!
SeaFocus Year 2019 was amazing in many ways: Challenges, Opportunities, Changes, Growth, Success ...
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