The latest developments in plans to build Poland’s biggest ever offshore windfarms are set to be unveiled at the Maritime Economy Forum Gdynia (MEFG) on October 11.
Polish state-owned energy company PGE Baltica Ltd is due to present an updated version of its proposals to build two windfarms in the Baltic Sea at the forum which is Poland’s most established maritime thought-leadership conference.
Work on the huge windfarms, which will generate 2.5 gigawatts of power combined, is due to start in 2022 and be installed by 2035 creating thousands of jobs and billions of Euros of work for maritime and offshore companies. The proposed windfarms are situated 20 kilometres from the Polish coastline and are expected to create maintenance work for 18 years with the first electricity coming online in 2025-2026.
Wojciech Szczurek the mayor of Gdynia said the forum is hugely excited to hear the latest updates on the project which aims to play a key role in Poland’s domestic energy production while at the same time turbo-charging the economy generating huge investment.
“The Baltic windfarm project provides massive opportunities for the Polish maritime engineering and ports industry and the sector globally,” he said. “It will be fascinating to learn more about what is planned and the types of experience and expertise that will be required to make this ‘once in a generation’ project a reality.”
Mr Szczurek said the discussion about transforming the Polish energy industry comes at a key time when 70pc of the country’s current energy supply is provided by coal-fire power stations.
“Poland’s current energy demand is 41 gigawatts and growing,” he said. “But coal is not the future and it is estimated that by 2035 it will be necessary to close down 20 gigawatts of aging coal power stations in Poland. As a result, there is a massive responsibility to make the Baltic windfarm happen. I know the Polish maritime sector is ready, willing and able to do all it can to support this project which stands to generate so much work for small businesses, the backbone of our economy, as well as create tens of thousands of skilled jobs for young people – our future workforce.”
To help support the Baltic windfarm project two of the prime organisations leading Poland’s offshore sector will sign an agreement at the MEFG. The Polish Offshore Wind Energy Society and the Polish Maritime Technology Forum partnership will encourage knowledge exchange and cooperation between a wide range of businesses and stakeholders in the offshore and maritime sector.
The presentation by PGE Baltica at the forum comes after key stakeholders – the port of Gdynia, Kosakowo commune, the city of Rumia and the city of Gdynia announced plans to work together to support the construction of the Baltic windfarms. The partners signed a letter of intent in August examining the need for port and industrial services infrastructure on land to support the project.
MEFG chairman Slawomir Kalicki said elsewhere the conference will see a morning session examine some of the biggest issues facing the international maritime sector, worth an estimated $3-$6 trillion a year, from an EU, Baltic Sea and Polish perspective. This will include the China-USA trade conflict, Europe after Brexit and the challenges and opportunities for the European maritime economy. The Norwegian Ambassador to Poland, meanwhile, will discuss how innovation between European countries can strengthen Europe’s position in the fiercely competitive global maritime technology sector.
Mr Kalicki, president of one of Poland’s leading maritime firms, the Gdynia and UK-based Inter Marine Group said the afternoon session will showcase the very best of Poland’s flourishing maritime sector with four subject panels covering Maritime Technologies, Sea Ports and Logistics, Shipping, Finance and Law.
“The Polish maritime industry has a very bright future and we want to communicate this to an international audience of investors and business partners,” he said. “The industry now employs more than 112,000 people and generates more than €9billion euros for the economy. This year we have seen new figures released showing Poland’s three major ports Gdansk, Gdynia, Szczecin broke all records in 2018 by handling more than 100 million tonnes of cargo for the first time, a 16pc increase on 2017 (see notes to editors 1). Moreover, we are seeing a renaissance in our shipyard sector with more than 34,000 people employed in the industry, the highest level since 2002. Poland’s ‘blue economy’ is being driven by the strong performance of the Polish economy that has grown at an average rate of 4.2 per cent a year between 1992-2019, to become the seventh largest economy in the EU with a total GDP of €524 billion (see notes to editors 2). This growth is supported by infrastructure investments, including €208billion in EU funding between 2007 and 2020, across the Polish hinterland. As a result, Poland is becoming a more efficient, competitive maritime nation where our ports and shipyards are some of the most important on the Baltic Sea. The forum will examine all of this and more.”
The MEFG is now in its 19th year. This year’s event features 30 speakers and is expected to attract 600 senior figures from the maritime sector. Further events during the forum include a seminar entitled: “Tourism from the Sea”, and the winner of this year’s movie competition, for young film makers, promoting the maritime economy will also be announced. The winning film will then be showcased at the forum’s famous evening celebration the ‘Duck Dinner’ which will be attended by more than 2000 guests.
The organisers of the Maritime Economy Forum Gdynia are the city of Gdynia and the Gdynia Development Agency. The event will be held at the conference centre of Pomeranian Science and Technology Park Gdynia under the patronage of the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, the Maritime Office, the Polish Investment and Trade Agency and the Polish Chamber of Commerce as well as other non-government organisations.
To attend and for more information: www.forum.gdynia.pl/en/
Notes to editors:
- Polish Port Growth
A new report from Actia Forum shoed total cargo handled in Polish seaports in 2018: 101 million tonnes. See:http://actiaforum.pl/en/pm.htm
• busiest Polish seaport is Gdańsk, with 49 million tonnes of cargo handled
• all Polish seaports recorded an increase in cargo handling
• increase in coal and coke handling (+3.9 mln tonnes) and timber (+1.2 mln tonnes) crucial for the positive result
• general cargo accounted for over 48% of total ports’ turnover (+12.2%), while liquid fuels equaled 21%, coal and coke 13.2% of cargo turnover in Poland.
• container handling market registered significant growth (+18.85%) – increase recorded in Gdańsk (+23.3%) and Gdynia (+13.1%), with Szczecin-Świnoujście (-13%)
• new container feeder service launched by Hapag-Lloyd – the North Sea Poland Express (NPX)
• increase in handling freight units in ro-ro technology by 6.52% compared to 2017, with Gdynia at the head of the pack (+6.6% yoy).
- Polish economic growth https://www.euronews.com/2019/06/25/how-poland-s-golden-age-of-economic-growth-is-going-unreported-view
Programme – subject to change
MARITIME ECONOMY FORUM GDYNIA 2019 AGENDA
“The future of EU maritime economy in view of the global markets”
8.00-9.00 Registration of Participants
9.00-9.10 Welcome address and opening of the Maritime Economy Forum Gdynia 2019
Wojciech Szczurek – Mayor of Gdynia, Sławomir T. Kalicki – Chairman of the Maritime Economy Forum Gdynia
Speech by Marek Gróbarczyk, Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation
Marek Gróbarczyk, Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation
“Poland and Norway: Strong maritime partners with global potential”
Olav Myklebust, Ambassador of Norway to Poland
“Business in search of stability – how to ensure security in the context of changes in global markets”
Jerzy Śledziewski – Vice Chairman, Bank BNP Paribas Poland
“European maritime industries: a bright future or an endangered species? Measures to boost industries competitiveness”
Christophe Tytgat, Secretary General SEA Europe
10.20-10.40 Questions and discussion
Jerzy Czuczman – CEO, Polish Maritime Technology Forum 10.40-10.50 „Polish ports – key challenges to be faced in the Baltic Sea region” Adam Meller – CEO, Port of Gdynia Authority
„Modern, effective technical education as a must for development of polish maritime industries”
Karol Zduńczyk – CEO, DORACO; dr hab. inż. Damian Bocheński prof. nadzw. PG., Faculty of Ocean Engineering and Ship Technology, Gdańsk University of Technology
Achievements of Polish shipbuilding industry in 2018 – summary presentation
Jerzy Czuczman – CEO, Polish Maritime Technology Forum
11.10-11.20 Offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea – PGE development plans
Radosław Pachecki –- Maritime Logistics Project Manager, PGE Baltica Sp. z o.o.
Conclusion of a cooperation agreement between Polish Maritime Technologies Forum and Polish Offshore Wind Energy Society Representatives of both institutions
11.25-11.35 Questions and discussion
Sławomir T. Kalicki – Chairman of the Maritime Economy Forum Gdynia
Awards for the “Driven by the Sea” movie competition. Screening of the awarded movie. Member of the Competiton Jury
Polish Ship Managers Association Award for the “Best Maritime Academy Graduate” Competition. Member of the Competiton Jury 11.50-12.10 Break
Maritime Technologies Panel – Leader of the panel: Mateusz Filipp, Business Line Director – Civil Ships at PGZ Stocznia Wojenna Sp. z o.o.
“Strategy for the Development of the Shipbuilding Industry”
Teus van Beek – Director, Ecosystem Innovation, Wärtsilä Netherlands Paweł Klim – Chief Designer, Product Development Manager, Damen Engineering Gdańsk Sp. z o.o. Maciej Rek – CEO, Enamor Sp. z o.o. Jerzy Czuczman – CEO, Polish Maritime Technology Forum Iain Shepherd – Senior Expert, European Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
Sea Ports and Logistics Panel – Leader of the panel: Marek Tarczyński, President of the Polish International Freight Forwarders Association (PIFFA)
“Maritime Ports in the Face of Contemporary Challenges in the Field of Logistics.” • Contemporary global logistics challenges in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – their identification and assessment of their impact on the maritime transport industry (as regards navigation and sea ports), • Basic trends and directions for development of the global intermodal transport – development of the global maritime (the Panama and Suez Canals) and land infrastructure (the New Silk Road, intercontinental networks, etc.), changes in the volume of transport and in its structure as regards types and directions, barriers to trade development (protectionism, etc.) and in the area of transport and logistics, changes in container shipping and container terminals (new technologies, ICT, etc.), adjustment of port infrastructure to a cascading effect in container shipping, • Horizontal and vertical concentration processes in container shipping – assessment of their effects on the global TSL sector, mainly the port sector, tensions between terminals’ handling capacities as regards water-land and land-land transshipments, • New solutions and concepts in the field of intermodal transport development – the Port Centric Logistics concept as an alternative to direct container road transport, the driving force of development of intermodal transport and maritime container terminals in Poland – development of Polish overseas trade by sea and/or transit?
Shipping Panel – Leader of the panel: Cpt. Kuba Szymański – Secretary General, InterManager, Isle of Man
- International Ship Management and Poland • Potential for Polish young generation in big international business
Finance and Law Panel – Leader of the panel: Krzysztof Kochanowski, Legal Adviser, Mar-Consult Legal Firm
“Financing shipping and shipbuilding projects in Poland – seeking for capital and confidence’’
- Source of financing shipyard projects, purchase or construction of new ships and efficient methods of acquiring Polish and foreign capital. • Trustworthy and functional methods of legal protection of shipyard investments in a demanding environment of the Polish legal and financial system. • Experience and expectations of Polish and foreign ship owners, shipyards, banks and other market players.
Radosław Pachecki – Maritime Logistics Project Manager, PGE Baltica Sp. z o.o.
Prof. Andrzej Grzelakowski, Ph.D. / Gdynia Maritime University – discussion moderator Adam Żołnowski – Member of the Management Board, Chief Financial Officer, DCT Gdańsk S.A Jan Jarmakowski – Managing Director, GCT Gdynia Container Terminal S.A. Adam Meller – President of the Managing Board / CEO, Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. Maciej Brzozowski – Director, Port of Hamburg Representative Office Warsaw Dominique Willems – Senior Manager – Customs and Indirect Taxation, Digitalisation and IT, CLECAT – European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services Martin Hubeňák – Port Representative for Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia, Port of Antwerp Artur Dołotto – Managing Director, IPSEN Logistics Poland Wojciech Szymulewicz – CEO, BCT Gdynia Sp. z o.o.
Speakers: Tommy Hjälmås – Managing Director, Altamarine LDA Phil Kelly – Director and Head of Human Performance, Pro-Noctis Ltd Szymon Trąbała – Aviation Technology Regulatory Standards Manager, Jeppesen Polska Sp. z o.o. Sławomir T. Kalicki – CEO, Inter Marine Group cpt Tadeusz Hatalski – Member of the National Development Council
Speakers: Ingmar Loges – Managing Director and Head of Shipping Finance for the Western Hemisphere, DVB Bank SE Ezio dal Maso – Senior Associate, Stephenson Harwood Katarzyna Kowalska -Vice-President of KUKE S.A (State Treasury Insurance of Export Credits) Christian James-Olsen – Managing Partner, Wikborg Rein Shanghai office Anthonius J. Voorham – Owner of SMT Shipping
14.10-14.40 Lunch break
14.40-15.00 Questions and summary Leaders of all subject panels
Conclusions and closing of the Maritime Economy Forum Gdynia 2019
Sławomir T. Kalicki – Chairman of the Maritime Economy Forum Gdynia, President of the Board Inter Marine Group
10.00-14.00 Additional seminar „Tourism from the Sea” – room FH