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Team Finland docks at Europort

Team Finland docks at Europort

03 November 2021
Team Finland docks at Europort

Yesterday, the Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs, together with a delegation of 9 Finnish companies, visited Europort 2021. In addition to a tour of the exhibition floor, they made contact with various Dutch companies, including Damen Shipyards.

Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä travelled with a Team Finland business delegation to the Europort event in Rotterdam on November 3. The goal of the visit was to increase the export of solutions related to automation and low emissions in shipping and ports.

"We know the Netherlands as an open and dynamic economy whose strong maritime sector leans on  innovation. We have many common interests, such as sustainability, digital know-how and high quality research and development”, Lintilä said. "The great future trends, like carbon neutrality targets and digitalisation bring growth possibilities to the maritime industry. I believe the Dutch and Finnish ecosystems are now well prepared to succeed together in the digital transformation and emission-free sailing bij 2030.”

In the morning, Lintilä met with the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy Stef Blok as with decision-makers and key companies of the Rotterdam marine industry together with the business delegation. The Netherlands is Finland’s fourth largest export destination with dozens of Finnish companies operating in the country.

Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe
In the afternoon the Finnish delegation was received at the booth of 'Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe' by the Rotterdam alderman Arjan van Gils and his colleague from Dordrecht Maarten Burggraaf. Both underlined the importance of cooperation between local and European companies.

The company then set course for a tour of the trading floor.

Katja Eriksen, senior Advisor for Business Finland said: "Finland is a global forerunner in the development of smart solutions, autonomous and remotely operated vessels and energy efficiency. We have long roots in  the business and growing companies with high expertise along the value chain. Rotterdam is one of Europe’s major shipping centres and it aims to become the smartest and cleanest port in the world. The Team Finland visit aims to strengthen cooperation between Finland and the Netherlands in the marine industry and to call attention to Finnish companies’ expertise in automation and low emissions solutions.”

While visiting different booths of Dutch companies, Lintilä said: "The marine industry is undergoing rapid digitalisation and a transition towards low-carbon operations. In order to succeed, marine industry companies must be involved in international projects and value chains. Both Finland and the Netherlands are strong and innovative players in the sector, and I am confident that the Europort event will result in new relationships and future partnerships”.

Damen Shipyards
The Team Finland delegation included companies that offer solutions to areas such as emissions-free or autonomous shipping and the digitalisation of ports. Nine Finnish companies participated in the business delegation gathered by Business Finland: ABB Marine, Awake.AI, Dimecc, GIM Robotics, Katsa, NIT Naval Interior Team, Port of HaminaKotka, Secapp and Turku Science Park.

The visit of the Finnish business delegation ended with an informal introduction to Arnout Damen, CEO of Damen Shipyards, one of the oldest and largest shipyards in the Netherlands. The nine Finnish companies introduced themselves one by one to Damen, who then explained Damen Shipyards' plans for the future.