Finland’s NAVIGATE 2020 to highlight shipping issues

Finland’s largest maritime trade exhibition, NAVIGATE 2020 has announced increased participation from leading Finnish and Nordic companies and maritime professionals during its upcoming event in January

NAVIGATE 2020 brings together the shipowners and operators, the terminal operators and regulators, and importantly the next generation of industry into one room to collaborate and discuss the future challenges and opportunities.

The Intelligence Hunt 6 is the main event and the finals will take place 22 January. The teams of next generation students from European universities as well as their corporate supporters will pitch their ideas to the audience and an independent panel of experts, IntelligenceHunt6 Jury. Ten student teams will show outstanding insight into tackling the current themes and challenges of the industry with fresh, out-of-the-box approaches.

SeaFocus is an executive maritime business platform highlighting key issues for the global maritime logistics and supply chain industry. The beauty of Intelligence Hunt is that it brings both the maritime supply chain related business and students, the industry’s potential future workforce, together.

“This is the only shipping and maritime industry endeavour that pairs innovative students with the industry´s corporations to find new solutions. Companies and future employees will meet, interact and show each other what they offer,” said Markku Mylly, Senior Advisor, SeaFocus, Mentor of 3 student teams in Intelligence Hunt 6.

NAVIGATE 2020 will also hear top level speakers from across the region who have been working with student teams to identify and address some key bottlenecks transformed to opportunities in shipping and logistics as well as in port operations.

In an industry heavily focused on environmental and sustainability issues, there is a tendency to forget that customers – shippers, cargo owners and freight forwarders – also have their own environmental, sustainability and transparency demands, as well as, the ever-present commercial pressures. Thus Intelligence Hunt and Navigate 2020 engages specialists such as Pekka Lettijeff, CEO, President Tylö Helo Group, Johan Elzes, BU Director Ahlers Trade Services, and Dr Professor Rolf Neise, to speak from the angle of the shippers, in the programme.

Shipowners are widely represented on stage. DFDS, Stena, Finnlines Grimaldi Group Company, Tallink Silja and ESL Shipping will present their views on where the business is going and what measures are needed to enhance the profitable sustainable growth of this industry in the future.

“The main focus of the event will be digitalisation, green shipping and marine industry and logistics. We expect NAVIGATE 2020 to be a leading networking, matchmaking event for industry operators looking to find commercial or development partners,” said Project Director Krista Ahonen, Turku Fair Center.

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