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Global Trade Issues To Take Centre Stage At Poland’s Biggest Maritime Conference

Global trade issues to take centre stage at Poland’s biggest maritime conference

The biggest annual gathering of Poland’s maritime industry leaders, the Maritime Economy Forum Gdynia is unveiling its programme today (see notes to editors 3).

The day-long event, now in its 19th year, takes place on October 11 in Gdynia, featuring 30 speakers with 600 senior figures from Poland’s maritime sector and around the world expected to attend.

Forum chairman Slawomir Kalicki said 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 Intermarine 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). In addition, 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 Mayor of Gdynia Wojciech Szczurek said the forum will raise awareness of Gdynia as a global maritime city.

“The maritime industry underpins the economy of Gdynia,” he said. “And it is brilliant to see Gdynia take centre stage again as the leaders of Poland’s maritime industry come together here. This year’s forum comes at a great time for the city. The port of Gdynia is seeing the best results in its history, a new ferry terminal is under construction and several big companies operate in the reinvigorated shipyard area. Moreover, along the seafront Gdynia’s Sea City is taking shape with new office and residential developments. During the MIPIM Trade Fair in Cannes, Gdynia was awarded the Polish City of the Future title by the FDI Magazine of the Financial Times group, the third consecutive time our city has won this prestigious ranking.

“Gdynia is further home to a growing number of innovative entrepreneurial companies with access to the largest science and technology park in Poland and we have tremendous educational and training facilities here to upskill the next generation.  We are proud to host the annual Maritime Economy Forum which stimulates a national debate about the importance of maritime in Poland. We also hope the forum can increase the impetus to start building the new Red Route relief road. To embrace the opportunities of the future we have to improve road access and reduce vehicle load by building the Red Road. We hope to make more announcements about the Red Road at the conference.”

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.

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Notes to editors:

  1. Polish Port Growth

A new report from Actia Forum shoed total cargo handled in Polish seaports in 2018: 101 million tonnes. See:
• 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 struggling (-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).

  1. Polish economic growth
  1. Draft programme – subject to change



11 October 2019

Conference Center of Pomeranian Science and Technology Park Gdynia, Al. Zwycięstwa 96/98, Gdynia

Time Event Speaker


Registration of Participants


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




Norway and Poland – building innovative and competitive maritime technology industries to strengthen Europe’s position on the global market”

Olav Myklebust, Ambassador of Norway to Poland


Questions and discussion

Jerzy Czuczman – CEO, Polish Maritime Technology Forum




Questions and discussion

Jerzy Czuczman – CEO, Polish Maritime Technology Forum


Challenges and opportunities of European maritime economy in view of the global market changes”


“Future of EU countries economy in view of changes on the global markets”

Jerzy Śledziewski – Vice Chairman, Bank BNP Paribas Poland


Questions and discussion

Jerzy Czuczman – CEO, Polish Maritime Technology Forum


“Steps to be taken by EU and member states to increase competitiveness of European maritime industries?”

Christophe Tytgat, Secretary General SEA Europe


Questions and discussion

Jerzy Czuczman – CEO, Polish Maritime Technology Forum


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”

Representative of  DORACO Corporation together with representative of Gdańsk University of Technology – Faculty of Ocean Engineering and Ship Technology


Questions and discussion

Jerzy Czuczman – CEO, Polish Maritime Technology Forum


Achievements of Polish shipbuilding industry in 2018 – summary presentation

Jerzy Czuczman – CEO, Polish Maritime Technology Forum


Awards for the “Movie Promoting the Maritime Economy” Competition. Screening of the awarded movie. Member of the competition Jury


Polish Ship Managers Association Award for the “Best Maritime Academy Graduate” Competition. Member of the competition Jury 12.25-12.45 Break



  1. Maritime technologies panel


Leader of the panel:  Mateusz Filipp, Business Line Director – Civil Ships at PGZ Stocznia Wojenna Sp. z o.o.

Theme:  “Strategy for the Development of the Shipbuilding Industry”


Teus van Beek – Director, Ecosystem Innovation, Wärtsilä Netherlands

Katarzyna Romantowska-Jaskólska – CEO, Damen Engineering Gdańsk Sp. z o.o. Maciej Rek – CEO, Enamor Sp. z o.o.

Jerzy Czuczman – CEO, Polish Maritime Technology Forum

  1. Sea ports and logistics panel

Leader of the panel: Marek Tarczyński, President of the Polish International Freight Forwarders Association (PIFFA)

Theme: 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?


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.

  1. Shipping panel


Leader of the panel: Cpt. Kuba Szymański – Secretary General, InterManager, Isle of Man


Theme: International Ship Management and Poland. Potential for Polish young generation in big international business.

Speakers to be announced soon

  1. Finance and law panel

Leader of the panel: Krzysztof Kochanowski, Legal Adviser, Mar-Consult Legal Firm

Theme: “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.


Ingmar Loges – Managing Director and Head of Shipping Finance for the Western Hemisphere, DVB Bank SE

Ezio dal Maso – Senior Associate, Stephenson Harwood

Janusz Władyczak – CEO 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

Media contact: Polaris Media Management: Ben Pinnington mobile: 07887 562900 email: Reinikainen email:

(Note journalists are invited to attend the forum with two nights accommodation, food and in-country travel covered. For more details and to register contact Polaris Media above.)

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