The 9th International Maritime Congress is behind us


Thanks to the International Maritime Congress on June 29-30 this year. Szczecin has become the sea capital of Poland for the ninth time in a row.


During two days, the group of experts discussed the most important challenges for the broadly understood maritime industry. And they are special due to the events in the world, especially the ongoing war in Ukraine. To this should be added changes related to the increasingly restrictive law in the field of environmental protection.


On the first day of the session, three discussion panels took place. These were devoted to the strategy for the maritime industry in times of crisis, including transport and the so-called green transformation in the economy.


- The last four months of the war beyond our eastern border have shown to what extent cargo from this area is strategic not only for Europe, but also for the world - said Krzysztof Urbaś, president of the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority. He also informed about the preparation of the ports to handle the increased amount of cargo, expected in the second half of the year. It goes, among others for coal import and grain export.

The president of ZMPSiŚ announced that the tenders for two important investments in Świnoujście will soon be resolved. It concerns the construction of a deepwater container terminal and the lease of land purchased by the company from Morska Stocznia Remontowa Gryfia.


On the second day of the congress, a lot of space in the program was devoted to the development of offshore wind energy and the entire offshore sector. These topics were the subject of a debate by rectors of universities from Szczecin, Gdynia, Gdańsk and Koszalin, entitled "Science for offshore". In a separate discussion panel, the opportunity of offshore wind energy for Polish shipyards was mentioned.


There were also topics in the areas of new technologies and innovative solutions in shipping and port infrastructure, all in the context of the so-called green transformation related to environmental protection. There was also talk of the use of artificial intelligence in maritime transport and the directions of digitization development in ports.


Nearly 500 participants took part in the congress. Its organizer was the Maritime Cluster of Western Pomerania and the Sea Congress Foundation, and the co-organizer was the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority and the Ministry of Infrastructure.

The honorary patronage over the event was taken by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the West Pomeranian Voivode. The ministry also acts as the content supervisor of the Congress. (Monika Woźniak-Lewandowska)

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