Nor-Shipping makes first overseas move, taking over from the Danish Maritime Forum

Nor-Shipping, one of the most famous names in maritime exhibitions, is making its first move outside Norway.

Nor-Shipping’s Opening Oceans Conference, taking place in Copenhagen from May 2 to 3 this year coinciding with Danish Maritime Days, the Scandinavian country’s popular maritime week.

Opening Oceans Conference is supported by both the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association and Danish Shipping and fills a hole left by the Danish Maritime Forum.

After three years of government support came to an end last year the Danish Maritime Forum decided to up sticks, rebranding as the Global Maritime Forum and moving from one city to another each year, with Hong Kong selected for the inaugural event this October.

Nor-Shipping said its new event is targeted at c-level executives seeking sustainable business operations “below, on and above the ocean waves”.

Nor-Shipping’s Sofia Furstenberg commented: “According to the OECD, economic value creation from ocean activities will have doubled by 2030. At the same time traditional maritime players are under increased pressure, eyeing growth of just 1% over the next five to ten years. However, to really unlock the potential of the ocean, businesses need to tap into the established skills, resources and infrastructure of commercial maritime. So there’s huge potential here – both for collaborations between new ocean players and shipping businesses, but also for existing maritime firms to adapt, revitalise and prosper.

“With this in mind, Opening Oceans Conference will provide a unique platform for collaboration, knowledge sharing and growth. It aims to attract the most senior levels of maritime, ocean industry, financial, advisory, and policy leaders within Northern Europe, and beyond, providing a launch-pad for a new age of ocean opportunity. It is a hugely exciting initiative for us, and our partners, and a vital forum for an industry in transition.”

The conference will focus on several key issues over the course of its two-day duration. Central themes include energy production and access to minerals, changing logistic demands, food production, and capturing, collating and extracting value from the ever-increasing flow of ocean-related data.

Keynote speakers will address delegates within a high-tech arena, while meeting rooms, glass think tanks and informal collaborative working spaces will lay the foundations for exploring ideas, forming new partnerships and exploiting commercial opportunities.

“Norway has become a leading maritime nation because of the ability and ambition to constantly explore new opportunities in the oceans,” said Erik Giercksky, director, communications, Norwegian Shipowners’ Association. “Cooperation and competition are two key forces to further develop the ocean industries in a sustainable way. We are therefore always looking for initiatives that bring new insight and ideas. The Opening Oceans Conference is important in this respect, and we truly look forward to taking part and meeting ocean industry leaders.”

Anne Steffensen, director general of Danish Shipping, noted: “The Danish maritime sector is strong, with world-renowned players, an advanced fleet, leading equipment and service suppliers, and growing digital strength. However, we recognise the need for the industry as a whole to innovate and stay ahead of the curve. With that in mind, we are very interested in collaborating with our Norwegian counterparts, as well as with innovative players from outside the maritime industry, to explore solutions for a sustainable blue economy with a thriving shipping sector at its core.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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