Seminar 01 - Is marine spatial planning the tool we need?
The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM) arranged a well-attended seminar in the form of a working meeting to develop a marine spatial plan for the Gotland region, where the participants were asked to draw up their own marine planning maps.
The interest in using the sea increases. Shipping, fisheries, tourism, defense and various kinds of energy production are some examples. More and more countries are now developing plans for its maritime areas, in order to make collective decisions between different interests and ensure that we stay within the ecosystem framework.
Marine spatial planning is about determining how we are going to use a specific physical area. Which areas are needed for specific activities in the future? However, one important point to consider in this is that we have no map of the seabed and do not know much about what goes on between the seabed and the surface.
During the seminar it was stated that marine spatial planning is a good but tricky thing. It is good because it gives us a common vision of how to manage the sea. It is tricky because of the different stakeholder interests to consider and also because the method is not fully developed. It is a challenge but ultimately it will lead to greater understanding between sectors and a common view of the sea.
In conclusion, marine spatial planning is needed to care for the environment but it also provides job and growth opportunities if we look further ahead. Also, as done during this seminar, engage on a regional basis.
SwAM is responsible for the Swedish planning and it's included in the Swedish maritime strategy. A preliminary report is developed and a final version will be available in the end of October. When it comes to shipping and spatial planning a collaboration via HELCOM is carried out.
Seminar 02 - LNG in shipping
It is on newbuilt vessels that LNG is the answer to the new legislation. Swedish Shipowners Association explains to the audience of mainly laymen and politicians, the various options available.
Both VIKING GRACE & SEAGASS explaining how much attention they have got since the start of the operation. Both vessels have visitors from all over the world every week who wants to make sure with their own eyes how the ship to ship bunkering is done, ask all the questions about safety, reliability and operation in general. VIKING GRACE has done more than 400 ship to ship bunkerings without any problems at all, she has run more than 10,000 hrs and the crew has gathered a lot of experience, something that everyone is very interested in tapping into.
More new LNG ships has been ordered. Terntank has ordered 4 product tankers and the latest news is that Gotlandsbolaget has a new passenger ferry on the drawing table, also qipped with an LNG machinery.
All technical aspects of using LNG as maritime fuel is in place, the Sweish Shipowners Association states, now we need some incentives from the government to support the maritime industry in their challenge to meet the tougher environmental legislation. Swedish shipowners are leading the technical development towards a zero vision.
In the light of this seminar we are pleased to have access to Viking Grace Kari Granberg's knowledge in the JIP Make A Difference as well as Terntank and their coming newbuildings in JIP Baltic SO2lution. Not only that, the Swedish Gas Assoication is a supporter of the Pilot LNG and part of the ZVT Pool and Skangass is part of JIP ScanBunk and JIP Flexi.
Seminar 03 - Swedish export
To secure Sweden's future innovativeness, a review of 120 recommendations in innovation publications formed the basis of a report with suggestions for future efforts. Johan Öberg, BCG said that the report should be used as a catalyst on the basis of the previous recommendations. The amount of existing analyses, surveys, ratings and reports together show both broad variables as well as white spots of what is missing in the innovation system.
In Sweden investments have traditionally been made in the early stages of development with ideas and then continued research, but one has not talked about what innovators should do concretely to move on to focusing on growth and commercialisation. Therefore Mikolaj Norek thinks that if the proposed points are launched, it will change Sweden. The four proposed priorities are:
- appoint an innovation champion in the government
- clearer use of public procurement
- increasing internationalisation, especially in later phases, and access to talent
- continue to ensure access to capital
Although Sweden is a leading nation in research, development and industry, we risk losing this position if we do not focus on and invest in competence. The results of foregone innovation investments today will not be noticeable until 10 - 15 years from now. The risk of being complacent, viewing Sweden as best in class, is that we eventually might be left behind. It is of great value to ask the question: what are we really the world leader in?
There is a danger in always wanting to do the right thing, because the fear of making mistakes prevents development. And when it comes to continued innovation it is essential for Sweden’s development to dare taking risks. In existing innovation systems development projects are often carried out in separate entities. Annelie Hultén emphasizes that this is dangerous and that the work should be carried out through a broader cooperation and exchange instead.
In summary, since our Swedish innovations usually end up on the international market, the Swedish innovation work should be considered from a global perspective. In the work of supporting new innovations, we mainly need to compare ourselves with the rest of Europe, instead of countries with very different political decision-making systems, such as England or Israel. Therefore, the Swedish players in research for future innovation must be active in the EU context. According to Annelie Hultén this is already the case in the maritime and marine sector in western Sweden.