Finnish Maritime Association - Institutional Partner

Finnish Maritime Association in a Nutshell


  • Established April 24, 1926 as a result of a serious naval disaster, with the aim to support the nation to rebuild a modern Navy.

  • After the WWII the activity was directed more to support and promote the growth of the merchant fleet and shipbuilding.

  • In 1970’s initiatives were made towards young generations and the Association established e.g. The Finnish Sail Training Association for building of two training schooners for the youth.

  • Works on voluntary basis for all activities, including secretariat.
    No hired staff.

  • More than 300 members of which 40 are corporate members .


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The Finnish Maritime Association’s purpose is to work to the benefit of the Finnish Maritime Cluster, maritime culture and to promote activities related to the sea. The activities of the Association, headquartered in Helsinki, cover the entire country.


The members are Finnish citizens or corporations or other organizations, typically connected to shipping, port activities, maritime industries, shipbuilding and services, the naval defense forces and individuals with an interest in maritime issues.


The Association has long concentrated its activities in the Finnish maritime cluster -  companies and organizations operating in the maritime sectors. As a maritime co-operation forum, the Association enhances the importance to the nation of shipping and other maritime activities, and its goal is to enhance the interest in and knowledge and appreciation on the maritime sectors. Although the Association operates on a non-profit basis and with volunteer resources, it is a good link and channel of influence to the whole maritime cluster, political decision makers, the media and the general public.


The Association arranges meetings for its members, with high-level presentations of actual issues, as well as meetings with external organizations and groups of importance for the maritime industry, in order to brief them on actual matters of interest. It also arranges excursions and visits to places of maritime interest. The Association has also regularly arranged well attended ship model exhibitions. Last such exhibition, held in Helsinki, was visited by nearly 25.000 people.


Since 1986, the Association has granted its ”Maritime Achievement - Honorary Award” as a recognition of major achievements for increasing knowledge and appreciation of maritime culture or businesses. This respected award has so far been granted eight times. The Association seeks to develop its actions also to the benefit of less represented new sectors of the cluster in supporting the EU’s Blue Growth goals. The Association’s target is to be a joint forum for promoting and utilizing the interests of the Finnish Maritime Cluster.


The chairman of the Association takes part in the work of the European Network of Maritime Clusters (ENMC)

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