Monday 23.12.2019

SeaFocus wishes Happy Holidays - Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year 2020! 

We will be enjoying the Christmas with our families and closest ones.

Back in the office again on Friday, December 27th.

> Season´s Greetings - What a Year - Changes and Growth Ahead

Friday 20.12.2019

About a month to the Finals of the 6th Intelligence Hunt project. We are really excited. 

We hope to see many students at the NaviGate2020 and at the Finals cheering the student teams on stage. Registration to the NaviGate2020 is free of charge for students. 

> Student Registration

Tuesday 17.12.2019

The Ship Technology published a nice article about SeaFocus and IntelligenceHunt project. The article was published December 10, and written by Frances Marcellin "The Intelligence Hunt: Nurturing a Future Workforce for Shipping"

> Read the Article 

Monday 16.12.2019

The Student Teams have a bit more that a month to finalize their Executive Summaries, prepare their presentations for the Finals and of course, practice their stage presentation.

This week we will receive the drafts of the Executive Summaries and will deliver them to the case companies for first evaluation. The companies have a possibility to comment the works at this point. 

We have been following the work of the Student Teams and are very pleased with them. 

Wednesday 11.12.2019

MacGregor is a Strategic Partner to SeaFocus. The Company has participated the competition before and they even won the 3rd IntelligenceHunt competition with a case ”Cargo Identifying & Tracking System” by team MacGregor Vikings.


This time their case assignment is "Quantifiable Environmental Benefits of MacGregor Solutions" and Mr Tommi Keskilohko, the Director Customer Solutions, MacGregor Finland Oy will present the case assignment. 

Monday 9.12.2019

The 10 Student Teams have been working now for almost two months on the Case Assignments of the IntelligenceHunt6 project. The first drafts of the Executive Summaries have been delivered to the Mentors and today the teams received some feedback how to carry on the work on the tasks.

The Executive Summary is a very important document for basing on that the Jury Members will evaluate the work of the student teams. Additionally the presentation at the Finals will be evaluated. The Case Companies will approve the final versions of the Executive Summaries before they will be delivered to the Jury Members.

Wednesday 4.12.2019

Today the Steering Group of the NaviGate2020 Maritime Trade Fair held a meeting in Turku.


The two day event, January 22.-23, for maritime and shipping industry and their stakeholders is getting closer. IntelligencHunt6 Finals is the main programme of the NaviGate. In addition there are many other interesting events too. 

Check the Programme > NaviGate2020

Monday 2.12.2019

Tallink Silja is a Strategic Partner to SeaFocus. At the Finals of the IntelligenceHunt6 we will also have Mr. Margus Schults, the CEO of Tallink Silja on stage. His topic is "Cruising Business – Development Trends and Future Know-How".

Warmly welcome Mr. Schults. 

Sunday 1.12.2019

Today we have received the first drafts of the Executive Summaries from the Student Teams competing in the IntelligenceHunt6 Student and Company competition. 

We will go through these drafts and the Mentors will help the teams to sharpen the ideas. Within a week the first drafts will be sent to the Company representatives for the first check.

Have to say "Great work from all teams!" 

Friday 29.11.2019

Markku Mäkipere, the Managing Director of Stevena Ltd, port operator company and Moonway Ltd, container operator. Besides these positions he is also a Member of the Management Team of KWH Logistics (previously Backman-Trummer group).

Stevena is one of the Case Companies and has a combined case together with the Port of Naantali. Mr. Mäkipere will be presenting the Case Assignment at the Finals in Turku.

Wednesday 27.11.2019

Meyer Turku was the first company to join the IntelligenceHunt6 Project.

Their  Case Assignment is "Global Megatrends and Their Effects on Cruising and on the Technologies Used at Cruise Ships" and Kari Sillanpää, the Head of Research and Development of Meyer Turku will get on stage with the Student Teams. 

They are competing with two Student Teams "Beyond Tomorrow" and  "Mega Move Consulting". 

Tuesday 26.11.2019

Rahja Sevedoring is one of the Case Companies. They have joined the student and company competition with the Port of Kalajoki. Their case is about"Increasing customer base and traffic at the Port of Kalajoki" 


Rahja Stevedoring (Rahjan Huolinta) is one of the forwarding companies at the Port of Kalajoki. Rahja Stevedoring provides professional stevedoring and forwarding services, freight forwarding services, port operations, towage services and land and sea transport. In 2018 the net sales of the company was EUR 4.2 MEUR.

Friday 22.11.2019

Sweco is Europe’s leading architecture and engineering consultancy, with sales of approximately SEK 18.7 billion (EUR 1.8 billion). They carry out projects in 70 countries annually. The company is listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm AB.


Sweco is participating the IntelligenceHunt project and has two teams working on their case "Harbour 2100". Lasse Rajala, who’s Business Area is focusing in Structural Special Services, Infra Structure Design and Export of Structural Engineering Services will be presenting the Case Assignment at the Finals together with Jyri Nieminen, Business Area Director.

> Sweco

Thursday 21.11.2019

ESL Shipping is one of the Case Companies in the IntelligenceHunt6. Their case is "Infobridge – a Quest for More Data-Driven Vessel Operations and Technical Management" and Business Unit Manager Kirsi Ylärinne will be presenting the Case Assignment at the Finals in Turku. 

ESL Shipping handles marine raw material transport and related services for the energy and heavy industry sectors. ESL Shipping is the leading dry bulk sea transport company on the Baltic Sea. Furthermore, it provides related services such as loading and unloading at sea.

> ESL Shipping 

Wednesday 20.11.2019

Key for Growth on Russian Market – The Master Importer Model 

Did you know that Russia has 145 million people, spans 11 time zones and has 30% of the world’s natural resources? It is one of the most attractive markets for expanding global business, due to its recent steady growth of foreign goods sales and e-commerce. Today e-commerce reaches a volume of $18 billion and is projected to triple by 2023. Despite global perception, we are experiencing a modern and fast developing country.

> Read the whole Blog by Ulla Keino, Commercial Director of Ahlers Trade Facilitation and After Sales Support and Chairman of the Jury, IntelligenceHunt6

Tuesday 19.11.2019

Warmly welcome Leena Vedenpää to the IntelligenceHunt6 Finals as a Moderator of the Afternoon Session. She is also mentoring of the Student Team working on Case Assignment for ESL Shipping. 

Leena Vedenpää is the President of Wista Finland. Her passion lies in strategy, business development and project management. She has a strong background from engineering, with strategy and leadership expertise. Her expertise in naval architecture is especially in winter navigation and ice-going vessels. At the Helsinki Shipyard she worked with both newbuildings and sales projects, and participated on sea trials.

Monday 18.11.2019

We are happy to introduce to you our Student Team Moderators Ayodele Makinde and Ferdous Alam Patwary. They are both SeaFocus Trainees. 

Ayodele is also a Student Mentor for the Team P.O.R.O., Case Company Port of Raahe and Ferdous is mentoring the Student Team Portal to the Future, Case Company Sweco.

Thursday 14.11.2019

The Chairman of the Jury, Ulla Keino, had today Skype meetings today with the following Student Teams competing at the IntelligenceHunt6. Today she met with Mega Move Consulting (Meyer Turku) and Portal to the Future (Sweco). Yesterday she had a meeting with P.O.R.O. (Port of Raahe)

Good luck to all of our awesome teams! 

Wednesday 13.11.2019

Transport statistics 1 Jan -30 Sep 2019 in the Port of Naantali

A total of nearly 5.66 million tonnes of cargo was transported through the Port of Naantali’s quays and/or fairways and water areas maintained by it (incl. transports to and from the Neste oil refinery) from January–September 2019.

> Read the Review, Published on the Company´s site 12.11.2019 

Photo Credits: Port of Naantali

Tuesday 12.11.2019

Today the Jury Criteria were delivered today to the Student Teams. The following issues will be evaluated: 1) Executive Summary, 2) Case Assignment (Company) – How interesting the assignment is from the maritime and SCM industry development perspective?, 3) Assignment vs. Solution – How well  the solution answers to the given assignment?, 4) Level of Innovativeness – Level of conceptual innovation., 5) Search Skills (Mentors) – How much the existing technologies, available solutions in the market have been analysed and used if feasible?, 6) Team Work Atmosphere & Ethics, 7) Leader / Coordinator and Team, 8) Stage Presentation Skills – Can you sell your product?, 9) Presentation Materials and 10) Performance on Stage.

Monday 11.11.2019

The Chairman of the Jury, Ulla Keino, had today Skype meetings today with the Student Teams. Today she met with the following teams: Port Mercury (Port of Kalajoki and Rahja Stevedoring), Meri Voyagers (Port of Naantali and Stevena) and Innovation Crew (ESL Shipping).

The teams have been working now for about 2-3 weeks. The kick-off meetings with the companies have been held and everyone knows their tasks. 

Friday 8.11.2019

SAFETY4SEA announced the winners of the 2019 CAREER4SEA – EUROPORT Awards today. The awards were presented at a prestigious ceremony which successfully concluded on November the 8th, on the sidelines of EUROPORT, the leading international exhibition that took place in Rotterdam, November 5-8, 2019.

SeaFocus is proud for  being a nominee and congratulates all winners! 

> Safety4Sea

Friday 8.11.2019

Tallink Grupp has today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2019, which reveal a record-breaking high-season for the group.  In the third quarter of 2019, the Group’s unaudited net profit was EUR 54.6 million (46.1 million in Q3 2018), which is the highest ever net profit for the group for the third quarter. Third quarter EBITDA also increased by EUR 12.1 million to EUR 83.2 million. 

The record-breaking quarter is the result of the group carrying and serving record numbers of passengers in July and August and strong onboard and onshore sales.

> Published on Tallink Grup´s site 7.11.2019

Tallink Silja is a Strategic Partner to SeaFocus.

Thursday 7.11.2019

Ocean Exchange Announces 2019 Innovation Winners

More than 100 ocean innovators and entrepreneurs competed for Ocean Exchange's annual innovation awards and funding.

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Nov. 5, 2019 - PRLog - The ninth annual Ocean Exchange, hosted last week at the Greater Fort Lauderdale and Broward County Convention Center, featured eight teams of students competing for the Broward College Innovation Award and twelve entrepreneurs from five countries competing for two annual $100,000 innovation award. 

SeaFocus congratulates all Student teams participating the competition! 

> Read the Press Release

Wednesday 6.11.2019

“The Finnlines Group’s revenue for January–September was EUR 450.8 (447.9 in 2018) million – showing a small increase over the preceding year. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, EBITDA, was EUR 136.8 (129.0) million. The result for the reporting period was EUR 81.8 million in January–September 2019, compared to EUR 75.3 million during the corresponding period in 2018."

> The Finnlines Group´s Revenue published on the company site 5.11.2019

Photo Credits: Finnlines

Finnlines is a Strategic Partner to SeaFocus

Tuesday 5.11.2019

Poul Woodall, the Director Environment and Sustainability at DFDS A/S is a Member of the Jury and also he will get on the stage as an Inspiring Speaker. His presentation will be about "Environment and Sustainability – New Career Opportunities in Shipping".



Tuesday 5.11.2019

Let us introduce to you the Mentors of IntelligenceHunt6 project, student and company competition. Mentors will guide, support and give advices to the student teams working on the company case assignments. 

> Mentors and their Specialities

> Blog 


Monday 4.11.2019

The Port of Kokkola is one of the Case Comapnies.

Mr Witting, the CEO of the Port of Kokkola will present their Case Assignment: Water Treatment in Terminals of Dry Bulk Ports in Europe - Best Practices.


Torbjörn Witting has over 20 years experience in working in the port. Since the beginning of 2015 he has acted as the CEO of the Port of Kokkola (Kokkolan Satama Oy). ​He is also the CEO of Silverstone Bay Logistics Oy since 2016. 

Monday 4.11.2019

Warmly welcome Paula Miettinen to the group of our Student Team Mentors.


Paula Miettinen is B2b marketing professional with wide experience and key competencies in branding, customer experience, and online business. She has among others worked as Director for DNA and Telia. She has a passion for data driven business, continuous development, and rethinking. Paula is a true visionary with broad knowledge on digitalization and ICT industry. 

Paula Miettinen will moderate a Mentors´ Discussion at the Finals. 

Friday 1.11.2019

Blasco Majorana, the Line Manager at Finnlines Plc joins the IntelligenceHunt6 Finals as an Inspiring Speaker. His topic will be "Sustainable Commercial Shipping.

Mr Majorana with his 13 years experience in the shipping sector has developed competences in fleet management, liner service configuration and asset optimization. Nowadays he is managing a liner service between the Baltic see and the Bay of Biscay as well as sharing responsibilities for the main Customers portfolio. 

Friday 1.11.2019

Ulla von Weissenberg continues co-operation with SeaFocus and will act as a Mentor for IntelligenceHunt6 Student Teams.


She advises on all aspects of international maritime and transport law and various insurance issues as well on wide range of issues relating to international trade – including extensive trade compliance and sanctions advice. 

Thursday 31.10.2019

We have one more Inspiring Speaker to introduce to you! Please, welcome Mr. Alexander Varvarenko, CEO and Founder of SHIPNEXT.

Shipnext is a digital Shipping Marketplace and Cargo Booking Platform with offices in the US, Singapore, Honk Kong, and Ukraine, and Founder of VARAMAR Group.


Thursday 31.10.2019

The Programme of the IntelligenceHunt6 Finals is published on our site now. 

We have a really great programme with our hig-level Inspiring Speakers, experienced Mentors, top-management representatives from the Case Companies and our amazing Student Teams.

> Check the Programme


Wednesday 30.10.2019

Per Westling, the Managing Director at Stena RoRo also participated the IntellgenceHunt Finals first time in November 2017 as an Inspiring Speaker. Stena has also participated couple of times in the project as a case Company.

This time we are honored to have Mr Westling again as an Inspiring Speaker with us.

Per Westling has been employed by Stena since 1985. Within the Stena Group he has been project manager for several newbuildings and major conversion projects but also served for five years within the Stena Line Shipmanagement Division. In 2001 he moved to Stena RoRo as Conversion Manager, took on the role of Deputy Managing Director in 2008 and subsequently Managing Director in 2011.


Wednesday 30.10.2019

We are so happy to have Frank Kho again with us at the IntelligenceHunt. He participated the IntelligenceHunt Finals for the first time November 2017, that was the 2nd edition. Ever since Mr Kho has been a part of IntelligenceHunt and supported us greatly. We appreciate that very much. 

This time Frank Kho is a Mentor for a Student Team working on MacGregor case, he is the Moderator at the Finals and he will also have a presentation as an Inspiring Speaker "Man and Machine 2"


Tuesday 29.10.2019

MEYER Turku Oy, family-owned by Meyer family, is one of the leading European shipbuilding companies. Turku Shipyard was founded in 1737.  The Managing Partner of the company is Dr. Jan Meyer.

Meyer Turku was the first company to join the IntelligenceHunt6 Project. They are competing with two Student Teams "Beyond Tomorrow" and  "Mega Move Consulting".  Their  Case Assignment is "Global Megatrends and Their Effects on Cruising and on the Technologies Used at Cruise Ships".

Photo Credits: Meyer Turku


Tuesday 29.10.2019

We are happy to welcome Johanna Fräki, the Director, Renewable Energy Innovations of Wärtsilä to the IntelligenceHunt6 Finals as a Moderator.


Wärtsilä´s Case and Student Team "Hermes" won the IntelligenceHunt5 in Oslo and are actually at the moment enjoying their Award, attending the Ocean Exchange Finals in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, USA. 


Monday 28.10.2019

Sweco has two Student Teams in this project; the other team has a business approach to the Case Assignment and the other team more technical approach.

Today we had a kick-off meeting with the Student Team "Aqua Marine" - the technical approach team. The Student Team "Portal to the Future" had a kick of meeting earlier.

Both teams are working on the case assignment with great enthusiasm.


Monday 28.10.2019

Kaarlo Heikkinen, the CEO of the Port of Raahe will present their Case Assignment at the Finals in Turku. Mr Heikkinen, Sea Captain, started his career as a member of deck crew and officer serving in Finnish tugboats and merchant ships 1972-1986. In 2007 Mr Heikkinen was appointed as the Director of the Port of Raahe and since 2016 he has been the CEO of the Port of Raahe. In 2019 he was awarded with the honorary title of Satamaneuvos (Port Council).

Today we had a kick-off meeting with the Student Team P.O.R.O. Port of Raahe Organisation.


Friday 25.10.2019

Ville Haapasaari, the CEO of Port of Helsinki is one of the Inspiring Speakers at the #IntelligenceHunt6 Finals, January 22nd, 2020.

He will talk about "the Future Capabilities and Competences in Ports" - very actual theme.

Learn more about the Port of Helsinki

> Port of Helsinki Magazine


Thursday 24.10.2019

The Port of Kokkola is one of the Case Companies. Their case assignment is about "Water Treatment in Terminals of Dry Bulk Ports in Europe, Best Practices."

During the first 10 years the container traffic has seen an increase of about 700 percent. According to Mr. Torbjörn Witting, CEO of Port of Kokkola Ltd., the port of Kokkola has gained remarkable worldwide recognition in the container world. The development of the container traffic and the growth of container vessels has also influenced the future development of the port.

> News Port of Kokkola 


Wednesday 23.10.2019

Margus Schults, the CEO of TallinkSilja Oy in Finland, will join the IntelligenceHunt6 Finals as one of the Inspiring Keynote Speakers. He is passionate about building future customer experiences and in his presentation will concentrate on the future know-how in cruising business.

AS Tallink Grupp is the leading provider of high-quality mini-cruise and passenger transport services in the northern Baltic Sea region, servicing annually around 9,8 million passengers, and also the leading provider of ro-ro cargo services on selected routes.

TallinkSilja is a Strategic Partner to SeaFocus. We are happy to have Margus Schults joining the Finals.

Wednesday 23.10.2019

Markku Mylly​, Master Mariner and Senior Advisor, will have a presentation at the IntelligenceHunt6 Finals, as he is one of the Inspiring Speakers. He will speak about the Maritime Future as Changing Business Environment.

He is also a Mentor of several student teams participating IntelligenceHunt6, the Student and Company Competition.

> Markku Mylly, Mentor and Inspiring Speaker

Tuesday 22.10.2019

Johan Elzes is a Dutch national who has been living and working in Russia since 2011. He is a Director at Ahlers of a Business Unit Trade Facilitation & After Sales Services, which supports international premium brands to develop their business in the complex markets.

In his presentation in the IntelligenceHunt Company and Student competition, Johan Elzes will bring us to a journey of “Growth in the Complex Markets  - True Stories of Customer Innovation”.

Photo Credits: Ahlers

Tuesday 22.10.2019

NaviGate2020 Steering Group meeting was held today in Turku and the Trade Fair Centre, where the Exhibition and the IntelligenceHunt6 Finals will take place in January, 2020.

At the meeting we went through the two days programme of the whole Maritime Trade Fair.  The Main Conference of the NaviGatee2020 is the IntelligenceHunt6 Finals taking place 22.1.2020.

The programme will be published soon, so stay tuned. 

Monday 21.10.2019

MacGregor, as a SeaFocus Strategic Partner will join Intelligence Hunt 6.

MacGregor has participated the IntelligenceHunt projects before and have been very satisfied with the results. MacGregor Case ”Cargo Identifying & Tracking System” with the team MacGregor Vikings won the IntelligenceHunt3 project.

This time the focus is not on new concepts or strategies, but on execution. Their Case title is "Quantifiable Environmental Benefits of MacGregor Solutions".

Read the whole news -> MacGregor

Photo Credits: MacGregor

Friday 18.10.2019

The Port of Naantali and Stevena are participating the student and company competition IntelligenceHunt6 with a combined case assignment. Their case is about circular economy and the title of the case is "Cargo Flows of Circular Economy and Sustainable Port Operations – Opportunities and Challenges"

Photo Credits: Port of Naantali

Thursday 17.10.2019

Great news! Irene Rosberg, the Director of the Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics (The Blue MBA) at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) will have a keynote at the Award Ceremony of the IntelligenceHunt6 Finals.  

Irene Rosberg is widely recognized as commanding enormous respect throughout the maritime and logistics sectors internationally for her work in executive education, research in identifying future challenges for industry, and building global relationships. 

Warmly welcome to the Finals! 

Wednesday 16.10.2019

This time, in the 6th edition of the Intelligence Hunt projects, we have combined cases, where two companies have a common case assignment.


The Port of Kalajoki and Rahja Stevedoring have a Case together. The title of the case assignment is "Increasing customer base and traffic at the Port of Kalajoki"

Photo Credits: Port of Kalajoki

Tuesday 15.10.2019

Warmly welcome to the IntelligenceHunt6 Finals Mr. Johan Elzes. We are very happy to have you as one of our Inspiring Speakers.

Johan Elzes is the Business Unit Manager of Ahlers’ Trade Facilitation & After Sales Services. As such he supports international premium brands to develop their business in Russia by taking over the complexity of doing business in Russia. 

His topic at the Finals is “Growth in the Complex Markets - True Stories of Customer Innovation”.

Monday 14.10.2019

ESL Shipping Ltd is the leading carrier of dry bulk cargoes in the Baltic region. ESL Shipping Ltd has been in business 70 years and is a subsidiary of Aspo Plc. At the end of August 2018, ESL Shipping completed the acquisition of Swedish shipping company AtoB@C Shipping, which has currently 28 vessels in 4,000 and 5,000 dwt segments in its fleet. In June 2019, the combined fleet of ESL Shipping and AtoB@C Shipping consists of 49 vessels with cargo capacity ranging from 3,000 to 56,000 dwt.

The ESL Shippings´ Case Assignment for the Student Team is "Infobridge – a Quest for More Data-Driven Vessel Operations and Technical Management".

Friday 11.10.2019

Happy to introduce Dr Rolf Neise, lecturer at the International School of Management (ISM) as one of the Inspiring Speakers of the IntelligenceHunt6 Finals. He will speak about "Shipper's Voice :Case Study Blue Chip and a Carrier"

He has written many books for a well-known international publisher Kogan Page on container logistics, supply chain, industry trends impacting shippers among others. 

Photo Credits: Kogan Page

Thursday 10.10.2019

OceanExchange welcomes 3 graduate students, Team Hermes, the Winner Team of the IntelligenceHunt5 Student and Company Competition, sponsored by SeaFocus and led by Wärtsilä to attend their event as VIP delegates in FortLauderdale Oct 28-30th. 

Ocean Exchange hosts an annual event each fall where at least ten finalists pitch, competing for one of two $100,000 cash awards.

> Ocean Exchange

Wednesday 9.10.2019

Sweco is IN as a a Case Company.

This is the second time for Sweco to participate the competition. They participated the IntelligenceHunt4 in Autumn 2018 with a case assignment "AI in Design of Harbours, Bridges and Other Infrastructures".

This time the title of their case assignment for the student teams is "HARBOUR2100"

Photo Credits: Sweco

Tuesday 8.10.2019

The Port of Raahe offers excellent sea routes to the heart of Europe, the UK and to the Mediterranean. At the moment there are weekly routes to Antwerp, Vejle; every other week to Hull and Szczecin; and once a month to Pasajes and Ravenna. 


The Port of Raahe´s case assignment for the student team is "New Cargo Lines and Cargo Flows in the Near Future".

Photo Credits: Port of Raahe

Monday 7.10.2019

Millicent Pitts, CEO of Ocean Exchange and Roger Strevens, head of sustainability at Wallenius Wilhelmsen, are on a mission to find and support innovative tech ideas to help decarbonise shipping and advance sustainable solutions - Ocean Exchange.

Pitts and the Ocean Exchange review team, made up of leading lights from industry, finance and academia, have already assessed the ideas of hundreds of environmentally-friendly tech start-ups.

The Chairman of the Jury of the IntelligenceHunt6, Ulla Keino, was part of the review team.

> Read the Article

Photo Credits: Ocean Exchange

Friday 4.10.2019

Annabel Keerd has been nominated as a Business Development Manager Intern. She is taking the position after Saana Rantanen, who has now started a full time work at the Finnish Association of Purchasing and Logistics (LOGY) and the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) as an Executive Assistant.

Annabel has participated the IntelligenceHunt projects earlier and has also been a SeaFocus Trainee. We are so lucky to have these talented young people working with us at SeaFocus.

Thursday 3.10.2019

Today we had the kick-off meetings with all 10 student teams. 

So bright, enthusiastic and ambitious young people. It will be really nice to work with them during this 6th IntelligenceHunt project. They have already connected with each other and started the work even though they were introduced to each other only couple of days ago. 

We are amazed in a positive way. Everyone has sent her/his CVs/Resumes and Photos to us already. > The Student Teams

Wednesday 2.10.2019

This time we have 8 companies with 10 teams at the IntelligenceHunt Student and Company Competition.


Meyer Turku is one of the Case Companies and the title of their case assignment is "Global Megatrends and Their Effects on Cruising and on the Technologies Used at Cruise Ships."

Very current, interesting and versatile theme. Photo Credits: Meyer Turku

Monday 30.9.2019

Today was a very exciting day for many of us for today the teams for the #IntelligenceHunt6 project and competition were formed. We have 10 excellent teams competing.

The teams were introduced to the Case Companies and the team members to each other.

The kick-off meetings will be held within two weeks. Meanwhile the team members will get acquainted with each other and will study their case companies.

Monday 30.9.2019

SeaFocus Executive Maritime Business Platform was shortlisted as a nominee for the CAREER4SEA EUROPORT Initiative Award within the scope of Excellence & Career in Shipping for its initiative of #IntelligenceHunt company and student competition.


Today was the last day to vote. We were nominees in a category with the following amazing competitors: Careers At Sea, ISWAN, PortXL and Rotterdam Maritime Capital.


We are very excited and want to thank you all for your votes.

Friday 27.9.2019

Today the students qualified as Finalists received an email - the first phase of the project kicking off - meaning they get to choose the most preferable case company and also the most preferable theme for themselves on what they would like to work.

This phase is important for SeaFocus for we will form the teams for the cases on Monday, September 30th and will inform the students about their teams and case companies.

Thursday 26.9.2019

Sweco, Europe’s leading architecture and engineering consultancy, joins the IntelligenceHunt project and competition as a Case Company. 


Sweco plans and designs the communities and cities of the future. The results of their work are sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure and access to clean water. They carry out projects in 70 countries annually throughout the world. 

Photo Credits: Sweco

Monday 23.9.2019

SeaFocus has done the evaluation of the student application as candidates to the IntelligenceHunt6 project and competition. 

We received almost 100 applications from very talented and enthusiastic young people. The selection of the Finalists was not easy at all. The Finalists was informed about their qualification. 

Some students were left on a waiting list, for there still might be some cases.

We want to thank everyone of you who applied to this project! 

Friday 20.9.2019

The Port of Raahe joins the IntelligenceHunt6 project and competition as a Case Company.


The Port of Raahe is one of Finland’s busiest ports. This is thanks to its scheduled routes to other European countries, including the UK, those on the Mediterranean Sea and in the Baltic region, its excellent land connections, and its certified and customer-oriented service.

Photo Credits: Port of Raahe

Thursday 19.9.2019

Port of Kokkola is IN and joins the IntelligenceHunt6 project and competition.


The Port of Kokkola is the preferred and foremost port in Finland serving the mining industry. In addition to the mining industry, Port of Kokkola is an important actor in the transit traffic from and to Russia. The third significant customer group is the industry and the local trade in Kokkola. In the close vicinity of the port the industry concentration of Kokkola Industry Park (KIP) is established. This Industry Park is the largest concentration of non-organic chemical industry in Northern Europe. 

Photo Credits: Port of Kokkola

Wednesday 18.9.2019

SeaFocus warmly welcomes the Port of Kalajoki and Rahja Stevedoring to the IntelligenceHunt6 project and competition with a combined case assignment. 

The Port of Kalajoki is an independent and free trade port which deals with its customers equally. One of the port operators for the Port of Kalajoki is Rahja Stevedoring, forwarding company. The overall traffic of the Port of Kalajoki is approximately 500,000 tonnes and there are about 150 vessels visiting the port annually.

Photo Credits: Port of Kalajoki

Tuesday 17.9.2019

Esko Mustamäki has a wide experience in shipping and shipbuilding. He has held several management level positions within the maritime sector. Mr Mustamäki worked as a Managing Director for Arctech Helsinki Shipyard 4/2011 - 12/2018. Arctech Helsinki Shipyard is specialized in building icebreakers, other Arctic offshore and special vessels.

We are happy to announce that Esko Mustamäki is joining the SeaFocus Mentor Team for student teams competing in the #IntelligenceHunt6 project.

Monday 16.9.2019

We got really great news today!

The Board of the Shipowners´ Foundation in Finland has decided to award a grant of EUR 2,000
to one of the student teams participating in the Intelligence Hunt 6 project.


This grant is a Recognition Award, the criteria of which are jointly determined by the Shipowners´ Foundation in Finland and SeaFocus.

Saturday 14.9.2019

Ronit Patel joins the Group of SeaFocus Trainees. Ronit has participated the IntelligenceHunt projec three times. As a SeaFocus Trainee he is responsible for university promotion German market.

We are so happy to have Ronit with us.

Friday 13.9.2019

SeaFocus Management meeting Saana Rantanen, Ulla Keino ja Heli Koukkula-Teixeira.

Working on preparations of the Intelligence Hunt 6 project.

Excited about the project! Interesting to start to work with the case companies and student teams. Building up the programme for the Finals of the project. Looking forward to seeing you at the Finals January 22nd, 2020 in Turku, #NaviGate2020.

Thursday 12.9.2019

SeaFocus Strategic Partner MacGregor joins Intelligence Hunt 6 project with a case.


Our Strategic Partners are important supporters of the work with the next generations and in the sphere of new business concepts and innovation. Strategic Partnership between SeaFocus and MacGregor was established in February 2018.

Photo Credits: MacGregor

Tuesday 10.9.2019

We are happy to announce that Ville Haapasaari, the CEO of Port of Helsinki will join the #IntelligenceHunt6 Finals as an Inspiring Speaker.


Prior Mr. Haapasaari has worked at Finavia as the SVP, Helsinki Airport Director 2012-2018. Previously he worked in various responsibilities at Finnlines, main emphasis being on the head of business positions and sales management.


Monday 9.9.2019

Ellen Eftestøl-Wilhelmsson, Professor of Civil and Commercial Law at the University of Helsinki joins the Jury of the #IntelligenceHunt6.


She holds a  part time position as Adjunct Professor at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo where she earned her Doctor of Law degree. She is in charge of the INTERTRAN Research Group for Sustainable Business and Law at the University of Helsinki.

Warmly welcome Ellen!

Wednesday 4.9.2019

Today we had a gathering at the Arcada, multi-professional University of Applied Sciences (UAS) in Helsinki. SeaFocus presented the IntelligenceHunt6 Project to the students encouraging them to join the project. Thank you Amanuens Birgitta Eriksson for organising this meeting.

We do hope to see studenst from Arcada among the Finalists.

> Arcada University of Applied Sciences

Sunday 1.9.2019

The Student Registration is OPEN from tody until 20th of September, 2019.

The applications will be reviewed 21-22.9 by a review team. The students qualified for the competition will register to the second round September 23.-25th. At this stage the qualified Finalists are allowed to choose three most preferred cases, and number those in the preferred order. The team, allocating the students will do their best to allocate the students to work on one of the cases they have preferred, and will announce the teams and the cases to the finalists on Sunday 29th September to email stated in the registration form.

The work with the company and on the cases starts October 1st, 2019. 

> Registration

Tuesday 27.8.2019

Today we are happy to announce that Mr. Markku Mylly has agreed to join the Intelligence Hunt 6 Finals as an Inspiring Speaker.

Markku Mylly has a long experience in the maritime sector. He worked at the Finnish Maritime Administration until 2010. In 2010 he moved to Finnish Port Association and worked there as a CEO until joined EMSA in 2012 September. He was the Executive Director of European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Lisbon, Portugal 2012-2018.

Mr. Mylly will also act as a Mentor of the student teams during the Intelligence Hunt 6 project.

Friday 23.8.2019

SeaFocus and Turku School of Economics are making history together, and hoping this will be taken as an example by the other universities to consider similar arrangement. The ever so internationally popular student and company competition Intelligence Hunt can now also be utilised in achieving study points, for students who study at the Turku School of Economics (TSE). They may include the Intelligence Hunt related casework within the optional studies in Operations and Supply Chain Management, both at the B.Sc. and M.Sc. levels.

More information: Harri Lorentz, Associate Professor of Purchasing and Supply Management in the Operations & Supply Chain Management programme of Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku, Finland.

Photo Credits: Turku School of Economics

Friday 23.8.2019

We are so happy as we got great news today. ESL Shipping will join the Intelligence Hunt company and student competition with a Case.

ESL Shipping is the leading carrier of dry bulk cargoes in the Baltic region. They secure raw material transportation for the industry and energy production around the year, even under difficult weather conditions.

For further information about the company > ESL Shipping

Photo credits: ESL Shipping

Thursday 22.8.2019

Port of Naantali & SeaFocus Co-operation Continues as they join the IntelligenceHunt6 project as a Case Company.


We warmly welcome the Port of Naantali to the company and student competition again. It will be interesting to learn what is the case assignment about this time. At the 5th Intelligence Hunt project the case was “Sustainable and Responsible Port Development Concept in Partnership with a Strong Shipowner”.

For further information about the > Port of Naantali

Photo credits: Port of Naantali

Tuesday 20.8.2019

After the NaviGate2020 Steering Group meeting the SeaFocus and Port of Naantali Management, Yrjö Vainiala and Hannu Kallio, reviewed the development at the Port of Naantali.

For further information about the > Port of Naantali

Tuesday 20.8.2019

Navigate2020 Maritime Trade Fair Steering Group meeting today in Turku. 

The programme of the two day fair was discussed as well as marketing and informing of different stakeholders. Our responsibility is the main Conference programme taking place January 22nd, 2020. The IntelligenceHunt6 Finals is a part of this Conference. You will find us on the main stage at the exhibition hall B. 

Further information follows later. Follow our site and also  > NaviGate2020

Monday 19.8.2019

Alyona Bolshakova, Intelligence Hunt Finalist and SeaFocus Trainee, is currently working for Ahlers Russia, in St Petersburg office.  Ahlers is an international logistics company, focusing on complex markets like Russia, CIS countries and China with four different business units: Projects and Machinery, Trade Facilitation and After Sales Services, High Value Cargo Security and Sustainable Supply Chain Solutions. Alyona started as an intern few weeks ago under the business unit "Projects and Machinery".

"This summer is the productive one as I started my internship with Ahlers. My work includes various steps of the shipping process: from a commercial proposal to finalizing after sale documentation as invoices, acts and transport documents. This makes my internship very useful for me. I utilise my knowledge gained from the university and I am able to apply it into the real work processes. Moreover, I get to see the whole picture of logistics and value added services related to it and I can fill all blank spaces I have in my own current knowledge and expertise.", says Alyona.

Thursday 15.8.2019

DFDS A/S´s Director, Environment & Sustainability, Poul Woodall will join the Intelligence Hunt project again. We are really happy to have people like him working with us and supporting us.


Poul Woodall has over 40 years of experience within the maritime and transport industry. The first years were spent with A.P.Moller-Maersk in various positions, mainly within the container and Ro/Ro segments. His career includes 17 years overseas experience with postings in Asia, The Middle East and Europe.

Friday 9.8.2019

SeaFocus management had a brainstorming afternoon.


We were working on SeaFocus Strategy for 2020-2022.

A lot of interesting things ahead.

Keep following us in the social media and be among the first ones to know.

Thursday 8.8.2019

Tallink Grupp has today published its 2019 interim report with the year’s second quarter and first 6 months’ financial results. According to the report, during the second quarter of 2019 (April - June), the group transported a total of 2.7 million passengers, which is a 0.8% increase on the same period last year. The Group’s unaudited revenue for the second quarter also increased to EUR 256.1 million, which is 0.3% higher than in the second quarter in 2018.

Tallink Silja is a Strategic Partner to SeaFocus.

This news were published 8.8.2019 on > Tallink Grupp official site

Tuesday 6.8.2019

The Pre-Registration for the 6th Intelligence Hunt project has been opened! 

In order to secure that the case companies will have the right selection of skills and expertise by the students to deliver high quality solutions, proofs of concepts or prototypes SeaFocus launches a pre-registration.

> Pre-Registration

Friday 2.8.2019

Finnlines calculated passenger-specific route CO2 emissions – Finnlines’ vessels are an eco-friendly choice for passengers


Passenger-specific carbon-dioxide figures for 2018 have been calculated on Finnlines’ passenger routes, Naantali–Kapellskär, Malmö–Travemünde and Helsinki–Travemünde. The figures will be updated on a yearly basis and this will be the base for future calculations.

This news was published 1.8.2019 on > Finnlines official site

Finnlines is a Strategic Partner to SeaFocus.

Thursday 1.8.2019

MacGregor and TTS become one team

As of 1 August 2019, MacGregor and TTS are one team with 2,600 employees around the world, together with 200 joint venture employees.

This news was published 1.8.2019 on > MacGregor official site

MacGregor is a Strategic Partner to SeaFocus.

Wednesday 31.7.2019

Finnlines Plc  Financial Review January–June 2019


“The Finnlines Group’s revenue for January–June 2019 was EUR 295.5 million, which was an increase of 2% compared to the corresponding period last year. The result for the reporting period was EUR 46.7 million – a 10% increase compared to EUR 42.3 million in January–June 2018. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation, EBITDA, was EUR 83.5 (78.3 in 2018) million." 


The whole Review published 31.7.2019 on > Finnlines official site 

Finnlines is a Strategic Partner to SeaFocus.

Monday 29.7.2019

Tallink Grupp has recently launched the Global Blue Fast Refund service onboard its Tallinn-Helsinki route shuttle vessels for shoppers from non-EU countries, becoming the first company in Estonia to offer this service and the first shipping company in the world to offer this service onboard.

This news was published 24.7.2109 on > Tallink Group official site

Tallink Silja is a Strategic Partner to SeaFocus.

Friday 26.7.2019

We are delighted and proud to announce that SeaFocus Executive Maritime Business Platform has been shortlisted as a nominee for the CAREER4SEA EUROPORT Initiative Award within the scope of Excellence & Career in Shipping for the initiative #IntelligenceHunt - company and student competition.

This recognition was a really nice surprise for us. We want to thank the initiator for proposing SeaFocus for this great award. We will be grateful for your vote!  Online > Voting   is open until September 30th, 2019

> Read the whole news 

Tuesday 16.7.2019

Ayodele Makinde, also a SeaFocus Trainee, is currently fully employed as a biogeochemist research assistant in the University of Eastern Finland. He and his group of professionals are working on the emission of ‘gases’ from the horse paddock and other fields soil samples, in reference to agricultural practices. This is an interesting and challenging subject because, there is a wide knowledge gap in this research study, and the fact that horses are becoming more popular in Finland has sparked the interests of researchers to dig more into environmental information.

"Our focus is on HONO, Greenhouse gases (GHGs) and VOCs emission. The aim of our research is to publish the result for public reference. I have learnt so much since the beginning of this research work and I look forward to completing my analysis and write-ups, so that we can serve the public with these outstanding results. This research study is also my master’s degree thesis project," says Ayodele

Friday 12.7.2019

We are very proud of our Trainees. Yelyzaveta Levytska is one of them. She has started now as a chartering trainee at Varamar, which is a shipping company specialized in transportation of heavy, oversized cargo, steels and bulk with offices in Odessa, Hamburg, Genoa, Dubai, Limassol and Vancouver.

"The traineeship is very interesting as the owner hired people from a consulting agency, which helps companies with their strategic development. Their team created for us a special adaptation schedule that helps us improve our interpersonal skills as well as learn more about the company, its competitors and chartering in general. Additionally, the owner does lecturing. Those lectures help us learn more about each step made from receiving a cargo offer until its discharging in the port of destination", says Lisa

Friday 5.7.2019

SeaFocus strengthens its organization by nominating Ms Saana Rantanen as a Business Development Manager. 

Saana Rantanen is a future orientated person and enjoys creating something new by thinking transcend boundaries of traditional sectors and disciplines. She is currently finishing her studies and soon graduating from the University of Turku from the faculty of Social Sciences.

> Read the news 

Monday 1.7.2019

SeaFocus is active in Social Media through out the summer.

Please follow us 

> SeaFocus LinkedIn

> SeaFocus Twitter

> SeaFocus FaceBook

> SeaFocus Instagram

Sunday 30.6.2019

SeaFocus wishes everyone a happy summer vacation! Enjoy the sea and the sun! 

We will also be relaxing a bit and getting our "batteries" charged for an extremely interesting autumn. 

Preparations for the Intelligence Hunt 6 are on-going.


Naturally you can contact us, if you have something in your mind.
We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thursday 20.6.2019

Alan McKinnon, Professor of Logistics at Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg was one of the Jury Members at the Intelligence Hunt 5.


He has been researching and teaching freight transport and logistics for almost forty years and has published extensively in journals and books. On of his latest books "Decarbonizing Logistics" was handed to the winner team of the competition.

Here are some of his thoughts about the Nor-Shipping and Intelligence Hunt experience > Blog

Wednesday 19.6.2019

Two student team moderators were chosen today for the #IntelligenceHunt6 Finals in Turku.

Yelyzaveta Levytska from Ukraine and Valeriia Poberezhnaya from Russia. They both have been our Trainees and showed some excellent skills in project work taking care of different kind of tasks. 

Now it is their turn to step on the stage as a student moderator. 

Tuesday 18.6.2019

Building up the #IntelligenceHunt6 - little by little.


Today we have agreed with Professor Harilaos N. Psaraftis from the Technical University of Denmark and Sari Turkkila, General Manager of Shipbrokers Finland Association for them becoming Members of the Jury.

Great to have you on board #IntelligenceHunt6!

Monday 17.6.2019

Today we had to say bye bye to some of our amazing SeaFocus Trainees for they have now got jobs or are busy with exams and writing their thesis works.


We have been so lucky to have you with us Masinde, Vivianne, Anh Thu, Valeriia and Anastasia. 

We wish you all the best and we will always support you! 

Friday 14.6.2019

Main Moderators for the #IntelligenceHunt6 Finals to be held in Turku, Finland, January 22nd agreed.

Frank Kho and Rolf Niese agree to join the project also as Main Moderators.

Frank Kho´s career includes more than 30-year experience in the container logistics and terminal industry. Dr Rolf Niese very experienced in optimizing supply chain management and logistics structures.