A great opportunity to join Ocean Exchange Tenth Anniversary Webcast Series Take #1 - Tomorrow May 20, at 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Our wonderful Emcee Dain Dunstan will be joined by two former finalists, in this case a winner of Orcelle and a winner of Neptune, plus a panel member from industry or government. The startups will give an update of their status and Q&A as time allows. Please join us in a year long celebration of our Tenth Anniversary.

Tuesday 19.5.2020

Arcada University of Applied Sciences is an Academic Partner to SeaFocus, and students from Arcada have participated actively to Intelligence Hunt projects since 2017.

 

Academic partnership and cooperation with the SeaFocus were started in an educational development project of TEKNETIUM at Arcada. During the past years our students have experienced unforgettable moments of sharing and learning within highly professional Intelligence Hunt projects.

Monday 18.5.2020

Maritime Transport - Shipping Logistics and Operations

Author: Docent Ulla Tapaninen and Publisher: Kogan Page

This book written by Docent Ulla Tapaninen has been written with an eye to maritime economics and maritime logistics studies in universities or universities of applied sciences. There are some good and comprehensive books on maritime logistics available internationally, but they are mainly written from the point of view of ocean transportation, and it might be challenging for a student to apply such theory in the Baltic Sea region.

Monday 11.5.2020

The Finnlines Group’s revenue for January–March 2020 was almost on previous year’s level and was EUR 130.5 million compared to EUR 137.6 million in the corresponding period 2019. 

During the first quarter, we transported 186,000 cargo units, shipped 41,000 cars (not including passengers’ cars) and carried 121,000 passengers. 

Financial Review January–March 2020 (unaudited) published first at Finnlines´ official site 7.5.2020. Finnlines is a Strategic Partner to SeaFocus 

Friday 8.5.2020

SeaFocus actively follows the situation globally.

 

We have a constant dialogue for example with our Trainees, who represent different countries and we get a picture of the influences of this pandemic into the societies and supply chains. 

At the same time background preparations are ongoing for the coming Autumn. 

Wednesday 29.4.2020

Ayodele Makinde has been appointed as a Marketing Manager at SeaFocus. 

 

As a SeaFocus Trainee and later Marketing Lead Intern, Ayodele Makinde has shown his diligence and great interest in learning new things. He has done an excellent job and without any hesitation executed all tasks given to him quickly and faultlessly, giving all his knowledge and abilities for the case in question.

Wednesday 22.4.2020

SeaFocus tends to be actively present in the social media; FaceBook, Instagram, LinkedIN and Twitter.

 

Our Trainees have been in a key role in keeping up the visibility. SeaFocus Trainees have the social media accounts as on of their responsibilities. This impressive SeaFocus Social Media Report was done by Ayodele Makinde, please check the report.

Tuesday 21.4.2020

5 years of strategic partnership with Finnlines! 

Finnlines and SeaFocus started strategic partnership in 2016, with a clear joint vision:

By forming an active positive dialogue of important areas for shipping and maritime industry

the speed of development will be accelerating and the whole industry will benefit.

We are happy and proud for being able to bring added value to our partner.

Tuesday 14.4.2020

SeaFocus Strategy Meeting regarding the future plans, activities and tasks in the short and long run.

 

We discussed about the preparations for Intelligence Hunt Cup to be held in conjunction with the Messe München "Transport and Logistics", May 2021.

 

In the frames of the IntelligenceHunt project a lot is done vie online connections as the student teams work mainly using Skype and other online systems. So even in a situations like this we can continue the work with the companies and student teams. 

Friday 10.4.2020

The maritime business is highly significant for the Finnish economy. The maritime industry alone gives jobs to 28,300 people and generates a total annual turnover of 8 billion euros. Together with shipping and port operations, the entire maritime cluster gives jobs to 48,800 people, producing a total annual turnover of 13.1 billion euros. 

"High Need for New Multi Talent Game Changers in the Maritime Field", article by Professor Pentti Kujala, Aalto University, SeaFocus Academic Partner 

Wednesday 8.4.2020

SeaFocus Trainees are brilliant young people, eager, innovative and interested finding new possibilities.

 

Anmol Jadav is one of our Trainees. We published his article "Possible Revisions to UNCLOS for Salvaging Auto-Remote Vessels Going Adrift" on Monday 30.3. and shared it in the social media. It has gained a lot of views. Highly recommend you to read it.

Friday 3.4.2020

April 1st is a day of pranks in Finland. The time now is not good for any pranks, so instead we had a SeaFocus strategy meeting with our Senior Advisor Markku Mylly.

 

We are building up actions and drafting plans for the better times, which lie ahead. 

Wednesday 1.4.2020

Today we had a nice online meeting with our Trainees, Rodion, Anmol, Annabel, Ayodele, Phat, Maria, Jonathan and Maria. The trainees are doing fine and have been quite busy with their theses, some of them are working for the industry.

 

They found great activities for keeping themselves busy and the network and keeping in contact means a lot. 

Let´s stay connected! 

Thank you Trainees! You are very valuable to SeaFocus! 

Monday 30.3.2020

We are going through difficult times.

Co-operation and networking is important, just the means are different. SeaFocus Maritime Business Platform is here for you. 

SeaFocus continues sharing maritime and supply chain related postings via our social media channels; > SeaFocus Twitter, > SeaFocus Facebook, > SeaFocus Instagram and > SeaFocus LinkedIN.

Friday 27.3.2020

SeaFocus wants to help other small, SME, big and huge companies and especially those who seek for jobs, summer jobs, trainee or temporary positions by opening a Platform for Job Exchange. This service is 100% complimentary.

 

SeaFocus welcomes all companies acting in the maritime, shipbuilding and logistics field, including the shippers and all of these aforementioned companies’ stakeholders to share information about any open vacancies, irrespective if permanent, temporary, traineeship or a summer job.

Monday 23.3.2020

Management of Real-time Data Defines the Future of Logistics and Shipping Companies, an article by Alexander Varvarenko, Shipnext.

The growing importance of the supply chain and transportation in global trade has led to a growing demand for transparency and transformation. Digitalization and automation in labor-intensive sectors of the transportation industry have already gained pace with the introduction of automated warehouses, unmanned ships, and driverless vehicles.

Wednesday 18.3.2020

SeaFocus connects students with world-known maritime and logistics companies. Thanks to acquaintances from SeaFocus, trainees have opportunities to collaborate with inspiring leaders from marine business. 


As the LinkedIn and Twitter account holder for SeaFocus I'm aware of maritime industry news on daily basis, hence I have a chance to inform people daily about the most important press releases from maritime sector. By now I'm an intern at Estonian Maritime Administration and writing thesis about value proposition in ships' flag-states.

I believe it's integral to create more opportunities than you find and commit to your future since everyone´s potential in unlimited, says Annabel Keerd, SeaFocus Trainee

Tuesday 17.3.2020

Attracting young talents into the maritime industry

 

The war on talent will become increasingly severe as more economies respond to mitigate this potential human capital and economic crisis with varying approaches from immigration to non-immigration temporary work solutions, giving young people a wider range of global career opportunities in the shipping and more widely in the maritime industry.

Article by Mr Markku Mylly, Master Mariner, Senior Advisor

Monday 16.3.2020

SeaFocus will become even more international soon.

 

A working group with our amazing Trainees Maria Petrova and Daniil Furman was launched to work on our improved brand imaging. The kick off meeting was held today. Ayodele Makinde, SeaFocus Trainee, Marketing Lead, will be participating the project. 

Looking forward to the results of this project. Stay tuned to know more. 

Friday 13.3.2020

Delta Sygni Labs Ltd is Developing Partner to SeaFocus.

Can you make VOIP video calls through satellite network? How about VSAT video call? Can you use modern augmented reality video (AR video) tools for remote technical support for your vessels on the sea? Can you trust, that the connection will work? The answer is yes. These issues were studied in a joint project with European Space Agency, Wärtsilä, Valmet, Kone and Delta Cygni Labs. 

Learn more about their remote support for maritime.

Thursday 12.3.2020

SeaFocus strategy meeting.

SeaFocus together with its partners have launched the theme of the #SFAEM2020 to be “Responsible and Resilient Supply Chain – The Shippers’ Voices”. We have planned the programme well and invited speakers and round table facilitators to give their input to the important matters.

 

Due to the COVID-19 status of today, being responsible and wanting also our industry to be resilient, we will postpone the SeaFocus Annual Executive Meeting to Autumn 2020. 

Sunday 8.3.2020

We are happy to introduce Dennis Mol, Vice President Digitalisation & Business Transformation of MacGregor Group as one of the Keynote Speakers, #SFAEM2020.

 

Dennis Mol is a seasoned business executive and change leader in global operating maritime companies. Either private equity owned or publicly listed. More than 10 years he has held several P&L driven leadership positions in the merchant segment, super yachting market as well as offshore, focusing on new build projects and services execution.

Wednesday 4.3.2020

#SFAEM2020 will take place Autumn 2020 in Helsinki. We are happy to have Johan Hansten, Area Sales Director of Marine Business in Wärtsilä as one of the Round Table Facilitator.

 

In this task at Wärtsilä, Johan Hansten is responsible for sales activities in Europe and Africa. He joined the Company in 1996 and has held different positions within Project Management and Sales.

Tuesday 3.3.2020

One excellent day again on board M/S SeaFocus! 

Dinis Guarda - an author, academic, influencer, serial entrepreneur and leader in 4IR, AI, Fintech, digital transformation and Blockchain, will join the #SFAEM2020.

With over two decades of experience in international business, C level positions and digital transformation, Dinis has worked with new tech, cryptocurrencies, drive ICOs, regulation, compliance, legal international processes, and has created a bank, and been involved in the inception of some of the top 100 digital currencies.

Monday 2.3.2020

Johan Elzes the Business Unit Director fro Ahlers’ Trade Facilitation & After Sales Services will also join the #SFAEM2020 in Autumn. He will be one of the Executive Round Table Facilitators.

Glad to have with us Mr Elzes. 

Ahlers does not only do the logistics, but also takes care of the import into Russia and the further sales of the goods, on behalf of its customers. In this sense, companies can outsource the complexity of doing business in a challenging region as Russia to Ahlers and receive real value from it.

Friday 28.2.2020

We are extremely happy to have Mr Mike Sturgeon as one of the Keynote Speakers at the #SFAEM2020. Mr Sturgeon has been Executive Director of ECG – the Association of European Vehicle Logistics – since March 2010.

Representing nearly 130 European companies from almost 30 countries who move finished vehicles by road, river, rail and sea. For over 20 years ECG has provided a platform for the Finished Vehicle Logistics sector through a Secretariat based in Brussels.

Thursday 27.2.2020

The Shipowners´ Foundation in Finland granted a Recognition Award of 2000 € to the team "Mega Move Consulting" for their impressive work on the case assignment by Meyer Turku. Jussi Mälkiä,  Chairman of the Foundation and a Jury Member of the competition, granted in person the Award.

 

The Shipowners´ Foundation in Finland was established by the Finnish Shipowners’ Association in 2008. The Foundation strives to support research and education in the shipping industry and raise awareness about shipping in the Finnish society.

Wednesday 26.2.2020

SeaFocus Annual Executive Meeting 2020, #SFAEM2020, takes place in Autumn 2020 at the Hotel Kämp in Helsinki. The theme of the whole meeting is "Responsible and Resilient Supply Chain", which will be tackled by the high-level keynote speakers and also in the round table discussions. 

Senior Advisor, Master Mariner, Markku Mylly is one of the Moderators of the Meeting. 

He has a long and wide experience in maritime. He was the Executive Director of European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Lisbon, Portugal 2012-2018. He has also participated the work of IMO (International Maritime organization) IALA (International Association of Lighthouse Authorities) and ESPO (European Seaports Organization).

Monday 24.2.2020

Sweco was very pleased and happy with their teams in the IntelligenceHunt6 company and student competition. One of their teams "Aquamarine" won the competition with a case assignment "Harbour2100". 

“We want to know what kind of knowhow and manage is needed in the future, which is why we set a goal far. The assignment Harbour2100 did not limit the students' ideas, and we hope to develop the ideas further in the future, ”says Jyri Nieminen, Sustainability Specialist at Sweco. Student collaboration is an important way for Sweco to understand the future demand ans development in the industry and to attract the best players."

Friday 21.2.2020

Baltic Transport Journal and Przemek Myszka has published a really nice article about the SeaFocus, about our history and what we are today. 

ON THE HUNT! Without the knowledge about history, some say, one cannot understand the present, all the more predict or shape the future.

Thursday 20.2.2020

Per Westling, CEO of Stena RoRo on stage at the #IntelligenceHunt6. His topic as an Inspiring Speaker was "Roro and RoPax Newbuilds - Where, What, with Whom and How?"

IntelligenceHunt6 Finals was held January 22, 2020 in conjunction with the NaviGate2020 Maritime Trade Fair. 

Wednesday 19.2.2020

Excellent news again!  

Riikka Joukio, the Senior Vice President, Climate and Circular Economy at Metsä Group in Finland agreed to join the #SFAEM2020 as one of the Keynote Speakers. 

 

Metsä Group is a forerunner in sustainable bioeconomy and circular economy, by utilising renewable wood from northern forests into first-class products.

Tuesday 18.2.2020

Today is a Valentine´s Day and for this occasion SeaFocus wants to thank our amazing Trainees, our dear friends, who have become an irreplaceable force for us. 

 

We have gained now two years experience of working with Trainees, with young talented and enthusiastic people. We highly recommend this to all of you! 

Thank you SeaFocus Trainees all of you; ex-trainees, today´s trainees and future trainees. It is and has been always a pleasure to work with you! 

Friday 14.2.2020

#SFAEM2020 presents a new concept of substance rich round tables facilitated by industry executives. Gunnar Mansfeld, Executive Director of the Norebo Overseas Holding Ltd, facilitates one of the round tables "Future Talents".

 

Norebo is growing and expanding its seafood business. The company is in need of future international talents to various locations globally. SeaFocus will support Norebo in finding candidates during this spring, and in the round table Mr Mansfeld will discuss with the other round table participants how the future portfolio of talents in the global businesses look like. 

Friday 14.2.2020

We have just finalised the 6th edition of the Intelligence Hunt project, and have already started preparations for the next one. 

 

SeaFocus and Messe München Transport Logistik GmbH have formed an Associate Partnership 15.10.2019. Meaning the Finals of the “Intelligence Hunt Transport Logistic” will be held May 6th, 2021 in one of the Messe München Transport und Logistik exhibition halls.

We are really proud of this partnership. SeaFocus warmly welcomes Messe München onboard M/S SeaFocus as a SeaFocus Associate Partner.

Thursday 13.2.2020

Great news! Frank Kho will be moderating the SeaFocus Annual Executive Meeting 2020, #SFAEM2020 April 22nd, 2020 at the Hotel Kämp in Helsinki. 

Mr Kho has more than 30-year experience in the container logistics and terminal industry.

He had several senior management positions in Asia and Europe with PSA and HPH, 2 of the leading global terminal operators. And prior to become an advisor. Mr Kho has also has been a member of the global leadership team of Kalmar for 6+ years. Kalmar is a leading global supplier of equipment and automation solution for the terminal industry.

Wednesday 12.2.2020

The registration to the SeaFocus Annual Executive Meeting 2020, #SFAEM2020 opens soon. The Conference takes place April 22nd, 2020 at the Hotel Kämp in Helsinki. 

The programme consists of high-level keynotes, executive round table discussions and networking of course. This time all of our guest speakers represent SHIPPERS. 

The theme is "Responsible and Resilient Supply Chain - Shippers´ Voices".

Tuesday 11.2.2020

We are happy to announce one of the Executive Round Table Facilitator of the SeaFocus Annual Executive Meeting 2020. #SFAEM2020, 22.4.2020 

 

Warmly welcome Mr Jyrki Ranki, the Vice President, Maritime Logistics of Metsä Group. He has more than 25 years experience from Scandinavian forest industry and logistics.

Metsä Group is a forerunner in sustainable bioeconomy and circular economy, by utilising renewable wood from northern forests into first-class products. 

Monday 10.2.2020

Exciting day - the concept of the #SFAEM2020 is ready and published. The concept is based on a hybrid model of high level speeches and round table workshops with stage presentations after the workshops by the table facilitators.

 

All speakers and round table facilitators represent the shippers, the customers of the other maritime supply chain stakeholders.​ Each round table will have a specific theme, to which the registered participants will be given some background material to study before the meeting. The facilitator for each round table will be announced in advance.

Friday 7.2.2020

NaviGate 2020 Maritime Trade Fair Steering Group meeting took place today in Turku. SeaFocus was present of course. In the meeting we went through the feedback. Overall this year the exhibition and conference was a success. 

SeaFocus is very pleased with the co-operation with NaviGate. Very professional work.

The preparations of the next Maritime Trade Fair NaviGate 2022 has been started. 

Wednesday 5.2.2020

SeaFocus as an organiser of the whole company and student competition also wanted to grant a Recognition Award to the team, which work the management found the most professional throughout the project. The Recognition Award this time was an Invitation as Follower Participants to a high-level SFAEM2020, April 22 in Helsinki, at the Hotel Kämp. 

 

This Award was granted to the Student Team P.O.R.O. – Port of Raahe Organisation. The assignment was: “Sustainable Ports Towards Future Challenges” and the work was steered by Mr Kaarlo Heikkinen, the CEO of the Port of Raahe.

Monday 3.2.2020

Johan Elzes, Business Unit Director, Ahlers’ Trade Facilitation & After Sales Services was one of the Inspiring Speakers at the IntelligenceHunt6 Finals. His topic was "Growth in the Complex Markets - True Stories of Customer Innovation".

The whole day was recorded and here a link to his presentation.

Thursday 30.1.2020

We have a lot of photos from the IntelligenceHunt6 Finals and the Award Ceremony.

You can find the photos at SeaFocus Facebook and also download them if you wish to.
 

Wednesday 29.1.2020

Winners of the IntelligenceHunt5, Chia Palkonen and Calvin Kho presenting their experiences of the Award of Ocean Exchange participation as VIP guests, which was the Award for winning the 5th Intelligence Hunt project with a Wärtsilä case.
 

The award for the Intelligence Hunt 6 winners will be the same.

Tuesday 28.1.2020

Shipowners' Foundation in Finland awards their favourite team MegaMoveConsulting  with Jonathan Atwood, Nguyễn Tấn Phát and  Maria Myhailenko.


SeaFocus congratulates the Student team and also Meyer Turku for an inspiring and very interesting assignment.

In the picture from the left Nguyễn Tấn Phát Jussi Mälkiä, Chairman of the board of the Shipowners' Foundation in Finland, Jonathan Atwood and Kari Sillanpää from Meyer Turku.

Monday 27.1.2020

If you could not make it to the Finals of the IntelligenceHunt6 this time, you can enjoy the day via You Tube for the whole event was livestreamed.

 

Please note, the Finals on the video starts at 16.12 minutes.

Thursday 23.1.2020

Today - at last - the anticipated Finals of the IntelligenceHunt6! What a day - full of excitement and energy. Something for everyone and as one of the Jury Members, Poul Woodall, said everyone could learn something from today.

After a tough competition with four teams very close to each other, and two above all, the day finished with an announcement of the winner by Ulla Keino, Chairman of the Jury: The Winner of the IntelligenceHunt6 project is Team “Aquamarine”: Pavel Kan, Victoria Stroilova, Iaana Borodulina and Vladislav Zegerov from the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping, with the case Harbour2100 by Sweco.

Wednesday 22.1.2020

Here we are in Turku! All set up for the Finals! 

You can follow the Finals online via YouTube

Tuesday 21.1.2020

We are almost ready for the Finals! The curtains will be opened soon.

Today the Jury Members evaluating the works and teams received the Presentation materials of the Student Teams to have a look before hands.

 

During these last days the Teams have been and will be practising their stage presentation. They have had rehearsals with their Mentors and with the Chairman of the Jury. 

Monday 20.1.2020

Today the 10 Final Executive Summaries of the Intelligence Hunt 6 Student Teams were sent to the Jury Members for evaluation. 

The Jury will evaluate the works by giving points from 1 to 6 on Executive Summary, Team Work and Stage Presentation. 

Not an easy task for the Jury! 

Wednesday 15.1.2020

Delta Cygni Labs Ltd is a Developing Partner of SeaFocus. You can meet them at the IntelligenceHunt Finals in Turku 22.1.2020

Delta Cygni Labs is solving technical human-to-human communication problems for industry, by applying scientific results and fundamental concepts of Cybernetics, Human-Machine-Systems and Augmented Reality. 

Tuesday 14.1.2020

Maritime SCM and Shipping - Changing Ideas with the Next Generation that is what IntelligenceHunt is about.

Let us introduce you the ten international Student Teams and the Case Companies.

Monday 13.1.2020

Excitement is in the Air! The Finals of the IntelligenceHunt6 within ten days. 

The Teams have been working on the Executive Summaries and now it is the time to prepare the presentations for the Finals.

The Jury will evaluate not only the Executive Summaries but also the stage presentation and presence. Good luck for the Teams! 

Sunday 12.1.2020

Today the IntelligenceHunt6 Companies will receive the Executive Summaries from their Student Teams. The Teams have been working now for about two and a half months. 

Companies have few days to go through the Summaries and comment. After receiving the comments, the Teams have  couple of days to finalise the works and then they will be send to the Members of the Jury for the evaluation.

At this point we also want to thank our Mentors and Student Mentors! 

Good luck to all Teams and Companies! 

Wednesday 8.1.2020

Enough holidays and relaxing! Let´s get back to work. 

The year 2020 starts with agreement to have the SFAEM2020 in Helsinki April 22, 2020 at the Hotel Kämp. The theme of the SeaFocus Annual Executive Meeting is "Responsible and Resilient Supply Chain - Shippers´ Voices".

Later on we will let you know more. 

Tuesday 7.1.2020

New Year and New Opportunities! We wish you all Prosperous New Year! 

SeaFocus Year 2019 was amazing in many ways: Challenges, Opportunities, Changes, Growth, Success ... 

 

>To learn more about SeaFocus Year 2019, please read > the Article.

> M/S SeaFocus LogBook 2019 

Wednesday 1.1.2020