- 21. März 2019
Baltic Trendsetters Club Awards
During this March’s Transport Week in Gdynia, a conference on transport & logistics in the Baltic and East-Central Europe organised by Actia Forum, the editorial team of the Baltic Transport Journal awarded for the eighth time, with the Baltic Trendsetters Club Certificates, the innovative companies that drive the transport & logistics industry in the right direction – in the Baltic Sea region and beyond.
The list of the most important transport events that shaped 2018 included:
Rolls-Royce Marine – for setting up the Research & Development Centre for Autonomous Ships in Turku as well as for taking part in the world’s first fully autonomous ferry crossing.
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) – for acquiring 100% shares of Muuga Container Terminal’s owner and operator Transiidikeskuse and expanding its reach from the North and Black Seas also to the Baltic.
DP World – for taking over the Aarhus-based Unifeeder, the world’s second biggest independent feeder company, and creating a pan-European terminal-shipping group.
Maersk Line together with its daughter companies – for introducing Vistula Maersk and her six sister ships, the largest feeders designed specifically to serve traffic to and from the Baltic and, at the same time, the world’s biggest container carriers with the highest ice class.
DFDS – for expanding its business to the Mediterranean by taking over the İstanbul-based U.N. Ro-Ro as well as for investing in next-generation tonnage to serve its network that now spans over north- and southern Europe.
And finally, Nauticor, Skangas, and Swedegas – for their long-standing contribution to the development of the liquefied natural gas/biogas market in the Baltic.
Przemek Myszka, Editor-in-Chief, the Baltic Transport Journal, commented, “While the 2016 list of the most important events made the Baltic very global, the listing from last year, in contrast, brought to the fore local affairs. The highlights that topped 2018, in turn, mixed those perspectives. However, alike 2017, we also decided to distinguish one particular trend, namely the development of a robust supply chain for the delivery of liquefied natural gas – and lately biogas too – to the various clients in northern Europe, not only the transport industry.”
“That said, irrespective of whether we’re talking about global or local events, single developments or plans for which it takes years to unfold them, one thing remains constant – year after year the Baltic delivers, making us – the Balticers – proud of our region. As such, we are more than happy to promote the Baltic Sea region with our Certificates. Though, to be absolutely frank, it’s really the other way ‘round – the Baltic and its innovative companies promote themselves with their milestone achievements. We just put in the good word for them,” he added.