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Online 3.3.2021

Dutch-Finnish maritime online seminar and matchmaking

10:00-15:30 EET


Attendance to the seminar and matchmaking event is free of charge, however, requires a pre-registration via the link below.

Register here by 28 February


Further information


Ms. Katja Eriksen, Senior Advisor
Cellular: +47 402 84 887


Mr. Esa Lindqvist, Ecosystem Lead
Cellular: +358 400 522 141


Ms. Hanna-Leena Harma, Manager, Inbound Delegations
Cellular: +358 40 728 8730

The Netherlands is a center of vibrant technology development within both marine and port sectors. Both Finland and the Netherlands have high ambitions in developing the industry towards an emission-free sailing by 2030, and both countries focus on advanced technology development.

Business Finland and Marstrat in collaboration with the Netherlands Maritime Technology Association organize an online maritime seminar and matchmaking event for Dutch and Finnish maritime companies to boost the cooperation and business between the countries.

This seminar focuses on the following topics: zero emission, autonomy and the superyachts segment with prominent speakers from the leading companies such as Royal Wagenborg, Wärtsilä, Heinen & Hopman, DIMECC One Sea Ecosystem,, Groke Technologies and many more!

In addition to the seminar and workshops, you can sign up to 1:1 meetings to discuss business with the Dutch participants and specialists from different maritime organizations throughout the event day.

Event platform, which you can access via the registration link, provides also a special marketplace where you can find business opportunities and cooperation requests from the Dutch participants. Also Finnish companies can publish information about services and products on the marketplace.


Welcoming words and Introduction

Mr. Petri Peltonen, Under-secretary of state at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
H.E. Mrs. Desirée Kopmels, Dutch Ambassador to Finland

Support for Dutch-Finnish innovation projects

Mr. Tom Warras, Executive Coordinator, Business Finland
Mr. Simon Haafs, Program manager Eureka Clusters, RVO

Host: Ms. Katja Eriksen, Senior Advisor, Business Finland

10:30–11:30 Panel discussion

Mr. Egbert Vuursteen, CEO, Royal Wagenborg
Mr. Pieter Huyskens, Head of Research and Development, Damen Yachting
Mr. Rami Hirsimäki, Senior Vice President – Marine & Offshore BU, Elomatic
Mr. Roger Holm, President Marine Power & EVP, Wärtsilä Corporation

Hosts: Ms. Katja Eriksen, Senior Advisor, Business Finland and Mr. Harry Doze, Partner, Marstrat

11:30–11:40 Break

11:40–12:40 B2B matchmaking

11:40–12:40 Workshop 1 – Towards ZERO emission

Mr. Mikael Wideskog, Director, Sustainable Fuels & Decarbonisation, Wärtsilä
Ms. Laura Langh-Lagerlöf, Commercial Director, Langh Tech
Mr. Jani Mäkelä, Head of Environmental Solutions, Elomatic
Mr. Theo Klimp, Fleet Director, Royal Wagenborg

Host: Mr. Maciej Mikulski, Associate Professor, University of Vaasa

12:40–12:50 Break

12:50–13:50 B2B matchmaking

12:50–13:50 Workshop 2 - Autonomous shipping

Ms. Päivi Haikkola, Senior Ecosystems Lead, ONE SEA Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem, DIMECC
Mr. Iiro Lindborg, VP, Groke Technologies
Mr. Karno Tenovuo, Co-founder & CEO,
Mr. Almar van Herk, Sr. Business Development Manager, Kotug International

Host: Marco Scholtens, Innovation Manager, NMT 11:50 – 12:50

13:50–14:00 Break

14:00–15:00 B2B matchmaking

14:00–15:00 Workshop 3 - From cruise vessels to superyachts

Ms. Anu Peippo, Chief Experience Officer, VTT Senseway
Mr. Jukka Kaukonen, Partner, KK Superyachts
Mr. Markku Kajosaari, SVP – Sales, Helsinki Shipyard
Mr. Anders Kurten, CEO, Baltic Yachts
Mr. Marcel van der Spek, Bolidt Esthec
Mr. Ulco Hoekstra, Eekels/De Keizer

Host: Mr. Hein Velema, Partner, Marstrat

15:00–15:05 Break

15:05–15:30 Closing session

Recap of the workshops by workshop moderators

  • findings from the workshops
  • next steps

Business Finland intro and services for Dutch and Finnish maritime companies

Hosts: Ms. Katja Eriksen, Senior Advisor, Business Finland and Mr. Hein Velema, Partner, Marstrat

15:30–17:30 B2B matchmaking

Looking forward to seeing you online!
Business Finland & Marstrat