Baltic Ports Conference 2022 on the horizon
The Baltic Ports Conference 2022 approaches rapidly, as the Baltic Ports Organization, its Members and other key players from the Baltic and European maritime sector prepare for the event’s return to the physical realm. Hosted by the Port of Gdynia, the conference will be held on 7-8 September in Gdynia, Poland.
This year’s edition of the Baltic Ports Conference (BPC) will tackle multiple issues currently relevant to the maritime sector in the Europe and the Baltic region. The changing geopolitical map of Europe and the Baltics and the question what shape it will take in the near future will be one of the focus points of this year’s discussion. The recent geopolitical shifts affect the future of the logistic chains in the Baltic Sea region (BSR) and beyond. The war in Ukraine, related economic sanctions and the much talked about energy transformation, all may redefine and the Baltic ports’ role as strategic assets of the European Union.
All of the above brings a set of challenges and consequence for the market, another topic to be explored during this year’s event. From an analysis of the recent situation and future outlook of economy and trade in the BSR to an overview of the West’s sanctions imposed on Russia and their main consequences for the transport sector in Europe, the participants will gain much insight hopefully allowing them to better prepare for what future might hold.
Naturally, geopolitical shifts are not the only challenge the port and maritime industry as a whole are currently facing. Europe’s efforts to combat greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are one of the essential points of European Union’s policy. These actions, while commendable, require careful consideration and preparation.
During the BPC 2022, the difficult question of whether the goals set by the European Green Deal remain achievable in the given timeframe, especially in the context of fossil fuels versus green energy in times of crisis, will be posed and discussed. Since every challenge is also an opportunity, experts will also try to divine which new business models and revenue sources ports should concentrate on in anticipation of the planned energy transformation.
The participants will also have the chance to learn more about the energy-related investments in ports and terminals that offer the greatest potential and possibilities for remaining competitive in the coming decades.
This year’s edition will welcome a broad field of expert presentations and discussion panels, featuring speakers representing multiple Baltic ports, both regional and European maritime organizations, finance institutions and leading think-tanks.
The program will also include additional activities prepared together with this year’s host, the Port of Gdynia, allowing the participants to network and relax after a long conference day during the evening cocktail, as well as a boat tour of the port on the second day of the event.