Somewhere around 200 participants attended this year’s conference organized by IL Hødd.
Fantastiske Osberget CEO, Magne Grimstad, was host under the Conference of Providers in Ulsteinvik. Photo: Mare Safety
As a sponsor for this big event, Mare Safety also participated in the Conference of Providers, arranged in Ulsteinvik Thursday 24th of April by the sports team IL Hødd and Fantastiske Osberget. The Conference of Providers, in Norwegian called Leverandørkonferansen, has been arranged every year since 2000. This year conference, number fourteen in the series, was guested by estimated 200 people from different companies, with common interest for maritime industry and development.
The football department from the sports team, IL Hødd from Ulsteinvik, has been the main organizer through all this years, and therefore it was naturally that Director of sports, dept. football, Andre Nevstad, began with a speech to the assembly.
Mr. Nevstad talked about the new football stadium that currently is under construction on Høddvoll area in Ulsteinvik. Through illustrations given in video and photos, the participants of the conference were given information about the progress of construction, plans for development and new facilities. He also said that the new football stadium will replace the old one, and it’s sad to leave this arena with so many memories.
– However, as in the maritime industry, it is important to consider new and innovative thinking in football as well, says former Hødd A-team player and today manager, Andre Nevstad.
Through the 3,5 hour long conference located at Sjøborg House of Cultures, right next to Ulstein Hotel, the presenters of the conference was Andre Nevstad, followed by President & CEO of Olympic Shipping, Mr. Stig Remøy, Deputy CEO and Chief Market & Innovation Officer of Ulstein Group, Mr. Tore Ulstein, Head of Active Management of Sparebanken Møre, Mr. Trond Moldskred, and finally Managing Director of Island Offshore, Håvard Ulstein.
Banker and Head of Active Management, Mr. Trond Moldskred, was the only one who couldn’t speak directly about shipbuilding and shipping management, but he could however point out that the shipping companies and shipyards in Sunnmøre has good prospects according to the market and economy. Something that is important to ensure the future of shipbuilding in the maritime cluster.
Mr. Håvard Ulstein from Island Offshore presented the new and innovative ship, Island Navigator (UT777), designed by Rolls Royce and will be built at Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan, with delivery spring 2017. Furthermore, he also tells that the ship is qualified with safety- and navigation equipment in top-class, which means DP3.
– The ship will be used for everything from subsea operations to the top-hole drilling and can be converted to LWI. Island Offshore has ten years of experience with similar ships, and now we go one step further and establish ourselves in the market for top-hole drilling, says Mr. Håvard Ulstein.
Olympic Shipping CEO, Stig Remøy, told about his carreer as a ship owner and captain from a age of 21 years to his position as owner of Olympic Shipping today. Photo: Mare Safety
Competition and cooperation is important
The restoring presenters also tell about their experience as many years operating with shipping and ship building in the maritime cluster in Ulsteinvik and Fosnavåg in Herøy. They all have common agreement that cooperation between providers, yards and shipping companies are the most important part to succeed today – but also in the future.
– We have to compete when we have to – and cooperate when we can, say Mr. Tore Ulstein under his speech to the participants at the conference. And the presenters were agreeing.
In addition, Mr. Stig Remøy pointed out that investments in recruitment are important to maintain interest in the maritime industry by youths. In his hometown, Fosnavåg is a brand new hotel under construction. In addition to the hotel is a ship simulator center under construction. Remøy claims this will be one of the largest simulation centers in world at 1000-1200 square feet. As an investor, Mr. Remøy shows how he partly can affect youth in a positive contribution to arouse interest in the maritime industry.