Åsa Burman, Lighthouse Director, led one session concerning shipping and regional growth, were Johan Lantz from the Swedish Maritime Agency, Joakim Swahn from M4M traffic and Ulrika Roupé from SSPA presented three regional projects.
The potential of shipping and inland waterways were highlighted by all participants and exemplified by a project in lake Mälaren. The project showed that transportation by inland waterways could be both cheaper and more environmentally friendly than other transport modes. The benefits of using inland waterways were also demonstrated by Joakim Swahn from M4M traffic who presented a project in the harbour of Luleå.
- The positive effects on the environment are one of the most important benefits of using ships instead of trucks or trains. Furthermore, shipping is the best option for the society and economy compared to other transport modes in the area, said Joakim Swahn.
Ulrika Roupé from SSPA discussed the project Midway alignment, which is designed to expand the connections between regions.
A panel discussion ended the session. The importance of intermodality and the significance of collaborating were discussed by all participants.
Monica Lundh, Chalmers, together with Carl Carlsson, Swedish Shipowners´ Association lead the seminar “Towards 2050 - how the EU and environmental goals affect the shipping industry”. At the seminar, the importance of collaboration and more research funding were mentioned by Carl Carlsson.
- We need to share knowledge and cooperate in order to reach the goal of more goods and passengers on Swedish ships. With known technique we are able to reduce CO2 emissions, but in order to become even more environmentally friendly we need more engagement from the rest of the society. If you compare with other transport modes, the shipping industry is far behind in terms of research resources and funding - there is an urgent need of support to maritime research of 100-300 MSEK, said Carl Carlsson.
Despite the lack of funding, interesting research from Chalmers, KTH and Kalmar Maritime Academy is conducted. Research areas such as autonomous ships, energy efficiency, shipping sectors impact on oceans and intermodality were presented by Hannes Johnson, Chalmers, Karl Garme, KTH, Yemao Man, Chalmers, and Kjell Larsson, Kalmar Maritime Academy.
The shipping industry itself was represented by Claes Berglund, Stena, and Ellinor Svensson, Styrsöbolaget. They both showed how shipping companies can work in order to become environmental friendly with new fuels, such as methanol and eco-driving.
A panel discussion with Jessica Rosencrantz, member of the Swedish parliament, Anders Carlberg, Region Västra Götaland, Jaak Meri, the Swedish Maritime Agency, Claes Berglund and Karl Garme discussed how to move forward and how regional, national and international rules can be harmonized.
- Since the shipping industry is global most regulations are decided in IMO. The question is if Sweden should wait or move ahead, said Jessica Rosencrantz.
Karl Garme, KTH, mentioned that it is important that the shipping industry is perceived as part of the entire transport system.
- It is not preferable to look at one detail when it comes to the planning of infrastructure. A system perspective of the transport system enables a more effective and comprehensive infrastructure, said Karl Garme.