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The Global Shipping Industry in the 21st Century: Dynamics and Transformative Capacity

Having profited for an extended period of time from favorable economic conditions, the global shipping industry now clearly faces a new and complex situation that will have long-lasting effects on its competitive and organizational dynamics. This situation may best be described as one of fundamental shipping industry change. Some current challenges call for reconsiderations of the way to conduct everyday business, whereas others call for more deeply transformative and often-collaborative technological, conceptual and organizational responses.

This international conference is devoted to enhancing our understanding of how to deal with the sources and responses to fundamental transformation in global shipping, and especially in relation to the impact on the climate and the natural environment. The conference accommodates social science researchers regulators, maritime companies and cargo owners with an interest in addressing current shipping industry-wide changes and their innovative responses. It will run in two complementary tracks; one devoted to academic research dialogue and one devoted to practitioner meetings and presentations by leading maritime companies and organizations. The conference is organized so as to assure widespread interaction between the two tracks.

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Associate Professor Agneta Karlsson, Director AICIS
Welcoming Address
April 13, 16.00-16.15 

Associate Professor Henrik Sornn-Friese, Centre for Shipping Economics and Innovation, Copenhagen Business School
Welcoming Address
April 13, 16.15-16.30

Jan Fritz Hansen, Vice President, Danish Shipowners' Association
"Managing a Shipping Company in Northern Europe: Current Challenges"
April 13, 16.30-17.00

Mats Perämaa, Minister of Finance in the Åland Government
Key note: "The Shipping Industry of Åland: Opportunities and Challenges"
April 13, 17.00-17.30
Mats Perämaa is responsible for shipping matters in the Åland Government. He is also Vice Chairman of the Åland
Liberal party and Chairman of the municipal goverment in Kumlinge.

Victor D. Norman, Professor of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration
Key note: "Does Shipping Survive Because Shipping Companies Die?"
April 14, 10.40–11.25
Victor Norman is a Norwegian economist, politician and newspaper columnist. From 2001-2004 he served as Minister of Labour and Government Administration in the second cabinet of the Bondevik Government. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He has published extensively in the areas of international trade, capital flows, globalization, European integration, welfare, industrial clusters and more and, besides, written about Norwegian shipping in the national economy, market strategies in bulk shipping, risk preference in Scandinavian shipping, and trade policy in the case of Norwegian cruise shipping in the Caribbean.

Robert Uggla, Managing Director, Broström Tankers
Key note: "Broström's Sustainability Strategy"
April 14, 11.25–12.10
Maersk Tankers acquired Broström AB in January 2009 forming the world’s leading product tanker company with a combined fleet of around 275 product tanker vessels. Safety, quality and environmental considerations play an integral part of Broström's business model. Robert Uggla has been with the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group since 2004. He holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from Stockholm School of Economics, with exchange studies at Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, and has pursued executive education at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He comes from a position in Maersk Line as Cluster Manager of UAE, Oman and Qatar.

Catharina Sørensen, DG Regio, European Commission
"A Strategy for the Baltic Sea"
April 14, 12.10-12.55

Dan Erickson, Director DFDS Tor Line AB
April 14, 15.25-15.55

Nils-Erik Eklund, Former President, Viking Line
"Viking Line: Corporate Strategies and Market Challenges in the Baltic"
April 14, 15.55-16.45
Nils-Erik Eklund was born in Mariehamn on the Åland Islands. He studied economics at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He began his career in marketing and tourism with the Municipality of Eskilstuna. In 1974 he moved back to Mariehamn and started as Manager/Managing Director at the Park Alandia Hotel. In 1980 he joined Viking Line (formerly known as SF-Line) and has worked on different executive levels in the company ever since. In 1990, he was appointed CEO and Managing Director. Nils-Erik is a member of various boards and committees ie. ECSA, the Shipping Committee of the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Finland, and the Board of Directors of Ålands Redarförening. In 1993, Nils-Erik was appointed Honorary Consul of Iceland.

Tommy Pedersen, Director General, Faroe Island National and International Ship Register (FAS)
"Why a Faroese International Ship's Register and What Is It?"
April 14, 16.45-17.15

Katrine Bjerregaard, Coordinator, The Transport Innovation Network
"Maritime Activities in the Transport Innovation Network"
April 15, 11.30-12.00

Steen Sabinsky, President, The Maritime Development Centre of Europe
"Innovation in the Danish Maritime Cluster"
April 15, 12.00-12.45

Göran Lindholm, President of Åland Mutual Funds
Closing address: "AICIS–Åland Islands’ Source of Competence for Strategic Business and Political Decisions"
April 15, 12.45-13.00
Göran Lindholm has been the President of Åland Mutual Funds since 1999. Previous positions include Head of Department at Åland Mutual Insurance Company, Director of Administration in the Åland Government, Junior Research Fellow in Public International Law at University of Bergen, Norway, and Legal Director at the Åland Parliament. In addition, Mr Lindholm is Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Åland and AICIS, Åland International Institute of Comparative Island Studies.

Research papers:
Rolv Petter Amdam, Raimond Brekke, Ove Wahl:
"The Integration of Norwegian Firms in the Maritime Cluster in Singapore"

Gang Chen, Zhongzhen Yang and Douglas R. Moodie:
"Modelling Road Traffic Demand of Container Consolidation in a Chinese Marine Terminal"

Lisa Loloma Froholdt:
"Making Sense of Interaction Sequences in VHF Communication"

Carsten Ørts Hansen:
"Regulating the Maritime Sector – a Visit in the Machiavellian Kitchen"

René Taudal Poulsen, Henrik Sornn-Friese and Martin Iversen:
"Danish Shipping in an Age of Transitions, 1960-2010"

Victor Ruperto B. Jaleco, Ralph L. Pador and Rolando A. Alimen:
"Psychosocial Behaviour Among Marine Engineering Graduates of a Maritime University in the Philippines"

Victor Ruperto B. Jaleco:
"Teaching-Learning Situation in Maritime Schools in Western Visayas"

Agneta Karlsson:
"The Major Strategic and Structural Transformations of the Shipping Industry of Åland, 1959-2009"

Agneta Karlsson and Stefan Lång:
"Strategic Recipes within the Nordic Shipping Finance and Marine Insurance Sectors. An Empirical Analysis"

Jouko Kinnunen and Bjarne Lindström:
"Analysing the Maritime Cluster in Åland with Computable General Equilibrium Models - What issues can be tackled?"

Jouni Lappalainen, Jenni Kuronen and Ulla Tapaninen:
"Evaluation of the ISM Code in the Finnish Shipping Companies"

Jari Ojala:
"Great Shipping Crises and after: Finnish Shipping in the Period of Decline (1970s to the Present)"

Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Theo Notteboom and Athanasios Pallis:
"The Role of Finance in Shipping and Ports: Revisiting Embededdness and Risk Assessment"

Athanasios Pallis, Ioannis Theotokas and Maria Progoulaki:
"Maritime Education and Human Resources: A Research Agenda" 

René Taudal Poulsen:
"Carriers of Competence - The Transformation of Swedish Shipping, 1970-2010"

Jan Skovgaard:
"EU Regulation as a Tool for Implementing Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, in Seaborne Shipping"

Henrik Sornn-Friese:
"Eastbound and Down: Offshore Outsourcing in the Shipping Industry and its Consequences for the 'Maritime Cluster'"

Runolfur Smari Steinthorsson:
"A Core Competence in the Making: The Evolution of Icelandic Shipping, 1960-2010"

Stig Tenold:
"Boom, Crisis and Internationalised Revitalisation: Norwegian Shipping, 1960-2008"

Stig Tenold and Ioannis Theotokas:
"Different Paths to Innovation in Shipping: the Cases of Greece and Norway"