OUR GOAL

ROUTING THE FUTURE
The international community has recently reaffirmed the importance of the global blue economy, which covers all activities making use of ocean’s resources – from fisheries, to circular economy, to transport, to renewable energy and to biotechnology – as it is expected to grow at twice the rate of the mainstream economy by 2030.

 

The ocean is a common opportunity for our future. Hence, the Blue Economy importance is in line with the UN Ocean Conference, to be held in 2020 by the Portuguese Government. The “Oceans Meeting 2018” is a Ministerial Meeting under the core theme: “Blue Circular Economy, Port Tech Clusters and Green Shipping”

FULL PROGRAM

The International Meeting of Ministers of the Sea is the primary focus of this event and aims to discuss common international policies for the Ocean.

International Conference Programme
September 20th, 2018

07:30 am

Registration and Welcoming Coffee

08:30 am

Opening Cerimony of the Oceans Meeting 2018

9:00 – 01:00 pm

Plenary Session: Our Ocean, Our Common Future

• Kitack Lim – Secretary General of International Maritime Organization
• Peter Thomson – Special Envoy for the Ocean, United Nations
• Vidar Helgesen – Norway’s Prime Minister Special Envoy to the High-level Panel on Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy
• Vladimir Ryabinin -Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Assistant Director General of UNESCO
• Violeta Bulc – Commissioner for Transport, European Commission
• Karmenu Vella – Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
• Vincent Bouvier – Secretary-General of the Sea, Government of France
• João Cravinho – Former Minister of Planning and Territory
• Adriano Moreira – President of the International Academy of Portuguese Culture

01:00 pm

Lunch

GARE MARÍTIMA DA ROCHA CONDE D’ÓBIDOS *

2:00 pm

PART I – BLUE CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND SCIENCE

Panel 1 – BLUE CIRCULAR ECONOMY: OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH AND EMPLOYMENT

 

Area of debate: The circular economy approach has the potential for being an effective solution for generating sustained blue growth and jobs and achieving the UN SDG 14 goal. How can we build profitable businesses focused on preventing and ending with marine litter and plastic in the ocean? What kind of business models can thrive on the valuation of blue waste and by-products? What untapped opportunities are there for the fishing industry in adopting the circular economy approach?

Roundtable:
• Pal Bakken, Director of Seaweed Energy Solutions, Norway
• Vincent Favier, CEO Ecoslops, France
• Fabio Fava, Professor of the University of Bologna, Italy and Italian Representative for Bioeconomy in Horizon 2020 SC2 and for the BLUEMED initiative, Euro-Med GSO
• Daniela V. Fernandez, CEO and Founder of Sustainable Ocean Alliance, San Francisco USA
• James Mullen, CEO Earthwise Sorbents & Member of the Board of Directors of The Maritime Alliance, USA

 

Moderator: Pierre Erwes, BioMarine, Canada

* Please note that the panels happen at the same time in different venues, but there will be shuttles for all attendees between venues.

3:00 pm

Coffe Break

3:15 pm

Panel 2 – SCIENCE: MORE SCIENCE FOR A BETTER BLUE ECONOMY

 

Area of debate: The Ocean is still an area where humans have still much to explore, know and learn. Indeed, by comparison, humankind has more knowledge about the workings of the deep space than the ones from the deep sea. More and high-quality science is a key factor for launching a long-lasting and profitable blue economy. What kind of policies and international cooperation frameworks must be put in place for making this goal a reality?

Roundtable:
• Zhanhai Zhang, Director General of the State Oceanic Administration, Government of China
• Arne Fredheim, Research Director do SINTEF, Norway
• Yingjie Yu, Deputy Director Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
• Ehrlich Desa, Director of the UNESCO IOC´s Training Education and Mutual Assistance (TEMA), India
• Scott MacLean, Director of Ocenan Networks Canada Innovation, Canada

 

Moderator: Miguel Miranda, IPMA President, Portugal

GARE MARÍTIMA DE ALCÂNTARA*

2:00 pm

PART II – GREEN SHIPPING AND PORT TECH CLUSTERS

Panel 3 – GREEN SHIPPING: LEADING THE REVOLUTION IN MARITIME TRANSPORT

 

Area of debate: If no measures are taken, according to the IMO, the shipping CO2 emissions will rise 250% until 2030. What kind of technologies and innovation can be implemented for achieving a sustainable maritime transport? What policies must be implemented for decreasing the negative impact of shipping on the ocean’s health? What new opportunities arise for the shipbuilding industry by «greening the blue»?

Roundtable:
• Luis Miguel Sousa, CEO of Grupo Sousa, Portugal
• Wim Groenendijk, President of Gas LNG Europe, Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE)
• Stig Hagen, Board Member of Kanfer Shipping
• Fred H. Hutchison, President and CEO LNG Allies, Inc., USA
• Charles Bud Darr, Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs of the MSC Group
• Rodolphe Saadé, Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group
• Lena Christenson Duus, Country Manager Hapag-Lloyd Portugal

 

Moderator: Markku Mylly, Executive Director of EMSA, European Maritime Safety Agency, UE

3:00 pm

Coffee Break

3:15 pm

Panel 4 – PORT TECH CLUSTERS: CREATING AND FINANCING BLUE BUSINESS ACCELERATORS

 

Area of debate: Port Tech Clusters are acceleration platforms located on the ports for developing innovative sustainable blue businesses. What kind of policies, incentives and financial solutions have to be implemented to create these spaces, located in ports, were companies and centres of applied research come together, have easy access to the sea, shortening the innovation cycles, thus bringing to the market faster and cheaper new blue sustainable products and services?

Roundtable:
• Xoán Martínez, CEO of Kaleido Ideas & Logistics, Spain
• Mare Straetmans, Managing Director Port XL, Netherlands
• Jens Meier, CEO of Port of Hamburg, Germany
• Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of SOHAR Port and Freezone, Oman
• Pedro Rocha Vieira, CEO of Beta-i, Portugal
• João Vasconcelos, Senior Advisor of Clearwater International, POrtugal

 

Moderator: Felix Leinemann, DG MARE, Head of Unit of Blue Economy Sectors, Aquaculture and Maritime Spacial Planning

* Please note that the panels happen at the same time in different venues, but there will be shuttles for all attendees between venues.

17:00 pm

Closing of the International Conference

Ministerial Meeting Programme
September, 20th 2018

6:00 pm

OFFICIAL PRESENTATION OF “MAGELLAN’S ROUTE. FIRST VOYAGE AROUND THE WORLD”- 500TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF THE WORLD , Gare Marítima de Alcantara (by invitation only)

 

  • MULTIMEDIA SHOW – PROGRAMME OF CELEBRATION
  • “In the Orbit of Magellan – Five Centuries Sailing Across the Frontiers of Knowledge” by Key NOTE SPEAKER – James B. Garvin, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Chief Scientist

 

7:00 pm

WELCOME VIP RECEPTION by the Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino (by invitation only)

8:30 pm

Closing

Ministerial Meeting Programme
September, 21st 2018

8:30 am

Opening Cerimony

9:15 am

Family Photo

9:20 am

Working session: Statements by Ministers and International Organisations

11:30 am

Networking Coffe

12:00 pm

Ending Session: Reading and Endorsement of the Oceans Meeting 2018 Declaration

12:30 pm

Closing of the Ministerial Meeting

3:00 – 6:00pm

Bilateral Meetings with the Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino (if previously requested)

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Goal
The purpose of this International Conference is to share ideas with international experts about “Blue Circular Economy, Green Shipping and Port Tech Clusters”, with themes framed in 4 panels:

1. High Level Panel: Our Ocean Our Future

2. Green Shipping: Leading The Revolution In Maritime Transport

3. Blue Circular Economy: Opportunities For Growth And Employment

4. Port Tech Clusters: Creating And Financing Blue Business Accelerators

MINISTERIAL MEETING

Having decided on the importance of promoting regional and international cooperation in order to mobilize strong and more ambitious action in ocean affairs by Governments, civil society, industry, universities, research centres and NGO’s and all other relevant stakeholders, Portugal is organising the fourth edition of this International Ministerial Meeting.

Working languages will be Portuguese, English and French.
Ministers will be able to deliver their speeches in one of these languages.

At the end of the Meeting a common Declaration will be approved.
Participants will be Head of Delegation +1.

Ocean Business

Foster networking and debate around sustainable ocean business solutions in all important key areas:

• Fisheries
• Aquaculture
• Biotechnology
• Shipping
• Ocean engineering
• Maritime digitalization
• Ocean robotics
• Ocean resources
• Environmental monitoring and protection
• Maritime security and safety
• Tourism and leisure

 

Oceans Business initiative will be constituted by the following activities/areas:

• Ocean Business Display Area
Small display areas for ocean companies, start-ups, R&D+Innovationcenters, NGO’s and public entities (free of charge)

• Ocean Business Talks
Stage area for start-up pitches, ideas pitches and debates

• B2B Meeting Space
Areas for private business meeting and networking

• Ocean Investor Room
Information desk about business opportunities and financing mechanisms for investors

From June 2018 onwards, for participating you will have to register yourself in the Ocean Business 2018 digital platform, where you will be able to apply for an exhibition area, apply for pitcher and register for the B2B meetings.

If you wish any clarification, please contact:
Email: geral@forumoceano.pt
Phone: 00 351 220120764.

PARTNERS

High patronage of:

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Co-Organization of:

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Official Partner:

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Main Partner:

Institutional Partners:

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