• 2017 June 19 12:44

    2nd Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit wrapped up in Oulu

    Following the success of the First Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit last year in Barrow, Alaska, the 2nd TOWSummit took place in Oulu Finland 14th-15th June, says press center of the Arctic Economic Council.

    At the event policy leaders, tech industry experts and other executives met in Oulu, Finland to discuss the need and potential for broadband across the circumpolar Arctic, and how to best prepare for the many opportunities and even challenges the new technology will bring with it.

    The Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit is a platform for interaction between the business, policy and academia and is as such in line with previous events organized by the Arctic Economic Council.

    After initial welcoming remarks made by Ms. Päivi Laajala, Mayor of Oulu, Mr. Tero Vauraste, AEC Chair and Lapnland Ambassador and President and CEO of Arctia Ltd, and Mr. Juha Ala-Mursula, Director of Business Oulu, a keynote speech was delivered by Mr. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner, Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission.

    Highlights of the 2nd Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit included presentations ranging from possible synergies in connecting the Arctic through North-East and North-West and how different technologies can best serve the remote areas of the Arctic.

    Other discussions touched on new satellite technology to compliment subsea fiber optic broadband, and what the government’s role should be in connecting the Arctic. In all, more than 30 speakers participated in the conference, coming from as far away as Alaska, Canada and Japan.

    In conclusion, the business community was unified in voicing the need for stable and harmonized regulations.

    The Summit consisted of five panels:

    Panel 1: Connecting the Arctic. Moderated by Ms. Suvi Lindén.

    Panel 2: Interconnected Arctic. Moderated by Mr. Matti Latva-aho.

    Panel 3: Visions for the Future. Moderated by Mr. Khaled Sedrak.

    Panel 4: Safe Arctic. Moderated by Mr. Francis Uy.

    Panel 5: Competent Arctic. Moderated by Mr. Markku Heikkilä.

    Three of the panels reflected the focus of the Finnish Business Communities Chairmanship of the Arctic Economic Council: Interconnected Arctic, Safe Arctic, Competent Arctic.

    In addition the Summit included site visits to Nokia Networks and Technologies site Oulu, Bittium, PrintoCent Innovation Center, OuluHealth Labs

     “I am very happy to see that the need for stable regulations, easy market accesses and global business value chains were broadly recognized among many industry leaders witnessing that the AEC overarching themes have been chosen successfully,” comments AEC Chair Tero Vauraste.

    Mayor of Oulu Päivi Laajala states. “As the home of 5G development Oulu was thrilled to host the second Arctic Broadband Summit together with AEC. This event gathered top experts from fields highly relevant to the competence Oulu has. This event has strengthened our businesses ties to the similarly minded global business community. As the Mayor of Oulu I would like to see more of this kind of cooperation in the future.”

    Director of the Arctic Economic Council Secretariat, Anu Fredrikson commented: “We would like to thank all the speakers, moderators and other registered participants for active interaction. This is what made the event a success.”

    The Summit, which was jointly organized by the Arctic Economic Council and the City of Oulu gathered over 100 participants form across the Arctic as well as sub-Arctic countries.

    All presentations from the event will be published on our website shortly.




2017 June 23

13:16 USPA will update the dredging and ecological security fleet of Ukraine
12:54 Statoil awards contract on new shuttle tankers
12:01 DP World and Masdar to explore clean energy solutions
11:48 MOL-MES to jointly develop "Next-generation Vessel Monitoring and Support System"
11:10 GTT receives an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to equip a new LNG carrier
10:37 Vostochny Port purchased VIKHR vacuum cleaner for Nakhodka streets
10:12 Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg welcomes innaugural call of Seven Seas Explorer
09:48 Brent Crude futures price up 0.42% to $45.41, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.42% to $42.92
09:15 Baltic Dry Index up to 855 points

2017 June 22

18:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from United Arab Emirates to East Africa
17:55 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-May'17 grew by 3% to 5.41 mln t
17:33 Throughput of port Vyborg up 10% to 501,400 t in 5M’17
17:16 Rudiger Grube named as new Chairman of HHLA’s Supervisory Board
17:04 Kalmar wins an order of six RTGs from Ports America Chesapeake in Baltimore, USA
16:37 Increase in cruise calls as sector grows at ABP South Wales
16:05 HHLA holds AGM, OKs distribution of € 46.7M to shareholders for the 2016FY
16:04 The world’s largest container ship makes its maiden call at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe
15:45 Throughput of port Primorsk in 5M’17 is flat, year-on-year, at 27.46 mln t
15:44 MABUX: No upward drivers on global bunker market so far
15:24 Gasum increase its shareholding in Skangas
15:03 BIMCO, INTERCARGO, ICS and INTERTANKO unite to propose ambitious Co2 reduction objectives to IMO
14:33 TTS Group signs historical contract for Syncrolift® and transfer system
14:03 CMA CGM announces Overweight Surcharge from Italian ports to all Eastbound trades
13:38 IMO treaty covering removal of wrecks was under discussion at dedicated seminar in London
13:31 Kieler Woche draws cruise ships
13:15 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 15% to 7.73 mln t in Jan-May'17
13:11 Sweden’s Port of Kapellskär gets five modern quay-berths and a larger port area
12:53 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 12% to 42.05 mln t in 5M’17
12:16 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 7% to 21.47 mln t in 5M’17
12:01 Sanmar constructs the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel
11:24 Northwest Seaport Alliance handles record May international container volume
11:19 Africa Maritime cooperation centre holds first workshop
10:47 Maximum number of ships received by Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg
10:20 SBM Offshore awarded turnkey and lease and operate contracts for the ExxonMobil Liza FPSO
10:11 Brent Crude futures price down 0.09% to $44.78, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.05% to $42.51
09:45 Port of Gdansk participates in Polish Days of the Sea in Slovakia
09:36 New car-and-passenger ferry deployed at Kerch Strait ferry line (photo)
09:18 Baltic Dry Index down to 844 points

2017 June 21

20:10 Combi Lift calls on Damen with 19 vessel order
20:05 Damen’s UK Sales Manager receives Lifetime Achievement Award
18:12 Icebreaker pier in Katajanokka (Helsinki) reinforced and extended for IB Polaris
17:51 ABP donates £1,500 to Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service
17:30 Russian-Greek joint commission for maritime navigation held its first session
17:06 Eighty-seven Crowley vessels honored with Jones F. Devlin Awards recognizing 670 combined years of safe operations
16:47 GMN maritime technology project seeks stakeholder participation
16:25 Ha Noi will host Vietship 2018 on January 24-26
16:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Protefs with Hudson
15:46 IMO’s Chris Trelawny was speaking at the Port Security Technology conference in London
15:34 Ulstein Verft earns ISO9001 certificate
15:04 14,000 TEU Tampa Triumph vessel makes maiden call at Gulftainer’s Northern Container Terminal in Saudi Arabia
14:52 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.1 mln passengers in Jan-May'17, up 4.9%, Y-o-Y
14:33 Port of Grangemouth orders new Liebherr ship-to-shore crane
14:15 Sergei Khramagin re-elected as Director General of State Transport Leasing Company (photo)
14:03 Evergreen rolls out sea freight services for Alibaba.com members
13:51 Siem Offshore's subsidiary signs 2-year contract for anchor handling tug supply vessels
13:10 IAA PortNews offers a photo release from the ceremony for awarding of Ust-Luga Cup winners
13:02 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from East Asia to South America EC
12:52 Pacific Bulk Terminal will build state-of-the-art transshipment facility in Primorye
12:31 Incheon Port’s America Sea Route PS1 to commence the call at Tacoma Port
12:01 Teekay’s first LNG newbuilding carrier built in China completes sea trials