BSSSC Annual Conference 2019 

18 - 20 September Klaipeda, Lithuania


27th BSSSC Annual Conference 2019

18 - 20 September, Klaipeda, Lithuania


Sustainable Maritime Economy

- BSSSC regions shaping the future of the Blue economy in the Baltic Sea Region



The BSSSC Annual Conference 2019 will take place in Klaipeda, Lithuania 18 till 20 September. The focus will be on sustainable maritime economy – BSSSC regions shaping the future of the Blue economy in the Baltic Sea Region.




18. sep., 19:00 EEST – 20. sep., 13:00 EEST



Conference venue: Klaipeda University, Aula Magna, Herkaus Manto st. 90-2

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Sustainable Maritime Economy

- BSSSC regions shaping the future of the Blue economy in the Baltic Sea Region


Conference venue: Klaipeda University


September 18

Youth event

BSSSC Board meeting 12:00   - 18:00

Venue: Radisson Blu, 28 Sauliu Street, Klaipėda 92231, Litauen


18.00 - 19.30  Get-together reception (youth, board and conference participants and guests)

Venue: Radisson Blu, 28 Sauliu Street, Klaipėda 92231, Litauen

Free evening


September 19

08:30   Registration and coffee


Moderator: Andrius Sutnikas, Klaipeda Science & Technology Park


09:30 – 10:30  Opening session – welcome

  • Chairman of Klaipeda Region Development Council, Vytautas Grubliauskas, Mayor of Klaipėda City

  • Rector of Klaipeda University, prof. Artūras Razbadauskas



  • Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Vytautas Naudužas, Ambassador at large

  • Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), Bernd Hemmingway, Deputy Director General. Download speech


10:30 – 11:00  Coffee break - networking


11:00 – 11:30  Blue economy impact on BSR - keynote speeches

  • Helena Tuuri, Chair of the National Coordinator Group, EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), Finland


11:30 – 12:50  Panel debate involving Helena Tuuri (EUSBSR), Elena Kolosova (Interreg BSR Programme),                           Angela Schultz-Zehden (Submariner network), Ossi Savolainen (Helsinki-Uusimaa                                         Region/BSSSC Board member) and Darius Daunys (Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation                           of Klaipėda University). 

                        Moderator: Tom Kleppestö, CEO Shipping & Offshore Network


12:50-13:00      Welcome to BSSSC Annual Conference 2020


13:00 – 14:00    Networking lunch


14:00 – 15:30    First round of parallel sessions


Session 1

Shaping the future of shipping. What is needed to support the Baltic Sea region maritime industry to take the digital leap?


Digitalisation is transforming the world at unprecedented speed as industries and companies are striving to make operations simpler, smarter and more efficient. In maritime industry, comprehensive and efficient vessel operations depend on a wide range of factors, including fast and correct stowage of cargo, efficient running of machinery, best practices in navigation, and predictive maintenance, all of which can be improved with the help of digital technologies. However, counter to the global trend, maritime industry has been lagging behind the digital transformation curves. The reasons behind the slow development are manifold, varying from the needs to invest in both technologies and people to the inherent complexity of the industry and the policies guiding and influencing its development.


To provide more insight into the digitalisation of maritime industry and the ways to support the development, the session organised by ECOPRODIGI project invites policy makers and professionals from maritime sector to discuss:


  • What is the current state of digitalisation in maritime industry?

  • What does the successful digitalisation of processes require from the maritime industry end-users?

  • What is needed in terms of policy measures, such as regulations and incentives, to support prosperous and sustainable digital development in maritime industry?



Structure of the session:


  1. Introduction to the topic and a presentation of ECOPRODIGI project

(Milla Harju, ECOPRODIGI project manager, Pan-European Institute at the University of Turku)


2.  Presentation of ECOPRODIGI industry case: Solving eco-inefficiency bottlenecks in shipyard processes

(Andrius Sutnikas, Development Manager, Klaipeda Science and Technology Park & Justas Kavaliauskas, Head of Marketing, Western Baltic Engineering)


3.  Panel discussion “Shaping the future of shipping. What is needed to support the Baltic Sea region maritime industry to take the digital leap?”


Chair of the panel:


Andrius Sutnikas, Development Manager, Klaipeda Science and Technology Park




  • Justas Kavaliauskas, Head of Marketing, Western Baltic Engineering

  • Eglė Vyšniauskaitė, Chief Advisor at Water and Railway Transport Policy Group, Ministry of Transport and Communication of the Republic of Lithuania 

  • Isabelle-Louise Aabel, EU advisor, GCE NODE, Periscope project

  • Eero Naaber, Head of Development and Innovation, Estonian Maritime Administration

  • Ignas Aničas, Innovation director, Baltic Tech Park

Responsible: ECOPRODIGI project

Press here for print version of session 1

Session 2

Coastal and Maritime tourism role in the Blue economy sector of the BSR


The coastal and maritime tourism sector is one of the five focus areas of the EU’s Blue Growth Strategy. Coastal and maritime tourism is the largest maritime activity in Europe and employs almost 3.2 million people, generating a total of € 183 billion in GVA and representing over 1/3 of the maritime economy. Tourism Cooperation and its potential of the blue economy in the Baltic Sea Region have gained visibility and attention in the recent years but it requires more discusses between BSR countries and its especially within its coastal regions for future development of this sector.


This session invites different level policy makers and experts, business from tourism sector to discuss and share insights about the future of tourism development in the Baltic sea region, from macro-level to the local communities’ level by focusing on a coastal and maritime tourism. The session will focus on how to make better added value of existed transregional and transnational partnerships, build better collaboration ecosystems, and it will explore the next steps in the cooperation and suggestions for the EU BSRS post 2020.



1. Baltic Sea Cooperation in Tourism: Tackling common challenges together| Friederike-Sophie Maasch, EUSBSR Policy Area Tourism Project manager

2. Tourism in Lithuania context and perspectives: sustainability and SDGs framework | Lidija Bajarūnienė, Chief Officer in Tourism Policy Division, Ministry of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania

3. Panel discussion: Towards 2030: challenges of political frameworks in BSR countries and regions.



  • Friederike-Sophie Maasch, Project manager of EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Policy Area Tourism

  • Lidija Bajarūnienė, Representative of Tourism Policy Department in Ministry of Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania

  • Klaudija Kionies, Managing Director of Association “Klaipeda region”

  • Daumantas Bočkus, Lecturer and Junior Researcher at Klaipeda University & Lithuania Business College, representative of Interreg SouthBaltic programme Retrout project

  • Representative of BSSSC Youth Event 2019, TBD


Moderator of the session:

Eugenijus Kaminskis, Xwhy / Agency of Understanding - interdisciplinary agency that explores different contexts, identifies patterns and reveals strategic insights that lead to sustainability.


Responsible: Baltic Sea tourism Centre team  


Session 3

Marine litter: towards a cleaner Baltic Sea

Marine litter is a clearly visible problem along the Baltic Sea coastline, and microlitter – although often invisible – is of equal concern. No matter its shape and size, marine litter upsets the sea’s biota and human connection to the sea. During the recent years, the issue of marine litter, and especially plastics, has been gaining global attention as one of the most emerging environmental issues of our times. Every year, large quantities of plastics – including microplastics – end up in the oceans and seas due to human activity, causing serious environmental, social and economic impacts. 
Rapid growth of the plastics production during the past 50 years together with often lacking waste management solutions as well as our throw-away culture and irresponsible behaviour bring extra challenge to the problem. Hence, global, regional, national and local level cooperation is needed to overcome the marine litter challenge. This session will present the current situation and the different approaches to the marine litter issue from global to municipal levels, and address policy options and measures for a cleaner Baltic Sea.  


The interactive event will consist of the following elements:


Introduction (12 min)

  • Aaron Vuola, HELCOM Project coordinator (FanpLesstic-sea): Setting the scene, global considerations on marine litter, and introduction of the agenda and participants


Presentations (48 min)

  • Marta Ruiz, Associate Professional Secretary, HELCOM

      Regional and HELCOM perspective on marine litter: The State of the Baltic Sea and the Marine Litter                  Regional Action Plan

  • Arūnas Balčiūnas PhD, Marine Research Institute, Klaipeda University Science/Research perspective on marine litter: Scale, origin and spatial distribution of marine litter pollution in the Lithuanian coastal zone of the Baltic Sea 

  • Daiva Jonuskiene, Siauliai Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts Local government perspective on marine litter: The current situation and planned activities in the Siauliai region municipality 

  • Susanne Altvater: s.Pro, Consultant for marine and legal issues Private sector perspective on marine litter: Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Directive for Single-use plastics 


Panel discussion (30 min)

  • Panel discussion: four panellists (the four speakers, moderated by Aaron Vuola)

  • Q&A with audience


Responsible: HELCOM and the FanpLESStic-sea project

Press here for print version of session 3

15:30 – 16:00              Coffee break - networking


16:00 – 17:30              Second round of parallel sessions


Session 4

LNG Value Chain for Clean Shipping, Green Ports and Blue Growth

Moderator Tom O. Kleppestø, CEO, Shipping & Offshore Network, Oslo

LNG as a fuel is both a proven and available solution. LNG offers huge advantages, especially for ships in the light of ever-tightening emission regulations. While different technologies can be used to comply with air emission limits, LNG technology is a smart way to meet existing and upcoming requirements for the main types of emissions (SOx, NOx, PM, CO2). As the LNG became available for Maritime transport it opens up the possibilities for other transport modes and sustainable solutions such as LBG for transport

Introduction (15 min)

Go LNG- building value chain for LNG in BSR - Andrius Sutnikas, Project Leader Go LNG

LNG competence centre- knowledge development for enabling LNG in BSR- Stefan Jankowski, coordinate LNG competence centre BSR

BSR LNG business cluster enabling LNG business partnerships - Charlotte Vinding, cluster coordinator.

LNG for maritime transport- Andrius Uldukis, DNV GL

Moderated discussion

Responsible: GoLNG project

Session 5

Potential of maritime cultural heritage (MCH) for Blue Economy

Moderators: Krista Karro & Maili Roio, Estonian National Heritage Board

Maritime spatial planning is part of spatial planning as a whole. This session aims to bring together practices used in different countries in integrating maritime and underwater cultural heritage into maritime spatial planning process and also into Blue Economy sectors to sketch some preliminary future scenarios based on existent projects and national maritime spatial plans.


The session is open not just for BalticRIM partners, but also for practicioners and specialists outside the project to have a wider look into the topic. The session is also open for those who are interested in the management of maritime and underwater cultural heritage in the context of maritime spatial planning.


Block 1: General discussion on maritime and underwater cultural heritage in the context of maritime spatial planning

  1. Integrating cultural heritage within Marine Spatial Planning processes – Implementing the UNESCO Blue Economy Guidelines - Arturo Rey da Silva, Panthèon-Sorbonne University, Paris / Spanish School of History and Archaeology, Rome

  2. The role of Maritime Cultural Heritage (MCH) and Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH) in different Blue Economy sectors - Maili Roio, Estonian National Heritage Board       

Block 2: Country-based examples how MCH and UCH have been considered in national spatial plans.

  1. Saving the Baltic Sea with all its treasures - Sallamaria Tikkanen, Finnish Heritage Agency/Museovirasto

  2. Synergy effects in Schleswig-Holstein’s Maritime Cultural Heritage Management -
    Daniel Zwick, State Archaeology Department of Schleswig-Holstein    



Time for comments, questions & answers. Especially appreciated are comments about examples on national maritime planning from other BSR countries.


Responsible: BalticRIM project


Press here for print version of session 5

Session 6

Blue economy as a driver for growth and sustainability of coastal regions


The Blue Bio-economy is an important pillar for achieving sustainable and resource-efficient Blue Growth. The Blue Platform project (Interreg BSR 2018-2021) - led by the Finnish Environment Institute and the SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth synthesizes, promotes and encourages the uptake of results from the numerous Blue Bio-economy projects within the Baltic Sea Region. The project focuses on topics ranging from mussel and algae cultivation, legislation issues, innovative aquaculture systems, maritime planning, biotechnology and much more. This workshop will showcase the involvement of regions in the Blue Bio-economy and form a discussion platform for how regions can become more actively involved and take the lead in Blue Bio-economy sectors specifically. 

  • Blue platform project presentation

      Case Blue biotech

  • Case aquacultur


  •  Lisa Simone de Grunt, SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth - The Blue Platform project 

  •  Anne-Mari Luhtanen, SYKE Finnish Environment Institute (Finland) - Blue biotechnology and                           aquaculture in Finland

  •  Susanna Minnhagen, Kalmar Municipality (Sweden) - Mussel cultivation in Sweden

  • Anda Ikauniece, Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (Latvia)- Legislation for the Blue Bioeconomy in              the Baltic Sea Region   

  • Gintautas Narvilas, Klaipeda University (Lithuania) – Shrimp Aquaculture in Lithuania

  • Lukas Behrens, Youth Representative (Germany) - Involving the youth in the Baltic Blue Bioeconomy



Responsible: Blue Platform


19:00 Get together dinner with culture, Klaipeda Castle Conference Center, Priespilio st. 2


September 20

Venue: Klaipeda University, Aula, Herkaus Manto st. 84

Moderator: Jurgita Šilinskaitė-Venslovienė, Head of LNG Commerce, AB Klaipėdos Nafta


09:00    Opening of day 2 – keynotes


  • Expert Group on Sustainable Maritime Economy, Daria Akutina, Senior Adviser for Sustainable and Prosperous Region, CBSS. Download presentation.


10:00    Capacity building in the Blue Economy


       Dialog between youth representatives and experts (20 min)


  • Baltic Green and Blue growth – are we ready to exploit what’s available? An insight from EU Cross-Border cooperation perspective on competitiveness, skills and attractiveness of the BSR, Arūnas Gražulis, Interreg South Baltic Programme. Download presentation.


10:45    Future – what to expect

  • The added value of maritime cooperation supported by Interreg, Philipp Schwartz, INTERACT/Knowledge of the seas network. Download presentation.

  • European Commission representation in Lithuania, Ričardas Gaurys, Economic Governance Officer. Download speech.


  • EU Commission, DG MARE – Reka Rozsavolgyi (via video link)


11:30   Closing session

  • Presentation of Conference Resolution - Ann Irene Saeternes, BSSSC Secretary General

  • Chair of the Association of Klaipeda Region, Šarūnas Vaitkus, Mayor of Palanga City



  • Presentation of next chairmanship of BSSSC 2020–2021 - Grzegorz Grzelak, Deputy President of the Pomorskie Regional Assembly, Poland. Download presentation.


12:00    Lunch


13:00    Buss transfer to Palanga airport