Finland Aims at Leading Automation and Digitalisation in Maritime Transport

Maritime industry and well-functioning merchant shipping connections are important to Finland since about 90 per cent of our exports and 80 per cent of imports are carried by sea. Therefore, smoothly flowing, reliable, safe, environmentally sound and affordable sea connections are essential for our foreign trade. Maritime transport and related maritime industry – on a larger scale, the whole Finnish maritime cluster – also play a central role in enabling Finnish welfare and competitiveness.

A port is a transport chain hub connecting land and maritime transport. Almost all export and import transports in Finland are carried via ports, and at the same time, the transit traffic increases the flow of goods through ports. The Finnish port network is comprehensive, covering coastal areas and the inland waterways of Lake Saimaa. Measured by amount of goods, our largest ports are ports of Sköldvik, Helsinki and HaminaKotka. Some of the Finnish ports are so-called winter ports, kept open by means of icebreakers.

Because about 70 per cent of all freight transport to and from Finland is carried via ports of the Baltic and North Sea, we have to ensure that maritime traffic in our seas is safe, efficient and sustainable. Ships sailing under the Finnish flag as well as all other vessels must be handled by competent staff and be even more energy-efficient than before. We cannot ensure these objectives alone but in collaboration with our Baltic neighbours and in international forums, such as the EU and International Maritime Organization (IMO). At the same time, Finland may get an opportunity to provide solutions for the sustainable future of global maritime transport…