The Pomeranian economic mission, the Pomeranian Development Agency and the Gdansk Economic Development Agency led the delegation to the just concluded Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), to attract investors from the industry, establish contacts, gain knowledge and benefit from global experience.
The Pomeranian region was represented by the Marshal of the Pomeranian region Mieczysław Struk, President Lech Wałęsa Pomeranian entrepreneurs from 14 industry companies, the Gdansk Economic Development Agency, and the Pomeranian Regional Development Agency from Słupsk.
President Lech Wałęsa a Nobel Laureate, was asked to support the promotion of the region and Poland, considering his association with the history of the country.
As the guest of honor at the OTC, Lech Wałęsa opened the Pomeranian stand and summarized the course of Pomerania’s economic development over the past 40 years.
Marshal Struk also met with key figures and representatives of the institutions responsible for the development of the offshore sector and wider economic development in this part of the world, and he also met with the representatives of the city of Houston and representatives of the Mayor’s Office for Trade and International Affairs.
Also, the Pomeranian region was the main partner of a meeting organized by the International Association of maritime industry experts and companies from around the world SNAME – Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, whose primary goal is to enable the global exchange of knowledge and ideas about the maritime industry. During an interview with Bloomberg, Mieczysław Struk presented the economic potential of the region and extensively discussed the challenges related to Poland’s energy independence from Russian gas and oil.
The exhibition stand of the Pomeranian Voivodeship featured local companies that have been implementing projects for global suppliers of the offshore industry for over the years – projects, construction, and service. Among them are manufacturers of ships and steel structures such as Amstall and Vistal and the manufacturers of components for the shipbuilding and offshore industries such as the Bota Technik, Euro Eeld, SeaTech, Nava and StoGda. Examples of opportunities to provide specialist services to the sector are shown by companies such as MEVO, offering services in the field of environmental, geophysical, and geotechnical research, which successfully operates in the European offshore market. The presentation of the wide potential of competences and services is an important incentive for investors from the industry to take an interest in the Pomeranian Voivodeship.
The past few months of the conflict in Ukraine, changed the view of the offshore sector. The deployment of renewable energy sources has become not only a climate goal but a national security issue. Diversification of energy sources and independence from Russia will also reduce energy prices. The national objective is therefore to fight for the development of investment in this sector.
The OTC events address the challenges facing the global energy market. More than 80 thematic sessions and many discussion panels have gathered experts from all over the world. The subjects under discussion include issues related to innovation in offshore projects, energy and digital transformation and many current multidisciplinary topics. The conference and the accompanying trade fair provide an opportunity to establish contacts with scientists, engineers, managers, business representatives who share their knowledge, opinions and experience in both panel and technical sessions.
Pomorskie has something to build on – we are ready for business
The shipbuilding industry is one of the most dynamically developing sector of the Pomeranian Voivodeship’s economy. The shipyard’s product portfolio includes highly specialized vessels such as cable carts, high-capacity jack-up and LNG-powered vessels, wind towers, Arctic container ships and exclusive yachts. An increasing part of the company’s offer also applies to the offshore sector.
Although the first wind farms will start operating in 2026, the Pomeranian companies are already implementing their specialized solutions. These include single-blade wind turbines, design, meeting and rental of terminals, foundation lighting and connection along with installation, service, installation, and maintenance.
Currently, seven offshore projects are being implemented on the Polish coast, which will deliver 6 GW by 2030. The potential for the entire Baltic is estimated at 93 GW by 2050. (balticwind.eu). Pomeranian companies already operate in the offshore wind supply chain. The rapidly developing industry in the Baltic Sea will further increase business opportunities both in terms of locating new projects and establishing cooperation between local and foreign suppliers. We are the fastest growing metropolis on the Baltic Sea. Pomerania is a place that really stands out. The extensive shipbuilding experience combined with excellent port infrastructure and the development of modern industries create optimal conditions for business development. The global offshore wind sector – one of the priority sectors for Pomerania, will grow dynamically in the coming decades, with total investments in offshore wind expected to reach USD 350 billion by 2030, and nearly USD 1.5 trillion by 2050, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.
Due to the global nature of the Offshore Technology Conference and the wide range of topics addressed here, the presence of the offshore sector stakeholders in Huston is mandatory, especially in the current situation on the energy market.