In 2017 MDC executed a total of 35 events and 1.495 of you participated – and we’re pretty happy about this. But have you ever wondered who plans and executes the events?
Der er ingen tvivl om at søfarten er under hastig forandring. Vores erhverv vil blive præget af globale megatrends: nye teknologier, nye forretningsmodeller, klimaforandringer og ressource knaphed, demografiændringer og forskydning i den globale magtbalance. Vi er på tærsklen til implementering af nye digitale løsninger og forretningsmodeller som forbedrede kommunikationssystemer, sensor teknologi, automatik, robotter og ikke mindst autonome systemer. Centralt placeret i denne omstilling er den søfarende underlagt strikse krav til uddannelse og certificering fra både kunder og myndigheder. Derudover sætter udviklingen krav til nye kompetencer og færdigheder, som ikke nødvendigvis er forankret i nuværende krav.
As seafarers, we meet many different cultures and each of them think in a different way. About safety too. And we try hard to understand them and get the best from both sides to perform the work ahead in a safe way. Why we do that? Well, the answer is simple, we don’t want anybody on board to get hurt or injured because the safety was set aside, we want our crew to come home in the same condition as they came on board.
Christmas Eve is upon us, but for some Christmas Eve will not be spent at home with family, but instead with a whole other family – the family onboard. I have spent many Christmas’ onboard, but one particular Christmas Eve stands out. Most of the crew were sound asleep. As you can probably imagine the 24th of December is a day just like any other – the ship still sails and work still needs to be done. So I don’t think that anyone expected this day to be much different than any other. But, the captain had a different idea.
Når Det Blå Danmark i januar samles på MARCOMP konferencen for at diskutere fremtidens maritime kompetencer, vil digitalisering være det gennemgående emne, der helt naturligt gennemsyrer alle brancher – også den maritime. Pernille Rydén, Digitalisering, PhD, Head of Studies, Associate Professor of Management, DTU, vil på konferencen fortælle dig, hvordan en organisation får værdi for sin digitaliseringsindsats og hvordan din virksomhed skal starte sit digitaliseringseventyr.
With only 22% of women, the transport sector is not gender balanced. The objective of the Women in Transport - EU Platform for change (hereafter the Platform), launched on 27 November 2017, is to strengthen women's employment and equal opportunities for women and men in the transport sector thanks to the actions brought about by the Platform members. It will also serve as a forum to discuss and exchange good practices.
Onboard the Ro-Ro ship we had a small forklift called Ingerd (named after a former student). It was irreplaceable for chain turns, stores, paint etc, but always in the way when the trailer deck was to be washed. So the new deck-intern had placed it on one of the deck's flaps. Unfortunately, the handbrake was not what it used to be so when loading started and the ship was swinging, it rolled over the flap and into the sea.
I often get the question: “Isn’t it tough to be openly gay at sea?” To that I am happy to say; no, not at all. I have been out of the closet and open all the years, since I started as a deck cadet 25 years ago, and I have never had a bad experience because of my sexuality. At sea, we are a mix of...
- yes, and it wasn't a first. The 5th edition of the closed and exclusive event in the name of creating strategic partnerships and business relations, 'Nordic Smart and Green Shipping' took place in the beautiful surroundings in the residence of the Finnish Ambassador in Denmark. Finpro, MDC and Nordic Gateway gathered 10 Danish Shipowners and 13 Finnish Suppliers for a total of 100 meetings!
As the first maritime and transport cluster in Denmark, MDC - Maritime Development Center -receives a gold certificate from ECEI, the European accreditation experts in cluster organizations. ECEI works for a standardization in the methods used to benchmark cluster organization management processes and the way the organizations offer their services to their members.
The certification is part of the professionalization of our services to our members, which means that MDC is now among the elites of Denmark's clusters. Through an ECEI certification, European clusters have the ability to compare themselves with other clusters in Europe. Furthermore, receiving a Gold Label gives a number of advantages, such as a quality stamp of the cluster organization, international visibility, and easier access to national and EU funding.
The gold certification is a quality stamp of our work. It shows that we work systematically that we are strong at tying Blue Denmark together and that we create results through our activities: professional and social events, conferences and projects. We are both proud and humble of what we have achieved so far, but we also see it as a recognition that we can and constantly seek to improve our work, says Mikkel Hansen, CEO at MDC.
In the board and presidency, we are proud of and happy for the recognition in the form of the gold certification. It is for the benefit of our members who confirm the high quality of our organization. This proves our ability to maintain and develop the quality of our events and conferences, says Per Jørgensen, Chairman of the Engineers' Association and Vice Chairman of MDC.
MDC's Chairman, Erik Østergaard, Director of DTL, sees the certification as particularly positive and as a quality stamp of the work MDC is doing and will continue to do. We have always been aware that our work for the Blue Denmark has been important, thus we are pleased to have received a paper as approval.
In Denmark, there are more than 50 innovative clusters, which each year help approx. 16,500 companies to become more innovative in order for businesses to create growth and jobs. The clusters span widely and each has its own field of expertise, and with MDC's new gold certification we can put the Blue Denmark on the map among the world's strongest clusters.
Bolette van Ingen Bro, CEO, Cluster Excellence Denmark says that the fact that MDC has achieved gold is a great European recognition that the secretariat has excellent cluster management. This means, among other things, that the strategy, membership management, and MDC have managed to develop and offer the services and activities that members of the cluster need.
European gold clusters are attractive collaborators for other clusters, companies and organizations, both nationally and internationally. The European gold clusters also have the opportunity to seek more funds home to create development and innovation in their member companies, than clusters have not obtained gold. For companies in the maritime industry, therefore, MDC gold means access to a broader and stronger network and better access to funding.
Cluster work can be hard to spot in everyday life. MDC is Denmark's maritime cluster organization with 170 members from the entire maritime value chain. Through professional and social events and projects, we gather the industry, contribute to knowledge sharing, networking, innovation and business development, in order for Denmark to maintain its position as a leading maritime cluster.
Read about the news in 'Søfart' (Danish) here
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In recent months the maritime media have widely discussed the ways of attracting young people to seafaring. It is apparent that Denmark's largest export business is dependent on remaining an attractive profession for young people. When we with SEAHEALTH started planning the program for this year's MSSM conference early in 2017, with the headline: "Performing in a rapidly changing world", we were also convinced that one of the main issues we should focus on attracting and retaining young people - millennials - in our profession
The EfficienSea 2 project is dragging no anchors and the activity level is sky high in the goal of moving the maritime world into the digital age. The solutions are many and the news and publications even more. The project is constantly moving and on their website, you will get updated on everything that moves in the project. Read more
This month's 'Seafarer story' is a little out of the ordinary. Though we are in the year 2017 heads are still turned when a solemnly female-crewed ship cast away for five days at sea. Captain of the ship, Lise Mortensen, put together her crew consisting of eight women who with great spirit and enthusiasm boarded the ship Palnatoke and participated in the sailing competition: 'Fyn Rundt' - a competition for old sailing ships who are worth preserving.
"There have been many reactions to the crew of the ship and most of them were positive, though the best was my girlfriend's husband who, in full earnestness asked if that was even legal?" says Lise Mortensen.
Go LNG took part in HELCOM MARITIME Green Technology and Alternative Fuels for Shipping (GREEN TEAM) – meeting and the Donsö Shipping Meet 2017. This was the 5th and so far largest event, with some 260 exhibitors and 1,800 people for dinner. For more about the event Donsö: On this tiny island located one hour by ferry from Gothenburg some 11 ship owners are gathered – many of their ships using LNG.