100 meetings in 3 hours - is that possible?

100 meetings in 3 hours - is that possible?

- 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!

MDC is certified as a gold cluster by ESCA under the EU

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

Read about the news in 'Maritime Danmark' (Danish) here

Making seafaring attractive – also in the future

Making seafaring attractive – also in the future

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

Searching the EfficienSea2 website might just become handy in your organization

Searching the EfficienSea2 website might just become handy in your organization

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

Can a ship legally sail with an all woman crew?

Can a ship legally sail with an all woman crew?

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.

What is Go LNG Denmark up to?

What is Go LNG Denmark up to?

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.

Get some first hand user experience on the EfficienSea2

Get some first hand user experience on the EfficienSea2

Companies around the world are already using technologies developed in the EfficienSea2 project. Among them is Danelec  A/S who is a leading manufacturer of Voyage Data Recorders, Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems and ship-2-shore data solutions, located in Denmark, Singapore and China. We have asked them about their experiences when using products from the E2 project.

Last call for MSSM 2017

Last call for MSSM 2017

MSSM 2017 is just around the corner and we are putting the conference in the spotlight in our August newsletter. The programme is booming with exciting content! The past nine weeks MSSM has counted down with a weekly insight into each of our nine sessions. For your benefit, we have summed it all down. Keep reading and get the full overview of what you can look forward to. 

Easy and powerful Tips and Tricks for your presentation (A 120 second Read)

Easy and powerful Tips and Tricks for your presentation (A 120 second Read)

Are you also tired of boring and endless PowerPoint presentations with no audience interaction? So were MDC and it showed up that 40 of our members felt the same. We heard that Chris Rycroft, a specialist presentation coach, knew what to do. With many exercises we all got hands-on experience using some serious and unusual tricks on how to present with impact.