The participation of the Ukrainian Maritime Cluster in the most innovative international maritime fair SMM 2022, described in the previous publication, opened opportunity for its delegation to have a series of meetings with associations and clusters.
On the first day of the fair, UMC delegation joined a tour of the exhibition with high-ranking officials including Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization (IMO), Claus Ulrich Selbach, Business Unit Director – Maritime and Technology Fairs & Exhibitions at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, Claudia Müller, Coordinator for the Maritime Industry and Tourism at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. The delegates visited booths of leading world companies, such as Siemens, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, ABS Group, DNV, and others. Also they visited GISBIR booth, where were welcomely hosted the by the assoсiation delegation and chatted for a while.
GISBIR (Turkish Shipbuilders’ Association) is one of the oldest non-governmental organizations in Turkey and representative of the Turkish ship and yacht building, repair and maintenance industry. Improving the Turkish shipbuilding industry, helping the Turkish shipyards to take place in the world market, finding solutions for problems of shipyards through relevant authorities, associations, and organizations, representing the Turkish Shipbuilding Industry in national and international areas are among the missions of GISBIR. It has almost one hundred members and represents the vast majority of the industry.
Olena Zhukova (Executive Director of UMC and MDEM Director), gave a speech for GIZBIR TV, outlined the current situation in Ukraine and stated that despite the war, the maritime cooperation between Turkey and Ukraine continues to increase: “We have very important connections and collaborations in Turkey. I would like to thank the Turkish authorities in particular for helping to do this. We continue our cooperation in shipbuilding and design. Our companies, which have offices in Turkey, did not break their cooperation with Ukraine even during the war. Our international relations continue to increase, and we participate now in the project 4Biz – this is Black sea regional project funded by the European Commission*.Turkey and Ukraine are two neighbors and I hope we will implement bigger projects in the coming period to ensure the economic development of the Black Sea Region in particular.”
* project 4BIZ: Boosting the Blue Economy in the Black Sea Region
The aim of 4BIZ project is to develop a collaboration framework that will bring together blue economy stakeholders in EU and eligible non-EU Black Sea countries to identify and tackle local capacity building needs to boost innovation, digitalization and investment in the Black Sea blue economy with the main focus on fisheries and aquaculture, coastal and maritime tourism and maritime transport.
4BIZ is coordinated by the Black Sea Universities Network, Romania and brings together 9 partners directly involved in the implementation Consortium and 17 associated partners from Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Greece and France, including regional development agencies, chambers of commerce, innovative clusters, universities and support organizations.
The project is funded by the European Commission, through the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency, under the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) program, and has a duration of 24 months.
The action is part of the initiatives that are willing to support and promote Sustainable Development in the Black Sea area under the frame of the Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea.