Martin Stopford leads «Transition to Green» under Next Wave

Martin Stopford leads «Transition to Green» under Next Wave

Martin Stopford leads «Transition to Green» under Next Wave 2560 1920 Maritime Bergen

Photo: Terje Rudi / Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Module 3 of Next Wave Maritime Leadership Program 2022-2023 took place at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) Haugesund campus and focused on the Transition to Green. The module built on the previous modules were the changing maritime landscape and strategic development was discussed.

Day One

World renowned economist Martin Stopford opened day one of module 3 under Next Wave and laid down the foundation for the module through an overview of the challenges relating to the transition. The transition and various scenarios relating to decarbonization were discussed, while highlighting the overarching need to focus on the organization of businesses itself in order to successfully lead such transformative changes.

As always, the key is people – to build up a framework of skills, organisation and consensus that makes it possible to move forward positively, even  when progress seems disappointingly slow.

– Martin Stopford.

Gunnar Andre Gauthun, Hub Coordinator from Iverson E-Feuls, discussed the production of green ammonia in Sauda Norway, one of the leading green ammonia plants in world, and ammonia’s implications in the market. Associate Professor Simon Norheim Colclough at HVL discussed incentives that push companies to care about the triple bottom line. After discussing in groups, the participants presented ideas to Martin Stopford followed by an interactive discussion. Knut Arild Hareide, Director of the Norwegian Maritime Authority, brought in the political aspects and touched on the regulatory issues related to the green transition and how Norway is strategically positioned due to its unique cooperation of the Norwegian maritime cluster.

The day ended with a presentation of Knutsen OAS by Jarle Østenstad, Chief of Newbuildings, and an overview of the Maritime Industry in Haugesund by Sverre Meling, followed by a networking dinner at the historical Haugesund Shipowners’ Association.

Day Two

Professor Margareta Lützhöft opened day two with a discussion on human centered design and an introduction to the full-scale bridge simulators at HVL. The participants then participated in a simulator exercise which is utilized in training to enhance visualization in maritime education and strengthen learning outcomes for maritime students.

After the simulation exercise, Kenneth Walland, CEO of Edda Wind, discussed ships and offshore wind, giving insight into the global offshore wind industry and newbuilding technology. Thereafter, Gitte Gard Talmo, CEO of Eidesvik Offshore, discussed the company’s experience leading the green shift and how they cracked the code to change management through drastic innovation. Module 3 was rounded off by Professor Randi Lunnan from BI who connected key themes and topics in the green transition with previous modules.

One of a kind!

The Next Wave Maritime Leadership Program is a new one of a kind leadership development and mentor program that will shape the next generation leaders for the maritime industry. This program marks the first time that Norwegian Business School BI and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences HVL cooperate and is one of the only executive educational programs geared towards maritime professionals. The 2022-2023 cohort consists of 24 high level maritime professionals with an average of 16 years of experience.


Module 4

The next module will take place at HVL Bergen and focus on Strategic Digitalization March on the 22nd – 23rd of March.

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