As the curtains have long closed on Europort 2023, concluding 4 bustling days of conferences, networking gatherings, award ceremonies and innovative showcases, the echoes of the event linger.
With the dust settling on an eventful week at Europort in Ahoy, MARPRO takes a moment to reflect on the enriching experience—a week characterized by learning, connecting, and sharing in the dynamic world of maritime innovation.
Europort 2023 drew a crowd of 24,470 visitors and hosted 1,051 exhibitors from 107 countries in Rotterdam, Europe’s maritime capital, marking the 41st edition of this prestigious event.
MARPRO, the Danish maritime recruitment company, stood out by orchestrating three pavilions at Europort 2023. These included the Danish Pavilion, powered by the Danish Export Association with 9 companies, the Norwegian Pavilion, powered by the Norwegian Maritime Exporters with 5 companies, and the Rising Stars Pavilion, powered by MARPRO itself, featuring 21 innovative companies. This strategic move underscores MARPRO’s dedication to fostering global maritime connections and promoting innovation within the industry.
This strategic move showcases MARPRO’s commitment to foster global maritime connections and promoting innovation within the industry. From supporting national pavilions to spearheading initiatives like the Rising Stars Pavilion, MARPRO is at the forefront of promoting collaboration, innovation, and growth within the maritime sector.
A packed week for the Rising Stars
The 21 Rising Stars had a unique platform to connect with industry experts, potential investors, customers, and fellow partners. Notable activities included a series of 15-minute pitches on both the Smart Stage and Green Stage, providing Rising Stars the opportunity to articulate their visions and share their journeys.
Climax at the Rising Stars Award Show
The week reached its climax with the Rising Stars Award Show, celebrating the achievements of startups in four distinct categories.
- Best Green Start-Up: Managing Director, Jakob le Fevre, representing MARPRO, honoured GT Green Technologies with the Best Green Start-up GT for its commitment to environmental sustainability, offering turn-key engineering solutions for both retrofit and newbuild vessels to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the maritime industry.
- Most Promising Digital Start-Up: Managing Director Christel Pullens from Port XL awarded Rovigos from Sout Korea the Most Promising Digital Start-up for its pursuit of smart logistics solutions in the era of Logistics 4.0.
- Strongest Market Potential: Raymond Siliakus, Managing Director of Europort, awarded Seagull Surveillance, a Dutch company, for its revolutionary application that identifies ships and captures crucial data such for safety and efficiency.
- Rising Star of the Year 2023: The grand finale of the evening, the Rising Star of the Year, was awarded by Florian Visser from Hansa. This prestigious title recognizes the overall excellence and standout performance of a Rising Star, marking them as the shining beacon of innovation in the year 2023. GBMS from the Netherlands was crowned Rising Star of the Year for their outstanding contribution to maritime safety through a SaaS warning system, monitoring loads of container stacks to ensure safe shipping and reduce container loss. GBMS will have the opportunity to allocate a generous 10,000€ marketing budget provided by HANSA International, further solidifying their status as a rising star in the maritime industry.
Acknowledgments and looking ahead
MARPRO extends gratitude to the maritime community, partners, companies, and visitors for an exciting Europort exhibition. Special thanks go to the MARPRO team for their dedication and effort in organizing and managing the pavilions, contributing to a successful experience.
As Europort 2023 concludes, organizers are already setting their sights on Europort 2025, scheduled to take place from November 2 to 5 at Rotterdam Ahoy.