A few Norwegians in Athens are always good for the booming Greek tourism economy, but what happens
when more than a dozen carefully selected Norwegian maritime technologists come to Athens to share insights,
connect with the customers, and participate in some insightful panel discussions? This is what happened in March 2024 in a unique location for a maritime technology conference.

Oriani Hellas organized, curated, and hosted the event Navigating Excellence: The Norwegian – Greek Maritime Innovation Summit, held on March 13th & 14th at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens Greece.


Shipping is going through a period of MASSIVE change, at a much faster rate than ever before. Technology is being developed rapidly and while other industries are changing and adopting these tools, shipping is still traditional, and needs to catch up fast to ensure they remain competitive. We need technology, not only from a business perspective, where processes / people can become more efficient and more productive, but also to increase safety, to take better care of our crews, and to do everything we can to help save the planet.  Regarding the “unique location” which was the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, Philip Nielsen the Co-founder of ORIANI HELLAS, mentioned:
     “…This building (the museum) has the aroma of the sea, of the Aegean Sea where Greek shipping began thousands of years ago. The Cycladic civilization placed human beings at its center. This same heritage, these same principles and same values are carried by the successful Greek shipping of TODAY, where human is still at the center for everything, we do…”

ambassador's speech

A dynamic mix of startups and global leading companies took center stage, showcasing the diversity and depth
of Norway’s maritime technology landscape. From promising startups with fresh perspectives, to established
industry players, the presence of these innovative entities led to a fruitful exchange of ideas and expertise.

As Her Excellency Ms. Lajla Brandt Jakhelln, Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Athens, pointed out
opening the event…
“The strong advantage for European economies has always been our ability to innovate and we must not forget
this advantage in order to take the European shipping industry to the next level. Competition from Asia is fierce.
Finding the right technology is crucial. These technologies again need the support of digitization and big data…”


Mission & Accomplisments

The event brought together esteemed Norwegian experts from the maritime industry to share insights, discuss innovative practices, and explore emerging trends with Greek professionals.

 Norwegian and Icelandic innovative solutions were introduced to the Greek maritime industry and proposed new ways to increase competitiveness.

It showcased how the skills developed and adopted in other digitally advanced parts of the maritime industry, have been put to use and actually delivered results. The main sections of the conference were: Vessel Performance, Fuel Optimization, Big Data, Crew Taining & Crew Safety.

The sessions of the event were as follows:

Day 1 

  • Session #1 focused on “Vessel Performance”, moderated by George Teriakidis, Area Manager at DNV Maritime. (presentations from Shipshave, Jotun, Ascenz Marorka)
  • Session #2, “Fuel Optimization”, moderated by Mike Konstantinidis, Managing Director at ZeroNorth A/S, continued the discourse on maximizing fuel efficiency and reducing environmental impact. (presentations from Teco 2030, Ecoxy AS, Manta Marine Technologies)
  • The first day concluded with Session #3 on “Big Data,” moderated by Dr. Ioannis Lagoudis, Associate Professor at UNIPI, exploring the  transformative potential of big data in maritime operations. (presentations from Shipnet, The Ship AS, Kongsberg Digital)


Day 2

  • Session #4 on “Crew & Training” with moderator Katerina Skourtanioti, Managing Director at VENLYS, emphasizing the importance of human capital in maritime operations and its efficient training. (presentations from Sayfr, PaleBlue, Seafair)
  • And closing, Session #5 “Crew Health & Safety” with moderator Constantinos Triantafyllou, the Head of Strategy & Development at HELMEPA, outlined the importance of our seafarers’ safety and healthcare in efficient maritime operations. (presentations from Health4Crew, ShipMed AS, Dimeq)

This gathering was not only about Norwegian companies showcasing maritime digital solutions. The summit provided Norwegian representatives the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the intricacies of the Greek shipping industry. Likewise, Greek shipping executives had the chance to gain insights from Norwegian maritime solutions and operations through case studies and new technologies. An environment was created where both could engage in constructive dialogue and gain a deeper understanding of each other’s operational dynamics.  

Working together for a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.

The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.  

There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics.  

The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014-2021, the EEA Grants amount to €1.55 billion.