The main objective of the AFW is promotion, development and effective use of coastal and inland waterway transport as well as the needed operating conditions. AFW intends to contribute to the discussions and influence, as well as to learn new things and share the knowledge and expertise.
The Association organises annually seminars and networking events, as well as smaller round table debates on topical issues, where members and stakeholders are invited.
At the Expertise Forums we gather members and also specialists outside the association around some actual theme, where they will give their best skills and expertise to the benefit of fulfilling the objectives of the Association and challenges of the industry.
In addition, the Association organises excursions and educational visits in Finland as well as abroad. Members’ wishes and the topicality are taken into account when choosing the destination.
SEMINARS & NETWORKING
The Association organises annually seminars and networking events for its members and other stakeholders.
The most traditional seminar event is the Winter Seminar "Vesitiepäivä", which takes place in Lappeenranta around the Closing Ceremony of the Saimaa Canal navigation season.
The Expert Forums act as preparatory working groups on variety of activities related to the current work and development projects, as well as requests for opinions.
The topics for Forums are determined by the Board, who also invites the members and external experts, if any, according to the subject.
Expert Forums may deliver analysis, reports, statements, bulletins or even a seminar for a wider audience.
EDUCATIONAL VISITS AND EXCURSIONS
The Association organises once a year, usually in autumn, an excursion or an educational visit to one of the destinations in Finland or abroad.
The programme for the excursions are generally planned for 1 to 3 days and include several places and visits.