Enhancing Inland Waterway Transport in Finland



Regional Council of North Karelia, Lahti Region Development Ladec and Finnish Waterway Association of Finland, the Finnish EMMA project partners organised an EMMA Seminar Cruise at the Saimaa Lake.


September 5th, Almost 70 participants, waterway and navigation specialists, representatives of parliament and regional councils and companies; shipowners, operators and cargo owners, customers sailed on M/S Carelia from Lappeenranta to Vyborg and back.

On our way yo Vyborg we held a very substance rich seminar on current challenges concerning the development of inland waterway systems, navigation and future vessels.

Among the distinguished guest speakers we had Karin de Schepper, Director of the Inland Navigation Europe, Stefan Breitenbach, Head of Project Department from Port of Hamburg Marketing, Pekka Koskinen, Vice Chairman of the Finnish Waterway Association and Senior Consultant, Brave Logistics, Björn Garberg, Strategic Planner, the Swedish Transport Administration, Esko Pettay, Operator, Sustainable Development and Weather, Meriaura, Jan van Dam, Owner of Van Dam Shipping, Anna Näsi, Maritime Transport Manager, Yara and Esa Korhonen, Logistic Manager, UPM.


The presentation material will be soon available on our site.

The Finnish Waterway Association thanks all the Guest Speakers, M/S Carelia, Project Partners and the active audience, Participants of the Seminar Cruise.




EMMA stands for Enhancing freight Mobility and logistics in the BSR by strengthening inland waterway and river sea transport and proMoting new internAtional shipping services. EMMA is a 3 years project and financed from the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020.

The project is lead by Port of Hamburg Marketing Reg. Assoc. and executed together with twenty project partners from DE, FI, LT, PL and SE. The total budget is EUR 4.42 million of which EUR 3.45 million is co-financed by the Baltic Sea Region Programme (ERDF). The EMMA project started in March 2016 to will be finalized in February 2019.

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