Helsinki Urban Node Regional Conference 6.-7.4.2016
A high-level conference on transport development in Finland and Helsinki, hosted by Minister Anne Berner, discussed Rail Baltica connection, arctic region, ITS development and fixed links to Tallinn and Stockholm. European Coordinators Catherine Trautmann and Brian Simpson as key-note speakers underlined the relevance of the new financial instruments and the importance of EU-level policy-making.
There were four themes that consistently ran through the program summerized by Kristiina Helenius (CEO, AmCham Finland):
1. There is plenty of enthusiasm and faith in the air. Despite of the economically and politically trying times, the mood within the industry – and the conference – was very upbeat. Calling it buzz wouldn’t be an exaggeration.
2. The visions are big and many. Today is not just about enhancing and improving; today is about new holistic projects that challenge anything we’ve seen before in scale and ambition. Just think of Rail Baltic, Talsinki twin city, the longest underground tunnel in the world, green technology, innovation, clean fuels to name some.
3. The TEN-T isn’t finished. It should be expanded. We have a new emerging economy in our neighborhood!
4. Digitalization will revolutionize the way we think, use and experience transport and mobility.
POSITION OF FINLAND ON THE TEN-T CORE NETWORK CORRIDORS
Strategic role of the Arctic Region, Paavo Lipponen, Former Prime Minister of Finland
Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica: new horizons with a new connection, Baiba Rubesa, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, RB Rail AS
NEW TECHNOLOGIES, MOBILITY AS A SERVICE
Technology distribution Transportation, Sampo Hietanen, Founder and CEO, Maas Finland
How business can benefit from modern corridors, Risto E.J. Penttilä, CEO, Finland Chambers of Commerce
Teleoperation going into Transportation, Jouni Sintonen, Business Development Director, TeliaSonera Finland
Nordic Way, Ilkka Kotilainen, Project Manager, Finnish Transport Agency
Maas for Imatra region, Pertti Lintunen, Mayor of Imatra
Aurora Project, Reija Viinanen, Managing Director, Fell Lapland Business Services
ROLE OF URBAN NODES ON THE CORE NETWORK CORRIDORS
Access routes to core network corridors and urban nodes, Catherine Trautmann, European Coordinator, North Sea – Baltic CNC
How to develop connection between Tallinn and Helsinki, Kaarel Kose, Adviser of development division, Harju County
MOTORWAYS OF THE SEA
Winter navigation and ice-breaking services, Baltic countries co-operation, Jarkko Toivola, Chief Maritime Specialist, Head of Winter Navigation Unit, Finnish Transport Agency
MOS- BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
LNG powered trucks and vessels for door-to-door service, Antti Laukkanen, Group Land Operations Director,Containerships
New era of raw material transport in the Baltic Sea, Mikki Koskinen, Managing Director, ESL Shipping
Helsinki-Tallinn case, Kimmo Mäki, CEO, Port of Helsinki