Shipbuilding fans didn't have it easy last year. All because the 2018 output went down across the board: the overall global production contracted by 13% year-on-year, European - by 17% yoy, and that of the Baltic Sea region - by 22% yoy.
The location of the Port of Södertälje, in the middle of Sweden's coast and just next to one of Europe's fastest-growing regions, promotes efficient, rapid, and environmentally-friendly transport, a vital 'commodity' given that climate change is one of our era's defining problems.
"Stockholm is a port that got its city, not the other way around." These words set the tone for this year's edition of the Baltic Port Organization's (BPO) annual get-together, the biggest meeting of the regional port industry, underscoring the importance of maritime trade for the well-being of the Baltic Sea region's economies and peoples.