The Go. Harbour event was a new initiative designed by Sari van Poelje, regional director of the Dutch Chamber in Gothenburg, and executed by the Dutch Trade representative, Daniel Malmgren, and the Dutch Embassy.
It came about through a casual conversation with the Dutch consul, Hakan Friberg about ways to promote Dutch business in the Gothenburg region. Hakan suggested creating a harbour event, given the extensive renovation of the harbour which will take place from 2018-2024.
Jan Andersson, Vice President Infrastructure, Gothenburg Port Authority, immediately saw the potential in organizing a pitching event: “We are always looking for new innovative companies to partner with us in the harbour project. The Go. Harbour event is a highly efficient way of seeing many different companies in one afternoon”.
The Dutch Ambassador and the Dutch Chamber kicked off the event in the afternoon. Then Jan Andersson presented the plans for the harbour renovation and extension. They include building a new roll on-roll off terminal, new distribution areas, reinforcement of the quays and dredging to new depths to allow larger ships to dock.
One by one the eight Dutch companies each got 15 minutes to present themselves and their possible contribution to the harbour project. Ballast Nedam, BAM international, Besix, Royal Smals, Mobilis, van den Herik and van Oord then answered questions from the Gothenborg Harbour authority about their offer.
In the evening everyone was invited for a tour of the harbour by boat, with drinks and dinner. Jan Andersson wrote a personal email to thank the Dutch Chamber for their efforts.
Foto 1. Overview of the meeting room
Foto 2. Introduction by Jan Andersson