The maritime cluster

Both Sweden and Finland are seafaring nations because of their geographical location. As a result of the need to transport both people and goods, the two countries have built up a strong and versatile maritime industry. A well-functioning shipping industry is and has always been an absolute necessity for both countries.

Maritime exports

Today, about 90 percent of both countries' exports travel by sea at some point. The Swedish and Finnish maritime industries are highly competent, internationally competitive and much in demand. They are also making targeted investments for the future. The maritime expertise of the two countries has its roots far back in history. Ever since the Viking Age, they have been seafaring nations, but they have also had strong shipping and shipbuilding industries, including during most of the 20th century. The countries' existing knowledge and skills are being developed further by the many important players in the maritime technology and production sectors. The large shipping companies also have extensive expertise in technology, energy and environmental development and are the driving force behind international growth. The smaller companies are often world leaders with a particular product or service that they have developed. Finnish and Swedish marine engineering companies have the skills and the capacity to deliver what is required to design and build icebreakers.

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The world's icebreakers

More than half of the world's icebreakers have been built by Swedish and Finnish companies. The two countries' industries have unique expertise and are both able and willing to build future icebreakers.

Photo by Vladimir Seliverstov

The market is growing – significant export opportunities

The global maritime market is very large. Its value is estimated at just over approx. EUR 21 000 billion and it employs more than 200 million people. Shipping and tourism are the largest parts of the maritime sector. The forecasts for most areas of the maritime economy point to continued growth. By 2050, global sea transport is expected to have increased by almost 430 percent. Tourism and aquaculture are estimated to more than double by 2030 and offshore wind power will grow annually by between 20 and 25 percent. Shipping is one of the most important building blocks in the future global infrastructure. The world needs modern, climate-smart ships to manage trade and transport between countries and continents, but also to overcome environmental and climate challenges.
The companies that are collaborating on the icebreaker project can build and operate not only icebreakers but also sustainable, climate-smart, modern ships that are designed for the world’s oceans.

Photo by Stena

Icebreaker at icy waters