The Polish offshore market is becoming one of the most attractive places for international cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. The scale of opportunities and challenges is huge, therefore Polish and Dutch companies are looking for experienced partners to increase their competence and potential at the same time. The key to effective implementation of wind farm projects is to build relationships based on trust and exchange practices with companies that successfully participate in international supply chains. Among the most experienced are companies from the Netherlands due to their vast experience not only in the offshore wind energy sector, but also in the maritime sector.
On 23 and 24 February, a group of 18 Dutch companies and representatives of Dutch Embassy in Warsaw visited Pomeranian and West Pomeranian regions in Poland to explore opportunities, share their best practices and build partnerships with Polish counterparts. The participants took part in the Polish-Dutch Offshore Wind Breakfast organised by the Pomeranian Offshore Wind Platform on 23 February as well as in the Business Breakfast organised in the West Pomeranian Marshals Office and Westpomeranian Maritime Cluster on 24 February. Over 110 business meetings took place during the events. The delegation of Dutch companies also visited the Port of Szczecin, the shipyards CRIST S.A., shipyard Wulkan, and companies Mostostal Pomorze and MAG Offshore, where they learned about the latest developments in the industry.
The Dutch companies represented a diverse range of industries including logistic service providers , vessel operators, operation and maintenance companies. Many of the Dutch and Polish companies have established already successful cooperations. Moreover, many of the companies from the Netherlands have their own subsidiaries in Poland such as Smulders (steel foundations and substations), Damen Group (shipyards) and Seaway7 (turbine installations and heavy transportation) just to name a few.
Economic ties between Poland and the Netherlands are strong. With exports and investments between the two countries growing rapidly. Companies from both countries face the same challenges: increased mobility, rising CO2 emissions and climate change driving the transition towards the use of renewable energy. This is made even more urgent by recent geopolitical developments. Across these areas, the Netherlands seeks to cooperate even more closely with Polish organisations, the Polish government and private sector. This ambition has thus resulted in the LinkedbyOffshoreWind Poland, a Dutch public-private partnership seeking to develop their offshore wind value chain. This organisation can support the endeavour through knowledge and expertise exchange.