It is time to summarize 2022; and it has been such a rollercoaster. We started the year as we ended it in 2021 with Covid-19 hanging after us. Different types of Covid-waves and restrictions resulted in many challenges, but eventually, this situation settled. Unfortunately, we headed directly from one crisis to another when Russia invaded Ukraine in February. This impacted the maritime industry significantly because it challenged energy, delivery, and the geopolitical situation.
But gradually the world opened up, and it was time again to arrange the much-anticipated fairs. And from April to August, MMG participated in not more than six different fairs.
First was Nor-Shipping in Oslo in April, where we were registered as visitors. This was an arena for discussing highly relevant topics, exciting presentations, panel discussions, and creating connections!
In May, a delegation of 13 people from the member companies traveled to Aberdeen for the Scottish Skipper Expo. For the first time in 2022, we participated with our stand. It was a fair with many visitors and productive talks. We had a great time in Aberdeen.
We also went to the Atlantic Fair on Faroe Island straight from one fair to another. The doors to Atlantic Fair in Klaskvik opened on the 17th of May, which happened to be on Norwegian Constitution Day. And, of course, we had to celebrate this with bubbly toast and a cake decorated with the Norwegian flag. Even though it was a different kind of celebration than what we are used to, we had an amazing time!
At the beginning of June, it was time to fly to “volcano Island” for the Islands Fisheries. We had many relevant visitors to our stand at this exhibition. All our members represented were very happy with the turnout. In addition, we were invited to the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Iceland for a reception during our stay, which was such a fun experience.
After a little summer vacation, Måløy Maritime Group facilitated the Måløy Pavilion at Nor-Fishing 2022. Being the industry’s most important meeting place, the exhibition was naturally heavily visited by thousands of people from many different nationalities. As a result, we had many great conversations, and our exhibitors on the pavilion had prosperous meetings leading to more work for many of the members of Måløy Maritime Group.
And while we were putting Måløy on the map from different places in Europe, Nordfjord Havn did the same, but in a different kind of way. Twenty-two cruise ships and over 32.000 passengers have visited Måløy during this year’s cruise season, which has been Måløy’s first season as a cruise harbor. The port authority at Måløy, Nordfjord Havn, calls this year’s cruise season a success and is very satisfied with how everything turned out.
It has been nice to meet many of our existing and new customers during the year. In addition, this year has given us opportunities to promote our complete group of members that offer all relevant operations to the maritime industry. Hopefully, more of this will follow next year!
Måløy Maritime Group wishes you Holidays filled with fun and laughter and very best wishes for a fabulous New Year.