Maritime industry

Vision 2030

The maritime industry promotes the sustainable and need-based use of marine areas and minimises the adverse effects of operations by developing and using technology. The growing maritime industry creates wellbeing locally and nationally.


The graph illustrates the main operations of the sector in the different zones of the marine area today and in 2030 

Before After


The maritime industry provides technological solutions and services for the exploitation of the sea and for maritime transport. The maritime industry consists of equipment manufacturers in the maritime technology sector; suppliers of comprehensive solutions; suppliers of engineering services, software, materials and systems; and shipbuilding, repair and offshore yards (B22).

The maritime industry is characterised by an extensive and complex subcontracting network. The orders received by industry leaders have an impact on the entire subcontracting network through numerous main subcontractors. For example, around 1,800 companies participate in the construction of a cruise ship (B23). These include machine suppliers; companies in shipbuilding, the construction of cruise ships and the offshore industry; manufacturers of steel structures; and providers of sheet metal, electrical and installation work. The industry also includes design and consulting firms and software companies, as well as providers of comprehensive restaurant and cabin area solutions (B23). Shipyards serve as a major connecting factor for various operators (B11).

The preconditions for maritime industry operations include demand for products, such as cruise ships, and the availability of expertise, labour, products and services. Maritime industry operations also require reliable and efficient transport connections and chains. The environmental and safety regulations concerning the maritime industry and logistics provide preconditions for operations in the field, as well as guiding development work to take into account the goals concerning the reduction of sulphur and carbon dioxide emissions, for example, when creating new products and technological solutions (B7).


The changing needs of shipyards have been taken into account in regional planning

– Comprehensive infrastructure will be maintained to safeguard the operating conditions of shipyards (incl. transport connections, telecommunications connections)

– Preparations will be made to implement new infrastructure projects

– Preparations will be made to accommodate shipyards’ increasing need for space as the size of ships increases

– Preparations will be made for the electrification of maritime transport and the introduction of autonomous and remote-controlled vessels

– The capacity to support the digitalisation of maritime transport will be improved (data transfer and electricity transmission)

Operating conditions for the maritime cluster have been secured

– Favourable conditions will be created for the placement of new investments, and growth opportunities will be secured for the maritime industry cluster

– Testing opportunities will be secured for autonomous maritime transport

– Changes in the sector will be anticipated, taking into consideration the dependency of the maritime industry on other sectors and export outlooks

The sector successfully considers environmental pressures and changes in maritime transport in its own operations

– Cross-border cooperation and commitment to sustainable development will be ensured in all operations

– Emission reduction goals will be implemented in coastal industries

Cooperation will work seamlessly, particularly with maritime logistics and tourism

– Dialogue and cooperation will be deepened between various sectors (incl. maritime logistics, tourism and regional planning)

– Maritime industry innovations will be exploited and developed in cooperation with other sectors

International engagement has increased

– Engagement and participation in the development of international regulation as far as possible

Having a clear situation picture of the industry supports its development

– A situation picture of the development of the industry will be maintained to keep regulation up to date

– Finnish maritime industry expertise will be developed, and its export opportunities will be considered

Background information

Synergies and conflicts

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Ecosystem services

The maritime industry uses the sea/marine ecosystem as a transport and test platform, but it also uses the following ecosystem services provided by the marine ecosystem:

Maintenance and regulation services: the ability of the sea to bind and neutralise harmful substances; microclimate regulation


– The increase in transport and the production of offshore wind will have a positive impact on the maritime industry. The profitability of new construction and repair yards will improve, as will the profitability of offshore production plants and the related companies. The overall need for enhanced efficiency requires specialisation and adaptation from maritime industry operators. The growing size of ships calls for larger yard areas.

– The competitiveness of the maritime industry will be strengthened through support for digitalisation, innovation and research, as well as company development work and an increase in international operations. Test areas will be created for suitable areas in the outer archipelago or the open sea, in which autonomous transport and other technological solutions can be developed, for example.

– Emission reduction goals and other environmental norms set preconditions for operations. The goal in shipping is zero waste and zero emissions, as well as the development of business opportunities related to these. Heavy land transport related to industry generates emissions and environmental loads.