Loving our Blue Planet: Setting sails into the seas of tomorrow

Our founding partner Gard AS was generous to invite all YoungShip Sørlandet members to the internal seminar “Loving our Blue Planet: Setting sails into the seas of tomorrow” by Ed Gillespie taking place in Arendal on the 5th of February.

Ed Gillespie is a writer, communications specialist, serial entrepreneur and futurist. His core talent is to take the complex, interconnected, interdependent nature of the many challenges the world faces, from climate change to disruptive innovation, and make common sense of them for non-specialist audiences.

As a YoungShip family we are part of a younger generation within the maritime industry that feasibly holds alternative views on how to solve some of the immense challenges and perhaps crisis we face today and going forward. YoungShip stribe to encourage those that are working on environmental challenges, social responsibility, innovation in green technology and companies that clearly promote young professionals, and we want to applaud Gard for the open mind and focus towards new perspectives. Mr. Gillespie managed to provide new insights and perspective in an excellent matter with humour and challenging inputs for thought. “Taking a little Gillespie ‘insultancy’ to one of the world’s biggest marine insurance companies”. 

YoungShip is proud to promote the entrepreneurial spirit within the maritime industry through the involvement of two awards  ‘Young Entrepreneur award’ and ‘Young Corporation Award’. In 2014 Gard was announced the winner of the YoungShip International Young Corporation Award, in recognition of its efforts to promote young employee development. Rolf-Thore Roppestad, CEO, said. “Our future is dependent on our ability to retain and recruit talented people – we need to attract them to the maritime industries, then nurture and support their career development. This is a collaborative effort across the industry in which we want to play an active part, whether that is through our own trainee programme, the Claes Isacson Scholarship or our support for Southampton University and the World Maritime University. 

“Winning this award is a great honour, and is only possible because of a long standing commitment across the leadership and management of the group to the ongoing development of talent within our business. Knowledge and expertise are one of the pillars of excellence on which we build our strategy, and both are vital to our ability to actively support our Members and clients”. 

We thank Svein Buvik, Chief External Affairs Officer and Live Jacob Sydness, Manager Sustainable Business for inviting YoungShip Sørlandet to this event and we highly appreciate the continuous support and encouragement from Gard AS. 

Let’s continue to focus on the future together, and how we can utilise new minds with challenging perspectives going forward. 


With sincerely gratitude,

President of YoungShip Sørlandet

Karoline Meidell