Taking place as part of the 12th Singapore Maritime Week (22-28 April), the Sea Asia event will be opened by Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Khaw Boon Wan, MANA correspondent reported.
Andreas Sohmen-Pao, chairman of the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), said this edition of Sea Asia will provide a platform for maritime leaders from around the world to address trends and challenges.
“The maritime industry has always played a vital role in Singapore’s economy. This sector is here to stay, and by attracting companies and talent, we will continue to build on the strong platform that has been established over the past decade,” said Sohmen-Pao.
According to statistics released by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore remained the world’s top bunkering port in 2016. Total cargo tonnage and vessel arrival tonnage also increased by 3% and 6.3% respectively in 2016 compared to 2015.
Sohmen-Pao added: “Sea Asia 2017 provides a golden opportunity for executives to interact with each other, to discover new opportunities, and to collaborate to find solutions to the industry’s challenges. We are delighted to have many new national pavilions joining us this year.”
Other topics that will be discussed at the Sea Asia 2017 conference include the importance of technical change and innovation for the industry, the future of freight markets, and the opportunity for ship finance against a challenging market environment and more demanding regulatory framework.