Sea Asia 2007

Next Week sees the launch of the Sea Asiaexhibition and conference in Singapore an event that has captured the imagination of the global maritime industry and one that is set to become a "Must Attend" for shipping and maritime professionals from all over the world. Sea Asia is set to attract an impressive line up of international visitors and event organiser, Seatrade reports that as of today (Thurs March 29) Sea Asia 2007 will occupy 6, 000 sq m of gross space at Suntec Singapore. About 250 exhibiting companies have committed their presence at standalone booths or national pavilions for China, Korea, Norway, the UK, Singapore and the US. In addition, about 80 speakers from 16 countries will attend the three-day event.

Opening the conference session for Sea Asia next Monday 2 April will be 'The Asian Voice in World Shipping'. Some of the most prominent shipowners from the region will address the central issue of how Asian owners can best combine to create a powerful united voice in addition to looking at key global industry issues from an Asian perspective.

There is also a host of prominent speakers across the three day event. Sessions across the three days from 2-4 April include a charterers' forum, a ship finance one-day summit, focused sessions on procurement and marine insurance, and a dedicated LNG Shipping summit, in association with the Society of International Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO).

The ship finance session has aroused great interest and the organizers have lined up a top level panel of senior bankers and industry players who will give their views on the latest financing trends in the shipping industry.

Speakers at the finance session include Dagfinn Lunde, Chairman and CEO, DVB Bank, Philip Clausius, President and CEO of First Ship Finance and Jeremy Penn, Chief Executive of the Baltic Exchange.

Other sessions scheduled for the conference feature a technical day jointly hosted by the Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (Singapore branch) in which nine different classification societies will come together to discuss technical and operational trends in shipping.

With the growing importance of the maritime sector, the need for talent is paramount. The organizers of Sea Asia have designated the last day of the show (April 4) as Maritime Youth Day. The event, which is organized by the MPA, will include a series of talks and a site visit to the show exhibition for students.

The aim is to introduce and impress upon youngsters, the significance of the maritime industry to Singapore and the full range of career prospects the maritime industry has to offer.

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