The iconic SMW, which has been copied by maritime centres across the globe, is this year themed Positioning for Future Growth – Driving Connectivity, Innovation and Talent”, and as with previous editions aims not just to engage the industry but also raise public awareness of the sector. In keeping with this SMW 2018 was launched the busy Suntec City Mall on Sunday afternoon, by Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health.
“The annual Singapore Maritime Week is here again. This year, it comes at a time when change to the global maritime industry has gathered pace – from the rise of disruptive technologies and the entry of non-traditional players, to the demand for better safety and environmental standards,” said Minister Lam.
“Against this backdrop, it is timely and useful for the maritime industry to hear from thought leaders on how we can overcome key challenges and seize new opportunities, so that we can collectively steer the maritime industry forward.”
The location for the opening also features the SMW Exhibition 2018 from 21 – 28 April where the general public can gain a greater insight into the industry. The exhibition highlights the next generation Tuas port project through innovative project showcases, from which visitors can learn about the various technologies that are transforming the maritime industry, such as remote pilotage and digital fleet management systems, as well as wearable technology which leverages augmented reality and biosensors.