What might we expect from a Seatrade Parliamentary Debate? Before we took our seats, a guest from mainland Europe suggested: “Perhaps it will be like your UK Parliament, with the two sides facing and shouting at each other?”

The changing times in maritime and shipping were in focus at the opening ceremony of Sea Asia 2019 on Tuesday morning, with Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Transport Janil Puthucheary highlighting some of the challenges the industry is facing.

UBM (Seatrade) and the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), in collaboration with PIER71 (Port Innovation Ecosystem Reimagined @ Block71), are introducing the new Innovation Arena onto the exhibition floor of this year’s edition of Sea Asia.

As part of a meeting between Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud at the third meeting of the China-Saudi Arabia High-level Joint Committee, representatives of each country inked in an agreement covering shipping.

Joining the start-up and innovation bandwagon, Cargotec has announced it is joining the Trade & Transport Impact programme that connects world leading startups and corporations to address the biggest challenges in maritime, cargo transport and logistics.

The toxic political climate in the States has impacted matters related to shipbuilding, the Jones Act and other maritime matters.

The treaty signed by Panama and China last year on maritime transport will enter into force on 17 May. The agreement  will promote maritime and port development of Panama and China, strengthen the Ship Registry and support the Chinese Maritime Authority in the maritime safety issues of Panama-flaggedvessels sailing in its waters.

There are various factors as to what make good shipping centres, and a panel at the Mare Forum in Hong Kong considered how to sustain growth in the city's maritime industry.

The value of the UK Maritime Sector has been reemphasised in a new report launched by Maritime UK for London International Shipping Week.

Calling all budding maritime photographers - would you like to see you work published worldwide? Well here's some good news - the Seatrade team has launched a ‘Seatrade in Focus’ photography competition to coincide with its offshore marine & workboats event taking place in Abu Dhabi later this year – giving finalists the chance to have their work displayed on a global platform.

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