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Marintec South America 2016 opens with focus on the future

Marintec South America 2016 opens with focus on the future
Marintec South America 2016, the leading maritime event in Latin America, opened on Monday, 19 September, with the presence of state and federal authorities with a focus on future.

The shipbuilding industry in Brazil is reviewing the direction it will take and planning to meet the challenges of the future, this is the summary of the first day of the 13th edition of Marintec South America – Navalshore.

"We believe that this edition will be a milestone of positive resumption of the shipbuilding and offshore industry in Brazil. In addition to the new products presented by exhibitors, we organized a content programming that aims to prepare the sector for the challenges that will have to be overcome in the coming years,” said Jean-François Quentin, president of UBM Brazil, organizer of Marintec South America , during the opening ceremony.

“The shipping industry has the potential to take on new demands and re-generate jobs and development in the country",

Even with the Brazilian maritime industry facing an uncertain future, the event attracted more than 380 national and international companies. By Wednesday, it is forecast that the main maritime and offshore event in Latin America will attract over 16,000 qualified visitors.

In addition to the exibition, Marintec South America 2016 offers technical lectures, a fisheries seminar, and classification training sessions, along with excellent networking and business opportunities for local and foreign companies.

The conferences kicked off with an attentive audience filling the conference room to capacity during the Leader’s Forum talks and continued with standing room only during the UK trade & technology presentations, underlining the partnership between the UK and Brazil in the maritime and oil and gas sectors, which boasts around BRL2bn ($613m) in business over the past three years.

The exibition was busy all day and visitors could be seen interacting at virtually all the booths, which displayed a wide range of products and services from the global maritime industry. The 13th Marintec is being held in South America Convention Center, in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.