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Largest ever Marintec China opens tomorrow

Largest ever Marintec China opens tomorrow

Shanghai: The 14th edition of renowned maritime conference and exhibition Marintec China will open its doors tomorrow at 10.15am at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). The show, which is sponsored by the Commission of Science, Technology & Industry for National Defence (PRC), The Ministry of Communications (PRC) and the Shanghai Municipal People's Government, will be the largest ever as it will boast more than 1,100 exhibiting companies from 30 countries/regions including 17 national pavilions and will cover 36,500 square metres.

Representatives from the various co-sponsors (the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, the China Association of National Shipbuilding Industry and the Chinese Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers) will also be present.

Marintec China, which is organized and managed by CMP / Seatrade and Shanghai Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SSNAME), provides a platform for the international maritime industry to come together to do business, conduct exchanges, and share ideas and market views.  This is particularly pertinent today as China's share in this business is growing exponentially, making the country not just an attractive market but also an important global maritime player.

All the exhibitors will have the opportunity to attend a special Maritime Procurement session this afternoon (13.30 at SNIEC) which will see presentations by high-ranking representatives from the China Shipbuilding Industry Equipment and Materials Company, the Office of Shipbuilding Discipline Management, the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (PRC), VDMA.the European Marine Equipment Council and Shipserv.

Participants at this year's Marintec China have the opportunity to get the most up-to-date market and industry information in the Senior Maritime Forum that is held on November 27 and 28 at the Renaissance Shanghai Pudong Hotel concurrently with the exhibition.  This year's theme, "China's Economy and the Global Maritime Industry", demonstrates the close relationship between China's economic growth and evolution, and the shipbuilding and shipping industry worldwide.  

The Forum will feature wide-ranging sessions and is structured to enable the sharing, examination and discussion of information, technology, trends and visions. The keynote session titled "China's Economy and the Global Maritime Industry" will begin at 13.30 on Tuesday and see speeches by Zhang Guobao, vc of The National Development and Reform Commission, PRC; Dr Jin Zhuanglong, vice minister of the Commission of Science, Technology & Industry for National Defence, PRC; Xu Zuyuan, vice minister of the Ministry of Communications, PRC; Hu Yanzhao, vice mayor of the Shanghai Municipal People's Government and Sean T. Connaughton, administrator of the Maritime Administration (MARAD), U.S. Department of Transportation.

Zhang Guangqin, president of the China Association of National Shipbuilding Industry; Huang Pingtao, president of the Chinese Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers; Tor E. Svensen, the chairman of International Association of Classification Societies and Dr Martin Stopford, md of Clarkson Research Services will also make presentations during the session.

The other two sessions on November 28 will tackle topics such as Shipbuilding (the morning session beginning 09.00 hours) and Shipping & Related Industries (the afternoon session beginning 13.00 hours).

Attendees for all three sessions will enjoy considerable networking opportunities with senior Chinese government officials and high-level executives from overseas trade associations and organisation.  [26/11/07]