Singapore: Sea Asia - the leading Pan Asian event - was declared a smashing success with over 1,000 delegates and more than 5,000 visitors as of 1600 hrs yesterday. The queues on the fourth floor of the Suntec exhibition centre snaked around the entrance as people from all breaths of the shipping industry got together to discuss issues pertaining to sectors such as shipbuilding, marine procurement and chartering.
Deals were done, pacts were signed, St Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry bagged five ships and a P&I Club affirmed its commitment to Singapore's new arbitration centre. Buoyed by the overriding marine business conducted in Singapore, a number of firms and bodies, most notably the Baltic Exchange, announced the creation of new offices in the Lion Republic (see today's stories).
Dubai Drydocks ceo Geoff Taylor commented: "This market is very important to us. We can already commit to exhibiting at the next Sea Asia." Similarly effusive was the exhibition stand manager for the Clyde Group who said, "If anything has proved the vibrancy and number of market opportunities in this region it has been Sea Asia."
Andy Easdown, country manager for Singapore for Lloyd's Register, concluded the exhibitors' praise for the event, saying: "Sea Asia has exceeded our expectations. It has been extremely busy and the quality has been top notch. Significant interest has been shown in our new service offering and we are delighted with the initial response.
"The Asian shipping community is clearly passionate about this event and we will be returning for Sea Asia 2009." [04/04/07]
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