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Singapore Maritime Week 2009 to kick off this month

Singapore Maritime Week 2009 to kick off this month

Singapore: Having hit a record high of 6,800 participants and having won the 'Convention of the Year' title at the Singapore Business Events Awards last year, Singapore Maritime Week returns this year bigger, better and more relevant. The expected good turnout, owing to the timeliness and industry relevance of the issues to be discussed, reflects the resilience of the maritime community.

Organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Maritime Week started in 2006 with 2,900 participants. The numbers rose to 4,500 in 2007. In many ways, this year's edition will also be extra special.

As with last year's edition, which kicked off with the inaugural Singapore Nautical Run, the 2009 edition will also kick off in the name of charity with a new launch event - Singapore Maritime Week Regatta. Both in favourable and not so favourable times, the maritime community is committed to doing its bit and giving back to the community. The event aims to bring together the maritime industry, young people from institutes of higher learning and the less fortunate through fun-filled activities.

Other main events for Singapore Maritime Week include: Sea Asia; the Third Singapore Maritime Lecture; the International Chemical and Oil Pollution Conference (ICOPCE) 2009; and the Singapore International Maritime Awards (IMA) Gala Dinner. The line-up of international conferences, dialogues, exhibitions, and social events reflects the vibrancy and diversity of Singapore as a major international maritime centre.

Sea Asia brings together the best minds from a cross-section of the international maritime community to discuss and develop creative solutions and strategies that are Asian by nature but global in perspective, to meet current challenges and seize opportunities ahead.

At the 3rd Singapore Maritime Lecture, Dr Helmut Sohmen, Chairman of BW Group, will give a useful glimpse of his perspective on the economic climate of the shipping industry as well as how companies can ride out the financial storm.

The International Maritime Awards Gala Dinner celebrates the growth of the Singapore maritime ecosystem as well as the key partnerships highlighting its success. It represents MPA's efforts to build maritime buzz in Singapore via the gathering, exchange and interaction of people, ideas and opportunities.

With marine environment protection being a global concern, the 6th ICOPCE from 22 to 24 April 2009 brings together experts and industry players to share insights, best practices and experiences in pollution prevention and response.  

Meanwhile, the  International Symposium of Maritime Logistics and Supply Chain Systems 2009 offers a timely and useful forum where the maritime community, researchers and practitioners deliberate on the economic challenges as well as seek innovative solutions and competitive strategies to better position itself for the pick-up.

Event Listing

18 Apr (12pm - 5pm): Singapore Maritime Week Regatta, Raffles Marina

20-21 Apr (8am - 5pm): LNG Shipping Asia Conference, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

20-21 Apr (9am - 5pm): Shipping Risk & Insurance Conference, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

21 Apr (4.30pm - 6.15pm): 3rd Singapore Maritime Lecture, Gallery East, Suntec City

21 Apr (6pm - 10pm): Singapore International Maritime Awards (IMA) 2009 Gala Dinner, Suntec City

21-23 Apr (9am - 6.30pm): Sea Asia Conference and Exhibition, Suntec Singapore

22 Apr (2.30pm - 6pm): Piracy & Sea Robbery Conference 2009, Suntec City

22-23 Apr (9am - 5pm): Offshore Support Vessels (OSV) Asia-Pacific Conference, Raffles City Convention Centre

22-24 Apr (9am - 5pm): 6th International Chemical and Oil Pollution Conference and Exhibition (ICOPCE), Raffles City Convention Centre

23 Apr (2pm - 4.30pm): Maritime Youth Day @ Sea Asia, Suntec City

23-24 Apr (2pm - 6pm): International Symposium on Maritime Logistics and Supply Chain Systems, Riverview Hotel

23-24 Apr (9am - 6pm): Port Finance International Asia Conference, Marina Mandarin

24 Apr (9am - 1pm): Chemical Spill Exercise (CHEMSPILL) 2009 (Part of ICOPCE 2009)

24 Apr (9am - 5pm): OSV Asia-Pacific Post-Conference Workshops, Raffles City Convention Centre.  [03/04/09]