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'Stellar' line-up for Sea Asia announced

Singapore: The Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) and its partner Seatrade unveiled at press conference a comprehensive line-up of opening-day conference speakers and topics for the inaugural Sea Asia to be held in Singapore April-4.  

The Keynote session is entitled 'The Asian Voice in World Shipping' and will examine Asia's influence on global maritime matters. SMF chairman SS Teo pointed out that meaningful international regulations require the input and feedback from all major shipping regions. Asian maritime industry players need to speak up, he exhorted, with Sea Asia providing a platform for such vital exchanges.

Chairing the session will be Choo Chiau Beng, chairman and ceo of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. Choo, who is also an SMF board director. He commented that "rising Asian shipowners are among the most dynamic and fast-moving players in the maritime industry today. The fact that the inaugural Sea Asia has attracted a stellar line-up of luminaries points to the fact that the age of Asian shipping is well and truly underway."

Asian speakers at the opening session include: Cosco's Sun Jiakang, NYK's Takao Manji, U-Ming's Douglas Hsu, STX PanOcean's Jong-Chul Lee, BW Shipping's Andreas Sohmen Pao, Varun's Yudhishthir Khatau. IMC's Fred Tsao and PIL's SS Teo.

In total more than 70 speakers from over dozen international maritime centres are to attend the conference. Choo said he expected a forward-looking discussion of a variety of topics including supply and demand in all segments of the global shipping market, newbuilding prices and increasing competition among shipyards, and financing of Asian shipowners.  [26/02/07]

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