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World-class line-up for headline ‘Road to Recovery' session at Seatrade Maritime Middle East Virtual

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The virtual event will open with a video message from IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim before moving onto a powerful assembly of key industry influencers to examine the impact of global disruption across 2020 and discuss prospects for the Middle East market.

The session takes place ahead of the full conference agenda across the three days of Seatrade Maritime Middle East Virtual.

Streaming live around the world on Monday December 14th, the panel for “The Road to Recovery” features:

  • H.E. Eng. Hessa Ahmed Hamdan Almalek, Executive Director, Marine Transport, Federal Transport Authority for Land & Maritime
  • Roel Hoenders, Head of Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency of the Marine Environment Division, International Maritime Organization
  • Dr Şadan Kaptanoğlu President, BIMCO and Managing Director HI Kaptanoğlu Shipping
  • Esben Poulsson, Chairman, International Chamber of Shipping
  • Eithne Treanor, Founder & CEO, E Treanor Media (moderator)

Commenting on the planned forum, H.E. Hessa Almalek said: "There is no doubt that the global Covid-19 crisis represents the most severe of its kind in more than a century. Countries and businesses around the world are struggling to find ways to tackle it. However, even during this challenging time, the maritime and shipping industry has played an integral role in helping the world cope with this crisis by securing vital supplies of food and other essentials.

She added: "We must all work together to defy the crisis and analyze the conditions, so we can devise the best practices to overcome the challenges and help the sector recover and grow. As an event that is significant in the industry, Seatrade Maritime Middle East Virtual has the capabilities to help businesses survive the crisis by helping them find solutions without wasting any precious time. This platform has always been a paradigm in the maritime events space, strengthening the maritime sector in the region, year after year."

Originally scheduled to take place in Dubai this year, Seatrade Maritime Middle East announced earlier this year that it had adapted to continuous global disruption and will instead take place exclusively online from 14 – 16 December 2020. The three-day virtual experience will encompass the benefits of a live event, reimagined to provide a safe online environment for maritime professionals around the world to come together and discuss strategies for navigating a post-Covid-19 era while staying on the pulse of other key industry trends.

Applauding the move to have the flagship event virtually in 2020, Dr. Ahmed Yousef, Vice Dean of the College of Maritime Transport and Technology at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Sharjah, said: “Seatrade Maritime Middle East is considered as a unique experience for businesses in the maritime sector. It will give them the chance to request for virtual meetings with concerned parties, enhancing networking opportunities as compared to the traditional events, where meetings and networking opportunities were limited due to overloaded schedules. The new capabilities that the industry will obtain through this virtual event, will help in developing more business opportunities. For us, this event is the pinnacle of digital innovation. Organizing and managing events of this stature is commendable. This event will be a game-changer in the maritime events sector. “

Registration for Seatrade Maritime Middle East Virtual is now open, which is available globally and will take place exclusively online between 14 – 16 December 2020. Seatrade Maritime Middle East will return as a physical event in 2021, with further information to be released soon.

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