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Saudi Maritime Congress shines spotlight on shipping & logistics

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The maritime and logistics sectors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are experiencing unprecedented growth, driven by economic diversification efforts, policy reforms, and foreign direct investment commitments. As the nation fast-tracks its way to becoming a world-leading maritime hub, all eyes are on Saudi Arabia's ambitious plans. The upcoming 4th edition of the Saudi Maritime Congress is poised to be a central event in these developments.


Economic Diversification and Maritime Growth

Taking place in Dammam from September 20-21, 2023, the Saudi Maritime Congress will illuminate the tremendous scope of opportunity within the fast-growing maritime logistics sector. Chris Morley, Group Director Seatrade Maritime, emphasizes the integral role of maritime transport infrastructure as part of the strategy to bolster the domestic ports and logistics sector, in line with the government's ambitious goal of making Saudi Arabia the leading regional logistics hub.

Vision2030 and Maritime Logistics Potential

The Congress's comprehensive and free-to-attend conference program will provide an in-depth analysis of Vision2030 and its objectives for the maritime & logistics sectors. Among the planned improvements are initiatives to boost port revenue, enhance rail connectivity, and quadruple the country's annual container throughput to 40 million TEU by 2030. Mega projects like the $500 billion Neom scheme and plans for the Oxagon port, the world's largest floating structure, signify the scale of Saudi Arabia's aspirations.

A Successful Platform for Industry Insights

Building on the success of the 2022 event, which attracted 3,757 international visitors, this year's exhibition and conference at Dhahran Expo, Dammam, KSA, promises to be a vital gathering of maritime executives, leading suppliers of marine equipment and services, and key influencers in the KSA maritime landscape.

The two-day program features industry and keynote addresses by prominent figures such as Nancy W. Karigithu, Principal Secretary State Department for Shipping and Maritime, Kenya; Erik Jensby, Head of Business Development and Membership, BIMCO; John McDonald, EVP and COO, ABS. With over 30 speakers lined up, topics ranging from ship management to mega strategies for the maritime industry's future in the Kingdom will be explored.

Exhibition Highlights

The bustling exhibition will include companies like MAWANI; IMI; Transport Global Authority; Saudi Global Ports Co; Grandweld; Naghi Marine Company; DP World Middle East; ASRY, and more, showcasing the latest in maritime technology and services.

The Saudi Maritime Congress 2023 promises to be a vital forum for understanding and engaging with the Kingdom's ambitious maritime and logistics goals. By offering a platform for dialogue, innovation, and collaboration, it plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of the region's maritime landscape. Registration is free for both the exhibition and conference program, highlighting the Congress's accessibility and dedication to fostering industry growth.

Join the conversation on social media with #SaudiMaritimeCongress. Entry to the exhibition and to attend the conference programme is free upon registration: Saudi Maritime Congress 2023 (