09-25-2008 03:43 PM CET - Logistics & Transport

SEA ASIA 2009: Raising the Asian voice in world shipping

Press release from: Seatrade
PR Agency: Helix Media
The Inaugural Sea Asia 2007 Attracted Over 7,000 Participants!
The Inaugural Sea Asia 2007 Attracted Over 7,000 Participants!
24 September 2008 – Sea Asia 2009, to be held in Singapore from 21 to 23 April 2009, will bring together Asia’s top maritime professionals to discuss how to raise the Asian shipping industry’s voice on the global maritime stage.

The Asia region’s importance for the global shipping industry has increased significantly in the past two decades. Today, Asian ship owners control nearly half the world’s commercial fleet and are still expanding their order books.

As global trade patterns have shifted eastwards and more and more decision-making takes place in Asia, the Asian shipping community needs to clearly express an “Asian voice” at international shipping organisations. It is now more crucial than ever to achieve a greater influence in global policy-making.

Sea Asia 2009 will be the perfect platform for this. After a stellar debut in 2007, the biennial conference and exhibition is returning to Singapore’s Suntec City Convention Centre. The show takes the theme “The Asian Voice in World Shipping: Clearer and Stronger”, building on the successful session on this topic at the previous conference.

The morning session on the first day will bring together industry heavy-weights to discuss the Asian voice in world shipping from the container shipping and logistics angle. Ron Widdows, Group President and CEO, Neptune Orient Lines Limited, has been the latest speaker to join a string of high-profile names from the region’s maritime community.

The session will be chaired by S.S. Teo, Managing Director, Pacific International Lines, Singapore, Chairman, Singapore Maritime Foundation, and President, Singapore Shipping Association. He comments: “Top Asian shipowners and leading maritime operators will congregate in Singapore for Sea Asia 2009. They will share insights of the maritime issues pertinent to this region to develop the voice of Asian shipping. The event epitomizes the unity and professionalism of the Singapore maritime community, both government and the private sector, in presenting an international maritime event of world-class standing.”

In the afternoon, top-level executives such as Klaus Nyborg, Deputy CEO, Pacific Basin Shipping (HK) Limited, and Lee Jeong-Hwa, Chief Executive Officer, S K Shipping, will discuss the Asian voice from the bulk market’s perspective. This session will be hosted by Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Managing Director, BW Shipping, who explains why Sea Asia 2009 is an ideal environment to express a united stance: “Asian companies play a key role in the maritime sector. Although it is important to think in global terms, it is beneficial for the industry to have Asian based companies participating in the debate about future direction and policies.”

The “Asian Voice” theme will continue into the second day to touch on the offshore market. Controlling over 70 percent of the global rig building and FPSO conversion market, Singapore is certainly suitably placed to discuss this topic. The afternoon will see a dedicated session on finance for Asian shipping, whilst a parallel stream will tackle technical issues such as emissions, ballast water treatment as well as shipbuilding and conversions.

The closing day will hold a charterer’s forum in the morning, which will present an outlook for the major bulk trades, both dry and liquid. A separate session will discuss the currently very hot topic crewing and manning. The afternoon sessions will deal with LNG shipping as well as marine insurance.
The choice to hold Sea Asia 2009 once again in the thriving maritime hub of Singapore has proven a significant draw to companies participating in the exhibition running alongside the conference.

Over three days, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the most recent product and service developments for the maritime industry. As at August, eight months out from the event, the organisers have already achieved to equal the size of Sea Asia 2007. The majority of last year’s exhibitors have committed themselves to the 2009 event and among the latest companies to confirm their participation are international industry leaders such as Keppel, STX, TOTAL Lubmarine and Wartsila, as well as major classification societies from around the world.

At this stage, already six countries have confirmed their participation through national pavilions. China, Japan, Korea, Norway, Panama and host country Singapore, will present their maritime capabilities and achievements.

Sea Asia is not only an excellent opportunity to catch up on the latest market intelligence, but also to forge important business contacts. A special networking highlight will be the GAC Sea Asia 2009 Golf Classic. This golf tournament, sponsored by GAC, will take place one day before the official opening of Sea Asia and is a great opportunity for players to test their skills in a friendly tournament.

Sea Asia 2009 is jointly organised by Seatrade and the Singapore Maritime Foundation. The organisers can draw upon the expertise of an international advisory panel, which comprises experts from different sectors of the maritime industry, including IMC Group’s Tan Sri Frank Tsao and “K” Line’s Hiroyuki Maekawa. Together with the very strong regional support and the event’s principal sponsors DnB Nor, Lloyd’s Register and PSA, this will turn Sea Asia once again into a truly world-class maritime show.


For over 30 years, Seatrade has been a leading maritime publisher and international events organiser. Headquartered in UK, Seatrade publishes Seatrade magazine and Seatrade Cruise Review plus bespoke supplements.
Seatrade’s family of conferences and exhibitions has grown in strength and number over the years. Its signature exhibition and conference event in this region, SEA ASIA (co-organised with the Singapore Maritime Foundation), takes place once every two years.

With an increasing presence in Asia, Seatrade opened a Representative Office in Singapore in 2006.For more information about Seatrade’s evolving portfolio of publications and events, visit www.seatrade-global.com.

The Singapore Maritime Foundation is a private sector-led organisation established to develop and promote Singapore as an International Maritime Centre (IMC).

Established in 2004, the Foundation seeks to work in partnership with the different sectors of the maritime industry to advance the maritime interests of Singapore through collaborations and events. Some of the notable projects include the inaugural collaboration with Seatrade, Sea Asia, the iconic maritime event which has received overwhelming response from the industry players, both in Singapore and overseas, the MaritimeONE (Outreach Network) an initiative that seeks to heighten awareness of the maritime industry, the maritime professionals, the exciting career opportunities and boost recruitment into this booming industry. For details, visit www.smf.com.sg.

For more information, please contact Helix Media, public relations consultants to Seatrade for SEA ASIA 2009.
Edward Ion: +65 6294 8500
Mobile: +65 9111 6871
Email: edward.ion@helixmedia.asia

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