Marina Bay Sands To Host Sea Asia 2013
Sea Asia, the iconic maritime conference and exhibition which is the cornerstone event of Singapore’s Maritime Week, is anticipated to reach new heights in 2013.
The Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) and Seatrade, organisers of the show, said that they are projecting an overall growth of 15% in terms of both exhibition space and attendance at Sea Asia 2013. This is made in comparison to the show’s last edition in 2011 which covered 13,600 square metres (gross) and attracted more than 12,000 international executives over three days.
In line with news about its growth, the organisers also announced that Sea Asia 2013 will return to Singapore’s premier exhibition venue, Marina Bay Sands (MBS). Sea Asia 2011 was held at MBS and attendees hailed it as a tremendous success.
The decision to return the show to MBS came after the original venue provider, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre told the Sea Asia organisers that its renovation work would not be completed in time for the event.
Organisers SMF and Seatrade quickly secured the MBS venue where the show was held in 2011. It is now full steam ahead for the 2013 event which will be held from 9-11 April as originally planned.
Christopher Hayman, Chairman of Seatrade, said today: “We are pleased to be able to announce a seamless transfer of Sea Asia 2013 to Marina Bay Sands which is a world class venue.
“Seatrade and SMF have assured all exhibitors at Sea Asia 2013 and all the show’s supporters that everything else about the event remains the same including the all-important dates which remain right in the middle of Singapore Maritime Week.”
Sea Asia’s conference programme is one of the show’s highlights and great progress has been made in attracting top industry leaders to take part in 2013. They include:
- Mr Tan Chong Meng, Group CEO, PSA International Pte Ltd
- Mr Kenneth Glenn, President, APL Co Pte Ltd
- Mr S.S. Teo, Managing Director, Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd
- Mr Andy Tung, Chief Executive Officer, Orient Overseas Container Line Limited
- Mr Xu Li Rong, General Manager, China Shipping (Group) Company
- Mr Douglas Hsu, Chairman, U-Ming Marine Transport Corp.
- Dr Whang Kyuho, President & CEO, SK Shipping
- Mr Per Wistoft, Chief Executive Officer, Brightoil Shipping Singapore Pte Ltd
Sea Asia has attracted many of the world’s blue chip maritime companies to support and sponsor the event, including DNB Bank, Executive Ship Management, Lloyd’s Register, GAC, Rightship, ABS, Siemens, PSA, IHC Merwede, Keppel Offshore Marine and Rolls Royce Marine.
“Sea Asia is the flagship maritime show of Singapore. This show seeks to be the focal point for international maritime leaders and the Singapore maritime community to discuss pertinent issues and explore business partnerships. We have been working hard to line up the best speakers for Sea Asia 2013 so that it will meet the needs of the industry players and project the voice of Asia effectively”, said Mr Michael Chia, Chairman of the Singapore Maritime Foundation.