The world’s most influential and largest international maritime event in 2015 - Marintec China, concluded on 4th December at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre. The event welcomed over 2,000 exhibiting companies and covered 80,000 square meters of exhibition space. 17 national and group pavilions from Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan region, the United States and the United Kingdom were presented and the event totaled 61,997 visits from 116 countries and regions over a four day period.
Michael Duck, Executive Vice President of UBM Asia commented, “With the global maritime network of UBM Asia, the know-how of the domestic market from the Shanghai Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers – SSNAOE, and more than 30 years of experience, Marintec China has been breaking records year after year. Numbers of visitors went up by 7% compared to the last edition. The encouraging figures reflect that China remains one of the major shipbuilding nations and Marintec China has once again been proven to be the most authoritative platform in Asia and regarded as a ‘must-attend’ event in the global maritime calendar. ”
Stella Fung, Event Director of Marintec China noted, “The “Belt and Road” initiative advocated by the Chinese government, especially the “Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road” concept, has also brought new development opportunities for shipping, port and other maritime industries. Complementing the initiative is the debut of the “China Heart” – engines developed and manufactured by Chinese enterprises, on the occasion of Marintec China. This breakthrough assuredly places Chinese enterprises on the world stage, whereby it shares the spotlight with other internationally well-known manufactures.”
In 2015, Marintec China’s response to the initiative was that many exhibitors tapped this opportunity to launch their new products and offerings; China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation – CSIC, unveiled for the first time its own developed low-speed and medium-speed diesel engines and China State Shipbuilding Corporation – CSSC, introduced a high-pressure common-rail diesel engine and a liquid cargo loading and unloading system. More domestic marine equipment and ship engine manufacturers jointly announced the launching of a range of high, medium and low-speed China-made engines.
In addition, several major collaboration agreements were signed at Marintec China, ABS signed a Design Development agreement with Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute – SDARI, to develop a new generation of container feeder vessels. DNV GL presented Approval in Principle for a new LNG fueled VLCC design from Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. and an agreement to cooperate with Hempel (Guangzhou) Coatings Ltd for a measurable fleet performance improvement. There was also a signing ceremony for a 20,000 teu containership design with DNV GL, China Classification Society, Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd and Cosco Container Lines Co., Ltd. Lloyd’s Register has given Approval in Principle for a gas turbine-powered LNG carrier design by GE Marine and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. MAN Diesel & Turbo and China Classification Society signed a new technical cooperation agreement under the framework signed in 2013 to further their collaboration.
Marintec China is highly rated by the exhibitors. Mr. Wil van Mol, General Manager of Process Industries and Drives Division, Siemens China commented, “I am really impressed with this fair. We have attended Marintec China for over ten years and see it expending and expanding. It is one of the biggest shows in South Asia. Marintec China is very organized and full of potential visitors.” Ms. Banu Kannu, General Manager, Marketing of Asia Pacific & Middle East, Wartsila Corporation, has this to say, “Marintec China is a very good show. It is always well attended. Well done and good job!” Professional attendees at the event also shared the same view. From Mr. Pang Jianto of HISSEN Marine & Industry, “This is the fourth time I visit Marintec China and every time I find it is growing bigger and bigger. I noticed many exhibit highlights in this edition. Many new products, services and integrated system made a debut especially in the Germany Pavilion and Denmark Pavilion. During this visit, I met many old friends and I was so glad to see many new exhibitors as well.”
In parallel, the Senior Maritime Forum 2015 celebrated its success with full attendances by senior Chinese government officials, corporate leaders and high-level executives. This year’s forum highlighted “Innovation Drives Development, the Green Agenda Guides the Future.” With the hottest topic now in the shipping industry “The Belt and Road” initiative, the main theme covered “21st Century Maritime Silk Road: Shipping and Ports; Marine Finance; and Marine Equipment Technology.”
Serving as the pivotal platform in the industry, more than fifty renowned speakers addressed the latest green innovations and technologies at the forum. The keynote speeches were made by Dr. Sun Licheng, Vice Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies and Chairman & President of China Classification Society and Prof Martin Stopford, President of Research Services, Clarksons Platou. Special invitation was extended to the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Marios Demetriades to deliver a major speech. Among other distinguished speakers were Mr. Fang Huaijin, Vice President of Shanghai International Port (Group) Co., Ltd, Dr. Dostain Khan Jamaldini, Chairman of the Gwadar Port Authority and Prof Paolo Costa, President of the Venice Port Authority.
Marintec China 2017 will return to Shanghai from 5-8 December, and continue its dedication to serve as the “LEADING” platform “CONNECTING” the community and “STRENGTHENING” the maritime industry.
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