Nor-Shipping 2009
As one of the world’s top international maritime shows, Nor-Shipping is held once every two years in Oslo, Norway. Nor-Shipping was held from 9 to 12 June 2009 in Norway Trade Fairs, Lillestrøm.

The Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), together with the Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) and supported by MPA and IE Singapore, led 13 companies in Singapore’s participation as a national Pavilion at Nor-Shipping 2009.

Mr Raymond Lim, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, lead the Singapore Pavilion this year, with a contingent of six other delegates from the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the MPA including Mr Choi Shing Kwok, Permanent Secretary (Transport), and Mr Lam Yi Young, Chief Executive, MPA.

The Singapore Pavilion was officially opened by Minister Raymond Lim in the morning at 10.15am on 9 June 2009. Minister was hosted by SMF Board members Dato’ Jude Benny, Mr Erik Borgen and Mr Lam Yi Young. In attendance to witness the opening of the Singapore Pavilion are VIPs including Mr Ng Ser Miang, Singapore’s Ambassador to Norway, Mr Otto Tidemand, Singapore’s Honorary Consul-General in Oslo, Norway, and Mr Choi Shing Kwok, Permanent Secretary (Transport).

SMF also hosted the Singapore Nite@ Nor-Shipping cocktail reception at Radisson SAS Plaza Hotel (Oslo) on 10 June 2009 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Minister Raymond Lim was the guest of honour. The event was well attended by 350 senior level maritime industry guests from Asia and Europe. The food served was a spread of Singapore cuisine delicacies prepared by Kriston Food and Beverage from Singapore, specially flown in for the event. Appetizers and desserts were provided by the hotel. Tiger Beer was also served during the event.

The SMF participation of Nor-Shipping 2009 was an unqualified success in its objectives in terms of meeting targets of a minimum of 13 exhibitors, visitors to the Singapore pavilion, creating activities and business opportunities for exhibitors.

SMF with the leading of the Singapore Pavilion and through the activities organised during the Nor-Shipping, has successfully showcased Singapore as an ideal International Maritime Centre (IMC) with the wide range of auxiliary services available to support the shipping industry.  The support for the Singapore Maritime industry from the international maritime community and the united front presented between the government and private sector in promoting Singapore’s maritime sector was evident, and Singapore looks poised to turn heads in the next Nor-Shipping in 2011.