The inaugural Sea Asia conference, held in April 2007 in Singapore, smashed all targets and expectations! Its maiden voyage, co-steered by the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) and Seatrade, drew more than 7,000 people from 42 countries worldwide.
This iconic mega-event underscores Singapore’s position as a premier International Maritime Centre (IMC).
David Chin, Executive Director of Singapore Maritime Foundation, says, “By holding Sea Asia in Singapore and by being able to attract a broad spectrum of exhibitors, speakers and visitors, I firmly believe that the event will in time become synonymous with the Republic as a leading IMC.”
The Sea Asia 2007 conference reeled in more than 1,000 delegates from 40 nations, who gained invaluable insights from industry luminaries. Over 70 high-profile speakers debated with them on salient issues like The Asian Voice in World Shipping, Chartering, Finance in Asia, Insurance, Technical Trends, LNG Transport, Shipbuilding and Procurement.
On the exhibition front, 250 companies from 24 countries chose Sea Asia 2007 to showcase their products and services to the world.
Adding maritime buzz to the event was a whole range of satellite and side events, including press conferences, announcements and side presentations.
But it was not all business at Sea Asia 2007. The maritime community had ample opportunity to relax and raise a glass or two at a host of cocktail receptions and dinners. Some even took the time to enjoy Singapore’s glorious sunny weather at a golf tournament.
It’s no surprise then that Sea Asia 2007 was voted a resounding success by all.
SMF Chairman, Mr S S Teo, hailed Sea Asia 2007 a great success, saying “I was very heartened to see the strong interest and support from overseas and local visitors at this three-day event. The conference delegates were very happy with the high level of content and interactivity of the sessions .Many of our key exhibitors have given such positive feedback that I am sure that our next show in 2009 will only be bigger and better. I would like to thank one and all for making the inaugural Sea Asia a tremendous success.”
Similarly upbeat was Peter Swift, Managing Director of International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), who said: “We are delighted to have been a supporter of Sea Asia – it has been a major success. We look forward to actively participating in the next Sea Asia in 2009.”
Exhibitor Van West-Holland, the problem solver in the West in diesel engine spare parts, lauded Sea Asia as “explosive”, saying “We saw exactly the right buyers and technical visitors from major potential clients. The show was so busy at times that our staff could not keep up with demand.
“As a result, we will be doubling the size of our presence at the next Sea Asia in 2009.”
Andy Easdown, Country Manager for Lloyd’s Register in Singapore, was similarly upbeat, saying: “Sea Asia has exceeded our expectations. It has been extremely busy and the quality has been top notch.
“The Asian shipping community is clearly passionate about this event and we shall be returning for Sea Asia 2009”.
Other exhibitors, including the Indian Registry of Shipping, Germanischer Lloyd, COSCO, Korean Register, Class NK , Busan Port Authority, ShipServ Ltd, Eurasia Ship Management, International Registries Inc, and the maritime and corporate administrator for the Marshall Islands have all confirmed their intention to return in 2009.