Sea Asia 2009, held from 21-23 April 2009 at Suntec Convention Centre Halls 601-603, was successfully concluded with a total of 10,187 attendees for the event. The key event of the fourth Singapore Maritime Week (18-24 April 2009), the opening hours of the show were 10.00am to 6.30pm on the first two days and 10.00am to 5.00pm on the last day. Overall, the show grew in scale by nearly 50% in terms of exhibition space and visitorship.
This event was supported by 14 governmental organisations, associations and societies. There were four principal sponsors and 19 sponsors for the event.
Senior Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for National Security Professor S Jayakumar was the Guest of Honour (GOH) for the Opening Ceremony of the show which had 500 attendees. Three other Ministers, Mr Raymond Lim, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, Minister, Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for Transport and RADM (NS) Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts attended the opening ceremony as well.
Sea Asia 2009 had a balanced mix of networking functions, conferences and education-related activities.
SMF, together with ASMI and SSA, organised the Singapore Pavilion reception@ Sea Asia on 22 April 2009 held from 3.00 to 5.00pm attended by nearly 300 guests. SMF Board member Dato Jude Benny was the host for the event attended by the SMF Board and Advisory Panel, ASMI and SSA members, Singapore Pavilion exhibitors, maritime industry partners and show visitors.
The Maritime Youth Day@ Sea Asia 2009 was coordinated by MaritimeONE on 23 April 2009 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm for 300 students studying maritime-related courses to visit the show and find out more about the industry. This student outreach programme was attended by students from the various IHLs (Institutes of Higher Learnings) which offered maritime-related courses.
In all, Sea Asia 2009 has surpassed all expectations in terms of its size, the number of companies and individuals attending and the breadth of international support it has been able to gather. The event has bucked the trend of gloom and doom now surrounding so much business activity around the world. With continued local and international governmental and industry support for this event, Sea Asia is poised to continue to expand and break new ground as preparations are being made to host the 2011 edition.