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Singapore: 17th edition of Asia Pacific Maritime exhibition officially opens at MBS

17 Mar 2022

The 17th edition of Asia Pacific Maritime (APM), Southeast Asia’s maritime, workboat and offshore exhibition and conference, was officially opened by Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), at the Sands Exhibition and Convention Centre on Wednesday (16 March) morning.

The first large-scale in-person maritime tradeshow since the pandemic, which will be held from 16 to 18 March 2022, will attract 7,000 attendees from Asia and beyond including industry professionals, decision-makers, subject experts, and government officials, as well as more than 250 exhibitors from 27 countries and regions, and eight official pavilions from Australia, Germany, Singapore, South Korea (two contingents), the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Organised by RX Singapore, APM 2022 has implemented contactless features at the show such as contactless registration and Lead Retrieval mobile app, as part of its efforts to reduce touch points during this pandemic.

Besides the exhibition, APM 2022 also hosts a three-day conference, comprising the Asia Container Shipping & Ports, Maritime Cyber Security and Maritime Technology and Sustainability Forums. The conference is offered free to all attendees to support the government’s upskilling and learning initiatives.

Over 60 top executives are physically present to lead in-depth discussions focusing on decarbonisation, digitalisation, and sustainability of the maritime sector as a whole. A notable feature of this year’s conference is the participation of speakers outside of the maritime industry, such as professional services firm KPMG who will lead the maritime cyber security panel discussion, drawing upon their wealth of experience in conducting cyber risk assessments and threat modelling.

In his welcome address, Mr Yip Je Choong, Managing Director of RX said, “For the last 30 years, APM has been known to be the place where the latest maritime innovations and solutions are presented; where engaging discussions to chart the future of the industry are conducted; and where significant business deals are sealed. Despite the advent of digital in the last 2 years, we know that it complements, but will never replace face to face engagement. Nothing builds stronger relationships than in-person interactions.”

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Guest-of-Honour Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive, MPA said: “Shipping is a global business and all industry and government stakeholders share a common set of challenges. These include supply chain resilience, sustainability, maritime cyber security as well as attracting and nurturing talent. Events like Asia Pacific Maritime play an important role to bring together insights and ideas and to help build partnerships to address these challenges. Collaboration is key. On this note, I would like to congratulate ASMI and the Korea Marine Equipment Association (KOMEA), on your signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to promote collaboration and opportunities in marine and offshore projects.”


Photo credit: RX Global (Reed Exhibitions)
Published: 17 March, 2022

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