The 13th edition of the Singapore Maritime Week (SMW), themed “Positioning for Future Growth – Driving Connectivity, Innovation and Talent”, was officially opened by Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, on Sunday (22 April).
“The annual Singapore Maritime Week is here again. This year, it comes at a time when change to the global maritime industry has gathered pace – from the rise of disruptive technologies and the entry of non-traditional players, to the demand for better safety and environmental standards,” he says.
“Against this backdrop, it is timely and useful for the maritime industry to hear from thought leaders on how we can overcome key challenges and seize new opportunities, so that we can collectively steer the maritime industry forward.”
From 21 to 29 April, the SMW Exhibition 2018, a key feature of SMW 2018, will be held at Suntec City North Atrium. Themed “Maritime Singapore. Future Ready”, visitors of all ages can gain insights into Singapore’s maritime industry and its plans to transform and become the Global Hub for Connectivity, Innovation and Talent.
A highlight at the SMW 2018 exhibition is “The Next Generation Port in the Making”, an exclusive feature on the upcoming Tuas Port. Through innovative project showcases, visitors can learn about the various technologies that are transforming our maritime industry, such as remote pilotage and digital fleet management systems, as well as wearable technology which leverages augmented reality and biosensors.
Interactive exhibits will give visitors a chance to embark on a discovery journey and hear real-life stories of what drives people to join the maritime industry and how they develop a passion for what they do. Visitors can also participate in other interesting activities at the exhibition such as remotely piloting a boat or making 3D postcards and keychains.
Since its inception in 2006 with 2,800 participants, SMW has grown significantly. This year, more than 30,000 maritime professionals, including high-level delegates from port authorities, industry leaders and members of the public are expected to attend the 34 events lined-up for this year’s SMW.
Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 23 April, 2018
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