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23 Jul 2019
2 mins
Singapore Maritime Week 2019 – Driving Connectivity, Innovation and Talent
Photo credit: Mr Khaw Boon Wan Facebook

Singapore Maritime Week (SMW), driven by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore attracted the participation of the international maritime community with SMOU right in the thick of action.

Kicked off on 7 April, the nine-day event included conferences, dialogues and exhibitions which focused on the theme, “Driving Connectivity, Innovation and Talent”.

Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, officially opened the international event at the Marina Square Central Atrium. He said:

“Shipping industry is being disrupted by digital revolution and business transformation. Political pressures brought about by globalisation and income inequality add immense challenges. What will the shipping industry be like in 20 years’ time? Who will be the new mega players? What about the incumbents? How could policy makers facilitate orderly transformations? How should workers prepare themselves for the future?”

“SMW gathers the thought leaders in the maritime industry to share insights on these issues, so that we can all seize new opportunities. Together, we can ride the tide and shape the future.”

One of the much-talked highlights was the Bicentennial Edition of the SMW Exhibition which brought the country’s maritime heritage to life. The exhibition also displayed a multi-touch “Next Generation Port” exhibit featuring technology and innovation for the port of the future.

It was at the Amazing Maritime Challenge, another attraction of the SMW, that Young SMOU team together with Industrial Relations Officer, Brandon Tan, joined 900 over participants to outwit each other in various game stations to discover more about Singapore’s vibrancy and diversity as a global hub port and leading international maritime centre.

The engaging and meaningful maritime-themed puzzles also provided an opportunity for the participants to familiarise themselves with the wide spectrum of jobs the maritime sector has to offer.

“The event has allowed me to keep up to date with the movement in the maritime sector. It has given me an opportunity to introduce the maritime industry to my friends and family,” said Brandon Tan.

Another highlight of the SMW was SeaAsia, co-organised by UBM (Seatrade) and the Singapore Maritime Foundation. The premier maritime and offshore conference and exhibition attracted some 15,000 international visitors and conference attendees.