The 13th Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) officially launched its opening ceremony on April 22, 2018 at Suntec City Mall with the theme “Positioning for Future Growth – Driving Connectivity, Innovation and Talent.”
Organized by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the event gathered the international maritime community for a week-long event full of conferences, exhibits, and activities relating to the industry.
Topics of discussion included new innovations in different facets of maritime training, recent issues in the regional and international maritime landscape as shared by speakers and industry insiders, and how companies can ride these growing trends for better maritime training and application of skills towards growth for both the business and the maritime industry in general.
Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport, and Minister of Health, says that the annual SMW comes at a time where changes to the global maritime industry has gathered pace, from the emergence of disruptive technologies and the entry of non-traditional players to the demand for better safety and environmental standards.
Minister Lam adds that against the backdrop, now is the time for the maritime industry to listen to thought leaders regarding ways on how the maritime community can overcome key obstacles and grab new opportunities to collectively drive the maritime industry forward.
More than 30,000 maritime professionals were expected to attend the 34 events for the week, those of which included the SMW Exhibition 2018 which highlighted the upcoming Tuas Port and other new maritime technologies such as wearable technology that leverages augmented reality and biosensors. Various forums were also held in order to discuss topics such as how new innovations can affect maritime training as applied worldwide, including the maritime training in the Philippines.
The Singapore Maritime Week ran from April 21 – 29, 2018.