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Sea Asia Conference: attendance up 23 per cent in 2015

Singapore’s role as a leading international maritime centre was demonstrated at last week’s Sea Asia 2015 with 16,185 participants from 85 countries taking part in the three day event.
This is a 23 per cent increase in attendance from the previous event and Seatrade Chairman Chris Hayman said this is a reflection of Sea Asia’s growing importance in the maritime calendar.
“This year’s Sea Asia was our biggest and best event yet. The
exhibition was 30 per cent bigger than last year’s event and spread across two floors for the first time due to unprecedented demand from exhibitors.
“This growth is a real reflection of the important role Sea Asia plays in helping bring leading players from across the industry together to discuss, debate and analyse key issues and trends,” he said.
UBM Asia Ltd Executive Vice President and Director of Sea Asia 2015 Michael Duck states: “No doubt Singapore plays a focal point in bringing together the best, the biggest and the brightest in the Global Maritime sphere.

“The importance of Sea Asia is well illustrated by the number of industry leaders who were in town for this ‘don’t miss’ event.”
He added that many of the critical discussions over the three days took place in the conference sessions.

“These sessions are a key highlight of Sea Asia and it was great to see participation increase from 700 delegates in 2013 to over 900 delegates this year, a massive 29 per cent growth,” he said.
Singapore Maritime Foundation Chairman Michael Chia said that the success of Sea Asia 2015 also highlights the increasingly dominant role Singapore, and the Asia region, plays in the global maritime and offshore industries.

“Asia is the driving force behind the global maritime and offshore industries. In 2014, Asia accounted for almost 80 per cent of global container throughput and five of the top ten shipping centres are based in this region”.

Mr Chia added that to continue driving this growth, Asian maritime will need to focus on developing the industry’s future leaders.

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