China maritime trade to be ‘hot topic’ at this year's Marintec
China’s One Belt, One Road trade strategy is creating intense interest among the shipping and land transport sectors and will be one of the hot topics under discussion at the Marintec China 2015 Senior Maritime Forum that will be held during the giant Shanghai trade fair in December.
The forum will run alongside Marintec China 2015, which takes place from 1–4 December at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Now in its 18th edition, the forum is a pivotal platform for maritime industry professionals.
Organisers expect more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and over 60,000 visitors to attend the Marintec China fair, and the number of national and regional pavilions this year has grown to 17. The pavilions will showcase offerings from Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Big-name exhibitors this year include Caterpillar, General Electric, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Wartsila, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), and Cosco International.
The Senior Maritime Forum 2015 carries the theme of "Innovation Drives Development, the Green Agenda Guides the Future” and will be attended by senior Chinese government officials, corporate leaders, and high-level executives.
It will be held from 30 November to 3 December at the Kerry Hotel Pudong in Shanghai, and apart from the Belt-Road strategy, speakers will also cover issues of the day revolving around shipbuilding and ocean engineering; shipping and ports; maritime finance; and marine technology.
China unveiled the Belt and Road initiative in 2013 with the goal of promoting prosperity across a vast part of the world – on the maritime leg (the Road part), China is boosting connections to the Pacific islands, Africa, and Europe, while the land part of the strategy (the Belt) connects the mainland by rail and road to Europe and all the countries in-between, including South Asia and the Middle East.
For instance, Gwadar Port in Pakistan’s Baluchistan is at one end of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor that stretches to Kashgar in Xinjiang, China. With roads, railways, and pipelines to transport oil and gas, this corridor serves as a bridge for China's planned Maritime Silk Route.
Addressing this topic, among others, at the Senior Maritime Forum 2015 will be Dr Dostain Khan Jamaldini, chairman of the Gwadar Port Authority, and Professor Paolo Costa, president of the Venice Port Authority. The famous Italian city was once a key port on the ancient Silk Road and will play an important role in the modern reincarnation of the trading route.
"We have a stellar line-up of other speakers from fields ranging from shipping innovation and port management to banking and finance at the Senior Maritime Forum," said Stella Fung, event director of Marintec China.
Professor Martin Stopford, president of Research Services at Clarksons Platou, returns this year as a keynote speaker and will be among more than 50 speakers who will address the Senior Maritime Forum.
Another keynote speaker is Dr Sun Licheng, vice-chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies and chairman and president of China Classification Society (CCS). He will deliver a keynote speech on the commercial and regulatory environment for shipping in the next five years.
Also addressing delegates will be Fang Huaijin, vice-president of Shanghai International Port (Group) Co., who will speak on the speeding up of Yangshan Port’s Phase 4 project, completing the world's largest first-class automatic pier, and how the busiest container port in the world will participate in the Belt and Road trade initiative.
Online visitor registration for Marintec China has been extended to 13 November, although there is no reservation deadline for the Senior Maritime Forum. The most up-to-date information can be found at www.marintecchina.com.