Asia Pacific Maritime 2016
Asia Pacific Maritime (APM) – a one-stop market for the region’s maritime community that showcases the latest in marine engineering and port technology –returned for its 14th edition from 16-18 March 2016 at the Marina Bay Sands with a focus on shipbuilding & marine, workboat and offshore.
Key Conference Highlights
The maritime and offshore industry has been through a challenging year with 2015 being a year of slow global economic growth and falling oil prices. APM 2016 took place at a timely juncture where industry players seized the opportunity to network with counterparts, learn of innovative strategies and identify business activities to stay ahead in Asia. The distinguished lineup of industry thought leaders include Captain Mike Meade, CEO and Founder, M3 Marine Group Pte Ltd Singapore; Joachim Skorge, Regional Head of Asia & Managing Director, DNB Bank ASA Singapore, and Eddy K.Logam, CEO and Chairman, PT Steadfast Marine and Indonesian Shipbuilding and Offshore Association (IPERINDO).
This year’s APM conference attracted the continuous international support of 14 countries including China and the United Kingdom, with Austria and Indonesia the two new additions.
During the opening keynote address, Peter Williams, IACS Quality Secretary of IACS Ltd, UK, presented a case study on IACS Quality System for the first time in Asia. Other key speakers include well-known personnel such as Khalid Moinuddin Hashim, Managing Director, Precious Shipping Public Company Limited, and Carmelita Hartoto, Vice-Chairman Transportation, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN).
Other programmes include the 6 Questions in 60 Minutes session, Spotlight on Indonesia Panel discussion and Offshore Panel discussion/ LNG forum.
The conference also saw industry experts discuss topics such as:
- How consolidation in the sector is affecting future growth
- Resourcing talent to sustain the market demands of a bear market
- Owners as a key driver in Offshore Support Vessels supply and its impact on overall global demand dynamics
- Is the weakness in Europe, a strong US dollar diminishing growth in China, low energy costs and inevitable rises in interest rates causing concerns on this side of the world?
- How are the regional LNG markets maintaining its momentum in an uncertain business environment?
Holistic Business Experience
This year, APM was co-located with InterMET Asia 2016, the Asia-Pacific region’s largest event that brings together meteorology technology companies and professionals as well as industries and activities that are affected by weather.
APM was also held in conjunction with Asia Insurance Review, Digital Ship, The International Bunker Industry Association and petroEDGE. These exhibitions brought about the following informative conferences:
|16-17 March||1st Asia Pacific Maritime Insurance Conference (APMIC)
“Managing Increasing Exposures & New Risks in the Maritime World”: Discussed pressing issues and concerns relating to market development, legal & regulations, underwriting, claims, risk management as well as practical solutions in maritime trade.
|17 March||Digital Ship
How Innovation and Evolution in Maritime Connectivity is changing the landscape by improving operational agility, creating enhanced efficiency and above all reducing costs for the ship owner and manager.
|17 March||IBIA Bunkering Forum
Discussed ongoing and future shipping challenges and in meeting emissions standards.
|16-18 March||PetroEDGE Workshops
APM 2016 brought together 15,000 visitors and decision makers from Asia, 1,500 international products and services companies from over 60 countries including 18 country pavilions and over 50 industry influencers, all in one single platform to buy, sell, network and learn.
“APM 2016 provided visitors and exhibitors a comprehensive experience by combining an international meteorological exhibition, a multitude of networking events and world class conference sessions to connect buyers with international maritime suppliers. Participants were able to get unlimited learning opportunities, established connections amongst like-minded individuals, addressed challenges of the industry and stayed ahead of shipping trends,” said Yeow Hui Leng, Senior Project Director, Asia Pacific Maritime.