|Great first day for China Maritime 2012|
|Wednesday, 29 February 2012 17:01|
China Maritime Week 2012 got off to a terrific start yesterday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).
The spectacular opening ceremony featured an opening address from Ms Eva Cheng, the Secretary for Transport and Housing for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, in which she discussed Hong Kong’s growing importance as a regional – and global – maritime hub. Ms Cheng and Baird Events’ chairman Neil Baird then cut the ribbon at the entrance to the exhibition hall, and China Maritime had officially begun.
Visitors were then able to peruse the exhibition, which features the cream of the maritime world, including shipping and work boats, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, political, regulatory and media bodies, and experts on the marine environment.
Meanwhile, a wide-ranging schedule of conferences and seminars got underway, with a very strong turn-out for the seminar held by the Young Professionals in Shipping Network (YPSN). Distinguished maritime commentator Michael Grey was one of four excellent speakers at the event, giving a fascinating address on the lessons learned from the ‘Titanic’ disaster, 100 years on.
Another excellent event took place later in the afternoon, when the Philippines Maritime League held a promotion to discuss the huge contribution made by the South-East Asian nation in the global maritime industry. Among an excellent line-up of speakers, congressman Roger G Mercado, the chairman of the Philippine Congress Committee on Transportation, gave the main address, entitled “The Philippones – A Sea of Maritime Opportunity”.
“Being the world’s number one in seafaring, the manning capital of the world, the fourth-largest shipbuilder in the world and a leader in maritime education in the region, the Philippines enjoys an enviable position as a frontrunner in the global maritime industry,” said Mercado. “It is therefore very timely that this international maritime exhibition and conference can be a venue to highlight and promote our country’s opportunities in shipbuilding, seafaring, ship-management, training and maritime development.”
Finally, as the day’s conferences and seminars wound down and the exhibition closed its doors for the evening, Baird Events held a cocktail reception at the HKCEC, allowing guests to relax and unwind. A great end to a great first day, setting the scene for what promises to be another hugely successful China Maritime Week.
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