Gulf Maritime is a leading show of its kind in the region

Gulf Maritime is a leading show of its kind in the region

Gulf Maritime, Mastech timely

01 September 2013

THE UAE’s growing influence as an import and export hub and the rising popularity of its east coast with containership operators is generating greater global interest in the regional maritime industry.

And, anchoring the regional maritime industry amidst robust logistics and shipping sectors and rising container traffic is the upcoming event for the commercial, government and military maritime industry, Gulf Maritime 2013.

Held under the patronage of Sharjah Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qassimi, the ninth Gulf Maritime exhibition and Mastech conference will be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from November 25 to 27.

“The maritime industry is propelling the local economy to greater heights ... the sustained growth of the sector has helped the country in improving its competitiveness and standing as a premier trade and logistics hub at the regional and international levels,” said Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, director-general, Expo Centre Sharjah.

Increasing trade activity has already manifested in the form of more shipping and container traffic with Sharjah’s Gulftainer reporting a 24 per cent increase in trade volume in 2012 when compared with 2011.

Gulftainer’s Sharjah ports saw the greatest volumes throughout the year, with Khorfakkan Container Terminal seeing growth of 28 per cent on its 2011 figures with a throughput of over 3.3 million teu. The company has seen consistent growth over the years, with trade volumes more than tripling in the past decade.

As in the past show, a Mastech naval architecture and shipbuilding conference will be held alongside Gulf Maritime 2013. It is for the second consecutive year that Mast, an association of naval architects, and Expo Centre Sharjah, have entered into an agreement to organise Mastech 2013 during Gulf Maritime.

Mastech papers
With a couple of months to go for the event, Mastech has already seen the confirmation of 12 papers on major topics such as shipbuilding and ship repairs, marine engineering, naval architecture, offshore and oil and gas with the final session set to focus on “Energy Efficiency” that will have vessel owners, equipment suppliers and other stakeholders on the panel. The conference will be held on November 25 and 26, said Shaji P J, president of Mast.

A demo at a past event of Gulf Maritime

“Together, the Gulf Maritime trade fair and Mastech technical conference have generated so much interest in the market that we have on board Sharjah Ports Authority and Hamriyah Free Zone Authority as principal sponsors for the exhibition and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Technomak as gold sponsors for the conference,” said Ashik Subahani, managing director of Great Waters Maritime LLC and event convener - Mastech 2013.

Besides, for the first time, the event will also see a pavilion by Piceno Promozone, one of the biggest maritime business agencies.

The 2011 edition of Gulf Maritime attracted 2,316 trade visitors from 44 countries against 1,890 visitors for the previous one. Mastech 2011 saw about 638 delegates and nearly 20 technical papers.

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