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Singapore's next frontier: Maritime Week 2021

Week-long event kicks off today with some 6,000 attendees, 19 events, and a mix of virtual and hybrid formats.

Sustainability will be a key focus during the event, in line with the International Maritime Organisation's target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% in 2050.
Sustainability will be a key focus during the event, in line with the International Maritime Organisation's target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% in 2050. Photo Credit:Getty Images/IgorSPb

The Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) 2021 is back, and will run from 19 to 23 April with some 6,000 attendees expected at 19 events with a mix of virtual and hybrid formats.

The theme this year is 'New Frontiers, Shifting Paradigms' — addressing resilience, digitalisation, decarbonisation and talent development in the post-Covid environment.

Anchor event, Sea Asia, will host a virtual preview at SMW from 21-22 April, drumming up engagement between exhibitors, sponsors and target audiences ahead of the main hybrid show in September 2021.

The SEA Asia preview will include webinars, business matchmaking, networking opportunities, and a virtual exhibition. The event will also unveil the second phase of [email protected] — a single app consolidating vessel, immigration and port health clearances. An estimated 1,200 delegates from more than 40 countries are expected to tune in online, more than 60% comprising C-suite and senior management roles.

Singapore Maritime Technology Conference and Exhibition 2020.
Singapore Maritime Technology Conference and Exhibition 2020.

Meanwhile, the Singapore Maritime Technology Conference and Exhibition (SMTC), will take place at Marina Bay Sands as a hybrid event (19-22 April). The first three days will see 250 local delegates attend in-person, following the latest safe management measures, while foreign delegates will tune in online for live-streamed content. Day four (22 April) will be a fully virtual event.

Sustainability is another focus for SMW, flowing with the IMO’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% in 2050.

To support decarbonisation of the industry, attendees at the Singapore Shipping Forum (22 April) can expect the announcement of a new set of recommendations, while the Singapore Maritime Technology hybrid conference (19-22 April) will explore digital transformation, autonomous shipping, and decarbonisation technologies.

Understanding that current and future generations will require new skillsets and perspectives, the Maritime Manpower Forum (22 April), co-organised by MPA and the Singapore Maritime Foundation, will dive into future-ready skills and job redesign.


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