Published: Thursday, 08 February 2018

The 15th Asia Pacific Maritime (APM) will take place at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from March 14-16 with a line-up of keynote and conference speakers.

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Over 40 leaders and experts from across the global maritime industry will lead discussions on the major trends and issues shaping Asia Pacific's maritime, workboat and offshore industries, whilst sharing their insights and forecast to help players forge the way forward.

The three-day event will kick off with the inaugural APM Leaders’ Forum exploring topics that matter in the year ahead. This is followed by spotlighting on the vessel market, specifically the outlook for the tanker market, shifting trends in maritime finance and an in-depth look at Vietnam’s growing maritime industry. Day three will see industry leaders examine the maritime industry’s priorities in marine fuels, the latest hybrid technologies and offshore prospects.

With multiple strategically located ports and a sound port infrastructure, Thailand’s maritime industry is well positioned to grow. Yeow Hui Leng, senior project director of the APM, is in the prospect of the country’s development.

“APM has established itself as a pivotal business platform connecting the global maritime world to Asia. With the recent developments in Thailand, we see much potential for the industry to leverage the event to gain knowledge to aid in their business strategies, navigate new frontiers and discover new business opportunities.”

Thailand is already developing its ports, inland waterways and shipbuilding. Discussions on the Kra Canal have resurfaced, and the potential of which would be large for the country.

“One very interesting vision and possible massive game changer is the Kra Canal project that would connect the Gulf of Thailand with the Andaman Sea across southern Thailand,” said Michael Elwert, Elektrans’ Chief Executive Officer.

“It is envisaged that such a new shipping route will improve and largely slash days of seaborne transport in the region, providing an alternative route to the Straits of Malacca and shorten transit for shipments of oil to Japan and China by 1,200 km.”

Elektrans Group will be shedding insights on the tanker market on day two of the Singapore 2018 APM Conference.

The APM will also hold a new Career and Skills Pavilion for professionals in the maritime industry seeking prospective career and networking opportunities, as well as a series of six thematic networking sessions tailored for visitors and exhibitors of similar interests to meet and forge new partnerships.