World Maritime Tech Exhibit Set For San Francisco

In a bold move. The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), in partnership with 12 professional naval architecture and marine engineering organizations from around the globe, has created The World Maritime Technology Conference and Exposition. From October 17-20, 2003 in San Francisco, Calif., key marine industry decision-makers, leaders, engineers, managers, technicians, educators, shipyards, equipment manufacturers, naval forces, government, ship owners and operators, classification societies, and leaders of worldwide maritime organizations will meet at a single conference to discuss and debate the issues facing the maritime industry in this unprecedented forum.

Keith Read. CBE, Director General of IMarEST said, "Much of the business of the world and the sea is now global whereas in the past it was concentrated in the efforts of a few nations. Offshore technology is now being developed not only in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico, but also in West Africa and Brazil. Shipbuilding and repair has its major focus in the Far East with China now threatening to overtake Japan and Korea while those who man the ships come from as far afield as the Philippines. India and the Ukraine. The sea from being a global business run by the few is now a global business run by many." Bruce Rosenblatt, president of SNAME concurred as well, offering his views on the current state of the global maritime industry. "In a post-9-11 world, maritime security has come to the forefront. Safety, Security, Environmental, Technological issues - all are relevant issues, which demand a global effort within the maritime industry to develop clear goals and solutions," said Rosenblatt. The role of maritime societies is crucial if we are to educate the public and government about the importance of maritime affairs. "We must develop common policies towards the issues that most affect the maritime industry today," said Rosenblatt.

For more information on this year's World Maritime Conference, including exhibitor inquires Booth Space is selling out fast. To reserve your space, please contact Rob Howard at tel: 561-732-4368; or e-mail: howard@marinelink.com.

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