The 2nd Marine and Offshore Congress opened in Singapore’s Marriott hotel on the 26th of April. Buoyed by razzmatazz and glitzy introductions the withering winds chilled by the covid pandemic hardly had any chance to blow any away its runaway success.
Buoyed by its theme of ‘Navigating Maritime 4.0’, it encapsulated all the deliberations the present era of decarbonization behooved on the maritime and shipping industry.
The keynote address for the event was from the CEO of Singapore’s port regulatory body, Ms. Quah Ley Hoon. In her address, Ley Hoon identified three challenges facing Singapore, namely decarbonization, innovation and talent development. On decarbonization she was succinct to where Singapore should be headed to. Renewable energy, a recurring theme in many jurisdictions, was also what and where Singapore is angling at.
Ley Hoon’s point on supply chain disruptions struck a clarion chord when she called for resiliency namely in “how the global supply chain can be more efficient and resilient” amidst the looming threat of international trade turning more regional, than global.
Not to be upstaged was the honourable ambassador of the Philippines, Mr. Joseph Del Mar Yap, who delved into the maritime potential of his nation when giving the opening address.