Oslo: Vidar Pederstad is rather busy when Maritime CEO gets in touch, but nevertheless he spares some time to tell readers about next week’s big jamboree. Pederstad is the director of Nor-Shipping, one of the big four global maritime events*. Its 50th edition is all set to launch on Monday.
With so many maritime events about these days, Pederstad is clear about what makes Nor-Shipping special.
“Nor-Shipping stands out for many reasons. Our longevity is obviously one of them. Not every maritime event can say it’s been taking place for 50 years,” he says.
The slogan for the show this year is ‘50 years looking forward’ and Pederstad says that does a good job of explaining how he and his team feel about it.
“We don’t dwell on the past and have made our name by being anything but old fashioned in our approach to what we offer the global maritime industry,” says the Norwegian.
He quickly adds that the show will be acknowledging such an important milestone as 50 years.
“Everyone likes a good party and all are welcome to join ours,” he says, explaining that the Nor-Shipping Anniversary Party is on Thursday at a spectacular location on the waterside of Oslo’s Astrup Fearnley museum.
The program of activities happening during the event week is extremely extensive. In addition to the established high-profile conferences, the Nor-Shipping Awards, Ocean Talent Camp, the Young@Nor-Shipping events, there’s also the Waves of Change conference (organized by WISTA as part of Women@Nor-Shipping) and the Ocean Industry Podium, which comprises 24 different sessions to pick from.
As for the exhibition itself, it will feature 1,030 exhibitors from 50 countries spread over 22,000 sq m.
* SMM in Hamburg, Posidonia in Athens and Marintec China in Shanghai make up the other big four events in Maritime CEO’s opinion.