Dalian: The biggest maritime show in Asia is over for another two years, but there’s still a bewildering host of other shipping events to mull attending in 2014.
The biggest China maritime event next year will be the 11th edition of Shiptec China to be held from 21 to 24 October in Dalian.
Heading up the event is the appropriately named Harbor Chai. He says the Dalian exhibition is the largest in China next year, bigger than competing shows CIMPS in Nanjing and INMEX in Guangzhou.
While still a quarter of the size of Marintec China, it is still a large exhibition and is set to grow by around 15% this time to be a 26,000 sq m show. In 2014, Shiptec is expected to attract more than 500 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors placing it very high up the ranks in terms of global shipping exhibitions.
Shiptec has the five top leading groups of Chinese state-owned yards attending, while international participation is set to break records with some 11 national pavilions already confirmed.
In terms of new additions to the event Chai notes a greater focus on workboats and fishing vessels.
On the Chinese yard scene, Chai is optimistic. “From our observation, Chinese shipbuilding is picking up, more structurally since the central government is upgrading the shipbuilding and offshore facilities construction industry, and cutting overcapacity,” he says, adding: “Oil companies in China are ordering rigs and OSVs to be capable of exploring deepsea oil backed with governmental funds. There is also big potential for overseas companies to get involved in the process to export equipment and technology.”
Maritime CEO and our sister title SinoShip will be exhibiting at the event and look forward to seeing some of our readers there. [19/12/13]