In less than a month the maritime industry will flock to Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway to attend the global maritime trade show Nor-Shipping 2019, taking place from 4-7 of June.
According to the organizers, around 35,000 delegates, from over 75 countries, with close to 1,000 exhibiting companies, are expected to attend Nor-Shipping’s Lillestrøm-based exhibition and program of activities taking place across the Norwegian capital.
The key topics on the agenda will be innovation and technology as the industry steams toward a greener, more transparent, smarter and well-connected future. Unlocking the potential of renewables, unconventional fuels and decarbonization promise to be at the center of debates among delegates at the event ahead of the entrance into force of the IMO 2020 Sulphur cap.
The rise of smart technology, blockchain and digitalization across the board are also expected to take center stage at the event.
Furthermore, the finalists for Nor-Shipping’s Next Generation Ship Award have already been announced. The quartet is led by Yara Birkeland, the world’s first fully autonomous ship, battling against Teekay’s ‘E-shuttle’ tanker concept and AET’s shuttle vessels that utilize LNG and innovative Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Recovery Systems to create highly energy efficient and environmentally friendly fuel mix solutions.
The roundup also includes Sovcomflot’s Gagarin Prospect, the world’s first Aframax tanker designed to use LNG as a primary fuel.
The winner, to be announced at Nor-Shipping’s Opening Ceremony in Oslo Town Hall on June 3, will be the first to receive an accolade that combines two previous awards – the Energy Efficiency Award and the former Next Generation Ship Award.
The event will officially kick-off with opening conference as leaders from the maritime, politics, academia, big business, and beyond discuss industry challenges and opportunities. During the conference, 2018 Nobel Laureate in Economics Paul M. Romer will deliver a keynote focusing on his ground-breaking ‘endogenous growth theory’, discussing how people, businesses and society can ‘choose’ commercial growth in the ocean industries.
In addition, the week-long event will host a number of round table discussions, speeches and interactive debates.
World Maritime News team will also be attending this year’s event, and all those interested in a meeting for editorial or advertising matters can reach out to Jasmina Ovcina Mandra at email@example.com.