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Singapore Maritime Week 2017 officially opened

Themed ‘Navigating through Challenging Times’, Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) 2017 was launched on 23 April.

Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Transport, Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, officially opened the SMW 2017, which gathers the international maritime community in Singapore for a week of conferences, dialogues and exhibitions until 28 April 2017.

SMW 2017 will feature public outreach activities aimed at developing a greater appreciation for Singapore’s vibrancy and diversity as a premier global hub port and leading international maritime centre.

Visitors to the SMW 2017 exhibition will also get to experience and understand the capabilities of Singapore’s port, marine engineering sectors and maritime services via onsite simulators and interactive panels.

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Ms Teo said, “As the global maritime industry continues to face headwinds, it is critical for us to band together to address challenges. SMW 2017 is a platform where we can discover how to turn these challenges into opportunities.”

“We believe the knowledge exchange, debates, exhibitions and networking opportunities will help the industry navigate through the challenging times and prepare them for the future,” Ms Teo said.

The Port Operations Control Centre and Automated Crane Operations Centre will also be ‘accessible’ to members of the public for the first time ever. A 360° virtual reality video will give a tour of these two areas with restricted access, the government said in its press release.

The inaugural Sea Dreams musical held at VivoCity Rooftop Amphitheatre, which was run yesterday evening, told the story of a young girl’s journey to achieve her maritime aspirations. Developed in collaboration with Global Cultural Alliance, the original production fuses dramatic storytelling, elements of circus arts and the explosive rhythms of the sea.

The Port Operations Control Centre and Automated Crane Operations Centre will also be accessible to members of the public for the first time ever. A 360° virtual reality video will give a tour of these two areas with restricted access, the press release said.

Held from 22 April to 28 April 2017, and spearheaded by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), more than 20,000 maritime professionals including high-level delegates from port authorities, industry leaders, and maritime experts and 30,000 members of the public are expected to attend the events throughout the week.