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The first of the associated seminars -- "Australia and the Indian
Ocean: great opportunities, big challenges" -- attracted a big
enrolment. This seminar boasted as distinguished a panel of speakers
as could be found anywhere: four professors, two PhDs, a general, a
commodore and a captain, and all the leading experts in their fields.
The first speaker for instance, Dr Alexey Muraviev, is a regular
broadcaster on radio in Western Australia, and the convenor of the
international relations program at Curtin University. According to one
attendee, "There could be no one more qualified to give a strategic
overview of the Indian Ocean Region, and his almost hypnotically
riveting delivery was a pleasure, as well being information-packed."
The second associated seminar, another great success, took place
on Wednesday, November 24 and was titled, "Marine Challenges
2010", hosted by Baird and IMarEST, and opened by IMarEST UK's Dr
Marcus Jones. The seminar sessions ranged, through highly
informative, expert papers, across strategies for cleaner marine futures
and key new developments in marine engineering (structures, vessels
and ports) in various contexts and to great acclaim.
Consistent with Mr Morris's remarks, and as anticipated,
Ausmarine 2010 exhibition attendance reflected a dramatically
changed Australian maritime industry, but an industry that is,
while smaller in numbers, nevertheless very strong and of a very
The Australian fishing industry, once so dominant, has been
almost completely sunk, due to many years of misplaced pressure
from governments responding to the demands of the so-called
environmental organizations, regardless of logic or clear evidence,
and in the absence of a united industry voice. Nevertheless, some
surviving fishers attended the exhibition and were much valued.
The vast industry flight to the offshore service sector was indeed
evident. Along with port construction and port terminal
development and associated vessel-type builders and owners,
which made strong showings, the offshore sector was the clear
direction of the industry.
While the number of visitors to the event was lower than in
previous years, the concentration of quality among networking
exhibitors and suppliers was of a very high calibre indeed, with
senior figures from a variety of companies and agencies attending
the event and furthering their business interests, including very
senior figures from Customs, Navy and companies such as Rio
Tinto, BHP, Switzer, PB, Mermaid and Bhagwan Marine.
Welcome indeed were the high number of regional and other
foreign exhibitors and attendees, particularly foreign shipbuilders,
keen to take part in a very healthy offshore market.
According to Baird Events organiser Kishore Navani, Ausmarine
2010 was a "Who's Who of the Australian industry with
representations from marine engine and propulsion companies
such as MAN B&W, Caterpillar, Volvo Penta, HamiltonJet,
shipbuilders including Harwood Marine, Uzmar, Damen, and ASL
from Singapore and Nam Cheong from Malaysia, among others,
and, of course, the Australian Shipbuilders Association and the
Australian Ship Repairers Group, Kirby Marine, Austal and others."
Some of the breakthrough products on display at the exhibition
included Ullman Dynamics' range of shock-mitigating jockey seats
as well as the hull resistance reduction bubbler system represented
by Australia's Harwood Marine and the outstandingly lightweight
and sophisticated RescueRunner from Sweden's Safe At Sea.
For further information contact:
Baird Events, Australia.
PH: +61 3 9645 0411, FX: +61 3 9645 0475,
Email: email@example.com, Web: www.bairdmaritime.com
By MIKE BROWN / SHIPS AND SHIPPING
Guests, exhibitors and conference participants enjoyed networking over
refreshments during the Ausmarine 2010 cocktail reception
The Ullman Dynamics range of shock mitigating jockey seats was among the
breakthrough products on show at the exhibition
The MTU Detroit Diesel Australia stand impressed
guests and exhibitors alike
Andy Philips of FormSys, developer of Maxsurf,
Multiframe and ShipConstructor design products
Taylor Marine entertained guests at their stand
during the cocktail reception
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