Portugal’s Ministry of the Sea and Shipping Innovation (creator of London International Shipping Week) have joined forces to create Portugal Shipping Week.
Comprising a week-long series of Government and Industry events, Portugal Shipping Week will showcase Portugal’s role as a global shipping and logistics maritime centre. Policy-makers from the Portuguese Government will join shipowners and operators and other stakeholders from the maritime sector to focus on the region’s shipping, in all its different aspects, as well as considering global trends and influences.
Portugal Shipping Week will bring together the Portuguese speaking world from Europe, South America, Africa and Asia, alongside leaders from the international shipping industry. It is an exciting opportunity for shipowners, operators and investors, as well as representatives from throughout the marine community, to meet, network and develop important new trading relationships with the leaders of the Portuguese maritime sector.
The inaugural Portugal Shipping Week will take place over the course of the week of 17 to 21 September 2018 and will be chaired by Portuguese Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino.
The Minister of the Sea said: “We look forward to welcoming the global shipping industry to Lisbon in September to meet and network with the leaders of the Portuguese Maritime sector, in the context of the Portuguese Government’s policy to promote the Ocean, and linked to several international maritime events that will take place in Portugal in 2018.”
A key attraction will be Seatrade Cruise Med 2018 – the world’s largest cruise industry event focussed on the Mediterranean and adjoining seas – which this year will be an integral element of Portugal Shipping Week.
Hosted by the Port of Lisbon Authority and supported by MedCruise and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Seatrade Cruise Med will take place from 19 – 20 September 2018 and feature a showcase exhibition, flagship conference and a full networking programme. Some 150 cruise line executives are expected to attend.
Portugal Shipping Week is hosted by the Portuguese Ministry of the Sea and run by a Steering Group. It is organised by leading international events company Shipping Innovation.
The Portuguese Ministry of the Sea was created by the Government of Portugal in 2015 in support of the objective to promote and strengthen the global governance of the oceans based on a holistic and collaborative approach. The Ministry of the Sea is responsible for the coordination of maritime affairs, the promotion of a sustainable ocean economy, and the formation and monitoring of ocean policies based on scientific knowledge, innovation and technological development.
The Ministry plays a cross-cutting role, coordinating several issues and the work of corresponding institutions that have traditionally depended on other sectorial ministries. These institutions support planning and knowledge related to the oceans, as well as the implementation of policies for the protection and exploitation of marine resources; the promotion of an effective presence in the sea and its uses; a sustainable sea economy; and the coordination of national participation in European and international bodies responsible for the design and monitoring of maritime policies.
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