26 June 2012

Maritime logistics confab set in Subic this August

A conference highlighting the Subic Bay Freeport Zone’s attractions as an investment and logistics hub and as gateway to Asia’s expanding market will be held here on August 23-24 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.

The Subic Bay Maritime Conference and Exhibit is expected to attract more than 300 investors, shippers, and logistics and supply chain executives and will look at the advantages of Subic as a vital investment area for shipping and logistics companies.

Themed “Subic Bay: Asia’s Emerging Logistics and Investments Hub,” the conference is being organized by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority in cooperation with the Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. (SBITC), which operates Subic’s New Container Terminal (NCT 1 & 2).

Organizers said prominent local and international speakers will be invited to give updates on projects and initiatives at the port complex, as well as provide insights on regional trade developments and their implications for the transport and logistics sectors.

There will also be discussions on the attractiveness of Subic Bay as a transshipment port and investment center, the synergy between Subic and Clark, trade facilitation initiatives by the Bureau of Customs in Subic, and the greater push to raise productivity and efficiency at the Subic container terminals.

The conference is also expected to tackle the impact of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Plus China free trade agreement and best practices among ASEAN seaport operators.

The Subic Bay Freeport, which rose from the former US Naval Base, is now being developed by the SBMA as a prime maritime logistics and services hub.

The upcoming conference is being supported by the Philippine Maritime Industry Authority, Association of International Shipping Lines, Maritime Law Association of the Philippines, Subic-Clark Alliance for Development Council, Philippine Exporters Confederation, and the Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce, with Australia-based Baird Publications as media partner.

Interested parties may inquire on details of the Subic Bay Maritime Conference & Exhibit from event manager PortCalls at (632) 552-7072, 551-1775, 551-1972 or email info@subicmaritimeconference.com, info@portcalls.com. Regular updates will also be available at www.subicmaritimeconference.com or on Twitter @subicconference. (HEE/MPD-SBMA)

A container ship unloads cargo at the New Container Terminal in the Subic Bay Freeport. A maritime trade conference to be held in Subic Bay in August will highlight the free port’s advantages as a maritime logistics hub and investment center.