19 July 2012

Port experts to headline Subic maritime conference

The upcoming Subic Bay Maritime Conference & Exhibit will be headlined by experts in the maritime transportation and logistics industry, who will discuss trends and developments in sea-borne trade.

No less that Susumu Naruse, secretary-general of the International Association of Ports & Harbors (IAPH), will be among the guest speakers when the conference unfolds here on August 23-24 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.

The IAPH, which was founded in 1955 in Los Angeles, has developed into a global alliance of ports, representing some 200 ports in 85 countries today.

It is now a non-profit and non-governmental organization headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with member-ports all together handling well over 60% of the world's sea-borne trade and nearly 80% of the world container traffic.

Naruse’s talk will focus on “Best Practices in International Port Operations”, including the most effective, efficient and productive practices applied by international ports to various aspects of their operations.

Naruse will join a list of local and foreign maritime and trade experts, including Transportation Secretary Manuel Roxas II, National Economic and Development Authority director general Arsenio Balisacan, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman Roberto Garcia, and Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. (SBITC) chairman Edgardo Abesamis, who will deliver presentations on topics ranging from Philippine economic prospects to Subic port’s viability as an alternative to Manila.

More than 300 domestic and international investors, shippers, and logistics and supply chain executives are expected to attend the maritime gathering in the Subic Bay Freeport.

Themed “Subic Bay: Asia’s Emerging Logistics and Investments Hub,” the conference is being organized by the SBMA and the SBITC, which operates Subic’s New Container Terminal.

The two-day event will highlight the advantages of investing in the Subic port complex, identify business opportunities in the area, give an update on government infrastructure projects, and pinpoint Subic Bay’s attractions as a transshipment port.

To register and get more details on the conference, please visit www.subicmaritimeconference.com. (HEE/MPD-SBMA)