Minister for the Port, Gilbert Licudi QC MP announced yesterday, Tuesday 16th April, the programme of speakers for Maritime Week Gibraltar which takes place from 24 – 28 June. He also confirmed the Royal Navy will be sending a ship to the port especially to celebrate the week.
Gibraltar is the largest bunkering port in the Mediterranean, with approximately 50,000 vessels transiting the Strait of Gibraltar each year.
Maritime Week Gibraltar will highlight the range of services and facilities available in Gibraltar which complement the Port’s superb bunkering facilities, and showcase the enduring quality and services the Port offers the maritime sector. The event takes place at a time of great change across the industry as it prepares to adhere to the IMO Sulphur Cap regulation in 2020.
The Minister for the Port will open the week of events in June at a HM Government of Gibraltar reception.
The Conference Programme will feature keynote speakers from international organisations such as Shell, The Carnival Corporation, the International Bunker Industry Association, Lloyd’s Register, BIMCO, Simms Showers LLC, World Fuel Services, Intertek, Gibdock and Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration and many others.
Representatives from local bodies such as the Gibraltar Port Authority, Gibraltar Maritime Administration and Admiralty Marshall as well as other locally based maritime operators, who are all responsible for maintaining the high level of service which the Port provides, will also be taking part.
Minister for the Port, the Hon Gilbert Licudi commented that he was delighted with how Maritime Week Gibraltar 2019 was shaping up – an international event bringing together a broad range of global organisations who have an interest in Gibraltar Port so that locally based operators could showcase their services and engage with international movers and shakers in the maritime industry.
Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, Managing Director of UK based Petrospot which is organising the event in conjunction with the Gibraltar Port Authority, together with HM Government of Gibraltar, Gibraltar Maritime Administration and local stakeholders, said:
“Across the world, people are realising the incredible value of sea-going trade, and valuing the vast natural resource of our oceans as never before. Maritime Week Gibraltar is a great opportunity to showcase not only the huge range of services Gibraltar has to offer the marine industry, but how the industry itself is changing and adapting in response to global demand. Gibraltar Maritime Week will be a place to hear about cutting edge development, providing plenty of debate and networking opportunities with world leaders in the maritime industry.”
Sea News, April 18