One of the maritime industry’s most highly-anticipated trade shows, Nor-Shipping 2023, officially kicked off Monday with a series of high-profile events in Oslo, Norway.
Nor-Shipping 2023 kicked off Monday with a grand ceremony at Oslo City Hall, a special bell ringing ceremony at the Oslo Stock Exchange, and a high-level meeting organized by the UN Global Compact. Nor-Shipping’s main exhibition, which begins tomorrow in Lillestrøm, is expected to be the largest in the show’s history, with nearly 1,000 international exhibitors and tens of thousands of delegates in attendance.
The director of Nor-Shipping, Sidsel Norvik, welcomed the global maritime and ocean industries to Norway and emphasized the sense of anticipation surrounding the 29th Nor-Shipping. The event’s theme, “enabling and supporting profitable #PartnerShips,” reflects the industry’s focus on fostering collaboration and contributing to a sustainable future.
The conference will feature prominent speakers such as John F. Kerry, the U.S. special presidential envoy for climate, who is set to speak at the Ocean Leadership Conference. Other notable figures include Dr. Andrew Forrest from Fortescue Metals Group, Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz, and Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization. The week will also showcase industry and thought leaders in the anticipated Blue Talks sessions.
This year’s program includes several new additions, including the inaugural Nor-Shipping Offshore Wind and Offshore Aquaculture Conferences, which aim to explore the potential in these rapidly growing sectors. Additionally, the event will host the Second Maritime Hydrogen Conference and the Fourth International Autonomy Summit. The Ocean Campus initiative, launched recently, will facilitate connections between aspiring talent, employers, and leading educational institutions.
Norvik highlighted the importance of being able to meet in person to showcase products and services face-to-face. “This is a people industry,” she said.
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