“What’s Next?”: Nor-Shipping conference looks for answers

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Nor-shipping 2011, one of the premier events for the European maritime industry, is kicking off this week in Oslo, Norway.  This years show dares to ask the question ‘What’s next?‘ and the conferences May 24 and 25 will explore the theme from a number of different perspectives.  So what is next?  Well, the major themes leading up to this years show has been the shipping industries push to offshore oil and gas and social media.

Nor-Shipping 2011 will be hosting its first-ever Offshore Agenda conference to highlight the growing demand from the offshore oil and gas industry.  Specifically, the conference is marking Brazil’s importance as a hotspot for offshore service providers with Petrobas’ CEO José Sergio Gabrielli delivering the keynote address and officially marking Day Two of the conference ‘Brazilian Day’.  The conferences will also  feature presentations by top industry leaders such as Tor Olav Trøim of Frontline, Peter Evensen from Teekay Corp, Peter Anker of RS Platou, Cecilie Fredriksen with Frontline, Thomas Wilhelmsen of Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Roy Reite from STX OSV and Karl Johan Bakken of Farstad Shipping ASA to name few.

Embracing social media, Nor-Shipping has launched an official twitter page and an interctive “ebook” to compliment the show and has already received praise for their digital strategy by ShipServ, a company that has proved itself forerunner in the maritime industries push online.  The new website, NextGenerationShipping.com, was launched in January as a platform for discussion leading up to Nor-Shipping.  The website is a callaborative effort  from companies such as ABB, DNV, Kongsberg, Jotun, Wilhelmsen, Wartsila, and Ulstein among others.  You can also follow the show by using #Norshipping hashtag on Twitter.

With everything going on, hopefully by the end of the week the shipping industry will have a clearer answer to the question “what’s next?.”  Keep checking back to gCaptain for updates on the show.