Lebanon prepares to host East Med Maritime Conference

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The countdown has begun for Lebanon to host a major maritime conference this June, the hugely anticipated East Med Maritime Conference EMMC 2019, strategically sponsored by the Lebanese Directorate General of Land and Maritime Transport, Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

Taking place on the 19th June at the Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand Hotel, Lebanon, the East Med Maritime Conference is the first event of its kind to be held in Lebanon. It is has been organised by Oceanic Spark, the maritime media and networking company and publisher of Robban Assafina Magazine. The conference is expected to attract major maritime leaders of the public and private sectors, government agencies and maritime administrations, ship owners, shipping lines, shipyards, maritime, shipping, logistics, offshore, educational & training institutions.

The EMMC 2019 will provide a platform to discuss the latest developments in shipping, maritime and offshore industries, supporting the shipping industry and regional economies, as well as presenting solutions for current challenges, locally, regionally and internationally.

The event has and is still gathering major support and sponsors from key maritime leaders, Lebanese and regional companies and associations, all confirming the significance and importance of this conference, and topics that will be establish vital discussions and cooperation between private and public sectors.

Georges Zervos, CEO of Lebanese-based MMC Group, confirmed his support to one of the most leading events on the maritime conferences map, pointing out the importance of such an event to the group: “Sponsoring this event is a way to introduce our firm and its activities to all the participants at the conference, mainly leaders in the maritime services, oil & gas, and shipping industry, as well as potential investors, who will certainly be attracted by our line of business covering mainly the most efficient business in the Mediterranean region.”

On the same level, Ranim Ibrahim Obeid, Managing Director of GMCG ME, Romania and Turkey, said: “This platform will put us in touch with potential customers. It also gives us the chance to meet others in the industry that can move our business forward. Sponsoring this event can cast our business in the light, showing our affection for the market, and garnering the support of local event attendees.”

Shipyard Famagusta also made a statement concerning the sponsorship of this unique event. Naval Architect & Marine Engineer Musa Gokalp Gundogdu, Marketing Manager at Shıpyard Famagusta said: “This platform will enable our company to sustain its relations with all Lebanese maritime aspects, as our company plays a big role, particularly in Lebanese and Syrian ships community. It gives us great honour to sponsor EMMC 2019, which will perfectly suit our strategy to re-position ourselves as a prominent shipyard in the Middle East and the region.”

Similarly, Adib Abdel Massih, CEO of Marine Core & Charter, said: “EMMC 2019 will be a good start for Marine Core & Charter’s in the East Med region. EMMC is the place where the global maritime sector comes together to set the future direction of the industry; so being part of this ever evolving industry, we felt we had to support this high profile event.”

With its four sessions, the conference will discuss the issues of the shipping and logistics sector in the East Mediterranean region, the readiness and sustainability of the Eastern Mediterranean ports as hubs, the challenges of oil and gas exploration projects in the region and the developments of human resources in shipping, logistics and offshore sectors.

The East Med Maritime Conference looks forward to explore ways of strengthening and sustaining the role of regional ports as vital hubs attracting international shipping lines and supply chain operations, in addition to strengthening and enhancing the human resources and specialised personnel training that highly contribute to this vital sector.

In light of the oil and gas sector developments, EMMC 2019 also aims at expanding issues related to the oil and gas sector, focusing on the role of offshore companies and opportunities and expansions projects offered in this sector, observing  its readiness, developments and techniques in operations and logistics.