Last week’s Nor-Shipping 2023 proved to be one of those ‘you had to be there’ moments, say the organisers. A record turnout at the exhibition, big names at the conferences and a social scene that basked in unbroken sunshine created, in the words of Sidsel Norvik, Director, Nor-Shipping, “the perfect arena to support our great global industry.”
Initial analysis shows a total of 30 000 entries into the exhibition halls, where visitors experienced around 892 exhibiting companies, and total participant numbers of over 50,000, including those at conferences, networking events and official social gatherings. These figures do not include those attending the huge array of partner and exhibitor events in Oslo.
In terms of knowledge sharing activity, the level of speakers, including US diplomat John F. Kerry, Dr Andrew Forrest of Fortescue Metals Group, Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz, and IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, all of whom appeared at the Ocean Leadership conference, definitely raised the bar.
“We really do feel we’ve been able to offer something for everyone with ambitions within the ocean space,” notes Norvik. “We’ve tried to span the entire world of ocean business, joining the dots between sustainability and commercial development, to give our unique global audience real value. And, of course, they themselves have been the star attraction, creating an atmosphere, sense of engagement and new partnerships that should deliver benefits far into the future.
“We’d like to thank everyone that came to Nor-Shipping 2023 and made it so special. We can’t wait to see you all again in 2025.”
The next Nor-Shipping will take place in Lillestrøm and Oslo, Norway on 2-6 June 2025.