Bilbao Exhibition Centre has opened its doors today for the launch of World Maritime Week 2019.
The show runs from February 12 to 14 hosting four separate maritime events under one banner – Sinaval, Eurofishing, FuturePort and Marine Energy Week.
More than 35 shipowners and shipyards are due to attend the three-day celebration, which welcomes 100 expert speakers and 2000 international delegates.
An opening ceremony was held on Tuesday, February 12, led by Arantxa Tapia, the Minister of Economic Development.
A spokeperson for World Maritime Week said: “This is a unique event in the maritime field. It began in 2017 on a biennial basis with the intention of joining forces to generate a greater international projection. There are three main pillars that make this meeting unmissable. They include our networking and B2B programme, our congress programme with one hundred top level speakers, including half from outside Spain, and finally our exhibition area with more than 100 firms on display. Each of the pillars has its own specific significance as part of the World Maritime Week. “
The event also includes a gala dinner for 300 professionals, as well as the FINE awards. In total ten awards are presented in the categories for best ship, shipyard, shipowner, engineering project, institution and professional. Special recognition is also given to the fishing, port and marine renewable energy sectors, along with a final award for professional track record.
Shipowners from around 27 countries are due to attend the event including representatives from the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Germany, Greece, Denmark, UK, Ireland, Iran, France, Belgium, Morocco, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, Holland, Vietnam and Mexico.