On Friday 3 November 2017, The Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) Chairman, Mr Ramalingum Maistry officially announced the holding of the first-ever Mauritius Maritime Week (MMW) 2018.
Planned from Monday 22 to Friday 26 January 2018 at the Ravenala Attitude Hotel, Balaclava, this week-long event is set to showcase Port Louis Harbour as the preferred maritime gateway in the region for five main sectors, namely, container transhipment, bunkering, cruise tourism, seafood and ancillary port services.
The MMW 2018 will integrate the Indian Ocean Ports and Logistics (IOPL) 2018 Conference and Exhibition, the largest annual container port, transport and logistics exhibition and conference in the Indian Ocean region organised by Transport Events – now in its 12th successful year.
According to Mr Maistry, “this event will see senior C-level port executives interact with the region’s leading shippers, cargo owners, importers/exporters, shipping lines, freight forwarders, logistics companies, ports, terminal operating companies, railway operators, port equipment and service suppliers from the Indian Ocean islands and countries from Africa, Europe, and Asia.
- To ensure productive networking and exchange of ideas during the Mauritius Maritime Week 2018, MPA and Transport Events have planned the following:
- A Technical Site Visit to Port Louis’ port facilities, container terminals and logistics centres including the official inauguration of the new extended quay and ship to shore cranes at the Mauritius Container Terminal on Tuesday;
- CEO Forum themed “Mauritius as the preferred regional maritime gateway”;
- The Indian Ocean Ports and Logistics Exhibition and Conference on the Wednesday and Thursday; and
- To highlight Mauritius unique position as the hub for international cruise, a showcase on Vanilla Islands incorporating a visit to the Christian Decotter Cruise Terminal and an exciting opportunity to enjoy a Catamaran cruise to the beautiful Indian Ocean islands on Friday.
Furthermore, the two-day IOPL Conference will feature 35 world class conference speakers addressing issues, challenges, solutions and innovations in port operations, shipping, supply chain and logistics strategies in the Indian Ocean region.
There will also be commercial opportunities for 50 exhibitors and sponsors to network directly with delegates at this major annual international maritime transport trade event for the Indian Ocean islands.
“Our unique positioning in the emerging markets means we bring the spotlight on the world’s latest port development projects. We are excited to highlight Mauritius next year. We have worked hand in hand with local port authorities in all of our events, and our collaboration with MPA will ensure that the conference addresses pertinent issues as an industry platform for dialogues in the maritime industry in Indian Ocean islands”, said Mr Rory Doyle, Managing Director of Transport Events.