EMC has chosen its theme in line with the theme chosen by the International Maritime Organization for this year’s International Maritime Day. It is an extension of the successful 2016 Maritime Summit’s theme Durban a Smart Port City because a smart Port City is one that effectively connects ports, ships and communities to improve efficiencies, safety, security and increase throughput for the benefit of the economy and the residents of the port city.


The programme has two days of presentations and discussions under four broad topics of innovation, skills and training, enterprise development and marine manufacturing with the morning of the third day dedicated to port and city tours.


A survey of delegates from the inaugural summit showed that delegates all agreed that the Summit had met their expectations with over 90% saying that they could put what they learned to immediate use, said Tsautse.


We anticipate 300 South African and international delegates from the maritime sector, government and academia will again attend to deliberate ways of growing and promoting Durban’s maritime industry, she said.


The Summit will again include a maritime industry exhibition and a careers programme. The summit culminates in a sailing competition at the Port of Durban.


The Summit supports National Government’s New Growth Plan (NGP) 2030, Operation Phakisa and is aligned to the eThekwini Municipality’s Integrated Development Plan, which as part of its eight point plan, seeks to develop a prosperous, diverse economy that creates employment and provides a platform for growth, empowerment and skills development.


We cannot achieve this on our own and we are collaborating with the maritime industry and government departments to make this Summit a success,” said Tsautse