There are less than four weeks to the 2nd Annual Maritime Summit taking place on April 3 and 4 at the Maritime School of Excellence ( old Durban Airport), and preparations are in full swing.

EThekwini Maritime Cluster (EMC) is hosting this event in partnership with eThekwini Municipality and sponsors Hulamin, African Marine Solutions, Bidfreight, SAMSA and Durban Tourism.

In keeping with the International Maritime Organisation’s theme for 2017 the summit theme is Connecting Ports, Ships and Communities. The theme threads through the programme highlighting the importance of coherent and connected development across all maritime sectors.

Delegates can expect an intensive two-day programme packed with key information on marine infrastructure development, marine manufacturing; marine and coastal tourism; maritime skills development, enterprise development and Smart Port City, said EMC Managing Director Thato Tsuatse.

Speakers include Deputy Minister of Transport Ms Sindisiwa Chikunga; senior executives from Transnet, the Department of Trade and Industry; SA Maritime Safety Authority; National Department of Tourism; Denel ISM, SA Graduate Development Association; provincial government, eThekwini Municipality and the private sector.

The summit is outcomes based and on day-2 there will be five parallel sessions covering each of the outlined broad topics followed by time for robust discussion that lead to resolutions. These will be driven, as far as possible, by EMC through its 2017 implementation plans. This is an opportunity for the public and private sector to add their voice to the debate and discussion.

The Summit’s careers expo takes place on 29 and 30 March 2017 at the Maritime School of Excellence (old Durban Airport) and the EMC Intercity Regatta takes place from 30 March to 4 April 2017 at the Durban Marina.

The price to attend the conference is R3500 per delegate and includes lunches and the Maritime Excellence Awards Gala Dinner. Go to www.maritimecluster.co.za to book your place.