Saudi Maritime & Logistics Congress returns to Dammam in September 2024

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The much-anticipated exhibition and conference will bring together leading industry players who look to shape the future of the shipping sector in this dynamic region, reports Seatrade Maritime News.

Saudi Maritime & Logistics Congress

Supporting Saudi Arabia’s ambitious growth plans of increasing its non-oil revenues to SR 45 billion a year, the 5th edition of Saudi Maritime & Logistics Congress, the Kingdom’s largest and most important maritime event, will take place on 18 – 19 September 2024, at the Dhahran Expo, Dammam. Supported by founding strategic partners, Bahri and Seatrade Maritime, with main partners, MAWANI and Transport General Authority (TGA), and strategic partners Saudi Aramco and IMI, the event will serve as an ideal platform for industry leaders to determine the way forward to revolutionise the sector in the Kingdom and the GCC.

Carrying forward its resounding success in 2023 – which witnessed a remarkable 95% YoY attendance increase –  the 2024 edition of the Saudi Maritime & Logistics Congress will convene industry leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders, serving as a pivotal platform for dialogue, knowledge exchange, and collaboration, shaping the future of maritime and logistics in the region and beyond.

Strategic importance

In line with its economic diversification efforts, the Kingdom has been taking massive strides. One of these significant steps has been the launch of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy in 2021, aiming to position the Kingdom as a global logistics hub connecting three continents, and improve all transport services in support of Saudi Vision 2030. As a result, the nation handled over 10.43 million containers at its ports in 2022, helping it jump eight spots to claim the 16th position in the international ranking for container handling quantities. These efforts will continue as the country aims to increase the capacity of its ports to reach more than 40 million standard containers annually by 2030.

Standout features

This year, several stand-out features have been added to the event, including the ‘Maritime Think Tank’, which will bring together distinguished local, regional, and international industry players to delve into ideas shaping the sector’s transition to a new normal. This new feature will serve as a platform for the global maritime community to explore how inspiration can be drawn from Saudi Arabia’s swift growth and innovative initiatives, while deriving roadmaps to tackle challenges posed beyond the Kingdom’s borders.

In addition, demonstrating their collective commitment to advancing the maritime and logistics sectors, large numbers of industry players have already been confirmed as exhibitors at the Saudi Maritime & Logistics Congress, including Abdulla Nass & Partners, Jana Marine Services, Faisal M, Higgi & Associates, Integrated Marine Solutions, POSH SAUDI, High Seas Marine & Industrial Services, MAMAS for Port Services, Arab Shipbuilding & Repair Yard Company and more.

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Source: Seatrade Maritime News