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Singapore Maritime Week kicks off; over 30,000 participants expected

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Senior Minister of State Lam Pin Min taking a closer look at the "Port of the Future" interactive display at the Singapore Maritime Week exhibition.

THE annual Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) started on Sunday, with more than 30,000 maritime professionals expected to attend the 34 events lined up for the week.

SMW is in its 13th edition this year, and will feature an exhibition on Singapore's maritime industry and its transformation plans.

A highlight in the exhibition is a feature on the upcoming Tuas Port, and various new maritime technologies including wearable technology which leverages augmented reality and biosensors.

Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health Lam Pin Min, who opened the event at Suntec City, said that the SMW comes at a time when change to the global maritime industry has gathered pace, from the rise of disruptive technologies and entry of non-traditional players, to the demand for better safety and environmental standards.

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"Against this backdrop, it is timely and useful for the maritime industry to hear from thought leaders on how we can overcome key challenges and seize new opportunities, so that we can collectively steer the maritime industry forward," said Dr Lam.

SMW first started in 2006 with 2,800 participants.

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