Achieving the goals of Vision 2030 will require a major contribution from the maritime and logistics industry. The following sessions of the Congress will look at how the different sectors of the industry are positioning themselves to contribute to this project.

1. Infrastructure and Supply Chain Development

• Saudi Arabia’s key strategic location in the development of North/South trade
• Expansion and modernisation: a blueprint for the future
• Port investment strategies for the new economic cities
• Public/private partnership for the ports sector

2. Ship Building, Fleet Expansion and Diversification

• Saudi Arabia’s game changing move into large scale
rig and ship construction and repair
• Bahri’s world class role in energy transportation, both crude oil and product
• The diversification of the fleet into the dry cargo market
• The outlook for shipbuilding and ship repair in the

3. Harnessing smart technology and automation

The adoption of digital technology for the maritime and supply chain sectors
• Automation in Saudi ports. The scale and pace of
• The need for a secure cyber environment for the
logistics sector
• Ensuring compatibility between ports and carriers in
their adoption of digital technolog

4. Creating industry expertise and a highly qualified Saudi workforce

New initiatives to support maritime education in the
• How major players like Bahri and IMI are developing their nationalization HR strategies
• Retention and career development
• Managing the impact of high value technology on
employment in the maritime industry

5. Regulation and sustainability

• The importance of green issues in the 2030 plan
• How the industry in the region is preparing to meetthe 2020 sulphur deadline
• Marine fuel options and the role of LNG
• Saudi Arabia’s role as a major maritime player on
the global stage

6. Offshore marine: the road to recovery

• What will firmer oil prices and improving sentiment mean for the offshore marine sector?
• E&P Investment in the region and the implications for service providers
• Consolidation in the offshore drilling sector and theoutlook for rig operators in the Middle East
• The rebalancing of supply and demand in the OSV fleet, favouring younger, more technically advanced vessels
• Rig mobilisation, refurbishment and upgrade


EARLY BIRD RATE (available until 31 December 2018)

Full Rate: $999

Early Bird Rate: $899

Both packages include:

• The two full days of the conference programme
• Lunch on each day
• Welcome reception/gala dinner