ITS goes greenNews // July 25, 2007
The International Tug & Salvage Convention will reach new heights when it moves to the impressive Suntec facility in Singapore next year.
The event, which takes place from 19th-23rd May 2008, is set to be the biggest in its 39-year history, and for the first time ever will focus the attention of some of the most eminent figures in the marine industry on what many feel is the most important topic of the age – the environment, and the industry’s impact upon it.
Few maritime events have as long a history of success and innovation as the ITS Convention. Started in 1969, the series has moved around the world and grown in strength. Crucially, it has remained fresh and innovative by advancing with the industry it supports whilst building on a foundation of a tradition that has proved so popular.
For 2008, an anticipated 400 delegates and more than 100 exhibitors from all around the world will gather to talk tugs, towing and salvage – and listen to 25 papers by leading figures in the field.
All the papers have now been selected and will include such topics as salvage law, insurance matters, wreck removal, ocean and harbour towage operations and tug and equipment design.
A particular coup is John Reeder’s paper for Lloyds Maritime Arbitration, 100 Years of LOF – A Vehicle for Change. Voices local to the venue include Peter Lee Kon Meng of Semco Pte Ltd, Singapore, with Ocean Towage – A New Era for Salvors, while from further afield, Rob Allan will present a Review of Z-Tech Design Evolution.
Dubbed ‘Green Wednesday’ by the organisers, the middle day of the Convention will be given over to green issues – from the environmental implications of salvage operations to the latest designs of eco-friendly tugs.
Speakers will include UK SOSREP Robin Middleton and Hans van Rooij of Smit Salvage, giving insight into the Salvage of the Napoli, and, from Wärtsilä, Oscar Levander and Noel Dunstan speaking on the LNG Fuelled Terminal Tug Concept.
The final session of that day will be a discussion forum bringing together earlier speakers in an expert panel to respond to questions on ‘green’ issues from the floor.
Bookings for stands are at unprecedented levels. With an area of 4,000sq m, the exhibition halls in Singapore offer 50 per cent more space than the previous biggest convention, ITS 2006 Rotterdam, yet with 10 months still to go, almost 70 per cent of the space has been sold.
Some 19 countries are represented so far, including tug building yards from The Netherlands, Turkey, India, Spain, Singapore and Russia. Equipment manufacturers, including virtually all the engine and propulsion manufacturers, are well represented from as far afield as the USA, Italy, Korea, Hong Kong and Scandinavia.
To register interest in the Convention, see: www.tugandsalvage.com