WOC SOS to deliver global ocean industry status and forecast

Ocean industry status, trends and 15-year projections will be presented at World Ocean Council’s SOS 2016 (Rotterdam, 30 Nov-2 Dec)

The WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) is the only international ocean business event to provide a global review of ocean economic activity for all the principle areas of ocean industrial activity - and to link this analysis to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The “Ocean 2030” sessions at SOS 2016, chaired by Tom Boardley (Executive Vice President, Corporate and External Affairs, Lloyd’s Register), will feature authoritative presentations on a diverse range of ocean business sectors:

·Shipping: Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping

·Oil and Gas: Jérôme Ferrier, President, International Gas Union (IGU)

·Aquaculture: Arne Fredheim, Professor, Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems, Department of Marine Technology, NTNU; SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture

·Offshore Wind: Martin Volker Gerhardt, Global Head of Strategy, Wind Power and Renewables, Siemens AG

·Dredging: RenéKolman, Secretary General, International Association of Dredging Contractors (IADC)

·Cruise Tourism: Bud Darr, Senior Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, Cruise Line International Association (CLIA)

·Ocean Renewable Energy: Rémi Gruet, CEO, Ocean Energy Europe

·Ports: Maurice Jansen, Senior Manager, Innovation, Research and Development, STC-Group

·Super Yachts: Vienna Eleuteri, Sustainability Manager, Viareggio Superyachts (VSY); Chair, Sustainability Committee, Super Yacht Building Association (SYBASS)

·Desalination: Miriam Balaban, Secretary General, European Desalination Society

Presenters are being finalized for additional sectors, e.g. submarine cables, fisheries, seabed mining.

The SOS 2016 will link this unprecedented collation of information on ocean economic activity to the WOC efforts to work with the ocean business community to develop SDG targets and indicators.

The Ocean 2030 sessions at SOS 2016 will consider the opportunities and risks that future ocean use create for each sector, for the collective ocean business community, for the ocean economy overall, and for the ocean itself.Sustainable development of the global ocean commons cannot be achieved without understanding and engaging ocean users, and without leadership and collaboration on the part of responsible ocean companies.

For a list of the CEOs and senior representatives who participate in the SOS, click here.

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