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Sustainability in Shipping a Focus of World Maritime Heritage Congress

The Ocean as a Pathway to a Sustainable Future a Key Theme

Much of the maritime industry’s focus today is on sustainability in shipping. Driven by public demand leading to global regulations and supported by scientific research that the planet is in trouble, many are looking to the oceans for solutions.

This area of interest will be a focal point at the Inaugural World Congress on Maritime Heritage being held from 13 to 15 March 2019 at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore. Co-organised by the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage (CIMH) and Resorts World Sentosa, the Congress will also address the current state of the shipping industry, examine the sector’s past influence on global trade and cultural influences as featured in the world’s maritime museums, illuminate signature undersea archeological and exploration activities, and connect these communities to provide a window into the future.

Terry Garcia, CIMH Chairman

Terry Garcia, CIMH Chairman

“In 2015, the United Nations (UN) established the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and set an ambitious agenda for the world. According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) many if not all of these goals will be delivered from the ocean” observed CIMH Chairman Terry Garcia. “Consequently, better understanding, appreciation and communication of the world’s maritime heritage lay the foundation for an effective, efficient and sustainable use of the oceans, not only for the attainment of the goals, but well beyond. As the world prepares to meet the challenges of the 2030 SDGs, we need a coordinated effort now to communicate the importance of our maritime heritage and current maritime endeavors. The 1st World Congress on Maritime Heritage provides the venue and opportunity to begin that coordinated effort.”

The conference discussion on this topic will be led by Mark Spaulding, CEO and President of the Ocean Foundation. Other panelists include Kim Faulk, Senior Marine Archaeologist Geoscience Earth and Marine Services (GEMS), and representatives from Noble Energy and the maritime industry.

Other topics being covered in the conference include how the ocean is a pathway to a sustainable future, cultural diversity, and governance. Additional features include “Why we must explore the past to navigate the future”, undersea commerce, tourism and maritime heritage in the global context, and regional breakout opportunities.

The Congress is being jointly organised by the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage and Resorts World Sentosa with support from the IMO, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), International Congress of Maritime Museums (ICMM), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), and North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA).

Resorts World Sentosa is also official venue host for the three-day event which will include a programme held at the revamped Maritime Experiential Museum, the only one of its kind in Singapore dedicated to the exploration of the iconic Maritime Silk Route. Housing a total of 15 immersive galleries, the attraction holds a combination of state-of-the-art visual projections and multimedia shows. Highlights include the Jewel of Muscat, an Arabian ship which made a tumultuous 138-day voyage from Oman to Singapore in 2010 using ancient navigational methods with a crew of 15, and the Typhoon Theater which simulates a sinking ship in a treacherous storm.

Registration for the Congress is now open. For more information on the programme and invited speakers, visit the official website of World Congress on Maritime Heritage 2019 (


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