By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia , 15 May, 2014

The next Pacific International Maritime Exposition will be held in Sydney, Australia, on 6-8 October 2015 to coincide with Navy Week, and PACIFIC 2015 will be held at an all-new venue: the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island.

The change in dates from the traditional January-February timeslot is a result of the success of PACIFIC 2013, which was held in October 2013 to coincide with the Royal Australian Navy’s Centenary celebrations and International Fleet Review on 4 October.

In consultation with the Royal Australian Navy, the biennial Pacific International Maritime Exposition will in future coincide with Navy Week during the first week in October.

Held every two years, the Pacific International Maritime Exposition will continue to host two headline events, the RAN Sea Power Conference and the International Maritime Conference (IMC), as well as an extensive portfolio of specialist maritime business and technical seminars and symposia.

Navy Week provides an opportunity for the Royal Australian Navy to promote the importance of maritime trade and naval power to Australia’s physical, environmental and economic well-being and security. Maritime Australia Limited is proud to be able to support these aims by organising a world-class industry exposition, according to its CEO, Mr Ian Honnery.

"As a not-for-profit foundation, our purpose is to support the development of Australia’s maritime industry capacity, both naval and merchant. This has a direct bearing on Australia’s national security as well as our economic prosperity," Mr Honnery said.

In 2011-12 Australia’s maritime trade was worth over AUD$400 billion a year, with exports growing at over 6% a year, according to official figures. To help secure Australia’s maritime security and trade into the next generation and beyond, the Royal Australian Navy plans to acquire new submarines, frigates, supply ships and patrol boats worth some AUD$70 billion.

"The Pacific International Maritime Exposition is a showcase for the maritime industry, both naval and merchant, in one of the fastest-growing regions in the world. It attracts exhibitors, high-level official delegations and influential trade visitors from around the globe. This exposure to global opportunities is especially important for Australia’s innovative marine industry SMEs. In essence, by bringing the world’s maritime industry to Australia, we take Australian companies to the world," Mr Honnery added.

"Running PACIFIC 2015 and its successors during Navy Week in October every two years will benefit everybody involved."

The new PACIFIC 2015 venue, Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island, has deep-water berths alongside it. In conjunction with Sydney Ports Corporation, arrangements are being made to allow RAN and visiting Warships to berth directly adjacent to the Exposition and this will make it quicker and more convenient to attend ceremonial events or undertake ship visits.

Exhibitors, Trade Visitors and Delegates will be able to get to Glebe Island by car or bus, or by ferry direct from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour, enabling them to enjoy the experience of one of the world’s great natural harbours.

Source: Aerospace Maritime & Defence Foundation of Australia