TOKYO--The Sea Japan 2018 Show (officially, the International Maritime Exhibition and Conference) held at the Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Center here April 11-13 drew record numbers of attendees and exhibitors, according to the show organizer, UBM Japan Co. Ltd. An estimated 21,000 attendees and 580 exhibors were expected at the show, officials said prior to the event. Official figures are not available at this time.

Here are some of the highlights of the show:

  1. Many exhibit items emphasized and addressed environmental measures.
  2. There were more exhibitors from overseas such as Norway and South Korea than last time. This may be an indication that Japan's shipbuilding industry is becoming more globalized.
  3. Historically, the shipbuilding industry in Japan was dominated by domestic parts manufacturers and suppliers, and it was difficult for overseas manufacturers to produce good results in the Japanese market. The fact that the number of overseas manufacturer booths at this show has increased indicates increased global competition, in terms of cost. Overseas companies that have cost advantages continue to actively expand sales activities in Japan.


Seminar Draws Interest

The seminar titled, "Green Innovation and Digitalization & Southeast Asia Maritime Summit," presented by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and the Japan Maritime Cluster Committee, drew considerable interest.

In Session 1, the MLIT gave an address, followed by Mitsuyuki Unno, executive director of The Nippon Foundation, and Daniel Bjarmann-Simonsen, state secretary of trade, industry and fisheries of Norway, delivering keynote speeches on the ocean and the natural environment.

In Session 2, the MLIT, said it plans to organize an initial Southeast Asia maritime affairs summit.

In recent years, logistics has increased in line with the development of the Southeast Asian economy, as these nations proceed with infrastructure improvement policies. At the same time, it is expected that shipping and shipbuilding industries will continue to grow. Taking advantage of such trends, representatives of ship owners' associations in Southeast Asia were invited to the summit.

The ship owners will be invited to attend a panel discussion with those from the government of Japan and the Japanese ship machinery and equipment industry. It is hoped they will provide an up-to-date information on their respective maritime industries in order to learn how Japan can cooperate in contributing further to the development of the maritime industries in Southeast Asia.

Johnson W. Sutjipto, Chairman, Indonesian National Shipowners’ Association (DPP INSA)
Bhumindr Harinsuit, Chairman, Thai Shipowners' Association
Roy R. Alampay, Chairman/President, Filipino Shipowners' Association
Abdul Hak Md Amin, Chairman, Malaysia Shipowners’ Association
Katie Men, Vice President and Treasurer, Singapore Shipping Association
Masaharu Ono, Vice chairman, Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association

Key Take-Aways from This Seminar Include:

  1. The involvement in this summit by the MLIT of Japan is part of the action that Japan is taking to deepen its commitment in maritime business in Southeast Asia.

  2. The leading shipping hub in East Asia is Singapore, but Japan leads in shipbuilding, and China and South Korea are involved, as well. Even in ASEAN countries, although there are ideas to nurture the shipbuilding industry in each country, these industries are not ready to follow Japan, China and Korea in technology and equipment resources, even though each country has a tax scheme which contributes to the cost. Many ASEAN countries are looking for investment from overseas equipment manufacturers.

  3. The number of offshore wind power generation facilities is rapidly increasing, and technological advances continue to develop. Roughly speaking, it is about 5MW/h for one offshore wind power generation and about 1,000 MW/h for one nuclear power plant. So, if there are 200 offshore wind power generation units, one nuclear power plant can be covered. Norway is a developed country in this field, Japanese technology is about 20 years behind, it according to the MLIT.   PSR