Kochi: The second and final day of ShipTek 2008, the international conference on Shipbuilding and Conversion Technology resumed at 9.00 am. There were two sessions included for the final day.
The topics included in the first session were Conversion of Single Hull Tankers, Some Major Design Aspects of FPSO Conversion, Opportunities & Challenges in Rigs and Repair & Upgrade of Drilling Rigs. There was also a special presentation on Role of Visual Media in the Maritime Industry. The papers presented for the last session included Support to Shipping through Professional Education, Role of Technology in Shipping Industry, Maritime Arbitration in Asia and ‘India – an Emerging Outsourcing Destination for Ship Design’. ShipTek Expo also continued to the second day and all the exhibition stalls were closed at 6.00 pm.
The second annual international maritime video awards started at 6.00 pm at Hotel Le Meridien. The winners for the best maritime videos were honored with Marine BizTV video awards. The venue also witnessed the launch of ‘DAM’, the first Hollywood movie venture from the marine industry and a prestigious project of the Aries Group, along with the first anniversary celebration of Marine BizTV and the tenth anniversary celebration of Aries Marine. The thespian actor, Shri.Madhu, the ever gorgeous and bubbly actress of Malayalam, Smt. Sheela along with one of the best directors of the period, Shri T.V. Chandran were the special invitees for the mega award nite.
Distinguished personalities of many prominent institutions and societies of the marine industry gathered for the mega award nite. The invitees were greeted with Thalappoli. An array of traditional art forms of Kerala followed by dazzling performances gave an enthralling visual treat to the audience. The gathering was addressed by Mr. Sohan Roy, the visionary and master brain behind Marine BizTV. There were 26 award categories included this year. Fifteen award categories came under the People’s Choice Awards and the remaining eleven categories came under the Maritime Excellence Award.
The lifetime achievement award for maritime service was given to Dr. Dong Shik Shin, Chairman and Founder, Korea Maritime Consultant Co. Ltd., who is also known as the ‘Father of Korean Shipbuilding’. The lifetime achievement award for the maritime entrepreneurship was given away to the father of Ship Management, Capt. C.A.J Vanderperre, Founder & CEO, Univan Ship Management, Hong Kong. The lifetime achievement award for maritime academics was bagged by Prof. Erno Eugen Wieback, Rostock University, Germany, who is known as the “Father of Ship technology Department-CUSAT”.
The live telecast of the event was available at http://live.marinebiztv.com/ on 29 & 30 April 2008. This is also the first event in the maritime industry to be telecast live.