The Top Shipping & Maritime Events to attend in 2020

20 January 2020

The Top Maritime & Shipping Events 2020 | Faststream Recruitment

Are you planning to attend Shipping and Maritime events in 2020? At Faststream Recruitment, we are always interested in what is happening in our industry and attend key events every year.

If you are looking to progress in your career or develop your network in 2020, events should be on your radar. Attending events offers an ideal opportunity to stay up to date with the latest industry trends and uncover what the industry is talking about.

With so many events to choose from, we have put together a list of the top Shipping and Maritime events starting from the beginning of the year, which you can add to your 2020 calendar.

CMA Shipping – 31st March to 2 April 2020 – Connecticut, US

The CMA Shipping Conference is the largest shipping conference in North America, attracting over 2,500 attendees from 49 countries in 2019. This year's event is set to be even more special with the celebration of its 35th anniversary.  

With a host of exhibitions, networking drinks, keynote speeches and the coveted Gala Dinner there is a full range of things to see and do over the three days.

Don’t forget to come and say Hi to the Faststream Recruitment Americas team on Booth 23. Our Managing Director Martin Bennell will be available over the three days on our booth as well as at the networking drinks and Gala dinner. He would be pleased to find some time to meet you.

To find out more about CMA Shipping and to secure your pass, head over to the official CMA Shipping website.

Remember to use the official hashtag #CMAShipping

Singapore Maritime Week – 18th to 24th April 2020 – Various venues in central Singapore

Driven by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Singapore Maritime Week brings together the international Maritime community for a week of flagship conferences, dialogues, exhibitions and social events in celebration of all things Maritime.

Since its inauguration in 2006, Singapore Maritime Week has grown significantly and now attracts over 40,000 local and international participants yearly. In each themed event, Singapore Maritime Week gathers renowned global speakers to address a broad range of challenges faced by today’s decision-makers. In fact, Faststream Recruitment’s CEO and Founder Mark Charman was the keynote speaker at the Maritime Leaders in Asia 2019 - Breakfast Conference by Faststream Recruitment – Supported by MPA” in 2019.

Key members of the Faststream Recruitment Asia-Pacific team including Managing Director Jason Nangle will be in attendance at many of the events throughout the week and will be available to meet in the networking breakout sessions.  

To find out more about Singapore Maritime Week, head over to the official Singapore Maritime Week website.

Seatrade Cruise Global – 20th to 23rd April 2020 – Miami, US

Seatrade Cruise Global is the largest cruise industry gathering in the world. 2019 saw the largest attendance in its 35-year history.

Covering the breadth of the cruise industry including Design & Ship Interiors, Entertainment, Environment & Health, Hotel Operations & Concessions, Information Technology, Ports & Destinations, Safety & Security and Ship Building & Equipment the conference and expo are set to hold the latest trends and innovations.

Faststream Recruitment’s Managing Director Martin Bennell and Head of Cruise Danielle McGrath will both be present over the four days of this must-attend cruise event and would love to take some time to meet with you.

For more information and to register, please visit the official Seatrade Cruise Global website.

Remember to use the official hashtag #STCGlobal  

Breakbulk – Various dates and locations

Breakbulk Events and Media organise four events across worldwide locations including; the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle-East. These events connect those involved in the transport and logistics of project cargo with project owners, engineering, procurement and construction companies and others in the industrial project cargo supply chain.  

A huge range of conference sessions provides focussed, geo-adapted programming with selected speakers addressing important regional topics, as well as global issues and their effects on the region.

Dates for your diary:

Breakbulk Middle-East: 25th to 26th February, Dubai

Breakbulk Asia: 18th to 19th March, Shanghai, China

Breakbulk Europe: 26th to 28th May, Bremen, Germany

Breakbulk Americas: 29th September to 1st October, Houston, US

A selection of our Commercial Shipping Consultants will be attendance at the events and would be pleased to take some time to meet with you.

For more information and to register for your free ticket, please visit the official Breakbulk Events and Media website and select the regional event you would like to attend.

Posidonia – 1st to 5th June 2020 – Athens, Greece

Posidonia is a bi-annual event that brings together the international Maritime community who are welcomed by Greek shipowners who control the world’s largest merchant fleet.

The event brings a feeling of optimism to the Shipping market through its exhibition, conferences, the Posidonia Games and the many social events. It is also a key event that endeavours to bring the next generation closer to the opportunities and careers that shipping offers with their message of ‘Listen to the Sea – listen to the Opportunities’, an initiative that has resonated within the shipping community.

The first international Posidonia exhibition took place in 1969 and has been regularly held every two years and grown in size and significance every time it takes place. 2018 welcomed 22,000 visitors (including three of Faststream’s finest) from 92 countries and over 2,000 exhibitors, where business deals were made, as well as trends and issues of the international Maritime industry, were debated. You can read our insights from Posidonia 2018 here.

The Faststream Recruitment team will be in attendance again at the event this year and would love to hear from those planning to attend.

For more information about the international shipping exhibition Posidonia and to register, please visit the official Posidonia website.

Please use the official event hashtag #Posidonia2020

SMM – 8th to 11th September 2020 – Hamburg, Germany

SMM is the event where the Maritime industry meets to find the answers to the challenges of today and tomorrow. With a staggering 90,000 square metres of exhibition space and a whole series of outstanding specialist conferences, you will be in no doubt of the insights on offer over the four days.

SMM 2020 promises to set new standards with even more innovations for exhibitors and visitors. As global people specialists in Maritime and Shipping, Faststream Recruitment will be sending a team to ensure we are at the forefront of industry news, market trends and challenges.

SMM 2018 event welcomed 50,000 visitors (including three of Faststream’s finest) from more than 120 countries and boasted over 2,280 exhibitors. You can read our insights from SMM 2018 here.

Faststream Recruitment is already booked to attend SMM 2020 and look forward to welcoming new and familiar faces across the four days. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to meet up.

For more information about SMM 2020, please visit the official SMM website.

Please use the official event hashtag #SMMfair

Gastech – 8th to 10th September 2020 – Singapore EXPO, Singapore

Gastech will bring together the gas, LNG and energy community in Singapore to help drive us towards a cleaner energy future. Singapore will be providing the home for Gastech 2020 and will balance the international nature of its exhibitors, sponsors, delegates and attendees, whilst capitalising on the location’s strategic importance as a hub for the growing Asia market.

As the gas and LNG market experiences strong growth and change, there has never been a more important time for the community to come together, forge relationships, do business and define the future of the industry.

Our Faststream Recruitment team will be available to meet over the three days at the exhibition itself or at our regional office in Raffles Place.

For more information about Gastech 2020, please visit the official Gastech website.

International Workboat Show – 15th to 17th December 2020 – New Orleans, US

The International WorkBoat Show is curated by the same team as WorkBoat Magazine and This is a trade-only conference and expo for commercial vessel owners, operators and builders as well as the vendors and suppliers that serve them. 

There are many fantastic opportunities to experience at the show, including:

  • Networking and sponsored events to help build strong industry relationships
  • The Conference – where new insights, actionable takeaways and Q & A opportunities are available
  • Young professionals development to help shape the new minds of the industry
  • Expo floor learning opportunities including breakout sessions

Our Faststream Recruitment Americas team had a fantastic time in 2019 and can’t wait to attend this year’s event. If you are planning on attending, please contact Managing Director Martin Bennell.

If you aren’t sure this is the right event for you, this is who attended in 2019: Commercial Vessel Owners & Operators, Shipyards, Boat Builders, Engineers, Marine Architects, Equipment Manufacturers, Distributors, Port Authorities, Port Engineers, Marine Surveyors, Military Buyers, Government Officials and Oil Exploration and Production professionals.

For more information about the International WorkBoat Show please visit the official International WokBoat Show website.