The Canary Islands Maritime Cluster, within the framework of the actions foreseen in the INTERREG-MAC 2014-2020 project: INTERPORT and its internationalisation brand CANARY ISLANDS SUPPLIERS, attends the WORLD MARITIME WEEK from 12th to 14th February 2019, in Bilbao.

This event is a unique meeting of the international maritime sector, encompassing in a single forum the four areas of the sector: naval in SINAVAL, fishing in EUROFISHING, port of FUTUREDEPORT and marine renewable energy in MARINE ENERGY WEEK.

These four congresses managed to bring together conferences and round tables of important speakers from the maritime sector such as Phillipe Louis- Dreyfus, president of the Louis- Dreyfus Group; Alejandro Aznar, president of the Spanish Maritime Cluster and of the Ibaizabal Group; Juan Riva, president of the Suardiaz Group; Alfonso Mingarro, Cepsa Trading Managing Director; Jorge Zickermann, director of Maritime Transport of LNG – Naturgy, and Miguel Luque, director of Maritime Transport of Repsol, among other representatives of shipping companies and fleet of Oil&Gas.

The event was opened by Antonio Garamendi, President of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations (CEOE), who explained the importance of the Blue Economy and its subsectors in business and social development, as well as making special mention of the case of the Canary Islands as a successful conversion of the naval sector into a service provider for the Oil& Gas sector and marine renewable energies.

In the opinion of the Canary Islands Maritime Cluster, one of the most interesting congresses of the WORLD MARITIME WEEK was the IV. Marine Energy Week, which, like the rest of the events, had an exhibition area and an interesting programme of conferences. The Marine Energy Week was opened by Iñigio Ansola, Director General of the Basque Energy Body (EVE), and Jose Ignacio Hormaeche, Director of the Basque Country Energy Cluster, who moderated a round table with representatives from Iberdrola, DG-Mare and Siemens Gamesa. The other debate, moderated by Jose Luis Villate, Director of Offshore Renewable Energies at Tecnalia, was attended by Nautilus, Vicinay, Iberdrola Renovables and Idom.

The Canary Islands Maritime Cluster hopes to promote many of the trends presented in this edition of the WORLD MARITIME WEEK in the marine sector of the Canary Islands.