General Director of Dolphin Exhibitions, Mr. Matthew White, said: “It is a great honour that for the 25th Anniversary of NEVA, the official opening will be supported by a group of such eminent officials, representing some of the most important domestic and international maritime organisations. NEVA’s strategic importance to the Russian and international maritime markets is underlined by the commitment of these organisations and their presence at the official launch. It really sets the agenda for a week of collaboration and knowledge exchange between the Russian and international maritime communities and highlights the many business opportunities that exist for all participants.”
The high profile list of attendees is set to include representatives from the Russian Chamber of Shipping, United Shipbuilding Corporation, Department of Shipbuilding and Marine Technique of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the Minister of Transport of the Russia Federation – Maxim Sokolov, the Krylov State Research and Scientific Centre and the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping. The Governor of St. Petersburg, Member of Maritime Collegium of RF Government, President of the Maritime Council of St. Petersburg, Mr. S. G. Poltavchenko, is also expected to be present, along with Mr. D. A. Yalov, the Deputy Governor of Leningrad Region, President of the Committee for Economy and Investments of Leningrad Region.
A Deputy Commander of the Russian Navy responsible for commercial fleet oceanography, navigation, safety issues and underwater\diving works, will also be present.
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) will also be represented at NEVA 2015 by Mr. Mikhail Gappoev – Technical Officer, Subdivision for Marine Technology and Cargoes, Maritime Safety Division. Mr. Gappoev will also be presenting the work of the IMO on the development of the Polar Code during the meeting of the International Expert Council for Cooperation in the Arctic, which will be held as part of the comprehensive NEVA 2015 Programme.