BIT's 7th Annual World Congress of Ocean-2018 (WCO-2018)
Introduction to WCO-2018

The 7th Annual World Congress of Ocean-2018 (WCO-2018) will be held in Qingdao during October  29-31, 2018. WCO-2018 is an international event focusing on the current hot topics and major advances in the Field of ocean and aquaculture by attracting experts on a global scale and we will supply the most cutting-edge technology information to you. The aim of the conference is to bring together leading scientists, engineers, practitioners, business elites, lawers and policy makers from multidisciplinary research and application areas to exchange information on their latest research progress and innovation. With the participation of outstanding international experts, we hope productive discussions would stimulate new creative ideas to translate new discoveries into better practice and application. We hope your participation would contribute to your professional development and relationships. Wish you enjoy the conference.


● 450+ Attendees Coming from All over the World to Exchange Ideas, Build New Networks, and Foster Friendships
● 120+ Oral Presentations & 30+ Posters Covering the Hot Topics and Cutting-Edge Technology in the Field of Ocean and Aquaculture
● Creating a Harmonious Environment for Panel Discussion, Project Matchmaking, Investment and Career Development
● Social Activities and Networking, Field Trip and Build Partnerships in China, Find Huge Opportunities and Markets for Your Business over the World
● Opportunities to Visit Famous Science Spots & Historical Sites in China

Past Renowned Speakers
Mr. Paul Holthus,
Founding CEO & President,
World Ocean Council, USA
Mr. George Guy Thomas,
Creator of satellite-based AIS, former US Science & Technology Advisor for Maritime Domain Awareness , USA
Mr. Roger Johnston,
Pilbara Ports Authority, Australia
Mr. Kejun Li,
China Association of Communication Enterprise Management
Dr. Andreas Nordseth,
Director General
Danish Maritime Authority, Denmark
Mr. James Huang,
Vice President,
DNV GL, Norway
Dr. Suseno Sukoyono,
Minister's Adviser,
Ministry of Marine Affairs And Fisheries, Indonesia
Mr. Michael Zell,
Chairman Svenska Skeppshypotek (Swedish Ship Mortgages)
President Royal Swedish Society of Naval Sciences, Sweden
Mr. Stephane Paboeuf,
Project Manager,
Bureau Veritas, France
Dr. Sergey A. OGAI,
Rector Chief Executive Officer,
Maritime State University, Russia
Dr. Randy Gillespie,
Centre for Applied Ocean Technology, Canada
Mr. Mikael Castanius,
Ports of Sweden, Sweden
Mr. Richard Thomas Dines,
VP, Port of Long Beach, Board of Harbor Commissioners, USA
Dr. Hongda Shi,
Ocean University of China, China
Dr. Koen Janssens,
University of Antwerp, Belgium
Dr. Kurt Kaltenegger,
Group Vice President,
ABB Technology Ventures, Switzerland
Mr. P. Foerd Ames,
Inventor & Owner,
OWECO Ocean Wave Energy Company, USA
Dr. Markus Schoener,
CMS Hasche Sigle, Germany
Mr. Steven David Rares,
The Hon Justice,
Federal Court of Australia, Australia
Capt. Lee Fook Choon,
Toplis & Harding (Marine) Ltd.,
Hong Kong
Mr. Govintharasah Ramanathan,
Gurbani & Co., Singapore
Mr. Toby Stephens,
Holman Fenwick Willan LLP, UK
Ms. Xie Changqing,
Business Development Division,
China Maritime Arbitration Commission, China
Dr. Jingjing Xu,
Interim Head of Plymouth Business School; Associate Dean (Research),
Faculty of Business, University of Plymouth,
United Kingdom
Mr. Pekka Sundman,
City development Group, City of Turku, Finland
Mr. Svein David Medhaug,
Project Manager,
Norwegian Maritime Authority,
Mr. Oessur J. Hilduberg,
Head of the board,
The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board, Denmark
Mr. Boyan Savov,
Black Sea Coastal Association, Bulgaria
Dr. Tetsuya Hiraishi,
Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan
Dr. Edward S. Fry,
Distinguished Professor,
Texas A&M University,
Comments on Previous Events
It was a great pleasure for me to visit WCO and to be part of such aninspiring conference where innovation, integration, cooperation andsustainability were on the agenda. I find the topics to be very importantfor the maritime sector in the future and I think the WCO contributedwith many fruitful perspectives that most likely will lead to furtherdiscussion.
--Andreas Nordseth, Director General, Danish Maritime Authority, Denmark
This was a conference of friendship and cooperation, very useful exchange of information, making new good contacts, and a lot of joy. The conference was well organized as a whole. The communication with the organizer was very good.
--Boyan Savov, Project Manager, B.V.S. Consult Ltd., Bulgarian
Thank you very much for your wonderful organization of the Conference. It was great.
--Alexander Khain, Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Though surprised how tired, or stressed I appear, please note I very much enjoyed participating with WCO again. Your great effort was exhibited by a smooth flowing, informative event. The conference remains an important source for connecting and sharing information.
--Foerd Ames, Owner, OWECO Ocean Wave Energy Company, USA
I would like to say thank you for so great event, you did a great job. It was a pleasure to participate in this interesting conference, and I am very grateful for the invitation to participate in it.
--Tatjana Paulauskiene, Professor, Klaipeda University, lithuanian 
I really appreciated all the Congress and also the opportunity to present my work and meet colleagues with common interests. I really enjoyed also being in China and learn more about the culture and history of this amazing country.
--Selma Soares de Oliveira, Professor, Federal University of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Thank you for organizing this beautiful and fruitful conference. I look forward to next conference.
--Mr. Imre Pascik, Managing Director, Biofilm Tech GmbH, Germany
Thank you very much for your very friendly and professional organization of this exciting conference! I enjoyed it very much.
--Dr. Toby Balch, Director of Business and Technology, Nova Scotia Department of Energy, Canada
Indeed it was quite a success and I am happy to have been invited and to have been able to attend. My presentation was very well received by session attendees and for this I am indeed delighted. I look forward to attending future Conferences.
--Carla Phillips, Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
It has been exciting and fruitful conference for me. To deliver a speech and share experience of participants were great. I also hope to join the next conference.
--Bulent Sen, Turkey
I was only there for a short time but it seemed like it was organized well.
--Gary Fanger, COO, Cenergy Solutions, USA
Thank you for organizing such a great conference, we have had a great time, and it was very useful for us. The venue was also very nice, and a good location.
--Tarnai-Király Zsófi, Project Administator, Szent Istvan University, Hungary
I am glad to hear you liked my speech, it was a great experience.
--Terje Lade, CEO, Lade AS, Norway
Thank you very much for a great conference and local arrangements.I am looking forward to attend the next one WCO Congress and to delegate my staff there.
--Pawel Kabacik, Professor & Head, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland
Thank You for all your works and care.  We have a very good time in China. We visited the beautiful places of your country and participated in the congress.
--Jolanta Januteniene, Professor, Klaipeda University, lithuanian
My experience with attendance to this event and it is content and your organization’s (BITT) effort in organizing the conference has been superb with a world – class service.This experience really left me to want to come back again not to your event but to China too.
--Feyza Sanver, Head of Nutrition, The Scottish Salmon Company, UK
--Zhouhua Peng, Associate Professor, Dalian Maritime University, China
The Conference was an excellent experience and enjoyed the opportunity to make a presentation and interact with knowledgeable international audience. The WCO was, overall, well organized and all stages and phases were efficiently managed. Residential arrangements were comfortable and services, very professional.
--Capt Vinay S. Patwardhan, Chief Operating Officer, TAI CHONG CHEANG STEAMSHIP CO. (H.K.) LIMITED, Hong Kong, China
Exhibition and Poster

WCO-2018provides an ideal platform to showcase your novel technologies and products. It is developed to offer comfort to delegates while maximizing exhibitor exposure, the coffee breaks and poster sessions will all take place in the exhibition area promoting frequent repeated opportunities for delegates to visit the exhibits.

Why Reserve a Booth at WCO-2018
● To Meet Face-to-Face with the International Movers and Shakers
● To Meet with Key Decision Marker
● To Explore Business Opportunities
● To Spotlight Advanced Technologies and Their Scientific and Commercial Applications
● To Take Advantage of the Conference's Captive Audience and Networking Opportunities within the Exhibition Hall


Exhibition Date:
Set-up date: October 28, 2018
Show dates: October 29-31, 2018, 09:00-18:00
Place: Qingdao, China


WCO-2018 is one of the most effective international marketing platforms in the field of ocean, which offers a wide range of sponsoring categories for branding and highlighting your company in order to achieve the best publicity.
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● Get Cost and Time Effective Marketing Exposure and Boost Your Brand Recognition
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● Opportunity to Speak and Announce Recent Company Development
● Network from 200+ Professionals Offering Opportunities, before, during and after the Conference

Introduction to Qingdao

Qingdao is a major coastal city in east China, an economic center in China, one of China’s first coastal open cities, a specifically designated city and sub-provincial level city in the state plan, and a marine research center. Qingdao, cited as China’s “capital of sailing” and Asia’s best nautical city, hosted the sailing events of the 29th Olympic Games and the 13th Paralympic Games in 2008. Qingdao is an excellent tourist city in China, a famous historical and cultural city in China, a national civilized city, a national clean city, a national garden city, a national water-saving city, a national model city for environmental protection, and a national model city for forestation. Qingdao is one of China’s most beautiful cities, China’s most romantic cities, China’s ten most inhabitable cities, China’s ten most peculiar leisure cities, the most beautiful bays in the world, China’s most popular cities and the most recommendable Chinese cities to the world. Qingdao is one of China’s most economically dynamic cities, China’s best commercial cities, cities with “Award for Entrepreneur Satisfaction”, top ten competitive cities in Chinese manufacturing industry, China’s best cities for attracting investments by Chinese merchants, and Chinese cities with the most investment potential in the eyes of multinational corporations, and has been cited as a “gold-medal city” in China for its investment environment by the World Bank. Qingdao is the place where China’s zero-meter elevation above sea level begins (the leveling origin of China).

Operating Organization
Supporting Organizations

China Maritime Arbitration Commission

Dalian Ocean University

Media Partners

Official Travel Agency
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