THE world's major maritime industries will meet in Shanghai from December 7-10 at the largest shipping exhibition and conference held in China. Marintec China 93, organised by the Seatrade Organisation and the Shanghai Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, (SSNAME), will see national groups from Germany, Korea, Japan, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, France, the US and Britain. There also will be individual exhibitors from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Poland, Cyprus & Croatia. The fast-ferry industry will be strongly represented reflecting the boom in this side of the industry in China. Running concurrently with the exhibition will be the Marintec China 93 Conference. International speakers will address the theme The Changing Maritime Environment and Strategies to meet those Changes through International Co-operation. The opening forum of the conference will be led by the most senior officials of China's Ministry of Communications, the Shanghai Municipal People's Government, and the China State Shipbuilding Corporation. The conference will be chaired by Hans Peters, principal officer of trade and maritime industries of the World Bank and Jin Zhu Qing, president of the Shanghai Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Speakers will include Ian Mullen, managing director of P & O Asia; John Meredith, vice-chairman of Shanghai Container Terminals; Jose Perez, director of the Association of West European Shipbuilders; Fotis Poulides, vice-president of BIMCO; Liu Fulin, president of Sinotrans; Qian Jianzhong, vice-president of the China People's Insurance Company (Shanghai); Kong Kwangzhi, general manager of China Shipbreaking Company; and Liu Jinbao, acting president of the Bank of China (Shanghai). The event is being supported by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC); China's Ministry of Communications; the Equipment & Technical Department of the Chinese Navy; Shanghai Jiaotong University; China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co (COSCO Group); the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and the Institute of Marine Engineers.