On 16-18 June 2016 in Gdansk the General Assembly of SEA Europe, the European Ships and Maritime Equipment Association was held. Delegates from 17 member countries together with their accompanying persons arrived in the city at the Motława river to discuss the current situation in the global shipbuilding industry, with particular emphasis on industries operating in the member states of SEA Europe.
On the first day the delegates participated in the meetings of Directors Committee as well as in working groups (SMRC) of Technical Committee and of Intellectual Property Rights. The General Assembly was held on the second day.
In addition to the meetings the participants and guests of the Assembly General also attended a rich program of additional accompanying events. They set off for a tour of the European Solidarity Centre and paid a visit to the Oliwa Cathedral, where they listened to the organ concert. They also saw the multimedia exhibition “Ships are our passion” at the Centre for Maritime Culture of the National Maritime Museum as well as the Sołdek museum ship – a Polish coal and ore freighter, which was the first ship built in Poland after World War II and the first seagoing ship completed in Poland.
The guests also took part in the Gala Dinner preceded by a concert of the MozART group (Grupa Mocarta) a quartet of famous Polish entertainers – excellent instrumentalists playing classical music in a humorous way.
A special attraction was that related to a boat tour through the port channel in the Port of Gdansk on the Motława river, during which the delegates had the rare opportunity of testing their vocal skills singing famous songs with the help of a song-book specially prepared for the occasion. On the day of departure they took a trip to the Kashubian lake district (the so-called Kashubian Switzerland).
The organizer of the General Assembly was The Forum Okrętowe Association of Polish Maritime Industries in cooperation with the TEMAT Ltd., the publisher of PortalMorski.pl and professional maritime magazines.