29 September 2018 09.00

Once again, the 2018 edition of the Naples Shipping Week has achieved resounding success.

From 24 through 29 September, over 4,000 visitors have been attracted by the 40 scheduled events focused on issues related to the sea as a resource and the maritime cluster.

The Italian Navy provided a significant contribution through the presence of ITS Rizzo and the sailing ship Vespucci, open to visits, besides the organisation of a number of cultural events both onboard and ashore - all much appreciated by the public - thus strengthening the traditional link between the Navy and this territory.

The debate entitled "Blue Jobs, from underwater archaeology to marine environment protection" - organised in cooperation with association Marevivo and the municipality of Naples – has highlighted the role played by the new professions inspired by the Blue Economy models of sea protection and sustainable growth. High levels of attendance of students and young visitors prove a growing interest in the sea among the younger generations in terms of education and career choice.

The "Geopolitics of the Seas" has been the issue of an interesting debate animated by shipowners and researchers during the presentation of the book "Geopolitica del Mare", published by Mursia. The definition of national interests and the development of maritime strategies for sea control are of crucial importance for Italy's future.

"The Italian Naval History in the global geopolitical context" has been the subject dealt with the conference organised by the Italian Navy Historical Office. The Great War exhibition, set up in the Maritime Station rooms, has been also much appreciated by visitors and had a huge turnout.

Charity events were also organised, including the enchanting performance of the Italian Navy Band which has delighted the Neapolitan audience.

An edition packed with events developing fruitful synergies with the maritime cluster and local bodies.

The next Shipping Week will be held in 2019 in Genoa.