Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association (JSMEA) participated in Offshore Technology Conference 2015 (OTC 2015). OTC is one of the world’s largest exhibitions for the offshore oil and gas business. The 47th conference was held on May 4-7 in Houston, Texas. JSMEA, which also attended the event last year, has now been to a total of three OTC exhibitions.
This year, JSMEA made use of its brochure and Web site (http://www.jsmea.or.jp/offshore/) to promote Japanese machinery and equipment for offshore development projects. It ran a booth together with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Nitto Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., Yamazaki Machinery Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK)—all of which are JSMEA members—to market their respective products and services.
JSMEA, which had a booth in the arena during its two prior attendances at OTC, promoted its presence this year at the tent pavilion, which attracts more people. Consequently, it greeted a greater number of visitors than last year. The association concluded that its products and services achieved successful marketing.
At OTC 2015, JSMEA organized a networking reception for offshore business operators for the first time. In doing so, the association and New Wave Media, Inc. of the United States worked hand in hand to make the best of their respective networks. The reception was attended by approximately 120 people, leading JSMEA to view the event as highly successful. The attendees represented enterprises from a wide variety of business fields from many countries, such as offshore oil and gas business operators Exxon Mobile Corporation, INPEX Corporation, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (JAPEX) and Sakhalin Oil and Gas Development Co., Ltd. Others included Chiyoda Corporation, JGC Corporation, MODEC International, Inc., Noble Corporation and Sevan Marine ASA.
JSMEA held a meeting during this year’s international exhibition with the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the organizer of OTC. The parties agreed that a delegation from Japan will have an area of 3,400 square feet at the tent pavilion next year to run the Japan pavilion at OTC 2016. Japan last operated a pavilion when it first attended OTC, 46 years ago.
This status means that the efforts of JSMEA have at last became fruitful. Convening meetings of its Offshore Working Group and other in-house units, it had begun exchanging views with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and member companies on projects that Japan can advance to enter into the offshore oil and gas development market. The association had also given explanations to and exchanged opinions with the OTC organizer on offshore business-related activities and future plans.
Outline of OTC 2015
Official name: Offshore Technology Conference 2015
Days: Monday-Wednesday, May 4-7, 2015
Venue: NRG Park
JSMEA’s booth number: 11006 (tent pavilion)
Members of JSMEA mission: Fuji Trading Co., Ltd. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Nitto Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., Shinko Ind. Ltd., Taiko Kikai Industries Co., Ltd., Takatori Seisakusho Co., Ltd., Tokyo Rope Mfg. Co., Ltd. and Yanmar Co., Ltd.
Outline of networking reception
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Day: Tuesday, May 5
Venue: Hotel Zaza (address: 5701 Main St., Houston, TX. 77005)
JSMEA release special site to offshore oil & gas