Since 2010, the SOS has been the unique gathering of the world’s ocean industries focused on the sustainable development, science and stewardship of the global ocean.

The SOS 2018 theme of “Ocean Sustainable Development – Connecting Asia and the World”, recognizes:

  • The major role that Asia plays in the global economy through trade and maritime transport.
  • The size and growth of the economies and population of Asian countries.
  • The national, regional and international importance of many key ocean industries in Asia, g. shipping, shipbuilding, fisheries, aquaculture, etc.
  • The global interconnectedness of the ocean, the ocean economy and the ocean business community.
  • The need to address ocean sustainable development and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a global scale with all ocean business sectors.

The SOS uniquely brings together leadership companies from the diverse Ocean Business Community: shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, seabed mining, tourism, renewable energy, ports, dredging, mining, submarine cables, marine science, engineering and technology, the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities, and others – as well as ocean stakeholders from the government, inter-governmental, academic and environment communities.

The SOS 2018 program is being developed with input from the international ocean business community, with the following sessions under consideration/development.

Plenary Sessions

  • Ocean Executive Forum: The Signature SOS Multi-Sector Panel of CEOs
  • Asian Shipping: Leadership and Challenges in Connecting Asia and the World
  • Asian Ports and Sustainable Development
  • Shipbuilding for Sustainability: The Role of Shipyards and Vessel Construction in Supporting Ocean Sustainable Development
  • One Belt, One Road, One Ocean: International Business Collaboration to Help Ensure the Maritime Silk Road Leads to a Sustainable Destination
  • Women in Ocean Industries: Leadership and Sustainable Development
  • The Digital Ocean, Big Ocean Data and the Ocean Cloud
  • Ocean 2030: Ocean Industry Projections and the Future of the Ocean Economy (covering ocean transportation, energy, food, tourism, and minerals)
  • Ocean Investment Platform: Financing Ocean Sustainable Development in Asia

Parallel Sessions/Workshops


  • Plastics and Waste Removal from Ocean and Island Areas: Maritime Industry Experience, Innovation, Practical Solutions
  • Plastics: Delivering Marine Debris Disposal Needs through Port Reception Facilities at a Global, Multi-Sectoral Scale
  • Marine Sound: Advancing Science-Based Solutions to a Global, Multi-Industry Issue
  • Biofouling and Invasive Aquatic Species: The GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling Partnerships Project – Opportunities for Business Collaboration and Implementation


  • Ocean NETs: Responsible Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs) for CO2 Sequestration at Sea
  • Port Resiliency to Sea Level Rise and Extreme Events: Ocean Industry Collaboration to Advance Adaptation for Small Islands and Developing Countries
  • Arctic Sustainable Development and the Northern Sea Route


  • Aquaculture: Ensuring Sustainable Production in Crowded Seas
  • Fisheries: Reducing Pirate Fishing Through Cross-Sectoral Collaboration and Technology Development


  • Smart Ocean-Smart Industries: Advancing Ocean Industry Data Collection in Arctic, including on Bathymetry


  • UN Law of the Sea: New Legally Binding Instrument on Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) and Ocean Industries
  • Marine Spatial Planning and Coastal Land Planning: Creating Land-Sea Interaction Approaches for Sustainable Development
  • Wind Energy and Fisheries: Addressing Conflicts and Developing Synergies

Cross-cutting workshops

  • Maritime Cluster for Sustainable Development: Prospects and Progress in Asia
  • Young Ocean Professionals: Connecting Asia’s Future Industry Leaders with the World of Ocean Sustainable Development

Invitation only event

  • CEOcean Club: A Networking Reception for the SOS 2018 C-Suite and VIP Participants


Program Development
Interested parties are invited to propose session themes that they would like to sponsor and organize. Please contact to propose a topic or session at SOS 2018. The evolving SOS 2018 program will reflect the level of interest in these and potentially other topics.

 Sustainable Ocean Summit 2018: Workshops
Interested parties are invited to propose workshops that they would like to sponsor and organize in the days preceding or following the SOS 2018. Please contact to propose a workshop to be held in association with SOS 2018.