Friday, May 25, 2018

Hueneme Maritime Tech Expo

By Karen Robes Meeks

On May 23, the Port of Hueneme hosted “World Trade and Innovation” to highlight World Trade Week and celebrate its fifth annual Maritime Advanced Systems and Technologies (MAST) Expo together with trade partners.

The event featured keynote speaker Erick Went of Matter Labs, who spoke about blockchain and how technology is poised to change the region’s trade and economic future. According to the port, more than 40 exhibitors showcased interactive displays of technological innovations including flying drones, lasers and x-ray cameras.

“Our goal at the port is to facilitate trade for our region,” Oxnard Harbor District President Mary Anne Rooney said to the 400 people who attended. “We aim to provide economic opportunity and vitality to those individuals and businesses who are the life-blood of our communities across our state and across our nation.”

Rooney indicated that the port also believes in “moving our industry forward toward a more sustainable and innovative future.” He added, “I am inspired by all of the conversations and collaborations taking place today among our customers, trade consulates, public safety agencies, elected representatives, and students.”