Major international naval conference comes to Chile

More than sixty different countries will arrive in Valparaíso’s historic port to showcase their latest marine technologies, with state-of-the-art navy ships on display to the public and millions of dollars of commercial deals up for negotiation.


Up to 20,000 visitors from around the world are expected in Valparaíso for the bi-annual global exhibit of naval technology, Exponaval 2010, running from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 in the coastal city’s famed harbor.

Naval delegations from 67 countries will attend the event to showcase their maritime innovations, including traditional big players such as the US, UK and Germany and emerging naval nations such as Indonesia, Oman and Brunei.

Business deals worth up to US$ 600 million could be struck at the event, reports Chilean daily newspaper La Tercera.

In a highlight for the general public, top-class military ships will be opening their doors to allow visitors on board and explore the warships and reconnaissance vessels currently sailing the seas.

Ships on show will include the USS Swift from the United States, a high speed vessel used for removing mines and the HMS Gloucester from the United Kingdom, an anti air vessel used in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

President Sebastián Piñera and other high-ranking Chilean officials, including Minister of Defense, Jaime Ravinet de la Fuente, will attend the 7th Exponaval, organized jointly by the Chilean Navy and by Chilean events management company FISA S.A.  President Sebastián Piñera will officially open the event on Tuesday Nov. 30.

“Chile has a proud history in organizing international defence exhibitions,” said Minister Ravinet in a news release. “Exponaval is a fully-established event in the naval defence calendar, attracting the most senior regional authorities on naval defence procurement and acting as a regular meeting point for increasing numbers of world-class organizations.”

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