Plain sailing for students at the International Maritime Expo, Pacific 2013

William Blue and APM College students were offered the incredible and exciting opportunity to be part of the International Maritime Expo as part of Pacific 2013 in Sydney, which occurred as part of the Naval celebrations taking place in the city. The biennial expo attracted more than 10,000 attendees from Australia and around the world, making it the most celebrated exhibition of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.

Students took the role of events staff and participated in the civilian side of the conference, thanks to the perseverance of lecturer Chris McCutcheon. With the expo being one element of the International Fleet Review; the centenary celebrations of the RAN entering Sydney Harbour, the event is a unique and extraordinary experience for students to take part in and include on their resumes.

Supporting the Maritime Events Australia team, the volunteer students were able to witness the bump in and stage building at the Sydney Exhibitions and Convention Centre, support with VIP protocol, contribute in the media centre, the Admiral’s Flag Lounge and the Event Organiser’s Office. Extra time also allowed them to network with exhibitors and gather important information about event management.

The three-day event was a huge and successful affair for all involved; the Wednesday being a particular highlight for students as they assisted with the catering for 3000 sailors, who then marched from The Rocks to Sydney Town Hall where they met the Lord Mayor.

All of the students were incredibly happy to have been able to get involved in such a prestigious event, and the colleges were very proud of the effort put in by all the students.