International shipbuilding fair SMM opens its doors in Hamburg
The world’s leading maritime fair, SMM, got underway Tuesday in Hamburg’s fairgrounds. Over 2,200 exhibitors from 67 countries will be presenting their latest technology and services until September 9, 2016. This year’s focus is on digitalization and environment-friendly drive technologies.
Optimisation, renewal and inventions are sweeping the entire maritime sector as reflected by powerful and environment-friendly ship engines, high-precision navigation technology, innovations in onshore energy supply and intelligent water treatment systems. Both digitalisation and green propulsion are playing key roles at SMM 2016. The fair has designated a new 3,5000 square metre Hall A5 especially to innovative ship propulsion technologies.
There, special emphasis will be on liquid natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Exhibitors include Hybrid Port Energy, a subsidiary of Becker Marine Systems, with low-emission solutions for supplying cruise ships and container ships with energy. MTU, owned by Rolls Royce Power Systems, will also present environment-friendly solutions. This year, the company will showcase an LNG-run engine for ships.
More safety at sea
RWO, which is part of the French Veolia Group, and one of the leading global providers of water treatment systems for ships, will present the CleanSewage Bio biological maritime wastewater treatment system. The system saves lots of space and is low-maintenance and easy to operate. Meanwhile, Siemens will be presenting a logistics concept based on a modular container solution to speed up maintenance work in the dock. Siemens will also unveil a mobile ship service workshop in a container outside Hall B6 at SMM.
Top representatives of navies and coastguards will also be presenting the latest developments for more security at sea during SMM 2016. And they are not the only ones. The German Armed Force has announced three exhibits including a drone for close area imaging (ALADIN). The drone provides real-time airborne reconnaissance and surveillance and has a range of about five kilometres. DNV GL, an international certification body and classification society, will showcase a special feature called Cyber Quick for combatting cyber risks to fleet software and ship systems.
Sector facing change
The Fraunhofer Transport Alliance will present its combined know-how at SMM again with a joint stand run by seven of its organisations. Researchers will be presenting an autonomous navigation system including modules for bad-weather navigation and collision avoidance. This is in addition to a Crew Compliance Optimizer, which simplifies the complex administrative operations for drawing up crews and rosters.
Speaking during a recent press conference prior to SMM, Martin Stopford, a renowned shipping expert and Non-Executive President of Clarksons Research Services, said the sector must reinvent itself. The fair gives exhibitors a few days to show whether they can play pioneering roles in that process.