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Environment-friendly shipping to take centre stage at SMM 2018

Tougher environmental regulations forcing shipping industry to act - focus on secure technologies

The leading international SMM maritime trade fair gets underway in Hamburg from September 4-7, 2018 focusing on future-proof technologies amid sweeping change in the shipping industry. New, stringent environmental regulations such as effective ballast water management and a lower sulphur limit for ship fuels are forcing the shipping industry to take action. Experts at the Global Maritime Environmental Congress (gmec), which is being held parallel to SMM on September 5, 2018, will discuss challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

Themed-routes for navigating fair

More than 2,200 exhibitors and around 50,000 visitors are expected at SMM (Shipbuilding, Machinery & Marine Technology) fair, which is held every two years. SMM visitors will be able to familiarise themselves first-hand with the technologies offered. “Numerous manufacturers are reporting record numbers of incoming orders,” said Claus Ulrich Selbach, Business Unit Director – Maritime and Technology Fairs & Exhibitions at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. Various themed paths such as a cruise and ferry route have been added to help visitors navigate their way around the fair.

Clean alternatives

Speaking at the meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) sub-committee on Pollution Prevention and Response in early February, Kitack Lim, IMO Secretary-General, said: “There is no turning back. The lower sulphur limit will have a significant positive impact on the environment and on human health, especially for people living in port cities and coastal regions.” Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is one possible way of complying with new regulations. Some 44 per cent of ship-owners are considering LNG propulsion for their new vessels. Emphasis will also be on hybrid and dual fuel technologies during the fair.


The cruise industry is keen to minimise the effects of every trip on the marine environment and on coastal regions. LNG ship fuel plays a key role in achieving this declared goal. AIDA Cruises, for instance, recently ordered the company’s third LNG-ready cruise vessel from Meyer Werft. The Japanese NGO Peace Boat’s Ecoship has also opted for LNG power. Apart from it’s dual-fuel engine, the vessel will feature ten retractable, rigid sails doubling as photovoltaic panels as well as wind turbines, and an additional 6,000 square metres of on-deck solar panels. More information on what is likely to be the “greenest” cruise ship ever can be found in Hall A5.

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