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Offshore talks at SMM 2018 centre on high-tech for the depths

Experts to weigh up risks and opportunities during SMM

The ocean depths are one of the Earth’s great unknowns. Under the motto “Pushing the limits – new maritime technologies for future needs”, noted experts at Offshore Dialogue (OD) will discuss how deep-sea treasures and resources in the Arctic can be exploited using innovative maritime technology. The conference, organized in co-operation with the German Association for Marine Technology (GMT), is taking place in Hamburg on September 6 as part of SMM, the leading global trade fair in the sector. Around 2,200 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors from all continents make it the world’s leading trade fair in the industry.

Highly promising niche market

Visitors to the OD are given a comprehensive overview of the multi-facetted theme of deep-sea mining and exploitation of Arctic resources and the economic opportunities that the segment holds for the maritime sector. A profitable growth area has emerged from this former niche market. The professional visitor will find products, experts, and services needed for this during the SMM at Hamburg’s fairgrounds.

Deep-sea mining

One possible future source of raw materials, manganese nodules, lies 5,000 metres deep on the seafloor. Apart from manganese, the nodules also contain iron, copper, cobalt and nickel. Technological progress has made extraction of these valuable ores increasingly attractive economically. Heiko Felderhoff of Harren & Partner shippers reports how far industry and research have come with respect to deep-sea mining in his presentation entitled “Deep-sea mining of massive sulfides – a completely new technical approach.” As member of the DeepSea Mining Alliance (DSMA), the shipping company is pushing the development of deep-sea mining projects around the world.

Arctic resources

Einar Vegsund, VP Design & Hydro at Rolls Royce Marine, will explain how best to prepare a ship to carry out polar research. The company is a significant player in this market segment. It recently designed the new Norwegian icebreaker Kronprins Haakon, which served as the template for the British research ship the Sir David Attenborough, which is costing around GBP 200 million and will be seaworthy in 2019.

Teus van Beek, General Manager Market Innovation at Wärtsilä, will present
environment-friendly power systems in his address. The engine maker is seen as a pioneer in green shipping. The Finns are, for example, equipping the German research and survey ship Atair, which is to be put into service in 2020 and will be the first vessel owned by the German government to be powered by liquid natural gas (LNG).

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