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SMM 2014: A Dialogue With The Future

Uwe Beckmeyer, German Federal Government Co-ordinator for the Maritime Industry, will be among the top speakers discussing current industry topics at the "Offshore Dialogue" of the leading international maritime trade fair in Hamburg.

The offshore market is booming: notwithstanding stricter regulations, the industry continues to invest heavily in oil, gas and wind energy projects. Many shipyards can benefit. However, a number of major unresolved issues remain: What exactly does the industry need? What does this mean for suppliers and equipment installers? How will the costs develop? What will the future political environment be like? On 11 September, the Offshore Dialogue on the designated “Offshore Day” of the international maritime trade fair SMM 2014 will present answers to these and other questions.

Keynote by federal co-ordinator for the maritime industry

The SMM Offshore Dialogue is hosted by Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH in co-operation with the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy. Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry, will deliver a keynote address at the beginning of the event, which will be followed by two panel discussions.

Two panel discussions with high-ranking experts

The first expert panel on “Market Requirements and Potentials” will be hosted by David Foxwell, editor of the British Offshore Support Journal. Guest speakers will include Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, President of DNV GL Maritime; Sybrand Boschma, Business Development Manager Offshore at Damen Shipyards, and Hans Schröder, COO of A2Sea.

The second panel discussion on “Installation, operation and service – insights on current projects“ will give specific examples demonstrating successful ways of handling challenges. Panel experts will include Dr Steffen Knodt, Vice President Technology and Innovation at Aker Solutions; Andreas Amelang, Senior Vice President Sales and Project Design at Nordic Yards; Lars Muck, Director General at Siem Offshore Contractors; H.E. Khamis, Chairman of Drydocks World shipowners, Dubai as well as a representative of Wittenstein motion control GmbH. SMM will take place at the Hamburg fair grounds 9-12 September 2014.

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