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SMM maritime fair opens its doors

Over 2,200 exhibitors from 69 countries presenting products and services in 13 halls

The world’s leading maritime trade fair, SMM, opened its doors Tuesday in Hamburg under the motto “Trends in SMMart Shipping”. The fair is showcasing the latest innovations and trends and bringing international decision-makers and experts together until September 7, 2018. More than 2,200 exhibitors from 69 countries are presenting their products and services in 13 halls at the biennial fair on the grounds of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.

Focus on environmental technologies

Apart from digitalisation issues, environmental protection is also high on the agenda this year. Low-sulphur fuel, decarbonisation, ballast water management are in focus in view of tougher international regulations. Many exhibitors are presenting innovative “green” technologies and experts will discuss current trends at the numerous conferences.

Alternative technologies

Leading manufacturers will be presenting solutions for low-emission drives at SMM with emphasis on liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is seen as a bridging technology to zero-emission shipping. Leading companies in ballast water management will also attend the fair and experts at the stands will give in-depth information.


Sustainability is one of the cross-cutting themes at this year’s SMM. Environmental aspects will feature in numerous, specialist conferences especially at the Global Maritime Environmental Congress (gmec) on September 5, 2018. Under the motto “Compliance – Control – Champions”, everything revolves around current and challenges in future amid tougher regulations. Experts will discuss more cautious use of deep-sea natural resources at the Offshore Dialogue on September 6, 2018.

Matchmaking aboard Dutch frigate

Several events are being held parallel to SMM. Hamburg Invest organised the Maritime Innovation Pitching Event on Tuesday in co-operation with the industry accelerator PortXL and the Netherlands Business Support Office. Venue was the HNLMSVan Amstel, a frigate of the Dutch Navy, which is currently anchored at the Überseebrücke Hamburg.

The event focused on topics such as block chain, emissions reduction and Internet of Things. Around 15 international start-ups from the Netherlands and Hamburg, among others, presented their business models to around 120 guests in two-minute pitches. Afterwards there was an opportunity for networking and meeting representatives of the maritime industry from Hamburg and the Netherlands.

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