Next week I will be one of the 50,000 expected trade visitors to attend SMM Hamburg in Germany.
A visit to Hamburg, one of my favourite cities, is always an exciting time for me. It’s always a pleasure visiting this all important port city which has a long and rich maritime history. The city’s canals, it’s architecture and marvelous cafes and restaurants make it a delight to visit. On this, my third visit to Hamburg, I will also get the opportunity to see friends that live there, and to catch a football game involving FC St Pauli, the team I support in Germany.
But it’s SMM, a leading international trade fair of the maritime industry that takes places every two years in Hamburg, that is the key focus of my trip. With representatives of the maritime industry and experts from all over the world gathering to showcase innovative developments and leading-edge technologies, and discuss the industry’s prospects, this year’s event promises to be one of the best ever.
The trade fair will feature more than 2,150 exhibitors from 67 countries, presenting their most innovative products and services. “SMM will live up to its reputation as the pacemaker of the industry again, with exhibitors from every part of the maritime value chain and a high-quality conference program,” says Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.
SMM has always prided itself on bringing together companies with enormous innovative power, from market leaders to young start-ups. Once again these companies will present their latest technologies and services, and in many cases exclusive world premieres. “The tremendous challenges within the maritime industries make SMM a key indicator and trendsetter. It is presenting today the course that the industry will take tomorrow,” Aufderheide says.
Powerful, environment friendly marine engines, innovations in shore power supply, smart water processing systems, and navigation systems giving maximum precision, – these are just some of the areas where the maritime industry is optimising, renewing and inventing.
There is also a very big focus on Big Data, a topic on everyone’s lips as the maritime industry is moving into the era of ‘smart shipping’ thanks to advances in sensor technology, fast broadband access at sea and data analysis techniques. Remote monitoring of vessels from shore is becoming increasingly common, and is obviously an area that we here at MarineTraffic are very interested in. Which is why I am really looking forward to attending the seminars and workshops hosted during SMM.
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