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SMM Preview Big focus on »SMMart Shipping« In the first week of September, the Who’s Who of the maritime industry will meet in Hamburg for SMM. Under the motto of »Trends in SMMart Shipping«, the event will occupy 13 halls (see inside back cover for area plan) and focus on all the top items on the industry’s agenda Photo: HMC A round 50,000 international visitors are expected to attend SMM, and more than 2,200 exhibitors will be present. For the first time there will also be a special exhibition on 3D-printing for the maritime industry, as well as a new theme route for the cruise and ferry segments. A comprehensive conference programme will accompany the four-day fair. Top items on the agenda will be the digital revolution, eco-friendly propulsion technologies, new growth opportunities and the challenges associated with disruptive markets. During a high-level discussion at the forefront of SMM, Martin Stopford, the non-executive President of the maritime consultancy Clarksons Research, named digitalisation a key driver of increased efficiency within the sector. However, the expert cautioned, a stepwise approach would be advisable: »It is better to do something simple that delivers for your business, rather than getting disappointed with attempting something too ambitious that fails,« he stressed. A »Smart Shipping Toolbox« could help to build smarter ships, manage fleets smarter, and ensure logistics are really efficient, Stopford said. The goal would be an integrated transport service. As Kjersti Kleven, Co-owner and Board Member of the Norwegian shipbuilding group Kleven Maritime AS and Chairwoman of SEA Europe, the Shipyards’ and Maritime Equipment Association, reported, shipbuilders are increasingly able to benefit from the enormous advances in the field of robotics. In the age of digitalisation, investments in research and development were of paramount importance for the industry, she said. As for 3D printing, the realisation of many ideas would still be a long way off, but the technology held a lot of promise and could give rise to new business models, Kleven added. Referring to the fact that new regulations on CO2 emissions and ballast water management are actually likely to stimulate the business of shipbuilders and suppliers, the SEA Europe chairwoman simply stated: »We will build everything the market demands.« However, it would not always be easy for customers to identify the most suitable technology, she said. While the situation in some market segments has improved, the survival of many shipyards and suppliers depends on niche markets such as the cruise ship segment, which has seen an unprecedented boom in Europe, as Kleven pointed out. She hopes the offshore segment will recover, as well. At the same time she stressed the importance of knowledge transfer into new and attractive fields such as marine research, deep-sea mining and the utilisation of Arctic resources. 18 HANSA International Maritime Journal – 155. Jahrgang – 2018 – Nr. 9

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