60 hours of insights from all sectors and more than 160 top-notch speakers

The global stage for the movers and shakers of maritime change

Digitalisation and artificial intelligence, maritime security, our commitment to climate targets and the future of sustainability - all this and more was on the agenda of SMM DIGITAL from 2 - 5 February 2021.

Via two streams, the event presented a series of conferences, interviews and presentations. More than 160 leading industry experts from all sectors addressed the technological and environmental challenges facing our industry. Over 7,000 viewers from 80 countries tuned in, gained insights and learned about solutions and potential business partners.

If you missed the high-class conferences, interviews and presentations, you can still watch the recordings. The full 60 hours of streaming content is available on demand until the end of 2021. Choose your highlights and enjoy SMM DIGITAL!

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SMM DIGITAL: Successful digital premiere of the leading international maritime trade fair

This year the leading international maritime trade fair SMM was held as a purely digital conference for the first time because of the coronavirus pandemic – and it was a great success. For four days, SMM DIGITAL's two online streams with 60 hours of programming and more than 160 speakers drew…

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TradeWinds Digital Shipowners Forum: Booming container market, uncertain shipbuilding segment

The positive developments in the container shipping segment, the difficult situation of the German and European maritime clusters, and open technical questions as the industry navigates towards a zero-emission future were all topics discussed by the high-profile experts at the TradeWinds Shipowners…

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Offshore Dialogue: How to live in harmony with the elements

At the international offshore conference during SMM DIGITAL, researchers, engineers and shipbuilding experts joined online to discuss current trends in the offshore wind farms segment, technical challenges facing tidal and wave energy conversion, and innovative ocean monitoring technologies. The…

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MS&D: Security expertise and competence successfully shared online

Despite the purely digital format, the MS&D 2021 conference was once again successful as the international meeting place dedicated to maritime security and defence. Its top-of-the-line international lecture programme covered a wide range of topics, from political challenges to current threats and…

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Maritime Future Summit: Aye, Aye, A.I.

Artificial Intelligence will shape the future of shipping in major ways. But how far have practical applications of these technologies advanced? How can they be used, and where does AI reach its limits? At the Maritime Future Summit experts brought the audience up to date and outlined their…

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In the current crisis, it is especially important to look ahead, remember one’s own strengths and drive innovation. That is exactly what SMM, as the leading international maritime trade fair, stands for – whether digital or analogue.

Angela Merkel
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Angela Merkel

I was impressed with the excellent execution of the event, its careful and considerate planning, the rich content, and the successful feeling of a ‘real’ conference you managed to create despite holding it virtually.

Tal Danai
CEO, Artlink

Tal Danai

The SMM Conference was very useful to learn about key issues and opportunities in the maritime world, including issues of seafarers' welfare. The digital conference format allowed us to share the livestreams of panels with our members who would not have been able to take part in the regular conference in person. The online format of the conference allowed participation in ways that an in person meeting would not.

Jason Zuidema
General Secretary, ICMA

Jason Zuidema

It’s great that technology is allowing us to continue holding industry conferences and discuss our future despite the ongoing travel restrictions. While virtual conferences can’t quite replace direct human interaction, they do give us the flexibility to join these discussions directly from our office or our home, so it even has a very positive side despite the circumstances. I’m happy that SMM has adapted to the current environment and gone ahead as planned, although I very much look forward to it returning to an in person format in the future.

Bud Darr
Executive Vice President, MSC

Bud Darr, Executive Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs, MSC Group

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  • 125nations

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90.000 m²

all trending topics on more than 90.000 m²


International speakers & delegations

  • 70international speakers in 5 dedicated conferences

  • 29national pavilions

  • 27delegations from politics, business and international navies

High level of satisfaction

  • 95

    of the exhibitors considered SMM 2018 an excellent to satisfactory opportunity to expand the commercial success of their company.

  • 93

    of all visitors regard SMM as Important to very Important for their business or organisation.


  • 97

    of the exhibitors succeeded in IRO, laying the foundations for future business by meeting all or nearly all of their key business partners and reaching out to new target groups at SMM 2018.


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