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.

SMM DIGITAL does not switch off. The complete programme recordings available here on demand until the end of 2021. As the world's leading trade fair for the maritime industry, we wish to further promote exchange between the players of our industry and look forward to seeing you again in 2022 in our beautiful metropolis of Hamburg.

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Conference Stream

Conference Stream

Get deep into it: In which areas is artificial intelligence changing shipping? What will help us on the course of decarbonisation? How can we use the oceans more sustainably? How do we ensure safety on the high seas and in the digital space? And how can container ships remain financially viable against this backdrop? The answers will be provided by leading experts from industry, associations and NGOs at the Maritime Future Summit, gmec - global maritime environmental congress, Offshore Dialogue, MS&D - international conference on maritime security and defence, as well as the TradeWinds Digital Forum.


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SMM DIGITAL 2021, Fotograf: Michael Zapf

Open Stream

Gain an overview: Browse through a variety of exciting topics from different sectors of the maritime economy. Discover innovations from leading companies, such as pioneering solutions using hydrogen, wind or solar technology. Take a look into the future of sustainable travel in the cruise industry. And learn about impressive projects such as the world's largest civilian hospital ship, the commitment of seafarers' charities in times of pandemic or the MOSAiC expedition, one of the largest Arctic expeditions in history.


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The sound of SMM DIGITAL: Albers Ahoi!

During the Daily Insights and the Daily Closings, they were the experts for maritime entertainment: the five cheerful guys from the Hamburg band Albers Ahoy! With their unique mix of shanty, sailor folklore, and brass band temperament, they created a live happening atmosphere in the SMM DIGITAL Studio.

Want to get in the mood again? Re-watch their performances!


Key figures

the #1 virtual meeting place for the maritime industry
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  • 2free accessible streaming channels

  • 4days of intense information and community interaction

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  • 60hours of high-class programme

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  • 100+panels, talks and presentations on a wide range of topics

  • 160+renowned industry experts from all sectors

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  • 848virtual business meetings via MariMatch @SMM DIGITAL


viewers from 80 nations

SMM DIGITAL – viewers from 80 nations
High level of satisfaction
  • 81

    of all interviewed Conference Stream viewers would recommend watching the conference programme.*

  • 92,5

    of all interviewed gmec viewers stated that the programme at least matched their expectations.*

  • 70

    of all interviewed MS&D viewers noted that the two-day conference exceeded their expectations.*

  • 81

    of all interviewed Open Stream viewers expressed that the programme was exactly what they looked for, respectively slightly or much better than expected.*

  • 57

    of all survey participants hold a management position in their company.*

*Data from an online survey during SMM DIGITAL 2021

*Data from an online survey during SMM DIGITAL 2021

Stay tuned


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Highlights in pictures

View the trailer and more highlights of SMM Digital 2021.


“Each material behaves differently”

Corinna Bischof is a material expert at thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. At MS&D she spoke about the advantages of 3D printing in marine shipbuilding and bureaucratic obstacles to its use.

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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…

© Michael Zapf
SMM DIGITAL: gmec rolls out first-ever platform for NGOs and international shipping companies to exchange views during SMM DIGITAL

Fridays For Future and conservation society NABU to discuss measures to combat Climate change with global shipowners association BIMCO, containership owner MSC and the German engineering industry association VDMA.

The 29th edition of the leading international maritime trade fair has been launched…

SMM DIGITAL: ‘Maritime Transition’ Ready For Kick-off

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the leading international maritime trade event, SMM DIGITAL, for the first time held as a fully digital conference this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. At the online opening press conference for SMM DIGITAL, leading industry stakeholders will examine the current…

Arnaud Boehmann - Fridays For Future
“We are too slow”

Arnaud Boehmann from Fridays For Future talks about the climate crisis, the role of international shipping, and inadequate environmental laws. At gmec he will confront maritime industry leaders with his views.

SMM News

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Thank you!

Thanks to the commitment of our sponsors and partners, we were able to provide a stage for the global maritime industry even under difficult conditions. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks for this valuable support!

We look forward to our continued cooperation and to seeing you again in 2022.


Save the date

Please save the date for the next SMM, which will take place from 6 – 9 September 2022. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming you back to Hamburg then.

Registrations for SMM 2022 will be possible from April 2021.

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SMM 6-9 September 2022 in Hamburg

Choose your highlights

Over 60 hours of programme with more than 160 leading industry experts – watch all sessions on demand.


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

What's next?

Main Sponsor
Danish Export Association Marine
Conference Partners
GMT – German Association for Marine Technology
Endorsing Associations
Danish Maritime
Danish Marine Group
Worldwide Industrial & Marine Association
MariMatch organised by
Enterprise Europe Network
Media Partners
Danish Shipping
European Offshore & Maritime
Informa Markets (Seatrade)
Swedish Shipping
Oil Gas – European Magazine