The world's #1 event for the maritime industry

When it comes to meeting up with all the leading stakeholders of the global maritime industry, there's no place like SMM. It's here where the key players of the various sectors discuss and introduce solutions that define benchmarks for the age of Green and Smart Shipping.

The bi-annual trade fair and its accompanying conferences offer an unparalleled platform for inspiration, networking and business for exhibitors and visitors alike. Harboured by Hamburg, Germany's beautiful maritime metropolis, SMM welcomes anyone who is interested in the future of the shipping industry.


We welcome the digital edition of SMM in February: this will be the place to be for the forward-looking global maritime industry. All of us are eagerly awaiting a strong positive impulse for the market following the pandemic turbulences. We are convinced SMM 2021 will provide this important positive impulse, and we strongly support this leading digital event.

Hauke Schlegel | Managing Director, VDMA – Marine Equipment and Systems


New technologies. New themes.

Successful premieres at SMM 2018

Besides offering a comprehensive overview on fields like digitalisation, green propulsion and maritime security, SMM is also known for highlighting special topics as well as setting up successful formats. At SMM 2018, exhibitors and visitors enjoyed a range of on-site innovations:


  • Maritime 3D-Printing Show Area
  • SMM Hackathon
  • Forum "Maritime Career Market"
  • Extended Interior Outfitting exhibition area
  • TradeWinds Shipowners Forum
  • Offshore Dialogue focues on arctic and deep-sea technology

The pandemic has demonstrated that so much can be achieved through digital means and that the maritime industry is more than capable of adapting to new ways of working. During these very challenging times, more than ever before safety must be at the forefront of every decision we make. I am therefore pleased that SMM has shown the foresight and sound judgment to move next year’s SMM onto a digital platform. Although we will not be meeting face-to-face, I am confident that next year’s SMM will stimulate the same high levels of curiosity, debate and information exchange which have come to define this excellent event.

Knut Orbeck-Nilssen | Chief Executive Officer, DNV GL – Maritime

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For information on our Participant Packages and further digital services you can book, please review our participant brochure.

SMM DIGITAL - participant brochure