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A race against time: the maritime industry and the climate target

Once again, SMM will be held in person from 6 to 9 September 2022. Scheduled for around

four months ahead of the world’s leading trade fair, the international press conference

provided the ideal opportunity for a high-quality panel of experts to get together and

discuss the most urgent topics…

The Next Phase Of The Digital Transformation

From ship design to ship management, and from the bridge to the engine room and the cargo hold, digitalisation has entered all aspects of ship operation. Identifying smart ways of combining digital technologies is one of the topics of this year’s Maritime Future Summit on 5 September 2022. Panel…

Governments are in duty for a climate-friendly transformation of the maritime industry - SMM Maritime Industry Report (MIR) shows industry on track for sustainability

For shipowners, shipyards and suppliers, climate protection is a top priority. What stakeholders are unsure about, however, is how to implement it: There is still no clarity what fuel will prevail as the industry steers towards a carbon-neutral future. There can be no doubt that conventional…

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SMM Maritime Industry Report: “Shipowners are back”

For the third time Hamburg Messe und Congress has conducted a large-scale survey asking exhibitors and visitors of SMM, for decades the leading global trade fair for the maritime industry, to give their assessments of the sector’s economic and technological development. One year before the industry…

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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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Environmental congress gmec: The search for a clean course

After IMO 2020 is before IMO 2050 – the radical reduction of sulphur emissions was an important milestone. The next one will be to cut climate-damaging CO2 emissions in half. Around the world scientists are exploring a wide range of technologies to make ships more eco-friendly. A review of the…

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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…

“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.

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.

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Dangerous waters

Piracy remains a virulent problem for commercial shipping; but the hot spots have shifted. A look at sea regions were utmost caution is advisable today.

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SMM DIGITAL: Safety first

The countdown is on: SMM DIGITAL, the leading international maritime trade fair, takes place from 2 to 5 February. The centrepiece of the event is the multifaceted conference programme. At MS&D, the International Conference on Maritime Security and Defence, renowned experts will discuss military…

Annie Bekker
Bekker’s Sense of Steel

Professor Annie Bekker from the University of Stellenbosch leads a research programme that studies the impact of ice and rough seas on ship hulls. Read how data collections and state-of-the-art-technology are helping her - a foretaste of the Maritime Future Summit.

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SMM DIGITAL: An Industry Fuels Progress

Climate protection is the greatest challenge of our time – and the maritime industry is not exempt from it. The environmental conference gmec at SMM DIGITAL, the leading international maritime trade event, will point the way for the industry’s transition to lowemission shipping. The event will focus…

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SMM DIGITAL: Leading international maritime trade fair to stream conference programme online free of charge

The time has come: SMM DIGITAL is opening from 2 to 5 February 2021. Due to the current situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the 29th edition of SMM will be held as a purely digital conference. And it’s free of charge – this is how the leading international maritime trade fair demonstrates…

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Ships with a tailwind

Climate change requires new approaches to ship propulsion. Wind is once again in the discussion as an auxiliary technology.