The world’s leading trade fair for the maritime industry

With over 2,000 exhibitors and about 40,000 visitors from all over the world, SMM (Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology trade fair) continues to cement its position as the most imporant event in the maritime industry calendar.

The trade fair offers a perfect stage for gathering insights, networking, cementing business deals and contributing to debates with the thought leaders in this sector.

More than 2,000 exhibitors from all over the world

Roughly 40,000 trade visitors, and 90,000 square metres of exhibition space – impressive numbers that speak for themselve

With the last event, SMM again confirmed its position as the most important event in the maritime industry calendar.

The extremely high number of visitors in recent years underscores the diversity of the trade fair’s demographic: not only is SMM attended by top shipbuilders, key players in the value chain, operators and service providers, it is a unique chance to rub shoulders with representatives of industry, government, navies and the scientific community.

After the last SMM, exhibitors expressed total satisfaction with the fruitful discussions before, during and after the event, many of which opened the door to promising post-fair business.

SMM is a true reflection of industry trends. With over half of the visitors coming to observe new technology and innovations, exhibitors enjoy measurable success during and after the trade fair. Connections made at the trade fair often result in follow-up equipment and service sales in the millions of euros.

SMM has never been stronger in terms of international participation, business visitor profiles and government and naval organisation involvement.

If setting or witnessing trends is important to you, you’re in excellent company at SMM.

SMM 2024 is set to be the major global event in the maritime calendar, providing us with an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with key stakeholders across the industry. Well known for showcasing the latest technologies, we look forward to seeing what exciting innovations SMM will bring, particularly connected to the pressing topics like decarbonization and digitalization.

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen
CEO Maritime

It has always been important for SCHOTTEL to exhibit at SMM, the international maritime industry meeting place. This is where our customers come, and it offers the opportunity to make new contacts and initiate business deals. We very much value discussions with other experts on the challenges and opportunities in the industry, such as sustainability and digitalization.

Stefan Kaul
Chief Executive Officer

I am excited to be participating in SMM 2024 in Hamburg as it presents an unparalleled opportunity to network and meet with key players in the global maritime industry. We look forward to showcasing our latest innovations and engaging with industry peers to identify opportunities for growth and development.

Henning Kuhlmann
Managing Director
Becker Marine Systems

We will definitely be back at SMM 2024. The entire international maritime industry gets together in Hamburg – it is the real leading trade fair in this business segment, and literally on our doorstep. We are very much looking forward to seeing old and new friends from all over the world.

Ronald & Tanja Hoppmann
General Management
WISKA Hoppmann GmbH

The SMM Expo brings together key people in the marine industry and gives us a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with leaders, owners, yards, designers, competitors, suppliers and many more to progress the most important topics close to my heart– including decarbonisation, future fuels and innovative technologies to drive efficiency and sustainability. Every two years an extremely busy SMM puts Hamburg at the centre of the maritime world, we’re looking forward to being there in September 2024.

Henry Diepeveen
General Manager Sales, Germany-Poland-Switzerland
Wartsila Marine

As the world's leading trade fair for the maritime industry, SMM has been one of the most important events in our trade fair calendar for years. Every two years, VULKAN presents itself here as a technology and market leader in marine technology. SMM is the central meeting point for international industry leaders and an important platform for us to exchange ideas with customers and business partners.

Björn Peters
Head of Marketing
VULKAN Group Management

For many years, the SMM has been the perfect place to increase PALFINGER MARINE’s standing as a complete marine solutions provider. As we continue our mission to shape the future of the maritime and offshore industry together – with our customers, partners, and friends – we are very enthusiastic about gathering inspiration and reconnecting at the SMM 2024.

Klaus Schreiber
Vice President Sales & Service, Region Marine

Klaus Schreiber von PALFINGER

SMM is one of the great fixed stars in the maritime cosmos. It provides orientation and joins the maritime industry from all over the world in Hamburg - and has done so for many years.

Dr. Uwe Lauber
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Sales Officer
MAN Energy Solutions 

There is no better place than SMM to meet and discuss with all our partners and customers. Bringing ship owners, shipyards and equipment manufacturers together at one trade fair is unique. Just like the positive atmosphere at SMM, it energises us every day. We expect many new customers at SMM 2024 who are interested in our technology for more sustainable shipping: from automation technology for wind-assisted propulsion to fast and error-free energy management control. At SMM, we would like to discuss how standardisation contributes to greater safety and healthier competition and look forward to receiving feedback on our technology for autonomous driving.

Ronald Epskamp
Manager Office Benelux, Manager Business Unit Maritime
Bachmann electronic

SMM Insights

Discover what maritime industry professionals from all sectors look forward to, and click through our brand-new issue of SMM Insights – the magazine that provides you with important information about the world’s biggest gathering of the global maritime community in 2024:


SMM 2024 Product categories

The expertise of the internationel maritime industry is represented in its entirely at SMM. Exhibitors include large-scale industrial ship and shipyard engineering, ship fittings and equipment, cargo handling systems, offshore engineering, maritime services, and much more.

A detailed summary of the SMM spectrum can be found below:

Download SMM product categories (PDF)

1.1 Seagoing vessels

1.1.1 Bulk carriers
1.1.2 Car carriers
1.1.3 Container ships
1.1.4 Cruise ships
1.1.5 Ferries, Ropax vessels
1.1.6 Fishing vessels
1.1.7 General cargo vessel, heavy lift vessels
1.1.8 Gas carriers
1.1.9 Multipurpose vessels
1.1.10 Oil tankers
1.1.11 Product and chemicals carriers
1.1.12 RoRo ships
1.1.13 Super yachts / mega yachts
1.1.14 Other special vessels

1.2 Inland waterway crafts

1.2.1 Inland cargo vessels
1.2.2 Ferries
1.2.3 Passenger vessels

1.3 Naval vessels

1.3.1 OPV / IPV offshore and inshore patrol vessels
1.3.2 Special purpose and auxiliary naval vessels
1.3.3 Submarines
1.3.4 Surface warships

1.4 Offshore vessels

1.4.1 AHTS (anchor-handling tug supplies)
1.4.2 Crew transfer vessels
1.4.3 Drill ships
1.4.4 FPSO / FSO / FSU / FSRU
1.4.5 Offshore supply vessels
1.4.6 Installation vessels

1.5 Special purpose ships

1.5.1 Crafts for authorities and special-purpose ships
1.5.2 Dredgers
1.5.3 Icebreakers
1.5.4 Research vessels (fishery and scientific)
1.5.5 Tugs / push boats
1.5.6 Other special purpose vessels

1.6 Ship sections, superstructures and deckhouses

1.7 Ship recycling

2.1 Accessories

2.2 Docks and pontoons

2.3 Lifting and transport technology

2.4 Measuring technology

2.5 Metal processing and metalworking

2.6 Paint spraying equipment

2.7 Ship cleaning

3.1  Shipbuilding materials and semi-finished goods

3.1.1 Non-ferrous metals
3.1.2 Plastic material
3.1.3 Shipbuilding steel
3.1.4 Other shipbuilding materials

3.2 Canals and cable channels

3.3 Doors and windows

3.3.1 Doors
3.3.2 Locks and hinges
3.3.3 Windows and portholes

3.4 Heat, noise and fire insulation

3.5 Lifts and escalators

3.6 Pipes and hoses

3.7 Room layout including ventilation and air-conditioning plants

3.7.1 for corridors, lobbies, accommodation, dining rooms, lounges and shops
3.7.2 for operational and catering areas, nautical rooms, workshops and stores
3.7.3 for recreation areas, hospital and sanitary facilities

3.8 Galley, laundry and provision storage

3.8.1 Galley equipment
3.8.2 Laundry equipment
3.8.3 Provision stores and cold stores

3.9 Ship, deck and safety equipment

3.9.1 Anchors, anchor chains, fittings and accessories
3.9.2 Deck coverings
3.9.3 Deck machinery and accessories
3.9.4 Hatch covers and fittings
3.9.5 Insulation
3.9.6 Marine coatings, anti-corrosion materials
3.9.7 NBC - protection
3.9.8 Safety and rescue equipment

3.10 Ship hull protection

3.10.1 Corrosion protection
3.10.2 Electric cathodic protection, ICCP

3.11 Stairways, rails, top rails

3.12 Stock and decoration, lighting, interior fittings

3.12.1 Furniture, soft furnishings, covers, floor coverings
3.12.2 Interior decoration, colour schemes, paints for interior use
3.12.3 Light fittings

3.13 Walls, ceilings, furniture systems and modules

3.13.1 Cabins and cabin modules
3.13.2 Furniture systems and modules
3.13.3 Walls and ceilings

4.1 Bearings

4.2 Brakes

4.3 Combustion engines

4.3.1  < 1 MW
4.3.2  1-30 MW
4.3.3  > 30 MW

4.4 Couplings

4.5 Drive shaft units

4.6 Engine components

4.7 Engine maintenance

4.8 Exhaust gas systems / exhaust gas treatment

4.9 Fuel cell systems

4.10 Gears

4.11 Hybrid drives

4.12 Injection systems

4.13 Nuclear systems

4.14 Turbochargers

4.15 Other drive systems

4.16 Tools and accessories

5.1 Compressed air systems

5.2 Cooling water systems

5.3 Diesel generators

5.4 Fuel systems

5.4.1 Ammonia
5.4.2 Dual-fuel
5.4.3 Electric storage systems
5.4.4 Hydrogen
5.4.5 LNG
5.4.6 Methanol / Biofuels
5.4.7 MFO / MDO

5.5 Fuels, coolants and lubricants

5.6 Lubricating oil systems

5.7 Shaft-driven generators

5.8 Sludge and dirty oil systems

6.1 Energy-saving devices (ESD)

6.2 Fin stabiliser units

6.3 Podded drives & rudder propellers

6.4 Propellers

6.5 Steering gears

6.6 Thrusters & pump jets

6.7 Water-jet drives

7.1 Air-conditioning and ventilation systems

7.2 Ballast water treatment systems

7.3 Cooling systems

7.4 Environmental protection technology and products

7.5 Fire detecting and alarm systems

7.6 Fire extinguishing systems

7.7 Fresh water systems

7.8 Heating systems

7.9 Heel compensation units

7.10 Pump and ballast systems

7.11 Ship safety equipment

7.12 Special purpose cranes and hoists

7.13 Tank cleaning systems

7.14 Tank filling systems

7.15 Tank heating systems

7.16 Waste systems

7.17 Waste water systems

8.1 Cargo handling systems for liquid cargo

8.2 Cargo-handling systems for other cargo

8.3 Cranes (container, bulk and other)

8.4 Cranes (heavy lift)

8.5 Cryogenic storage and handling systems for liquefied gases

8.6 Lashing material and systems

8.7 Pneumatic transfer systems

8.8 Other mechanical loading and unloading systems

9.1 IT systems

9.1.1 AI systems
9.1.2 Hardware systems
9.1.3 Software systems

9.2 Electric energy generation and conversion

9.2.1 Converters
9.2.2 Electric motors
9.2.3 Generators, gensets
9.2.4 Outside lighting systems
9.2.5 Power take-off generators
9.2.6 Shore power intake systems
9.2.7 Transformers
9.2.8 Transverters

9.3 Monitoring systems

9.4 Navigation and communication systems

9.4.1 Autopilot and trackpilot systems
9.4.2 Dynamic positioning systems
9.4.3 Electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS)
9.4.4 Engine control room systems and equipment
9.4.5 External communication
9.4.6 Gyrocompasses
9.4.7 Integrated Bridge
9.4.8 Intra-ship communications
9.4.9 Navigation bridge systems and equipment
9.4.10 Radars
9.4.11 Steering control systems

9.5 Shipboard networks, switchgear, installation

9.6 Ship management systems

9.7 Ship operation and automation equipment

9.8 Warning and safety equipment

10.1 Marine data, measurement and seismic research technology

10.2 Offshore platforms

10.3 Offshore technology for exploitation of natural resources

10.4 Polar technology

10.5 Subsea technology

10.6 Systems and equipment for marine research

10.7 Systems and equipment for the control of marine pollution

11.1 Cargo handling and transport systems

11.2 External power supply systems

11.3 Gas storage, supply and transfer systems

11.4 Port security systems

11.5 Vessel traffic control

12.1 Classification

12.2 Consulting

12.3 Design

12.4 Documentation

12.5 Education and research

12.6 Hydrography

12.7 Institutions, organisations and associations

12.8 Logistics services

12.9 Ship suppliers/ship chandlers

12.10 Training and simulation

13.1 Counter-piracy systems

13.2 Critical infrastructure protection systems

13.3 Diving and underwater equipment

13.4 Drones

13.5 Other maritime security systems

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