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THE WORLD’S SECOND LARGEST With 1,100 exhibitors - including 470 foreign exhibitors - and 30,000 visitors, Europort Rotterdam is the world’s second largest maritime exhibition - surpassed only by SMM in Hamburg. As SMM, and now the Danish Maritime Fair, Europort Rotterdam takes place every second year, next time from 3 - 6 November 2017. Europort has a long history. The first edition of the fair took place way back in 1963, and it grew significantly larger in 2004, when Europort merged with Rotterdam Maritime. The fair draws on Rotterdam’s strong position as one of the world’s largest ports, and it takes place in a modern exhibition center where it extends over four days and covers 10 halls.

- Maritime Denmark has a strong position in the Danish market, and a good network in Scandinavia. That is important for us, says Raymond Siliakus. STRONG PARTNER - We have followed you for a long time, and we have got a very good impression. We speak the same language, not literally, but figuratively. We are always interested in finding strong local partners to strengthen our brand, and we look forward to the cooperation. - We are sure that the cooperation will be beneficial for both parties.

MORE FAIRS Maritime Denmark will in the run-up to Europort Rotterdam inform our readers about the fair and the events taking place in connection with it. We will also inform about the other fairs - Europort Romania, Europort Turkey and IRANMEX - which Maritime Denmark will also have Nordic exclusive right to sell exhibition stands and other services to in the years to come.

Why is Europort interesting for Nordic exhibitors? - As you know Europort Rotterdam is one of the largest maritime exhibitions in the world, and we have experienced strong growth in recent years. But for some reason, Scandinavian exhibitors are under-represented at the fair. Maybe they - wrongly - believe that Europort Rotterdam is a Dutch fair. But that is certainly not the case. Almost half of the exhibitors are from abroad, and there is also a very large number of foreign visitors, says Raymond Siliakus.

In Ahoy, the parent company of Europort, Exhibition Manager Raymond Siliakus is looking forward to the new cooperation with the Media Group Maritime Denmark.

- The maritime sector is strong in the Scandinavian countries, with a strong focus on special vessels. And that fits perfectly with Europort Rotterdam, as it is also special vessels we focus on.

Is it still possible for Scandinavian exhibitors to get some of the good locations? - Yes, it definitely is. We have booked some good areas which Maritime Denmark now has and can sell into. IRANIMEX 2017 One of the very exciting fairs Maritime Denmark now can offer our customers, is the Iranian maritime exhibition Iranimex which takes place from 12 - 14 December. What can you tell about this? - Iran is a market with huge potential. They have oil, they have gas, they have large financial resources. They need ships, they want to expand their ports - and many Iranian companies are looking for partners, especially European partners, says Raymond Siliakus. -To me, there’s great opportunities for Scandinavian companies, both in the maritime sector and in the offshore sector. It’s all about seizing the opportunities that present themselves.


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