SPECIAL: DANISH MARITIME FAIR 2018
BY RENÉ WITTENDORFF
WELCOME TO THE DANISH MARITIME FAIR 2018 It is with great honour that we welcome exhibitioners and visitors to this fourth edition of Denmark’s international maritime fair – the Danish Maritime Fair.
A lot has happened in the maritime industry since we were able to welcome visitors to the first edition of the Danish Maritime Fair in the Bella Center at Amager back in 2014. In 2015, the event was moved to Lokomotivværkstedet in Copenhagen Sydhavn to expand the stand area, and the fair has taken place in this location since. The internationalization of the Danish Maritime Fair has been taken up a notch this year. NorShipping has chosen us for their first ever foreign conference - Opening Oceans Conference - in order to be part of the Danish Maritime Days. We are very pleased with the initiative and have made the large conference hall and other facilities available for this highly visionary conference. Many new foreign companies have found their way to the Danish Maritime Fair this year. Among danish maritime magazine
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these companies are four Turkish shipyards, all whom have ambitions of making deals of delivering new vessels to Danish ship owners and the Danish Merchant navy. Foreign exhibitioners also include a Polish and a Latvian shipyard this year. Together, the shipyards have thousands of subcontractors, and therefore provide large outlets for the Danish maritime industry. The 2018 edition of the fair includes other major changes. The Danish Maritime Fair now takes place in the beginning of May, which is a huge advantage because it is a good time distance from the world’s largest maritime fair, SMM, which takes place in Hamburg. This years Danish Maritime Days, which the Danish Maritime Fair is a part of, lost it’s previous main event, the Danish Maritime Forum. At the
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same time, a significant number of the funds that previously contributed to raising awareness of the event are no longer available. This is clearly a disadvantage. Due to these reason, the Danish Maritime fair can not continue the same level of progress that characterized the preceding three fairs – even though we, along with our loyal exhibitioners and working partners, have worked very hard to maintain the progress. However, this does not change the fact that Denmark still needs its own maritime fair - the Danish Maritime Fair. Both now and in the future.
An ocean of possibilities: Welcome to the Danish Maritime Fair 2018. This year’s Danish Maritime Days will be the fourth edition, and even t...