conference and meeting program that counts six major conferences and more than 150 meetings, workshops, symposia’s, etc.. The day before the fair’s official start, Monday September 5th, there will The Maritime Future Summit 2016 - which will focus on the upcoming digital revolution within the industry. Cyber Ships have long been a hot topic of conversation in the industry. Digitalisation means that many ships can cope with Low-crew, and maybe Nocrew is even closer than you think. It is no longer the technical issues that set the limits, more so the laws and agreements that apply to the sea. - In economically challenging times like these, innovative technologies play a vital role in strengthening the industry, says Knut ØrbeckNielsen, CEO of DNV GL Maritime and Keynote speaker at The Maritime Future Summit 2016. MAERSK MARITIME TECHNOLOGY CEO of Maersk Maritime Technology Paolo Tonon, is another keynote speaker. Under the headline: What will ships of the future look like, Tonon portrays Maersk’s idea of future container ships. Paolo Tonon has no less than 140 marine engineers who are working to improve the exist-
ing fleet - and develop the ships the company will operate in the future. If you wish to participate in the conference, it costs 350 euros. CLARKSON RESEARCH SERVICES As a prelude to SMM 2016, Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH had an information meeting in June, where the highly respected British shipping expert Martin Stopford, Non-Executive President of Clarkson Research Services, gave his view on future challenges. The picture was not surprising, quite gloomy, though it had its bright spots. On the gloomier side the shipbuilding industry, despite a reduction in capacity of more than 20 percent, and the closure of over 500 shipyards, in the coming years still will deliver more ships than is needed. The reason for this is a very low demand growth, especially due to low growth in China who have now completed many of the major planned infra-structure projects that have supported economic growth. - The markets will be better again, Stopford promised, but how much and when depends entirely on elemental developments in supply and demand, said Martin Stopford.
The industry’s response to the prolonged crisis, according to Stopford will be increased focus on information technology that will make it possible for companies to optimize operations further. BIMCO The subsequent speaker, Danish Lars Robert Petersen, Deputy Secretary General of BIMCO, did not disagree with Stopford’s considerations, but also pointed out that the increased use of information technology also increases the risk of cybercrime. There would be a chance of unauthorized people breaking into ships and shipping companies’ computer systems, to steal money or perhaps also to deliberately destroy the basis for company operations, and thus world trade. HISTORY SMM can trace its history back to 1963 when Vereinigung which Schiffs Ingenieure zu Hamburg was behind the exhibition Schiff und Maschine. At the first exhibition that took place in Hall B, it was exclusively 35 German exhibitors. The exhibition was a great success, and when it was repeated three years later, the number of exhibitors had grown to 76. Thereafter, the development has only gone one way: More and more exhibitors and more and more visitors. The 2016 fair is expected once again to outdo themselves.
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