SMM prepares the ground for the energy transition of the maritime industry

SMM will provide the stage for digital and green innovations and more in Hannover, September 6-9

The digital transformation, climate change and energy transition of the maritime industry will be at the heart of SMM. (Photo: SMM)

The digital transformation, climate change and energy transition of the maritime industry will be at the center of SMM, a leading international exhibition for the maritime industry, which will take place from September 6 to 9 in Hamburg, Germany. The event will serve as a meeting place for representatives of shipping companies, suppliers, shipyards and scientists to share views and ideas, expand their networks and do business.

The 30th edition of SMM will welcome around 2,000 international exhibitors, including “visionaries” like those involved in the development of “Ellen”, an electric ferry that set a new world record by traveling 92 km on a single battery charge. The transmissions and propulsion motors were supplied by the Danish company Danfoss, while the two fixed-pitch propellers were manufactured by Piening Propeller. The batteries with a capacity of 4.3 MWh were supplied by the Swiss battery specialist Leclanché. All three companies will be represented at the event.

Maritime technology company Rolls-Royce has been one of SMM’s most loyal exhibitors and will showcase its new ship automation portfolio this year. “We are the only global ship propulsion systems provider to offer an electronic platform for monitoring and controlling the entire vessel – our mtu NautIQ,” said Denise Kurtulus, Vice President Global Marine at Rolls Royce. Power Systems. “This platform makes system integration much easier for our customers.”

SMM international exhibition for the maritime industry The 30th edition of SMM will welcome around 2000 international exhibitors highlighting the latest technologies and innovations. (Photo: SMM)

SMM also attracts startups such as OneWeb, one of this year’s premier exhibitors. The UK communications infrastructure company is focused on improving vessel network integration by improving satellite connectivity.

“SMM really attracts a very wide range of companies from all segments of the maritime market, and we look forward to connecting with partners and customers during the event,” said Carole Plessy, Head of Maritime Sector at OneWeb.

In addition to the exhibitions, the show will offer even more networking opportunities and a wider selection of free content. For the first time, SMM participants will be able to present their knowledge or products on one of three “transition stages”, each dedicated to a different theme:

  • alternative propulsion systems, environmental technologies and sustainability
  • automation, digitization and data management, and
  • interior design, equipment and technologies for passenger ships as well as the challenges and opportunities facing the cruise industry.

Hapag-Lloyd, the fifth largest shipping company in the world, is an organization constantly seeking new inspirations and more sustainable solutions. “For us, SMM is the ideal platform to get a comprehensive overview of the latest technical innovations and to meet important suppliers from all over the world,” said Richard von Berlepsch, Managing Director, Fleet Management.

“[SMM] is a place to inspire and be inspired,” added Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO Maritime at DNV, a leading classification society and advisor to the maritime industry, “by meeting the people, technologies and services that will write the next chapters in the story of how we conduct responsible business in the ocean environment.