SMM Hamburg, the leading international trade fair for shipbuilding, machinery and marine technology, takes place this year from 6-9 September. The program this year includes a series of conferences and workshops and more than 2,100 international exhibitors.
The first day of SMM Hamburg is dedicated to alternative energy sources and green technologies, this year’s theme of the Global Maritime Environmental Congress. Key players in the industry will speak at the three panels, focused on sustainable and eco-friendly development.
Another event is the International Conference on Maritime Security and Defense, where participants will discuss the security of international seaways and maritime infrastructure, the deployment of naval forces in international crisis operations, digital security and new trends in naval and green technology. The conference is usually attended by global delegations from navies and coastguards as well as industry representatives.
Apart from these two conferences, there will be an Offshore Dialogue on day three – a discussion about the effects of digitalization and the underwater technologies – and a Career Market on day 4. Additionally, the first edition of the Maritime Future Summit is held one day before the fair starts, on September 5, showcasing the latest developments in automation, digitalization and data management.
To make things easier for visitors, the exhibition halls are divided in four themed areas: Digital Route – showcasing the latest real-time information, centralization and networked sensor systems –, Green Route – offering alternative solutions to the industry’s challenges –, Security Route – focused on military applications, crew protection, piracy, cyber-attack and port security – and Job Route – a job fair attended by top companies in the maritime industry.
Southampton Boat Show
Southampton Boat Show will be held this year 16 – 25 September, with more than 500 exhibitors showcasing debuts and world launches at the Marina powered by Kube, one of the largest in Europe. Among the show’s attractions is the tall ship Artemis, launched in 1926. Visitors will be able to climb on board and discover its large well-deck and raised aft deck, a forward deck saloon and a large saloon aft with its own bar. The ship will be berthed on the Marina during the show’s duration and the visit is free.
At the Marina there will be over 300 exhibitors showcasing all types of boats including cruising yachts, racer yachts, multihulls & beach catamarans, sailing boats, RIBs, powerboats, dinghies and sky jets. Suzuki will be running the exhilarating and free of charge Suzuki RIB Experience, in a 7.8m RIB powered by a Suzuki outboard engine. Visitors will also have the opportunity to get on the water with the popular Try-a-Boat feature, getting to choose from a selection of RIBs, powerboats and yachts.
Each day on the Festival Stage there will be fashion shows and live music, as well as other activities like cooking demonstrations and a world record attempt. This year the organizers plan to enter the Guinness World Record with the largest human image of a boat. To this end, they’re looking for 400 participants to wear colored ponchos and stand in a large outline of a boat for five minutes.
The Grand Pavois International In-Water Boat Show takes place in La Rochelle, France from 28 September to 3 October. The boat show features over 800 international exhibitors on 100,000 sqm, themed areas, a maritime museum, more than 700 boats of which 300 on the water and 1,500 trials over six days.
Created in 1973, the Grand Pavois Boat Show has grown to become a major event in the international calendar. This year’s theme is “Protecting our oceans”, with several conferences set to take place at La Plage. Many activities will be available at La Plage, including demonstrations, sailing lessons, wakeboard contests and SUP (stand up paddle) races around Bout du Monde Lighthouse.
As part of the exhibition, the newly created Heritage and Tradition space includes a maritime museum and a few tall ships moored at the La Rochelle marina. The two halls will showcase the whole range of maritime products and services, from engines and equipment, to insurance, financing and tourism. Additional spaces will feature fishing equipment, atypical boats and interior design for yachts.