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Opportunity knocks for innovation at EUROPORT 2013

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IMG_5018Europort 2013 has issued a call for papers for its Advanced Technology Conferences, one of the focal points of the stand-out exhibition for maritime and offshore pioneers in technology in this year’s industry calendar.

Organisers have invited leading national and international players to showcase the global industry’s cutting edge ideas, which will sustain growth in the diverse special-purpose ships sector, as mainstream markets continue to stagnate.

Europort 2013, whose overarching theme is ‘Pioneers in maritime technology’, takes place at the exhibition and conference centre Ahoy Rotterdam, November 5-8 – the world port city’s renowned international convention venue.

The ‘Advanced Technology Conferences’, which are being organised in cooperation with Holland Marine Equipment (HME), consist of a series of short, dynamic workshops, updating visitors on the latest innovations in maritime technology. Each workshop will focus on a specific sector of the maritime industry, with dedicated sessions on Mega Yachts, Naval Specials, Workboats, Offshore, Inland Navigation and Construction Vessels.

Entry forms can be downloaded at www.europort.nl. Each presentation is limited to 20 minutes and must focus on both innovation and application. Submissions should be received by June 1st 2013 and will be assessed by an independent panel of judges for relevance to the workshop theme, technological innovation, market potential and originality.

“The Netherlands is known the world over for its maritime knowledge, high quality technology and shipyards that have been pioneering when it comes to value added ships, ” says Raymond Siliakus, Europort Exhibition Manager. “As a result Europort has earned a reputation for being the place to be to learn about advanced technology, with a particularly strong focus on building complex special purpose ships.”

In addition to the Advanced Technology Conferences, Europort 2013’s four-day exhibition will provide plenty of scope to access latest technological thinking. More than 1, 000 exhibitors will gather, including pavilions from countries such as China, Finland, France, South Korea, USA, Poland, Romania, Spain, the Netherlands and United Kingdom.

Mr Siliakus adds: “The event is rapidly selling out and nearly 90% of the available stand space is definitely reserved. Organisations wanting to present their advanced technologies at Europort 2013 need to act quickly or they may miss out.

“The combination of long-established Europort exhibitors and newcomers booking for the first time this year promises visitors to Europort 2013 the insight into what the shipping industry’s innovators are thinking today, so that they can make plans for the opportunities of tomorrow.”

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