- Opening day of international exhibition of marine maintenance technologies proving huge success
- Key International product launches, thanks to unique exhibition platform – situated close to major European shipping ports
The opening day of the first Marine Maintenance World Expo has kicked off with a bang – being deemed a “goldmine” by Kristian Kowalski, project officer at the NATO Support Agency.
Opening yesterday (Tues 10th Sept) Marine Maintenance World Expo runs until Thursday 12th September in Brussels, and is the only international exhibition placing marine maintenance technologies, services and systems together with the latest ship and off-shore rig maintenance concepts and techniques under one roof.
And with more than 110 major exhibitors, include dry docks, ship repair yards, and maintenance technology providers the event is proving the perfect place to launch product to packed audiences.
Day one (Tuesday 10th Sept) saw Fujifilm Smart Surfaces unveil a new anti-fouling product, which uses technology invented by the US Navy. This development is a non-toxic solution to fouling, and has been announced in response to new environmental regulations put in place to limit heavy metal releases into the water which can be caused by traditional copper based anti-fouling products.
Speaking at Marine Maintenance World Expo, Marco Hanquart, vice president, COO at Fujifilm Smart Surfaces said: “In California, there is a law which states that by 2020 there will be a 70% reduction of copper release in the port. The industry will have to move to alternative solutions to ensure regulations and rules are met. Our product fits in with these regulations 100%: anywhere you can have marine growth, this product can be used.”
Elsewhere at Marine Maintenance World Expo, Adriatic Shipyard Bijela announced that it is adding yacht repair to its portfolio. The Montenegro-based shipyard is developing a new marina opposite its shipyard, which is proving very popular with yacht owners. Gligo Tomanovic of Adriatic Shipyard Bijela, said his firm was looking to add cruise-ship repair to its business: “Montenegro is being visited by cruise ships more and more every year, so it makes sense for us to capitalise on this passing trade.”
Phoenix Poland, a company providing engine repair, spare parts and reconditioning services, announced ambitious plans to become a major global player in the turbocharging overhaul business. Miroslaw Buldo, director of the international company, said: “We have been in the repair business for eight years, and while we’ve seen our turnover grow by up to 30% every year we’ve been in existence, we can grow by at least another 15% by taking on the turbocharging overhaul sector. We’re staying tight lipped for now, but we will soon have a partner that will immediately give us industry-leading expertise.”
With a packed conference schedule planned for day two (today) and more product launches timetabled, show founder Graham Johnson says Marine Maintenance’ World Expo’s unique remit means all 110 exhibitors are relevant to a growing diverse sector, with a wealth of new technology on display: “We have secured the best exhibitors – the foremost players – in an industry which until now did not have the platform to come together in this way.
“Our Technology Demonstration Area is a testament to the innovations our exhibitors have to show – we really are talking next-generation developments – and with more than 30 such demos taking place, visitors are being able to gain first-hand experience of the solutions presented by our exhibitors, and to gain a better understanding of their value and potential application.”
Ideally located in Brussels close to the very heart of the European global shipping and marine industries’ three key ports, Zeebrugge, Antwerp and Rotterdam, this new, three day exhibition is being organised by the publisher of Marine Maintenance Technology International with exhibitors including Harland and Wolff, MAN Diesel & Turbo, Johnson Controls, Prüftechnik, Rustibus, Parker Kittiwake, Scandinavian Boiler Services, Tru-Marine and Metalock.
Alongside the event is a 3-day free to attend conference, with speakers including Danny Shorten from Lloyd’s Register, Tage Klockars from Wärtsilä Services, Captain Andrew Glennie from HM Royal Navy, Tom Quaye from BAE Systems Maritime Services and Mik Henriksen from KEM Offshore.
The path to minimizing time in dry dock or repair is here: Brussels, September 10-12, 2013.