Cruise and ferry industry to meet in Hamburg this September

2023-07-30T17:12:45+00:00 July 30th, 2023|Marketing|

Ship designers, architects and suppliers will meet at MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo to showcase current design trends and discuss sustainability and how to cater to the needs of passengers.


When it comes to implementing their concepts, designers depend on suppliers executing their plans precisely so everything will fit seamlessly.


At the MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo, powered by SMM, which takes place at the Hamburg Messe und Congress campus from 6th to 8th September, 2023 in parallel with Seatrade Europe, designers can meet top suppliers.


From light installations to wall panels and doors, and through to items such as custom-manufactured coffee tables, the exhibitors at MARINE INTERIORS will cover a wide range of products.


Of particular concern in ship interior design is material selection. Materials are subject to the IMO’s SOLAS requirements and must be certified accordingly.


The main objective is fire prevention – minimising the use of readily flammable materials.


One of the companies that are highly experienced in this field is W Hartmann. Headquartered at Oststeinbek near Hamburg, the company manufactures wall panels for ships, among other products.


The laminated aluminium honeycomb panels, a continuous pressed laminate (CPL) product, are used as a carrier material for real-wood veneer, which minimises the risk of glue bleeding through, while bringing out the full beauty of the wood grain in the costly veneers.


Colour accents are what US-based company Richloom specialises in: “Our new Wanderlust collection combines the fun of discovering patterns with curiosity for colours. All fabrics were custom-developed for use on cruise ships,” explained Senior Vice President, Lauren Pelusio.


According to Adamo Montina, CEO at Moroso Spa and a member of the MARINE INTERIORS committee, tasteful interior design involves more than carpeting, wall colours and lighting: “It is exclusive furniture that make suites and lounges exceptional. Our designers work to highlight the unique spirit of each cruise ship through the furniture they develop.”


For companies not having experience in the maritime sector, dealing with SOLAS requirements can be rather confusing.


To help new companies to enter the market, working together with the German certification body, DMT/TÜV Nord, the event organisers have developed a special conference session, called ‘IMO Certification for Beginners’.


At the conference, Markus Hill, Head of Sales at DMT, will explain the regulations suppliers of products for maritime use must meet.


The fire expert will guide companies that are new to the industry through all the necessary process steps. Hill said he will consider the event a success if he manages to take away some of the apprehension these companies feel about filing for certification:


“Many get scared off. But in the best of cases they may get their certification within as little as six months,” Hill explained.


“Whether you are an established industry player or a newcomer: The MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo offers a wide range of attractive incentives to any company in the ship interiors segment. We are very much looking forward to the event in September,” said Christoph Lücke, Project Head of the MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo at Hamburg Messe und Congress.