This year’s SMM Hamburg exhibition will include a Cruise & Ferry Route.
Exhibitors can show SMM visitors that they are important players in the Cruise & Ferry market by listing on the route.
Ship technology providers – covering the entire range from the engine room to the bridge – as well as suppliers and service providers in the areas of interior work, cabin outfitting, furnishing of bars, restaurants and other public spaces will be able to put themselves in the spotlight in the Cruise & Ferry Route, the organisers said.
The Cruise & Ferry icon appears next to the listing of the participating company in the catalogue, online exhibitor directory, Visitor Guide and app to help a visitor find the right company stand to visit
When it comes to eco-friendly ship operation, the cruise industry is one step ahead of most other shipping segments, not only in response to increased environmental awareness among passengers but also because the many highly sensitive waters visited by these ships must be protected. It is the segment’s explicit goal to minimise the effects of every trip on the marine environment and on coastal regions.
Here again, LNG ship fuel plays a key role. For example, AIDA Cruises ordered a third LNG-ready cruise vessel from Meyer Werft just a few weeks ago. The Japanese NGO Peace Boat’s Ecoship concept likewise favours LNG power.
Apart from its dual-fuel engine, the vessel will feature 10 retractable, rigid sails doubling as photovoltaic panels, as well as wind turbines, and an additional 6,000 sq m of on-deck solar panels. Further information on what may will be the ‘greenest’ cruise ship yet will be available in Hall A5.
Under the chairmanship of Andreas Chrysostomou, acting Secretary General of the European chapter of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), at the gmec conference, an expert panel will focus on the cruise industry’s pioneering role in environment protection.
The panel will include Bud Darr, Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs at MSC Cruises; Lex Nijsen, Vice President and Head of 4-Stroke Marine, MAN Energy Solutions; Rolf Sandvik, CEO, The Fjords and Jan-Erik Rasanen, Head of New Technologies at the Finnish engineering firm Foreship, among others.
This year’s gmec conference will take place on 5th September. The conference team will again be co-operating with Seatrade.