Launched in late January, the response to the new MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo, powered by SMM, and co-located alongside Seatrade Europe in Hamburg, has been ‘extremely positive’, according to Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress, with several top-ranking exhibitors and visitors already committed.

A combination of the looming 2020 0.5% sulphur cap for marine fuel, and the more stretch goal of a 50% reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 is producing a confusing, and potentially rather expensive, picture of what shipowners need to do for long term environmental compliance.

The IMO is working with its Member States and the shipping industry “to identify and mitigate transitional issues” surrounding introduction of the global sulphur cap in January 2020, delegates were told at the 5th biennial gmec (global maritime environment congress) taking place at the SMM trade show in Hamburg this week.

C-MAP is launching its new back-of-bridge suite of software providing an integrated offering for customers.

Bergen-based weather intelligence and decision support services provider StormGeo announced at SMM that it has agreed to buy fellow Norwegian maritime charts supplier Nautisk from NHST Media Group for an undisclosed sum. 

Inmarsat has launched a new Internet of Things (IoT) service developed in partnership with Danelec Marine which allows owners and managers to access and analyse realtime data from vessels more effectively.

 Rolls-Royce today has unveiled at SMM a new range of propulsion pods called ELegance that are smaller and more compact than the company’s existing podded systems.

SMM Hamburg has placed seafarer welfare at the centre of its exhibition this week, by choosing The Mission to Seafarers (MtS) as its official event charity, with Deutsche Seemannsmission. The partnership will not only support MtS in its essential welfare work but will also highlight important areas of its work such as mental health and abandonment.

Despite a newbuilding orderbook in the doldrums with a mere 140.3m gt representing 10% of the world fleet on order, regulations requiring the retrofitting of equipment will cause a positive “buzz” for suppliers attending next week’s SMM show in Hamburg.

Selektope, a bio-chemical additive to coating to combat hull fouling is now available in drop-in, dissovable packaging.

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