SMM readies to open its doors

Thousands of people in the shipping industry are packing their bags for Hamburg and the world’s largest shipping show, SMM. The organisers are in full swing for the mammoth event and its great logo, a propeller, has just been erected at the front of the exhibition hall. Weighing in at 48.7 tonnes, and measuring more than 8 m in diameter, this ship propeller is the official symbol of SMM, which opens in on Tuesday. More than 2,200 exhibitors from roughly 70 countries, and up to 50,000 industry visitors are expected to attend the fair.

The specimen on display this year, made by Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH (MMG), is a high-efficiency propeller. When the fair is over, it will be installed on the 275 m long containership MSC Lorena, replacing the vessel’s original propeller.

Manfred Urban, CEO of Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH, explained: “The new propeller will be delivered with a finned boss cap which enables further energy savings and helps reduce the ship’s CO2 emissions. Assuming a consumption of 100 tonnes of heavy fuel oil per day, the new propeller will cut the CO2 emissions by one tonne per hour traveled. This is equivalent to the amount emitted by a passenger car traveling 6,500 km.”

Splash will be reporting live from the show, while sister title Maritime CEO magazine will be distributed at the event. The magazine has plenty of German flavour to it this issue and can be accessed by clicking here.



Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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