Hamburg SMM to host ‘Dialogue with The Future’

The Offshore Dialogue at SMM promises a fascinating agenda.
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 The offshore market is booming: Notwithstanding stricter regulations the industry continues to invest heavily in oil, gas and wind energy projects. Many shipyards can benefit. However, a number of major unresolved issues remain: What exactly does the industry need? What does this mean for suppliers and equipment installers? How will the costs develop? What will the future political environment be like?

The Offshore Dialogue on 11 September, the designated "Offshore Day" of the leading international maritime trade fair SMM 2014, will present answers to these and other questions.

"I am delighted to see so many distinguished experts coming to our fair to discuss synergies, opportunities and challenges for the offshore segment," said Bernd Aufderheide, CEO and President of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.

The SMM Offshore Dialogue is hosted by Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy. Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry, will deliver a keynote address at the beginning of the event. This will be followed by two panel discussions. The first expert panel, titled "Market Requirements and Potentials", will be coordinated by David Foxwell, editor of the British Offshore Support Journal. Guest speakers will include Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, President of DNV GL Maritime; Sybrand Boschma, Business Development Manager Offshore at Damen Shipyards, and Hans Schröder, COO of A2Sea.

The second panel discussion on the topic of Installation, operation and service – insights on current projects, will give specific examples demonstrating successful ways of handling challenges. Among the panel experts will be Dr Steffen Knodt, Vice President Technology and Innovation at Aker Solutions; Andreas Amelang, Senior Vice President Sales and Project Design at Nordic Yards; Lars Muck, Director General at Siem Offshore Contractors; H.E. Khamis, Chairman of Drydocks World shipowners, Dubai as well as a representative of Wittenstein motion control GmbH.

SMM will take place at the Hamburg fair site from 9 until 12 September 2014. ArabianSupplyChain will be covering the event with daily reports from Hamburg.

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