GCC firms all set for Hamburg SMM

German shipping event promises a fascinating agenda.


 A strong contingent from the GCC’s shipping industry will travel to Germany event month for leading maritime event SMM.

Close to 20 companies from the GCC will exhibit at the event with many more expected to attend.

The region’s biggest ship building and ship repair yards will all be present, with the Chairman of Dubai’s Drydocks World, His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim, assuming a role on the expert’s panel during the Offshore Dialogue.

The Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY) will once again be exhibiting with their Corporate Communications Manager Arran Dall confirming the Bahrain yard’s participation.

“ASRY has been attending the show for over a decade,” Dall told ArabianSupplyChain.

He says there are three reasons why ASRY are going again this year.

“Firstly, as one of the largest marine-specific trade shows of the year, the show provides a diverse range of exposure for ASRY to a broad spectrum of clients, ship owners, and regular clients. Secondly, it’s location in Europe is an ideal platform for ASRY to engage with the region which is responsible for a significant stake in the yard’s revenues. Thirdly, the show has become so ubiquitous that not being present can be as much of a statement as being there,” Dall said.

He says SMM is an ideal place to table new initiatives and act as a sounding board for innovative ideas.

“Therefore our new Navy and Industrial Projects Department, which is one of several new strategic moves, will benefit from the opportunity to quickly and efficiently engage with the marine industry in an intense way.”

Dall says ASRY will also be able to share the successes of other recent projects like Project Jupiter, which has seen several new global specialist contractors initiate long-term on-site partnerships with ASRY.

“As these tie-ups are with globally-recognised firms, SMM’s global scale provides a perfect platform for spreading their benefits.”

Other GCC firms participating in the event include HEISCO from Kuwait, the Oman Drydock Company, Zamil Offshore and Saudi Aramco from Saudi Arabia and several UAE companies, including Albwardy Marine Engineering, Elcome International and GAC.

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