B.C. anchors international attention at top marine show

B.C. anchors international attention at top marine show

September 15, 2016 Posted by Willow Easton

B.C.-based SSI’s splashy booth at SMM 2016

British Columbia brought a delegation of twelve powerhouse ocean technology companies to the Shipbuilding Machinery & Marine Technology Show (SMM 2016) in Germany’s major port city of Hamburg, last week. SMM is the world’s leading maritime industry biennial trade fair, featuring over 2,200 exhibitors from 66 countries.
Digitisation was the main focus of this year’s SMM and “Smart Shipping” was the buzz word throughout the exhibition halls, discussions and on social media. The term refers to the future of the shipping industry, specifically to harnessing technology to integrate networks of ships and the smart use of data to enhance efficiency. Another focus of this year’s show was environmental protection and alternative propulsion technologies; with an added 3,500 M2 hall featuring eco-friendly propulsion exhibitors.
Eight B.C. based companies exhibited at this year’s show: Robert Allan Ltd.; SSICURRENT Scientific Corporation; Jastram Engineering Ltd.; Kobelt Manufacturing Co. Ltd.; Plan B Energy Storage (PBES); Seaspan Shipyards; and Britmar Marine Ltd.. An additional four B.C. companies attended the show and “walked the floor”, bringing the delegation to twelve.
B.C. hosted an Innovative Naval Design Seminar at the show to highlight the capabilities of British Columbia companies in the shipbuilding and marine technology sectors. Jim Hyslop, Manager of Project Development at Robert Allan Ltd.; Darren Larkins, CEO of SSI, and Denis Morais
Chief Technology Officer at SSI presented to a busy room. “A similar event hosted by the King of the Holland attracted 40 attendees and we had 38!” remarked BC Trade and Investment’s Senior Manager of Technology and Innovation Business Development, Aijuan Zhu. The B.C. seminar attendees were all professionals from the international shipbuilding industry, including representatives from several of the most prominent shipyards in Europe, notably Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland, which has been contracted to build the next fleet of B.C. Ferries.
Robert Allan Ltd., a Vancouver-based naval architecture firm, is recognized as a world leader in tugboat design. Victoria-based SSI is making waves globally with their Autodesk based solutions for the shipbuilding and offshore industry - the majority of the US Navy’s future fleet is being designed using SSI software.
British Columbia is a maritime province with an extensive coastline and a rich industrial history built around ocean and marine opportunities. For over 35 years, British Columbia companies have been at the leading edge of research and commercial development of advanced ocean technologies. B.C. ocean sector revenues represent $11.6 billion annually.
To learn more about B.C.’s world-leading marine industry contact one of our International Trade and Investment Representatives. Also visit our events page to find opportunities to connect with B.C. companies at upcoming trade shows and exhibitions near you. 
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