Ideally located in Brussels close to the very heart of the European global shipping and marine industries' three key ports, Zeebrugge, Antwerp and Rotterdam, this new, three day exhibition is being organised by the publisher of Marine Maintenance Technology International. Marine Maintenance World Expo - the international exhibition of marine maintenance technologies, services and systems together with the latest ship and off-shore rig maintenance concepts and techniques was a truly global event with exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. The Expo attracted not only operations directors, marine superintendents, and fleet maintenance chiefs from the world’s shipping lines, off-shore rigs and naval defence fleets, but also brought in managing directors and maintenance equipment specifiers from marine maintenance and repair service providers and dry docks.
Adriatic Shipyard Bijela took part at the show with its well organized exhibition area and a range of presentation activities aiming to bring to the closer professional public attention all that’s been going on in the yard during the recent period. Our representatives had the opportunity to meet and make contact with several prominent shipowners’ representatives and a vide range of service and spare parts suppliers. We have had a special pleasure to welcome to our stand Ambassador of Montenegro to Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, His Exc. Mr. Vesko Garcevic, Ambassador to the Mission of Montenegro to the European Union, His Exc. Mr. Ivan Lekovic and Mrs. Tatjana Raspopovic, Ministre Conseiller. With the distinguished guests the yard’s representatives discussed the actual status of the shipping and marine industry and potentials for further development of shipyard services within the union of Benelux.
The hall floor in its inaugural year was home to over 110 exhibitors, including dry docks, ship repair yards and maintenance technology providers, all showcasing their latest products and equipment. This is one of the few shows in the world that showcases marine maintenance technologies, services and suppliers. There were over 1,500 attendees from almost 50 countries including Korea, Australia, Singapore and the USA, as well as representatives from all the major European ports.
During the exhibition, the conference and technology demonstration area was packed with presentations from over 30 experts covering the hottest industry topics, with a very strong emphasis on condition-based maintenance, as well as how best to reduce ship repair costs, and the latest hull inspection and oil condition monitoring techniques.
At the end we can say that the industry needed an event dedicated to keeping vessels operational. And this is exactly what the Marine Maintenance World Expo has achieved.