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SMM took place on Hamburg’s exhibition campus from 6 to 9 September. During the anniversary edition of the flagship fair the maritime industry demonstrated its commitment to tackling the energy transition. Organisers, exhibitors and trade visitors alike delivered a positive summary of the event.

The enthusiasm was palpable. After a four-year wait, the international
maritime community was finally able to meet for a physical SMM in Hamburg
again:  For four days, 2,000 exhibiting
companies and over 30,000 industry visitors from more than 100 countries formed
the “United Nations of Shipbuilding”. The maritime energy transition
and the technologies and expertise it requires, along with a clear commitment
to making the necessary changes, were at the top of the agenda throughout the
fully occupied exhibition campus and the accompanying conference programme of

Rudder could not miss this event and went with a delegation of
professionals, including our CEO, in order to meet our customers face to face
and other companies with the desire to create synergies.  Rudder was at the Peter Gast Shipping booth,
where we were able to receive all the clients who came to our plot to show our

Moreover, a meeting point was created in the Algeciras Port’s stand
where we could encounter with our national colleagues to discuss our insights.

An assessment confirmed by surveys among trade fair visitors, 97% of
whom said that SMM is the most important trade fair of the maritime industry,
with 86% being determined to return for the next SMM. 97% of visitors confirmed
that SMM provides an excellent opportunity to make contact with international

The next SMM will take place in Hamburg from 3 to 6 September 2024.


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