- The coveted virtual conglomeration of the Maritime & Shipping industry witnessed a footfall of 2876 visitors
Mumbai. 01 December 2020.The virtual edition of INMEX SMM India (19-20 Nov ), the premier trade exhibition for the shipping and maritime industries by Informa Markets in India and Hamburg Messe und Congress concluded on a successful note, witnessing a footfall of 2876 domestic and international buyers from U.S., U.K., UAE, Spain, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Qatar, Turkey, Brazil to name a few. The expo brought together, globally renowned brands, key government officials, consultants, trade associations and business experts under one platform, to discuss key issues in the Indian Shipping arena that included Maritime Vision 2030 document, digitalization in Shipping, Impact of COVID-19 on shipping among other areas.
The inauguration of the INMEX SMM India Virtual Expo was marked by the presence of leading dignitaries that included Rear Admiral Rajaram Swaminathan, Admiral Superintendent of Naval Dockyard (Mumbai), Sabyasachi Hajara, Retd, CMD, Shipping Corporation of India, Chairman, INMEX SMM Advisory Board; Claus Ulrich Selbach -Business Unit Director, Hamburg Messe Und Congress GmbH; Dr Malini V Shankar, IAS (Retd), Vice Chancellor, Indian Maritime University & Chairperson, The National Shipping Board, Government of India; Mr. Amitabh Kumar, IRS, Director General of Shipping, Directorate General of Shipping, Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Government of India, and Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, Informa Markets in India.
Speaking on the successful conclusion of the virtual edition of INMEX SMM India, Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, Informa Markets in India said, “ India’s role as a Shipping and Maritime power is crucial as 95 per cent of trade by volume and over 70 per cent by value takes place via sea routes. More than 80 per cent of India’s energy supplies also arrive along these sea lanes. The Supply chains, shipping networks and ports have witnessed disruption in the pandemic leading to plummeting cargo volumes and foiling growth prospects. However, the recent news that the vaccines may soon be available offers a ray of hope and in such a scenario it is expected that the maritime trade growth may return to a positive territory and expand by 4.8% in 2021, assuming the world economic output recovers .”
“INMEX SMM India Virtual Expo along with its 2 days content rich conference, was timely and pertinent Offering a comprehensive platform for the Maritime industry for vital business continuity, conversations and connections.” He further added.
The virtual expo included a two-day conference, with thought leaders in the domain discussing ‘Maritime India -Vision 2030 Document’; ‘Shipping 2020 –Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic’; ‘Decarbonisation In A Post-COVID-19 World?’; ‘Design optimization for Fuel Reduction and Greenhouse gas Mitigation’; ‘The Future of Sealane Security’; ‘Coastal shipping and Transport via Inland Waterways & Water Transport in Cities’; ‘Digital and Technological Advancements in the Shipping Industry’; ‘Cyber security On board Ships’ and ‘India as a Net Security Provider’, among others. Leading speakers at the conference included Mr. Guy Platten, Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping, Mrs. H K Joshi, CMD, Shipping Corporation of India, Mr. Madhu Nair, CMD, Cochin Shipyard Ltd, Captain S M Halbe, CEO, The Maritime Association of Shipowners, Ship Managers and Agents (MASSA), Christopher Palsson, Managing Director, Maritime Insight, Head of Consulting, Lloyd’s List Intelligence, Maritime Intelligence and Mr. Girish Sreeraman, Area Manager Maritime – India, Srilanka, Bangladesh and Thailand at DNV GL – Maritime.