Dutch Maritime Industry Poised to Take Advantage of Smart Maintenance

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  • 25/07/2016
SMM Smart Maintenance Business Lunch - Marstrat IFS

IFS and Marstrat host a business lunch on Smart Maintenance at the SMM in Hamburg

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, and Marstrat BV, maritime strategy consulting firm, are challenging maritime branch experts to consider market innovation using smart maintenance. During the world’s largest maritime trade fair, SMM in Hamburg, they will organize a business lunch on 7 September, with 150 experts from the industry value chain. Monique van Daalen, Dutch ambassador to Germany, will open the Smart Maintenance Business Lunch.

‘Smart maintenance’ is the theme of panel discussions, supervised by a professional moderator. The wide variety of maritime businesses provide a broad view of this theme and stimulate a multi-disciplinary exchange of knowledge and innovation. Participating speakers are employed by shipyards, shipping companies, contractors, maintenance companies, and important suppliers. The business lunch is powered by Royal Boskalis Westminster, Croonwolter&dros, Royal IHC, Drecht Cities Maritime Delta, Netherlands Business Support Office Hamburg, Netherlands Maritime Technology, Siemens, Marstrat and IFS Benelux.

Dutch companies differentiate by being agile, experimental, and by cooperating in alternating coalitions. New developments in the Dutch maritime industry are mostly driven by cost consciousness. Now that fuel prices have dropped, there is more interest in decreasing operational costs of assets through preventative maintenance and shore-based directions. Developments such as autonomous sailing and the expansion of offshore wind parks are stimulating the need for smart solutions. However, the available methods and techniques are often product-related, while there is a need for system solutions. Dutch companies may play an important role in solving this issue.

SSM Hamburg is the largest international trade fair of the maritime industry. More than 50,000 professionals worldwide visited the fair in 2014. The Netherlands is well-represented thanks to a Holland presentation of nearly 1,000 m2, many individual stands and visitors from our country, the presence of a marine ship, a hospitality program and a network reception.

The Smart Maintenance Business Lunch is free for official invitees; entry price for other interested parties is 95 euros. Detailed information can be found at www4.ifsworld.com/smartmaintenance