EUROPORT '80

World's Biggest Maritime Exhibition Is Also A Marine Communications Center When the Europort '80 Exhibition opens its doors on November 18, many thousands of visitors will enter the huge RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam during the five-day event. Again this year, Europort has succeeded in holding its leading position among an increasing number of maritime exhibitions.

One of Europort's vital functions is maritime communications.

A visit to Europort has become a tradition for many shipping and shipbuilding executives and technical personnel from all over the world. In many cases, for reasons of convenience, appointments are scheduled during the exhibition.

Europort is not limited to particular sectors ore the maritime industry but, because of the interrelationship of its many disciplines, covers all facets of the industry. This concept has been approved by both exhibitors and visitors throughout Europort's 19 years of existence.

The international conferences organized in conjunction with the exhibition add considerably to the value of the event. Here delegates from many countries discuss technical and economic problems with highly qualified specialists.

Europort has a different character every year; the difference is determined by the emphasis on certain aspects of the maritime industry. At this year's exhibition, special attention will be paid to inland shipping and to dredging e q u i p m e n t , complementing the usual general array of marine engineering equipment.

During Europort '80 an "Inland Shipping Centre" will be located in Amstel Hall of the RAI Complex.

In this area, a wide range of equipment for specialized applications in barges and other inland shipping vessels will be on display. Builders of inland vessels also will be present for consultation.

Because of its importance, this feature will be called The International Inland Shipping Exhibition.

It will be accompanied by a conference in the RAI Congress Centre on November 20-21.

O r g a n i z e d by the Central Dredging Association (CEDA), a "Dredging Square" also will be featured at Europort '80. In this area, all information about dredging techniques and materials will be available. It also will include a display of historical equipment, made available by the Dredging Museum. In addition to this fea- ture, two "Dredging Days" (November 20-21) are being organized in the Congress Centre, sponsored by CEDA. Here special attention will be paid to the suppliers to the dredging world.

Thomas Reed Publications, organizers of three previous international conferences on "Offshore Craft," will present its 4th Conference during Europort '80. This conference covers three days (November 18-20) and will take place in the Congress Centre.

A highly topical conference of two days will be devoted to the "Survival of Western European Shipbuilding." Shipbuilders and shipowners from England, Sweden, Spain, Norway, France, Italy, and Holland will highlight the background of the alarming situation in Europe in connection with its share of world shipbuilding.

C.P. Srivastava, Secretary General of the Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organisation (IMCO), has accepted the invitation to officially open the Europort '80 exhibition and conferences.

He thus joins a list of p r o m i n e n t p e r s o n s who have opened this event in the past.

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