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September 25-29, Hamburg, West Germany

The International Shipping and

Marine Technology Market with

Congress, SMM '90, will be held in

Hamburg, West Germany, from

September 25-29 at the Hamburg

Exhibition Center.

Held biennially on the grounds of the Hamburg Messe, SMM, or the

Hamburg Show as it is commonly referred to, is expected to draw more than 500 international exhib- itors, a large percentage of which will be from the shipbuilding indus- try. Combined with the numerous equipment manufacturers in atten- dance, the shipyards will display not only their building programs, but also the latest innovations and ad- vances in the fields of marine and offshore technology.

New developments in shipbuild- ing technology and techniques, ships' generators, diesel engines, electrical engineering and electron- ics applications, motor systems, pumps, compressors, pipe fittings, and port equipment will all be rep- resented by the exhibits at SMM |90.

Photo: The Port of Hamburg is situated along the Elbe River.

With a strong and wide-ranging spectrum of exhibits, SMM has to be considered one of the leading international maritime market shows.

This year a parallel series of lec- tures, presented as part of the 2nd

German Hydrographies Conference 1990, will be held in conjunction with the congress. The theme of the lectures will be "Hydrographies and

Environmental Protection."

The first day of the conference will deal with the challenge faced by biological oceanography in the light of the changes to the environment and also present a comparison of the problems of the North Sea and the

Baltic. In addition, there will be a report on the Seas Environment

Data Bank.

The second day of the conference will address the implementation of practical measures, such as remote exploration of the seas using radar techniques and a hydrographic mea- suring system for coastal waters that is operated from and processed aboard helicopters. An additional topic will be marine environmental protection from the perspective of industry. Numeric models will be presented as a possible way of simu- lating the spread of pollutants in the sea.

The observation of oil slicks in the North and Baltic Seas and their control from the air, as well as Naval cooperation in such measures, are other subjects that will be handled by the Hydrographies Conference.

One talk at the conference will address questions of environmental protection and the surveying of the "National Park," an extensive sea and coastal area stretching from the

Danish to Dutch border. This area contains a great variety of bird sanc- tuary islands and protected mud flats'.

The series of lectures closes with a talk on "Principles for Assessing the

Need for Cleaning the Seas."

The location of the 2nd German

Hydrographies Conference is the

SAS Plaza Hotel Hamburg, which is situated next to the Fairground.

The SMM Congress, which is be- ing managed by Prof. Fritz Sand- mann, will discuss, "Technical


A Challenge for Marine Technolo- gies." Over 30 well-known speakers from the shipping ship construction industries will hold lectures.

The congress topics will focus on ship technology, operational tech- nology, offshore and port technolo- gy, and will cover all of the latest developments in these fields. Par- ticular emphasis will be on safety- related and environmental technol- ogy. The congress will try to demon- strate that the new standards being developed as a result of increasing levels of environmental pollution need not stand in the way of eco- nomic efficiency. Technical devel- opments aim to achieve, in the near future, the required levels of safety and environmental protection de- spite reduced manning levels on ships and platforms.

As the global platform for ship- building, SMM will include a major presentation by German shipyards and equipment manufacturers. The exhibition will not only include

West German yards and manufac- turers, but also their East German counterparts.

Jurgen Begemann, director- general of the state-owned Ship- 26 Maritime Reporter/Engineering News

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