SMM Istanbul 2011 has plenty of support from the Turkish Government

shipbuilding, machinery & marine technology trade fair Istanbul, 26 to 28 January 2011 SMM I.2/ 9 November 2010 Following the announcement of support from SSM, Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (a part of the Turkish Ministry of Defence) made in June this year for SMM Istanbul 2011, further professional associations and institutions have announced their endorsement of SMM, which is now making its way at full speed towards the new, modernised and expanded Lütfi Kirdar Convention & Exhibition Centre (ICEC). These new supporters for the second SMM Istanbul, to be held at the Bosphorus for the second time from 26 to 28 January 2011, include the Turkish Ship Suppliers Association (TURSSA), the Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO), and the Ship Recyclers’ Association of Turkey, which is specifically targeting environment friendly modes of recycling. In August, Turkey signed the UN Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. That sets an important sign, because Turkey is one of the world’s five major ship recycling nations. C. Tanıl Küçük, Chairman of the ISO, believes that support for the shipbuilding fair on the Bosphorus is only logical, because Istanbul is Turkey’s window on the global economy and gateway to cultural exchange at a time of globalisation. The supporters of the first SMM Istanbul are back on board again in 2011, including in particular Turkish governmental organisations such as the Undersecretariat for Maritime Affairs, which reports directly to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan; the Turkish Small and Medium Industry Development Organisation (KOSGEB), an institution of the Turkish Industry and Trade Ministry; and the Turkish Shipbuilding Association GISBIR. The main German supporters for SMM Istanbul 2011 are the German Shipbuilding and Ocean Industries Association (VSM) and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). SMM Istanbul is able to attract such strong support as a shipbuilding fair under the SMM brand name, held at the interface between the continents – it is regarded as the meeting point for the shipbuilding industries of Europe and the Middle East. It makes it easier for international maritime companies to gain access to the Turkish shipbuilding market, and to the markets of the Arab countries and others in the region. That is why the ICEC is already well booked. Apart from Turkish shipyards and ship suppliers and service companies, there are also numerous internationally operating companies there, mainly from Europe, Asia and North America.

International interest in SMM Istanbul is due to Turkish shipbuilding industry’s upward trend in recent years, and its vicinity to the emerging markets in the Middle East. It is true that the Turkish shipbuilding industry suffered particularly in the recent economic and financial crisis, but the London broker and analyst Clarkson Research Services Ltd. puts Turkey in fifth position for deliveries up to 1 October 2010, with 52 ships and 0.333 million CGT, following the People’s Republic of China (833 newbuildings/13.3 million CGT), South Korea (384 / 12.0 million CGT), Japan (364 / 7.4 million CGT) and the Philippines (21 / 0.4 million CGT). In terms of orders in hand, Turkey takes 7th place. Most of the 119 newbuildings in the order books of Turkish shipyards at the end of the third quarter 2010 are tankers, 70 of which are less than 10,000 dwt. Orders in other main areas are 24 Handy Chemical Tankers (10-60,000 dwt) and 8 Handy Containerships in the capacity range 1,000-2,000 TEU. The rest is divided among various ship types. The Turkish shipbuilding industry is also helped by massive support from the Turkish Government, which is making a big effort in naval shipbuilding. It has, for example, placed an order for six submarines of a new type from HDW, and this is likewise intended to boost the business of Turkish suppliers. It is also having a number of surface naval ships built at Turkish shipyards. The Undersecretariat for Defence Industries is driving these projects forward, and is now also showing increased commitment to merchant shipbuilding. All of this gives a bright outlook for the shipbuilding market in Turkey. That is also the approach of Binali Yıldırım, the Turkish Minister of Transport. At a recent conference for the Turkish shipbuilding industry held by the Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSĐAD), he outlined a new system of credit guarantees to help shipyards which had to stop building ships as a result of financial problems. In this context he called for the renewal of the Turkish coastal fleet. He noted that the Turkish merchant fleet was well placed, and was currently number 16 in the world, with 16 million deadweight tonnes (dwt). Turkish shipping companies have ordered newbuildings worth USD 10 billion. Turkish shipbuilding should benefit from that, too. Just how important the support of the Turkish Government is for the maritime industries is also underscored by Başaran Bayrak, President of the Turkish Ship and Yacht Exporters’ Association, which was set up in April this year. The Government was supporting build-up of know-how and technology for healthy growth of the maritime sector, in order to help Turkish shipbuilding to achieve healthy growth, in harmony with the neighbouring countries in the Middle East, with the Arab countries, and also with African countries. “Our goal is to increase our market share,” said Başaran Bayrak, who is also a Member of the Management Board and Director of ÇEKSAN Shipyard. This also benefits foreign suppliers, who account for about 50% of any newbuilding at a Turkish shipyard. The Turkish shipbuilding industry attaches great importance to quality, he added, and could provide European partners with a better and faster service than companies in the AsiaPacific region. He had full support from the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries in this. And this was also an advantage for SMM Istanbul. Representatives of the SSM will speak at the accompanying conference, in a thematic block on “Combining the forces of naval and merchant shipbuilding”. Another focal point of the conference is

“Green shipping”, addressed by leading international speakers such as John Aitken, Secretary General of SEAaT, and Ceren Bilgin Güney of the Technical University of Istanbul. SEAaT is an organisation set up by maritime industry companies in 2002 with the goal of promoting awareness and acceptance of technical solutions for the reduction of pollutant emissions.

SMM Istanbul is organised by Hamburg Messe und Congress (HMC) and the Turkish partner Goca Fuar Kongre ve Sergi Hizmetleri Ltd.Şti (Goca Exhibitions). The supporting programme offers visitors to SMM Istanbul 2011 a range of other interesting activities such as visits to Turkish shipyards, panel discussions, and various workshops. More than 150 exhibitors from about 30 countries are expected at SMM Istanbul, to be held at the centrally located, completely modernised and enlarged Lütfi Kirdar Convention & Exhibition Centre (ICEC) from 26 to 28 January 2011.

Ed.: Angelika Schennen, Tel.: +49 (0)40 3569 2440, e-mail: angelika.schennen@hamburg-messe.de Info: www.smm-istanbul.com

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