SMM India: Comprehensive Programme, Top-level Speakers, Current Trends

By MarEx 2013-01-30 14:12:00

Reduce the maintenance effort, minimise laydays, cut costs: These are the ambitious goals driving the development of new technologies for ship propulsion systems. Implementing state-of-the-art safety features that ensure uninterrupted operation during the entire equipment lifecycle and minimise the maintenance requirements of on-board systems brings these goals within reach.  For example, the international FLAGSHIP development project has spawned an entire range of new commercial software applications. One of these, FLAGSHIP EEM (Energy Efficiency Monitoring), can control the main and auxiliary engines as well as the electrical system. The application captures operational data on board the ship and transmits it to an on-shore centre for analysis. The results are then sent back to the ship. By monitoring the data continuously during a voyage, error sources can be identified directly and addressed in a timely manner. This enables ship owners to lower their repair and operating costs while avoiding environmental damage.

In recent years, innovators have introduced a multitude of new technologies that enhance the operational safety of on-board machinery and reduce its susceptibility to failure. At the Public Private Partnership Summit – SMM India on Friday, 5 April, high-ranking experts will give an overview of the current status of research and future development efforts. A special session titled "Technology Infusion for Future propulsion packages with a view to minimum maintenance of shipbuilding machinery/systems on board" at SMM India (4 to 6 April), to be held at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (Hall V), Mumbai, will feature highly distinguished panellists. Session Chairman for this topic is Vice Admiral NN Kumar, AVSM, VSM, Chief of Material, Naval Head Quarters. The session will be part of an all-day, three-session conference.

Top-flight speakers
A panel comprising such an exquisite selection of high-ranking representatives of the Indian navy and coast guard is a rare occurrence: Names such as Rear Admiral DM Deshpande, VSM from the DG Project – 75, Cmde. Srinivasan, Principal Director (Marine Engineering), Naval Head Quarters. or Cmde. (Retd.) Anand Verma, Head of Sales (Marine & Defence), MTU India Pvt. Ltd., are representative of an unmatched array of maritime competency. Following each presentation, conference participants will be welcome to direct their questions to the experts and engage in lively discussions with them. The session will be the opening event for the second day of the fair, which will be entirely dedicated to the Public Private Partnership Summit – SMM India. Two additional sessions will complete the programme: "Horizon Scan coastal/Inland security – Role of the Coast Guard", hosted by Session Chairman Vice Admiral AG Thapliyal AVSM, Chief of Personnel, Naval
Head Quarters, and "India emerges as a shipbuilding nation – will public private partnership help?" with Session Chairman Rear Admiral (R) Rahul Sherawat, AVSM, Chairman & Managing Director, Mazagon Dock Limited.

High-ranking Indian navy officials
"The Public Private Partnership Summit – SMM India is an ideal platform for top-level experts of the Maritime industry and high-ranking representatives of the Indian navy and Coast Guard to exchange views and experience. This once again confirms the exceptional importance of SMM India," said Vice Admiral (Retd.) P.C. Bhasin, Chairman of the Defence Council of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). The retired Vice Admiral and former Chief of Material of the Indian navy enjoys an excellent reputation as an expert in the maritime defence sector. He is in charge of preparing the subject matter concept for the workshops. Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, PVSM, AVSM, NM and Bar, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, Mumbai, will be attending as Guest of Honour.

SMM India, an international subsidiary of the leading international maritime trade fair, shipbuilding, machinery & marine technology international trade fair hamburg, will be held for the third time. It has successfully established itself as one of the foremost maritime industry events on the Subcontinent. The festive opening ceremony of SMM India, the international maritime trade fair mumbai, will take place on 4 April.  For the first time ever, this event will be held in conjunction with National Maritime Week, an annual one-week event in April that will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. An introductory seminar titled "50 Years of Indian Shipping" will take place on the opening day.

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