Renowned experts and global presence to mark debut edition of INMEX SMM India Virtual Expo & Conference


19 November 2020: INMEX SMM India, the premier trade exhibition for the shipping and maritime industries, is all set to make its virtual debut with the INMEX SMM India Virtual Expo and Conference on November 19-20, 2020. The virtual show, organised by Informa Markets in India, will bring buyers and manufacturers from across the globe to conduct business and be a coveted conglomeration of global industry leaders, key decision makers, government agencies and key trade associations, to network, explore new business opportunities through a cutting-edge web-based platform as the economy readies to get back on track.

Due to the unprecedented disruption caused by COVID-19, the global maritime trade has plunged by 4.1% in 2020. The pandemic has sent shockwaves through supply chains, shipping networks and ports, leading to plummeting cargo volumes and foiling growth prospects. However, the news that the vaccines may soon be available presents a ray of hope and in such a scenario it is expected that the maritime trade growth may return to a positive territory and expand by 4.8% in 2021, assuming the world economic output recovers. At the same time, there is a dire need for the maritime and shipping industries to brace for change and be well prepared for a transformed post-COVID-19 world. This show comes right after a landmark moment where the Ministry of Shipping has been renamed as Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, thereby various autonomous bodies like the Port Trusts, the inland waterways Authority of India and the Shipping Corporation of India will also come under the Ministry.

The INMEX SMM India Virtual Expo & Conference will create a comprehensive platform for the Maritime industry, with key international and domestic exhibitor presence such as A.H Wadia, IR Class & DNV-GL Singapore, HydroComp, Inc, TrueProp Software LLC, Metalock Brasil Ltda. The visitor profile will include shipping and ship management companies, ship builders & designers, logistics providers, Indian Navy & Indian Coastguard, offshore & oil rig companies, Government officials and Port authorities.

The inaugural panel at this one-of-a-kind expo will include esteemed dignitaries such as Sabyasachi Hajara, Retd, CMD, Shipping Corporation of India, Chairman, INMEX SMM Advisory Board; Rear Admiral Rajaram Swaminathan, Admiral Superintendent of Naval Dockyard (Mumbai); Mr. Chris Ulrich Selbach -Business Unit Director, Hamburg Messe Und Congress GmbH; Dr. Malini V Shankar, IAS (Retd), Vice Chancellor, Indian Maritime University & Chairperson, The National Shipping Board, Government of India; Mr. Amitabh Kumar, IRS, Director General of Shipping, Directorate General of Shipping, Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Government of India, and Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, Informa Markets in India.

With strong allegiance from the industry, the INMEX SMM India Virtual Expo and Conference is well received and supported by international and Indian associations such as Institute of Marine Engineers, The Foreign Ship-owners Representatives and Ship Managers Association (FOSMA), The Maritime Association of Shipowners, Ship Managers and Agents (MASSA), Maritime Association of Nationwide Shipping Agencies – India (MANSA) and International partners support from Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.