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15 July 2019

SMI hosts a successful technology showcase in Athens

On 27th June 2019, the British Ambassador’s Residence in Athens hosted a British Technology Showcase, jointly organised by the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) and the Department for International Trade, who are based at the British Embassy.  

Sixteen UK companies exhibited at the event which highlighted new technologies and provided options to the Greek shipowner community to help them comply with the wide variety of regulatory requirements coming into force. Ninety delegates attended the event enjoying the early evening timeslot in the majestic surroundings of the Residence.

The event was opened by the British Ambassador Ms Kate Smith CMG, who welcomed the UK exhibitors and the Greek delegates:

IMG 4501“We are delighted to host the first UK Marine Technology Showcase at the Residence this evening. UK companies have a lot to offer in terms of innovation and technology to the Greek shipping community and will be able to help them address the challenging environmental regulations in a cost effective way.”

Lloyd's Register have recently undertaken a study on the behalf of the British Embassy which looked at current and future industry regulatory requirements and provided a high-level review of the current cyber security landscape. Petros Alafasos from Lloyd’s Register gave a short presentation on the report. 

Alafasos said,

“We are facing challenging times in the marine industry with respect to new regulations coming into effect in the next few months and in years to come. The Greek shipping community must be prepared to face and overcome these challenges. Events like these help us and the wider industry understand and support our Greek customers with these ongoing challenges and identify opportunities going forward.”

Two companies were present discussing wind-power options which gathered strong interest from the Greek delegates. 

David Tyler of Artemis Technologies said,

“It was exciting to see first-hand the great innovation coming from the UK maritime industry, and the positive engagement from the Greek Shipping representatives. It’s clear that the move towards a more sustainable maritime sector is high on the agenda in Athens, and we hope that Artemis Technologies can play a part to support that transition.”

Stone Marine Propulsion used the event to launch their new Gate Rudder System. 

Managing Director Adrian Miles said,

“For Stone Marine Propulsion the event was very useful, it gave us a good opportunity to meet key people in the Greek Shipping industry and to announce our new Gate Rudder system into this specific market. The event was very well organised and we have already had communications from interested parties regarding our products and services.”

ICE Design have a number of projects in Greece and Coen Landa said,

“For ICE it was a compact and efficient event fulfilling our expectations. It was well organized in a  pleasant environment with high quality visitors and we trust it will lead to new business in Greece.”

IMG 4429Proving that you can’t know everything by just sitting at your desk, Roger Axelsson from Twiflex said,

“The event gave me/Twiflex an excellent opportunity to meet and discuss our product portfolio with the Greek Marine community.  We have some interesting leads that I didn’t know about earlier, so it was for sure worth participating!”

Marina Arvanitakis, from DIT Athens said:

“We were glad to work with SMI once again, hosting this interesting and well attended event which showcased UK Maritime Technology in Athens for the first time.  The meetings which have taken place have shown that there is huge interest for innovative solutions by Greek ship owners and that UK companies are able to respond to their needs in the most efficient way, providing future thinking technology and equipment.”

Tom Chant from SMI said,

“I’m delighted that we were able to attract so much interest from the Athens maritime community.  In the UK there is a huge amount of new technology and smart solutions to the maritime industries current and future issues and we are delighted to showcase it in such a prestigious setting.”


About The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI):

SMI is the voice of the UK’s maritime engineering and business sector promoting and supporting companies which design, build, refit and modernise ships, and supply equipment and services for all types of commercial and naval ships, digital technology, ports and terminals infrastructure, offshore oil & gas, maritime security & safety, marine science and technology, maritime autonomous systems and marine renewable energy.  

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