Europort attracts international visitors in record numbers
Special ship markets in recovery and real progress on maritime digitalisation brought a feelgood finale to Europort 2019, as the last of 26,076 visitors from 93 countries departed from the biennial conference and exhibition after an energetic week of events at Rotterdam Ahoy on Friday 8th November.
With over 1,000 exhibitors and a record number of international visitors, Euroports focus on special ship markets paid particular dividends in 2019, as its successful recipe of conference sessions, Masterclasses, networking events and exihibitor showcases came seasoned with a sprinkle of market opportunity and business wins.
The upbeat mood extended across the exhibition floor, with one of the many international shipyards present even signing up for new business. At a formalised contract signing, A. Noyan Altu, CEO of Uzmar and DMT Sales Director Andre Schelling agreed that the Dutch winch maker would supply of two shipsets to equip a pair of ASD3200W tugboats under construction at the Turkish yard.
As Europes largest port, Rotterdam has few rivals when it comes to staking a claim as the Maritime Capital for Europe, and a visit to Europort by Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management reinforced Dutch government ambitions that more ships calling will be flying the Dutch tricolor.
Formally opening the new NL flag portal, Van Nieuwenhuizen said: “In recent years, the number of ships operating under the Dutch flag has increased less rapidly. That is why it is ....