“This show has exceeded all expectations,” said Graham Johnson, founder of the show and managing director of the organizing company, UKIP Media & Events. “All three show days have been incredibly busy, the global show attracting 2,000 attendees from almost 40 countries!
"We’ve seen business being done throughout the hall as people discover brand-new next-generation technology. The free-to-attend conference has proved tremendously popular, with every session packed. Several engineers, ship owners and boat builders have described the event as a 'candy store' for anyone with an interest in the marine industry."
Almost 100 exhibits were on display, with visitors being treated to the very latest ideas, concepts, technologies and components for electric and hybrid marine applications. The free-to-attend three-day conference featured more than 30 world-leading experts presenting technical papers on the latest and next-generation technology that will power the ships of the future.
"You can judge the success of an event based on how many exhibitors sign up on-site to participate in the following year's event," explained Johnson. "And we’ve already rebooked 60% of the exhibition space in Tampa for 2017!
"Visitors to the 2017 event can expect to see double the number of conference papers, and the exhibition show floor grow by at least 30-40% year-on-year. Indeed, it’s clear from this year's event that the US marine industry is hungry to learn more about how increased electrification can improve its vessels. It's not really about lowering emissions; it's about increasing operational efficiency, and reducing noise and vibration. From a cruise ship point of view, increased electrical power means more entertainment features can be added to a vessel; from a military perspective, an electric or hybrid propulsion system can help power more defense systems. That emissions and fuel consumption are reduced is just a beneficial by-product!"
In 2017, the World Expo will take place at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, from 16-18 January. Exhibition and conference entrance is free.
“The show was great. We had a lot of attention from potential customers and end users, so we’ll definitely be coming back next year” – Gianluigi Taroni, marine product manager and hybrid specialist, Transfluid
“It was a really interesting experience for us. We’ve made some great leads and met a lot of fantastic people, including engineers, business development people and CEOs. I can’t wait to follow up with them after the show”
– Frank Vondenhoff, business development manager, Bel Power Solutions
“The traffic was all quality and we made some great leads and contacts – you can’t really ask for more from a show. We’ll definitely be back next year”
– Jim Lanum, vice president of business development and marketing, Gigavac
“The array of capabilities and manufacturers on display was really impressive. We made some good contacts and had a lot of interest from naval architects and engineers, which is what we were looking for” – Stanley DeGeus, manager of defence sales, Saft
“It’s been good for exposing us to a new industry and getting to meet new customers in the right areas, especially consultants that do a lot of independent testing” – Jake Rosenthal, eastern sales manager, Dewesoft
“We were pleasantly surprised with the quality and amount of foot traffic and the volume of viable technical leads that we received. It’s higher than that of other shows we’ve been to, and we’re really looking forward to next year’s show”
– Paul Drexhage, applications manager, Semikron
“We’re really happy with this debut show; it’s a good thing for the industry. We exhibit at the Amsterdam show and though the USA is perhaps not as advanced in this sector, we’ve received a lot of quality visitors and people who want to know how this technology works and how it can benefit them”
– Marco de Bos, managing director, EST-Floattech
“We’ve been very pleasantly surprised at the number of attendees and contacts we’ve made. Really, it’s a superb show overall, and we really appreciate being able to be here. We’ll certainly be in Tampa next year” – Keith Klontz, president & CEO, Advanced MotorTech LLC
“It’s really important for shipping that we have this event, it’s an opportunity that’s been created in an industry that has been developing over the last 20 years and clearly has something to say” – Maurice Malka, CEO, TSI Services Management
“As a marine engineer keen to see where the industry is going, this type of show has been a long time coming. There’s a little of everything here. I wish it had started sooner and I’m sure it’ll synergize a much bigger and better show in the future.” – Eric Petty, marine engineer, WaeMaritime
“There’s lots of different companies and they’re all pulling together to serve the customer. The great thing here is that if someone can’t help you then they know someone who can. I’ve found the entire experience very informative.”
– Rick Farrell, engineer, Butterfly
“The show was really well laid out and organized. It was easy to access everyone, from marketing staff to engineers, and it flowed nicely. It’s really sophisticated, with great sound, presentations and networking events to bring everyone together.” – John Lebo, COO, QM Power
“I’ve visited your Amsterdam show and have seen that explode in popularity. Here I see a real pioneering effort – lots of curious people asking lots of questions, especially during the conference presentations. Europe is obviously a couple of years ahead of the USA in this sector so to hold such an event here is extremely important to make people more comfortable” – Dr Jan Olaf Willums, chairman, Zero Emissions Marine
“I’m a solar boat owner and have been a boat builder for the last 20 years, but I’ve learnt a whole lot from the presentations here that I previously wasn’t aware of. Having access to the speakers and the exhibitors has been really enlightening and visit overall has been very useful” – Ken Markman, solar boat builder
“I flew all the way from Australia for the show and didn’t know what to expect, but I was blown away by the quality of the exhibitors and especially the presentations. They’re incredibly informative and it’s been humbling being among some of the top people in the industry” – Edwin Michell, engineer, Undaily Unlimited Austalia