Global maritime welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers has been invited by the team at SMM Hamburg 2016 to appear as featured guest charity at the 2016 fair.
Every two years representatives of the maritime industry and experts from all over the world gather in Hamburg, to showcase innovative developments and leading-edge technologies, and discuss the industry’s prospects. SMM – shipbuilding, machinery and marine technology – attracts more than 2,100 exhibitors and roughly 50,000 visitors are expected to attend this year.
Claus Ulrich Selbach, Business Unit Director of SMM, said: “We are delighted that The Mission to Seafarers will be our featured guest charity in their 160th anniversary year. The Mission’s work is vital in providing seafarers and their families with round the clock care and support in over 200 ports in 50 countries worldwide. Seafarers are the life-blood of the shipping industry. Without their dedication, skill and professionalism at every level, international trade simply could not function. The vast majority of ship owners and crew manning agencies are highly reputable and provide their seafarers with excellent working conditions. We encourage all our friends at SMM 2016 to speak to The Mission and be part of their inspirational story.”
Jos Standerwick, Director of Development at The Mission, said: “The Mission to Seafarers is extremely grateful to be at the prestigious SMM Hamburg 2016 fair. Bringing together the world’s thought-leaders and decision-makers in the shipping industry is at the heart of SMM, and they have put together an outstanding and dynamic programme around the key themes of digitalisation, green shipping, maritime security and careers.
“All of these core subjects have a direct impact on seafarers and their families’ welfare, and the quality of the lives they lead. Thanks to the deep generosity of the SMM Hamburg 2016 team, The Mission will be manning a stand in the foyer of the central entrance to the exhibition, so please come and find out what we can offer you, to motivate and energise your team and improve results. You will also see us out and about fundraising, so please give generously; even a modest donation can make a real difference to those in desperate need.”
The Mission exhibition stand will have plenty of information available for delegates and exhibitors to find out about what we do best, caring for the world’s 1.5 million men and women who crew the merchant fleet. The Mission team at SMM Hamburg 2016 will be presenting a host of fresh ideas including partnership projects for team building and corporate social responsibility programmes. Visitors to the Mission stand will be able to enter our SMM prize draw, and there will be some surprises.