Italian marine trade expo in first day

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The Seatec exhibition launched today in Carrara, Italy. The Italian trade show is the only expo and educational event for the recreational marine industry in Southern Europe. The three-day event is now in its 17th edition. It is being held with Compotec, a high-tech composites show.

Organizers said that 100 non-Italian buyers attended the show. They include representatives from builders like Nautor’s Swan, Green Marine UK, the NCP Group from Croatia, Sirena Marine from Turkey, and Gulf Craft from the United Arab Emirates to equipment manufacturers from the U.S.

Italian yacht manufacturers Rossinavi, Sanlorenzo and Overmarine Group also sent technical personnel to the show. “We’ve been participating for many years and every year we find new ideas and opportunities to meet both with suppliers and new vendors,” said Paolo Bertetti, vice president of research and development at Sanlorenzo. A number of refit yards and yacht suppliers are also attending as buyers.

Compotec, which focuses beyond the boating industry as an advanced composites show, listed its new exhibitors as Toyobo Italia, the Italian subsidiary of the Japanese chemical company, Toyoba, Euroresins Italia, Lantor Composites, and Resintex. There were also startups like 9T Labs, Superfici Lab with 3D printing, and Duerf.

Beyond the exhibition hall, which features some of Italy’s largest equipment manufacturers and distributors, the Italian Trade Agency organized B2B meetings on the first day between exhibitors and the international buyers attending the event.

Multiple seminars will be held during the three-day event. Seatec also has annual Innovation and Technology awards. The awards will be presented on Thursday.

Today, there was also a special seminar on the devastation caused by storms in Italy’s Liguria region last October. Hundreds of recreational boats sank in the port of Rapallo. Both technical and policy experts lectured on the design of marinas, the need for structural barriers as well as noting that bureaucratic ineptitude is stifling the design and development of marinas.

Other seminars today included “New frontiers for the reduction of emissions,” which was delivered by Enrico Ursomando, head of Rina Academy. He outlined all the solutions under study to reduce emissions of large engines, including hybrid battery propulsion, alternative fuels, liquified natural gas and fuel cell engines. Fincantieri, a ship and superyacht builder, also outlined its plans for a “zero-emissions” ship that will be developed in the coming years.

Seatec will run through Thursday.