Popular marine safety show returnsNews // July 4, 2006
LR Fairplay Group has announced that the SASMEX exhibition is set to return next year.
The Safety at Sea and Marine Equipment Exhibition, which Safety at Sea International magazine hosted for several years, will be held 24th-25th April 2007.
SASI’s publisher, Lloyd’s Register-Fairplay Ltd, will be re-launching the event at the Hilton Brighton Metropole in the UK, a location where it attracted an enthusiastic audience for a number of years.
“Since we acquired Safety at Sea International in early 2004, I have lost count of the number of people who have asked me whether we were going to revive SASMEX,” said Paul Gunton, managing editor.
“It was never a question of whether we would revive it; it was a matter of when we would do it,” he went on.
LR Fairplay said SASMEX 2007 will be a focused two-day event, combining an international exhibition with a variety of topical, high-quality seminars aimed at bringing together all sides of the safety debate – manufacturers and distributors, fleet safety managers and purchasers, and legislators.
The seminar programme will kick-off with an opening address by Igor Ponomarev (IMO Maritime Safety Committee) and will cover four key themes; evacuation systems, security, regulation and training/education.
The programme is being drawn up in consultation with major maritime organisations and companies to ensure the industry’s needs are fully taken account of and to help produce both a beneficial and also cost-effective event for all sectors.
Seminar timings will be arranged to allow ample time for delegates to attend the exhibition.
The exhibition will continue to be open free of charge to industry visitors.
SASMEX will also host the Awards Dinner which will focus on safety in five areas - equipment, systems (software, electronics), management/operations, training and seafarer rescue.
The awards will be presented by Igor Ponomarev, chairman of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee. Judging panel will consist of representatives from a variety of appropriate maritime sectors.
The event is being organised by Lloyd’s Register-Fairplay’s newly formed Maritime Events division, headed by Nigel Dickson, who has over 25 years’ experience in sales, marketing and event management.
He described SASMEX as “a niche and successful event that the industry has missed. Safety-related issues are increasingly important and we are delighted to be planning its return as a major meeting point for the industry”.