Weighing in at 48.7 tonnes, and measuring more than 8 metres in diameter, this ship propeller is an instant head turner on the plaza of Hamburg’s fair complex. It is the official symbol of SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair, which opens in Hamburg on Tuesday, 6 September.
More than 2,200 exhibitors from roughly 70 countries, and up to 50,000 industry visitors are expected to attend the fair in the city of Hamburg.
The specimen on display this year, made by Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH (MMG), is a high-efficiency propeller. When the fair is over, it will be installed on the 275-metre container ship “MSC Lorena”, replacing the vessel’s original propeller. Manfred Urban, CEO of Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH, explains: “The new propeller will be delivered with a finned boss cap which enables further energy savings and helps reduce the ship’s CO2 emissions. Assuming a consumption of 100 tonnes of heavy fuel oil per day, the new propeller will cut the CO2 emissions by one tonne per hour traveled. This is equivalent to the amount emitted by a passenger car traveling 6500 km.”
The propeller thus represents a significant step towards Green Propulsion, a major topic on the agenda of SMM 2016. To provide more exhibition space for innovative propulsion technologies, the fair organizers have erected the new Hall A5, which adds 3,500 square metres.