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The Dutch Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende, will arrive in
Rotterdam on November 3 to open Europort 2009.
His presence at the exhibition underlines the significance of
Europort and the maritime sector for the Netherlands. One of the
current initiatives of the Dutch government is to stimulate
innovative entrepreneurship. The 2009 exhibition's "Advanced
Technology" theme fits perfectly with this approach.
Europort offers a total overview of the maritime industry. More
than 850 exhibitors from 35 countries present the latest maritime
technologies throughout ten exhibition halls. Exhibitors are
manufacturers and suppliers in the fields of:
• Shipbuilding, repair and conversion;
• Propulsion and manoeuvring;
• Electronics, communication and navigation;
• Mechanical and auxiliary systems;
• Deck, safety and special equipment;
• Maritime services.
On the website www.europort.nl visitors can find a list of
exhibitors, check the interactive floor plan and search for
Europort -- ever more international
Approximately one third of all Europort exhibitors come from
outside the Netherlands. The true share of international
participants at the exhibition is even higher than this figure
suggests as many Dutch traders, importers and agents represent
international products at the exhibition. Europort has a network
of international sales agents around the world and has contracted
new agents in France, Italy, Russia, USA, Vietnam, the Middle East
and India. The internationalisation of Europort is also apparent
from the growth in the number of national pavilions. At Europort
2009 there are national pavilions from Romania, Korea, China,
the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Poland, France, the USA and
"New to Market Street"
New this year is the "New to Market Street" section in Hall 7.
Fledgling maritime businesses publicise themselves here in a fully
fitted-up stand for a minimal investment. The beginning
entrepreneurs have all set up their companies after January 1, 2007
and haven't exhibited previously at Europort. This low-threshold
approach to exhibiting offers the perfect opportunity to attract the
attention of around 30,000 visitors from the Netherlands and
abroad over the four days of the exhibition and to expand their
maritime network quickly. Besides new entrepreneurs, Europort
has also attracted new exhibitors to Europort.
Europort is a must to attend for national as well as international
maritime professionals involved in policymaking, decision making
and the operational process, including:
• Classification societies;
• Port authorities;
• Engineering and design firms;
• Maintenance and repair services;
• Ship owners;
• Shipbrokers and insurance agents;
• Shipyards; and,
Visitors to Europort will have face-to-face contact with existing
and new suppliers, discover the latest technologies or join one of
the many conferences on "Advanced Technology" in their own
Pier 7 business restaurant
In the business restaurant "Pier 7" exhibitors and visitors can
meet each other and enhance business relationships in a stylish
and ambient atmosphere. They can combine a lunch with wireless
internet use, or simply dine à la carte. Other amenities include
Café Ahoy, a self-service restaurant in the plaza, Brasserie Ahoy on
the first floor and various selling points in the exhibition halls.
Arrival and accommodation
Europort 2009 is hosted by the Ahoy Congress and Exhibition
Centre which is located close to the Port of Rotterdam. Ahoy can
easily be reached by any means of transport. Rotterdam Airport is
only 20 minutes away and Schiphol airport in Amsterdam only 45
minutes (65 kilometres) away. In addition, convenient shuttle
services are offered by most of the hotels in and around Rotterdam
to Ahoy Rotterdam.
November promises to be a busy month for Rotterdam's hotels.
The organisers of the exhibition have reserved a number of hotel
rooms. Book the hotel room of your choice in five steps on
www.hotelservicerotterdam.nl/europort09. The offer is limited so
patrons are advised to reserve as soon as possible.
History of Europort
Europort Maritime 2007 was the second edition of the merged
exhibitions Europort (in Amsterdam) and Rotterdam Maritime (in
Rotterdam). Europort, organised for the first time in 1963, was
staged 31 times. Rotterdam Maritime took place for the first time in
1983 and achieved 12 editions.
The previous edition of Europort (Maritime), held in November
2007 in Ahoy Rotterdam, attracted 835 exhibitors and over 31,500
visitors. The exhibition, again known as Europort from 2009
onward, has evolved into the second largest international maritime
exhibition in the world.
Interested professionals can register for a free visit at
www.europort.nl/registration. Professionals need to register
separately for the conferences.
Exhibition opening hours
Tuesday November 3: 10:00 -- 18:00 hours
Wednesday November 4: 10:00 -- 18:00 hours
Thurday November 5: 10:00 -- 22:00 hours
Friday November 6: 10:00 -- 18:00 hours
For further information contact:
Europort 2009, The Netherlands.
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