Between the 11 and 13 of October, one of the world’s most important trade fairs in the fishing industry took place in Aalborg, Denmark. Knowledge was shared, trends were discussed and new partnerships were made. Of course, Volvo Penta was there to take part in the discussions. We also showcased our marine engines that are optimised to contribute to an efficient fishing industry by reducing fuel consumption, maintaining high uptime and be as friendly towards the environment as possible.
DanFish 2017 – an international fisheries exhibition
DanFish is one of the world’s most important trade fairs for the fishing industry as well as an international meeting place for all representatives from across the industry. Whether you are a fisherman, skipper, boat builder, port authority, marine engineer or naval architect, you will not regret a visit at DanFish. Professionals from the fishing industry come here to look for new suppliers, establish new and maintain existing contacts and see the latest products and trends on the market. Also, they come to update themselves on nets, trawl, ropes, wires, marine electronics, navigation and communication equipment, life-saving equipment and, of course, engines and propulsion equipment.
This year, DanFish hit a record in number of both visitors and exhibitors. Approximately 380 exhibitors welcomed 15,000 visitors to the trade fair in Aalborg, Denmark.
Engines leaving a smaller environmental footprint
Of course, Volvo Penta was there to share, as well as take part of knowledge and insights in the fishing industry. A clear reflection from the trade fair was the increasing interest in investing in engines that leave a smaller environmental footprint. There were a lot of questions concerning fuel consumption and diesel-electric operation using several smaller engines. Also, there were a lot of questions about the possibility to obtain service and support when choosing the most economical and operational solution. More and more fishermen who consider replacing their engines with new, more environmental-friendly ones want to discuss with specialists how to optimize their operations. We also concluded that there is a great need for information about the upcoming new requirements in 2021 in this area.
Another observation at the trade fair was that several Danish shipyards have their calendars full and therefore can’t take on more projects until the end of 2018. This is, of course, a challenge, but it is also a very positive indication for the development of the industry.
IMO Tier III solution and engines from 300 hp to 600 hp
In Volvo Penta’s stand, we showcased our new D8 engine and the well-known D13 engine, which cover the power range from approximately 300 hp to 600 hp. In addition, we showcased our IMO Tier III solution, which is a Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) unit that attracted great interest. We were also pleased to see many Volvo Penta dealers having their own stands with their own products, and at the same time representing Volvo Penta.
A thriving fishing industry with a bright future ahead
After spending three days at DanFish, we came home with a lot of new impressions and insights. Mainly, the thriving industry, which was obvious when talking to the visitors at the trade fair. And even though there are some challenges ahead, the general impression after the exhibition was absolutely positive and I think we can look forward to a blooming future in the fishing industry.
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