Luxembourg on the podium of Euromaritime
Luxembourg, Feburary 6th 2017
Thanks to the eleven Luxembourgish exhibitors having participated in the Euromaritime business exhibition, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg takes third place behind France and Finland and ahead of the Netherlands. This enthusiastic participation of Luxembourg bears testimony to the growth and dynamism of its maritime sector. Its maritime cluster is gathering 60 member companies since the beginning of the year. The 220 ocean-going ships that proudly fly the Red Lion flag are just one of many facets of the blue economy of a country that is resolutely turning to the oceans. The same is true for the financial sector in the Grand Duchy, which, even though it is often promoted abroad, is part of a wider set of specialized service providers as Law firms, marine insurance companies, classification societies, ship brokers and strategy advisors. Another remarkable fact is that Luxembourg is home to a maritime surveillance sector and numerous equipment manufacturers supplying innovative materials and components to shipyards.
On the occasion of its second participation, Luxembourg has also introduced itself with its new nation branding "Luxembourg, let's make it happen" which is the fruit of a reflection led by the Government but also involving civil society. The Luxembourg Maritime Administration, the Department of Inland Waterways of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, the Chamber of Commerce and the Luxemburg Maritime Cluster which promoted the Luxembourgish presence at Euromaritime have welcomed hundreds of visitors at the stand.
Once again this year, visitors at the Luxembourg stand had the opportunity to meet representatives of the dredging company Jan De Nul whose expertise is world-renowned, as well as of the consultancy firm BIM specialized in the training of seafarers or the setting up of port single windows. The national stand will also host this year and for the first time the DEME Group, another dredging leader as well as GEOxyz, specializing in hydrographic, geophysical and geotechnical surveys, topographic surveys, site inspections, offshore renewable energy industries or crew transfers. SES, the world's largest satellite operator with more than 50 geostationary satellites (GEOs) and 12 satellites in medium earth orbit (MEO), presented its Maritime + connectivity solution to the public. The inland port of Mertert and the logistics specialist Luxport represented the reinvigorated Luxembourg inland waterways sector whose register celebrated its 50th anniversary at the end of 2016.
The Chamber of Commerce and the Luxemburg Maritime Cluster also brought a business delegation together. Ten Luxembourg companies from sectors as diverse as construction, computer engineering, recruitment and two law firms involved in maritime affairs Wildgen and Loyens & Loeff as well as ship management company EuroFlag visited the exhibition. All have come to explore new opportunities offered by the maritime economy in the spirit of the declaration made in Luxembourg in May 2016 by Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment and Maritime Affairs: "Oceans and seas do not only concern coastal states, this is especially true when it comes to economic activities ”. The strengthening of the ramifications of the maritime economy in Luxembourg’s economic fabric was one of the reasons for the creation of a Luxembourg maritime cluster in 2008.