India Boat & Marine Show(IBMS), which has emerged the country’s premier boat and marine industry-related expo was held as an virtual expo this year considering the lingering threat of the covid pandemic. The expo was held from February 10 to 12, 2021 at https://boatshow.exposim.io/
As this year’s IBMS was location-agnostic, visitors and exhibitors could join the live event, attend technical discussions and network with their peers from the convenience of their homes, anywhere around the world, he said. The virtual expo included a full range of stakeholders in the recreational and leisure boating market including speed boats, engines, navigational and other systems and equipment, and other supply and service providers. About 24 exhibitors had displayed their products and services at the expo while about 2000 business visitors from across the region attended the 3 day expo.
The 1st Day witnessed the Inaugural Session with an overview of the Marine Sector and the expo was formally inaugurated by Vice Admiral A. K. Chawla, FOC-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, Kochi and the Keynote Address delivered by Shri. Alkesh Kumar, IAS, MD of KMRL. In addition to these, there was special addresses by Shri. M. G. Rajamanickam, IAS MD of KSIDC and Executive Director of K-BIP and Mr. Mathew George, Director Inland Waterways Authority of India.
The event was sponsored by K-BIP and Kerala Tourism, with K-BIP also putting-up an Industry Pavilion for the benefit of Kerala-based SMEs from this sector.
Technical Sessions on February 11th, 2021
The 2nd Day Sessions was the webinar organized by DOSTAS (Department of Ship Technology Alumni Society) which was held on Thursday, February 11th titled DIMS-Lite 2021 (DOSTAS International Maritime Seminar-Lite) on the infrastructural and equipment requirements such as marine crafts like pleasure crafts and small crafts, marinas, seaplanes and trained manpower which play an important role in addressing the tourism and water transportation sectors.
There were 3 Panel discussions and each panel had 5 speakers presenting their views on various topics related to the small crafts and tourism sector. After each panel session a live Q&A session was also held which was very interactive and useful to the audience.
The main sponsor of DIMS-Lite 21 is Cochin Shipyard Ltd, while session sponsors were Goa Shipyard, Blazer Marine, Great Waters, SEDS, S&O Maritime, Conceptia, Karminn Consultancy and Mechmarine Engineers.
Though held online, the design of https://boatshow.exposim.io/, the website in which the event is to be, is done so as to give the visitors an almost same effect as visiting a real exhibition normally held in a convention centre. The landing page lead to two halls on both sides and the layout of the virtual kiosks of exhibitors were arranged as if with a direction sign in a physical exhibition. Visitors are prompted to click on each kiosk to experience the contents, which include a downloadable brochure, live chat box, self-explaining video and live chat box.
People of Kerala are increasingly getting attracted to enjoy recreational time on water and with KMRL’s Water Metro to be commissioned by March 2021 will also be focussing on developing the district’s inland boating and marine facilities into a world class facility. Well-equipped marinas and marine recreational and sports activities need to be encouraged by the Government. With proper infrastructure and equipment, India as well as Kerala can fast become a first-choice destination for cruising and inshore water sports for the local and international tourists.
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