Visitors to the Shiprepair & Conversion 2000 exhibition in London will be able to test the ground-breaking SYRIOS IT system which is being developed specifically for the repair industry by a European Union-funded group of yards, universities and software specialists. UK consortium member Shipbuilders & Shiprepairers Association is inviting direct evaluation of a working prototype on the SSA/SYRIOS stand, which will be equipped with PCs and staffed by team experts.
"SYRIOS is a highly flexible, state of the art package which integrates with existing systems to save time and effort by supporting all shiprepair functions," says SSA director Nick Granger. "We are looking for feedback and 'guinea pig' yards to help shape the third and final year of development and Shiprepair & Conversion is the perfect venue for the first public demonstration."This year's show and conference - the ninth anniversary of the leading event in its market - takes place on November 15-16 in the single-floor Grand Hall, Olympia. The switch from the smaller Olympia 2 follows last year's record attendance of more than 330 exhibitors from 35 countries and 2,400 visitors from 50 countries.
A survey for organisers Lloyd's List Events reveals that 37% of visitors were shipowners or managers, 22% ship equipment purchasers, 19% yard personnel, 8% engine builders or repairers and 6% consultant engineers. The total included almost 300 company managing directors.