The India Boat & Marine Show (IBMS) in Kochi showcased the latest trends in the boating industry, including leisure and rescue boating, water sports tourism, and kayaking. The expo featured exhibits by both public and private companies, highlighting innovative designs and products. One major attraction was a furniture-cum-emergency boat designed by Prof S Muthukumaran of NIT, Tiruchirappalli, which can be used as a rescue boat in case of emergency. Another eye-catching display was the modular floaters built by Selzer Polymers, which can be used for various purposes such as boat jetties, fish farms, walkways, and solar power plants.
The show also featured various types of boats, boat engines, gearboxes, and products related to water sports and fishing. Joseph Kuriakose, director of Cruz Expos, the organizers of IBMS, emphasized the relevance of the expo in light of Kochi’s upcoming development as a hub for ship repair and shipbuilding. More than 60 exhibitors displayed their products and services at the expo, which was supported and endorsed by various organizations including K-BIP, Kerala Government, and Indian Coast Guard. An Industry Pavilion showcased Kerala-based SMEs in the boating sector.
Overall, the India Boat & Marine Show in Kochi provided a comprehensive view of the boating industry in India, featuring innovative designs and products, and highlighting the potential for growth and development in the sector.