Rising Star of the week: SHM Next

MARPRO is presenting the Rising Star of the week series. A series dedicated to innovative and promising maritime start-ups, which contribute to a smarter, cleaner, and safer maritime future. The series is based on the applicants for the Rising Stars Pavilion competition to participate in EUROPORT 2021.


A new concept is coming to life at EUROPORT 2021, the Rising Stars Pavilion powered by MARPRO. An area fully dedicated for promising maritime start-ups and next-gen innovators, where they can demonstrate how they contribute to a smarter, cleaner or/safer maritime future.

EUROPORT’s and MARPRO’s intention is to provide small start-ups a fair chance of showing their products and services to a large audience like EUROPORT is, for a budget friendly participation fee.

Company profile: SHM Next

Since the news aired officially, the call to maritime start-ups has been answered and a great deal of interest has been shown to participate.

SHM Next develops advanced wireless sensor systems for predictive maintenance of (infra)structures. Make acquaintance of SHM Next in the following interview:

What is the idea behind SHM Next and its services?

SHM Next B.V. ( is a tech startup developing advanced sensors for integrity monitoring and predictive maintenance of (infra)structures. As a TNO spin-off, the company started operation in 2019 at Yes!Delft. The tailor-designed hardware-software architecture of SHM Next’s technologies enable optimum implementation of edge and cloud computation for application to large-scale structures. Our solutions can be utilized in various application domains such as civil, aerospace, maritime, and offshore structures.

How can SHM Next contribute to a smarter maritime future?

Our intelligent autonomous wireless sensor node technologies are envisioned to be an integrated part of the future digitalized processes for maintenance planning and actions. Being fully scalable and quantitative, the technology will also be an enabler and a perfect platform for advanced digital twins of large-scale maritime and civil structures.

How can SHM Next contribute to a cleaner or safer maritime future?

Our sensor systems are dedicated to damage diagnosis and prognosis. These systems can directly contribute to the safety of maritime structures and operators by quantitative identification of early-stage damage and prediction of structural failure long before it happens, in a reliable and quantitative manner.

Where is SHM Next in 5 years from now?

We envision our company to have a unique market position in providing hi-tech structural health monitoring and digital twinning equipment in Europe in the domains of civil and maritime (infra)structures. We expect to grow over a 5-year horizon to a total of 25-30 in-house experts of advanced instrumentation, information technology, and asset management domains. Our main products will be wireless sensor nodes for monitoring stiffened panels, e.g. fatigue and corrosion in bridge decks and ship hulls, bolted joints, riveted joints, and bollards.

If you have questions regarding SHM Next and their services, contact:

Competition is still running

Are you interested in participating in EUROPORT 2021 in Rotterdam, where you can show your products to a larger relevant audience for a budget friendly fee? Then get aboard!

Concept: The Rising Stars Pavilion is developed as a competition concept and applications are open to all maritime start-up companies, not older than 5 years.

Applications: Are welcome from April 1st to May 31st. We only have 12 packages available. These applications will be carefully reviewed by a committee of selected maritime business experts and the chosen companies will be informed by June 5th, 2021 latest.

Evaluation criteria: Companies will be evaluated based on 4 criteria:

  • Growth potential
  • Innovation
  • Ambitions
  • Team

Package includes: Participation in the Start-up Pavilion with own exhibition stand and access to shared café and bar.

1 maritime promotion business package; consisting of:

Price for participation: 1.995 EUR

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