Innovations & Launches

Innovations at Seawork 2016 Innovations at Seawork 2016

Seawork International 2016 was host to a large number of commercial marine innovations and launches across the three days of Europe’s largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition.

The Seawork Innovation Showcase, sponsored by URICA, displayed around 50 entries ranging from load testing, to vessels, through to training, safety, apparel and propulsion. These were judged on day one by the panel of judges, with the category and overall winner unveiled at the Seawork Innovations Awards and Networking event. The overall winner was Duodrive for the innovative Duodrivetrain, with Punk Couplings as runners-up.

Across the halls and in the water, a myriad of other innovations were unveiled: Through a transatlantic collaboration, South Boats IOW, Tampa Defence and Alicat Workboats unveiled the Fast Reconnaissance Patrol Vessel, being a composite vessel fitted with MAN R6-800 main engines and Arneson ASD11 surface drives for use in the military sectors.

ACR Electronics showcased the GlobalFIX™ V4 EPIRB, Pathfinder PRO SART, plus the C-Light™ and C-Strobe™ personal distress lights. Simon Crowther, EMEA Sales Manager for ACR commented, “I thought there was a good positive atmosphere at the show. Seawork again proved to be a key show for us to introduce our broadened range of high quality GMDSS safety equipment for the commercial market.”

A new range of small workboat engines designed by Barrus made its debut at Seawork, based on the popular and proven Yanmar YM engine block and suited to small craft and patrol launches; these new generation PIRS 2-stroke engines have a patented cylinder head valve that eliminates the need to remove the spark plugs thus speeding up the PIRS process.

Reena Bayley, Marketing Manager for Cox Powertrain, which promoted its CX0300 diesel outboard engine at Seawork, said, “The show has been a real success for us this year. We saw a wide variety of boat operators and are delighted with the response we received.”

Norway’s Henriksen Hooks launched a revolutionary new electrically controlled lifting hook system at Seawork, developed for use when a boat is being deployed by the use of fore and aft lifting hooks. The new system uses a remote control and an electrical release mechanism to ensure that both hooks open simultaneously when off-load, thus avoiding the potential hazard of a boat inadvertently remaining attached to the ship by one lifting line.

Ole Rasmus Undrum, Sales Manager at Henriksen Hooks, says, “It is one of the most important shows of the year for us as it enables us to reach customers in all of our key markets. It has been our target deadline in the development of some important new products and we launch them confident that Seawork will get them off to a good start.”

Exeter Fabrication held in-water demonstrations of the 19M Steel Landing Craft, which has been built to comply with the ever developing requirements of the aquaculture sector. 

Survitec Group launched the pioneering Crewsaver Workvest lifejacket range, including the Crewfit XD lifejacket, providing the ultimate in comfort, performance & buying flexibility. Ross Wilkinson, Managing Director of the Group’s UK Services and Distribution said: “Seawork 2016 was a great success this year. The new Crewsaver Workvest Lifejacket range was very well received with the new 3D Fusion fit technology.”

Following an agreement signed at Seawork 2015, Golden Arrow Marine together with STT Emtec AB, unveiled an effective marine exhaust after treatment effective solution to greatly reduce NOx emissions from high speed marine diesel engines.

Returning 13-15 June, to Mayflower Park in Southampton, Seawork International 2017 promises to be even bigger and better than ever, so don’t delay in booking your stand. Contact or call 01329 825335.

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