Seawork International 2016 is open for business

11 Jul 2016

Europe’s largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition, Seawork international, has opened its doors for the nineteenth successive time in Southampton today.

Councillor Simon Letts, leader of Southampton City Council, will open Seawork International at an official opening at 11am at the Waterfront Restaurant, sponsored by Golden Arrow Marine. Councillor Letts will be joined by the Deputy High Commissioner of Barbados, Althea Wiggins. 

Southampton City Council has worked tirelessly with Seawork’s organisers, Mercator Media in the move to its new permanent home at Mayflower Park, which will be unveiled today. The new location has enabled Seawork to substantially expand its offerings to the anticipated 7,500 attendees, which includes over 70 vessels and craft afloat, two purpose-built exhibition halls, plus waterside features and exhibits.

The Barbadian inward delegation is just one of a number of VIPs who are attending Seawork to explore procurement opportunities with exhibitors and attendees. Arranged in cooperation with the MOD and UKTI, with Mercator Media have longstanding relationships, Seawork will also welcome the Naval Advisor to New Zealand, a delegation from the United Arab Emirates and China, in addition to the US Naval Attache, who is a returning visitor. These delegations provide valuable export opportunities to Seawork attendees, many of whose businesses have flourished thanks to the opportunities that Seawork presents.

Seawork is also host to a plethora of events, demonstrations, seminars and product launches. Vessels being unveiled today include; Palfinger Boats’ PM110 G RIB, Exeter Fabrications’ 19m steel landing craft, Goldfish Boats’ M12 RHIB and the Parker Baltic Cruiser. Product debuts include Hella’s the Rodon 100 cordless underwater drill/driver, Harken’s LokHead Winch mounting plate, the Seahawk XLB, Spinlock’s Deckvest Duro lifejacket, and Lume-On LED technology, Kort Propulsion’s new Groove design RotaChock Mount, and Unique Seaflex UK’s 100T WaterLoad Crane testing bag. Duodrivetrain will also officially launch its radical contra-rotating propulsion system, Voith will unveil groundbreaking results, and James Fisher Marine will be demonstrating its unexploded ordnance UXO solutions. Having over 40 product launches, including many world debuts, there is something for all at Seawork.

Commercial marine professionals visit Seawork from 70 countries worldwide, involved in a range of sub-sectors including, marine civils, ship building, training, wind farm operations, safety, aquaculture, defence, diving, amongst others.

Seawork is often where commercial marine organisations first meet, therefore it is only natural that subsequent deals are secured at the exhibition. A number of contract signings are anticipated today, between both collaborating exhibitors, as well as attending visitors.

Today’s Seawork Conference, sponsored by Knighthood, will explore a range of interesting and inspiring topical sessions, delivered by BAE Systems, Government Grant & Tax Consultants, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, amongst others. Topics include ‘The Changing Face of Search & Rescue’, ‘Show Me the Money – Government Funding’, ‘Hybrid Technology’, Cost Effective Composite Solutions’, ‘Autonomous Surface Vessels as Workboats’, ‘Unlocking Power & Profit from Maritime Design Innovation’ and ‘Shock Mitigation Solutions’.

Seawork is a key driver in maritime industry innovation. The Seawork Innovations Showcase, sponsored by URICA and located in the Atlantic Hall, will display around 50 entries ranging from load testing, to vessels, through to training, safety, apparel and propulsion. These will be judged this afternoon by Mercator Media’s panel of judges, with the category and overall winner unveiled at the Seawork Innovations Awards and Networking event, which is being held at The Vestry in Southampton this evening.

No other event comes close to delivering maritime innovation, sector knowledge and business networking opportunities, making Seawork International the definitive maritime one-stop shop.

Discover more online at #seawork and #commercialmarine, or book tickets to attend for days two and three at seawork.com.