Seawork bookings for 2019 are significantly ahead of previous editions, with over 60% already committed

Exhibitors and sponsors re-commit to Europe’s largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition.

Commercial marine businesses across Europe are having to deal with an unprecedented period of political and economic uncertainty. The lack of direction and resolution on the UK’s negotiations with the EU makes forward planning more difficult. Meanwhile, pressure is being compounded, especially for builders and equipment suppliers who are assessing the effects of the US tariff programme driven by the unpredictable President Trump.

Despite this, business activity must continue; windfarms need servicing, quaysides need maintaining, engines need repairing. Maintaining the coastal infrastructure and ports and harbours is essential to keep trade flowing and people safe and secure.

The 22nd annual Seawork exhibition offers a trusted and proven meeting place. By mid-August, it has seen bookings for 2019 significantly ahead of previous editions with over 60% already committed for 2019. It is an acknowledgement that this pivotal business sector is committed to growth and stability.

Sponsors return

A-Plan Marine Insurance, specialist in Commercial Marine insurance, has re-signed as headline sponsor for the 2019 edition of the European Commercial Marine Awards (ECMAs). The awards take place on the opening evening of Seawork and recognise the depth of excellence in commercial marine; celebrating the outstanding individuals and innovative companies that comprise this vibrant and productive industry sector.

Malcolm Stewart, Marine Trade Manager for A-Plan, said, “Seawork 2018 was a success for us, meeting clients and prospects is the name of the game and the atmosphere was certainly conducive to achieving our goals. At A-Plan, we felt part of the Seawork family which is a good place to be before, during and after the exhibition. I cannot wait for June next year to do it all again.”

Aalco, ABB, BySea (Sailors Society), Close Brothers, and Rix Sea Shuttles all return as sponsors as do Salterns Marina, Sealite, Vetus and Volvo Penta.

Pavilions and Trails

Build and repair, use of sophisticated materials and techniques, together with similar needs in design, propulsion, electronics, navigation and other systems demonstrate a clear overlap between commercial marine and the superyacht sector.

In response to requests from both visitors and exhibitors, Seawork 2018 saw the launch of the new Superyacht Build, Repair and Refit Trail; sixty-five companies signed up and reported strong interest from the target group.

The Superyacht Build, Repair and Refit Trail is one of a number of specialist sub-sector Pavilions and Trails at Seawork, including the DiveWork Pavilion & Trail, SMI Shipyard Pavilion, Marine Renewables Trail, RIBWork Trail, and Maritime Training Trail

Businesses Commit

Longstanding Seawork exhibitor Landau UK, which supplies and fits electronic equipment showed its new electroluminescent marine vessel directional strip lighting at Seawork 2018, Chief Executive, Ben Metcalfe, commented, “We believe exhibiting at Seawork International is one of the most efficient ways for us to hear what commercial marine customers need from us right now.  It’s also a great platform for us to network with like-minded individuals, showcase our latest equipment and services and get feedback from buyers and end users.”

REINTJES, a global specialist in propulsion technology, produces high quality marine gearboxes for main drives as well as dredging gearboxes and complex system solutions such as pod and hybrid drives. Britain and Ireland Sales Manager, Philip Martin, said the company had a good Seawork and that he considered it a significant improvement on previous editions. ‘Eighteen months of trading has seen a big uplift in our company profile and it was good to be able to see our existing and potential clients face to face.” REINTJES has already booked in for 2019.

Right audience, right place, right time

With target audience attendance increasing year on year, exhibitors at Seawork benefit from exposure to global markets and visitors; it is the ideal place for companies to demonstrate and display their most innovative products and services to an audience of relevant, interested buyers and industry-influencers.

Take advantage of a whole year’s marketing support from Seawork and Maritime Journal -in print, online, eNews and social media. To book your stand space or discuss sponsorship opportunities, call the Seawork team on +44 1329 825335 or email

Seawork and Speed@Seawork return to Mayflower Park, Southampton UK 10-13 June 2019

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