Sun shines on Seawork again
Seawork International, Europe’s largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition, closed on June 15 and was hailed a resounding success. The event’s now almost expected warm, sunny weather saw more than 630 exhibitors and 7,000 maritime professionals coming together to meet and do business over the three days in Southampton, UK.
This year saw the Southampton skyline dominated by the immense 60m x 28m Skylift 3000 jack-up submersible platform being demonstrated by Netherlands-based Ravestein BV.
To help facilitate business, the exhibition hosted a range of complementary activities including the European Commercial Marine Awards, opportunities to see the latest innovations, new equipment and vessel launches in addition to structured networking opportunities and a conference programme.
Seawork 2017 welcomed returning delegations and trade association from UK, Europe and the rest of the world including naval delegations from New Zealand, Bolivia, China and Malaysia, all keen to explore procurement opportunities with Seawork exhibitors.
In addition to Seawork’s own 20th birthday, it was 100 years of business for EP Barrus, a 90th for Damen Shipyards Group and a 50th for USA-based Harken. Barrus’ Tim Hart, commented, “Barrus has exhibited at Seawork since the start, so are also celebrating 20 years (of our) attendence. Seawork gives us two main areas of exposure; the UK MoD and workboat market. We regard this event as our main exhibition of the year.”
The new look European Commercial Marine Awards were also launched this year, with the Innovations Showcase, sponsored by Lloyds Register, receiving more than 40 entries. The overall winner of the coveted Spirit of Innovation Award was Blueye Robotics, with its unique, easy to deploy ROV.
Further category awards went to MICAD srl, Dynamic Load Monitoring, Reygar and Survitec. The Maritime Sustainability Award was presented to French company, CarenEcolo. In recognition of individual contribution, the voted-for 2017 Maritime Professional of the Year was presented to Barry Sales of Cheetah Marine and the Lifetime Achievement Award to soon-to-retire Casper Vermeulen of Damen.
The Seawork 2017 Conference drew strong audiences and explored topical subjects such as business opportunities, compliance issues and the likely effects or Brexit on business, all hosted by key industry representatives.
“Seawork has come a long way since its first edition in 1989 but still remains true to its origins in delivering a one-stop-shop for the commercial marine professionals," said Andrew Webster, CEO of Mercator Media, producer of Seawork and Boating Business magazine. "It has been the genesis of many millions worth of longstanding contracts and contacts. We really look forward to seeing all our exhibitors and visitors again in June 2018.”
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