Bigger Seawork in three halls

This year's Seawork will have over 60 vessels on the pontoons This year's Seawork will have over 60 vessels on the pontoons
Industry Database

SEAWORK: The wealth of new ideas, skills and technologies in the marine sector will be on show later this month at one of the UK’s premier maritime exhibitions, Seawork, writes Katina Read.

Now in its 16th consecutive year, the exhibition combines three exhibition halls, quayside stands and demonstrations, nearly 60 vessels on pontoons and concurrent conferences on topical issues.

One of the key areas will be the Innovations Showcase, set to be hotly contested with a raft of companies vying to win the Spirit of Innovation trophy.

With six main categories - vessel design and construction, marine civil engineering and construction, marine equipment, electronics and materials, diving and underwater technology, renewable energy and safety and training – the showcase will demonstrate the depth and breath of the marine industry.

The showcase is open to exhibitors who have introduced and promoted products, vessels, services or projects within the last 12-months.

Winners will be announced at one of the key networking opportunities, the Seawork Network and Awards Evening, held at the Grade II listed Grand Café on the exhibition’s first night, Tuesday, from 18:30.

With more than 400 exhibitors and guests attending, the event is an excellent opportunity to meet industry peers with a new format this year to allow for more networking.

For many visitors the sole purpose of attending Seawork is to network with other businesses, to keep abreast of the latest developments and meet old and new contacts. With almost everyone who is anyone in the industry in one place for the three days of the exhibition, Seawork is a must to visit to see what new products are being launched onto the market.

Throughout the three days of the exhibition, there will also be drinks receptions, product demonstrations and competitions.

Dedicated pavilions and trails will enable visitors to identify exhibitors of particular interest. Trails will include the Maritime Security Pavilion, Marine Civils Trail, Ship Building and Ship Repair Pavilion, Divework Pavilion and Trail, Renewable Energy Pavilion and Trail and the Maritime Training and Careers Trail.

With 2013 being the 50th anniversary of the RIB, its past, present and future will be celebrated in a special feature in Hall C. The Ribwork Trail will feature the increasingly sophisticated range of engines, transmission systems and safety equipment associated with these versatile crafts.


A full, free, conference programme will run throughout the three days of Seawork, reflecting the wide range of marine activities on display.

Conferences will take place in the purpose built conference facilities at the Mayflower Cruise Terminal. Highlights include a presentation by the Ministry of Defence on its 2014 boats procurement programme, an insight into the proposed Navitus Bay Wind Park off the Dorset and Hampshire coast by senior project manager, Stuart Grant, the revision of the Brown Code by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the National Workboat Association and the increasing importance of the offshore renewables sector.

Workshops will include new on-site conference venue opportunities open to ports, suitable for anyone wishing to improve business relationships with a port, increasing growth and profitability, while reducing cost and transport congestion.

Another key feature of Seawork is the range of demonstrations, such as that from Naiad Dynamics UK with its MOB retrieval procedure and new MateSaver design and rescue pulley system, Landau’s MLS fuel purifier demo, Mermaid Marine’s new Hydragen 240V generator system and vessels displayed in an operational environment, with easy access to Southampton Water.

Seawork will be open from 09.30 – 17.30 Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 June and 09.30 – 17.00 on Thursday 27 June.

Tickets are available from 01329 825335 or Full details at

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