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Seawork 2013

Tue, 25 June 2013 - Thu, 27 June 2013

The 16th Seawork International commercial marine industry exhibition and conference ( will take place in the ABP Port of Southampton, UK, from Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 June and will include new elements for 2013. 

The exhibition will include all the usual features, which draw over 7000 professional visitors from over 40 countries.  At Seawork 2013, the 60+ workboats afloat on pontoons, the Innovations Showcase, the Small Business Enterprise Zone, Pavilions dedicated to Maritime Security, Renewable Energy, Diving and Shipbuilding and Ship Repair will be joined this year by a special feature to celebrate 50 years of the RIB.  Among experts saluting the diversity of the Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) will be international authority Dag Pike, who comments:  "It is amazing to think that RIBs have now existed for 50 years. When we started out, we were just trying to solve a wear and tear problem on inflatable rescue boats and now they are in use worldwide."

One truly unmissable aspect of Seawork in 2013 will be the 176m British Royal Fleet Auxiliary Lyme Bay, moored directly alongside the exhibition halls on the Quayside.  This impressive vessel will be the venue for Seawork social events, including the Innovation Awards Dinner and the concurrent three-day conference.

Forward bookings underline business confidence
Twelve weeks after Seawork 2012 closed, 50% of the 450+ exhibitors taking space – in the halls, on the quayside and along the 250m of pontoon – had already re-booked for next year, testament to the high levels of satisfaction the exhibition delivers to its supporters and an indication that the commercial marine industry is still very much ‘in business’. 

Alan Goodchild of Goodchild Marine reports:  “As always, Seawork 2012 was an exciting show for us.  We made a real impact with our new design ORC 17 metre Fast Pilot Launch Estuary Elan on the pontoons. There is no doubt our presence at Seawork made sure that Goodchild Marine will be on the tender list for all future UK pilot boat requirements and many more abroad.”

Alexis Lepoutre, Naviline Industries SAS, France said of Seawork 2012:  “A really great show. We were here in 2007 and then returned in 2011 and were amazed at the growth over those four years, mostly fuelled by the offshore wind farm market and renewable energy in general.”

Seawork 2013 is steadily taking shape, with exhibitors from every continent booking stands and pontoon berths.  While the impact of the offshore renewable energy industry on the maritime sector will be evident, Seawork remains truly representative of all aspects of working at sea, including civil engineering, dredging, port and vessel security; safety and training; commercial diving, underwater technology and hydrography; commercial fishing; marine finance, insurance and law; manpower and recruitment.

For further information, contact: Aline Pilcher, BPPR
 + 44 (0)1243 532516
 +44 (0)7710 348554
 [email protected]

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