Seawork International speeds to success

Business afloat at Seawork

At a time of political and economic uncertainty the 21st annual Seawork exhibition was a clear demonstration that the UK and European commercial marine sector is open for business.

With deals being struck, exhibitors showing confidence and visitor numbers up, Seawork was again successful at bringing together businesses, trading opportunities and new ideas.

The UK Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani, opened the 21st edition of Seawork International on Tuesday 3 July with her speech focusing on the importance of the maritime sector, seafarer training, women in maritime, and Maritime 2050; the long-term strategy for the future of the UK maritime industries.

Deals done

Representing one of the commercial marine industry’s single significant investments in plant, technology and equipment of 2018, UK-based propulsion specialist CJR Propulsion announced £4.5 million investment which will enable the company to meet the demands of its expanding customer base.

Companies announcing and exchanging contracts at Seawork 2018 included Kort Propulsion which announced several contracts including a full set of propulsion equipment for Shipbuilding Asia UK, plus contracts with two of the most important shipyards in Romania.

Goodchild Marine Services received an order for two further ORC pilot vessels for Briggs Marine, in addition to three that are already in service at the Port of Liverpool.

UK based Southampton Marine Services announced its partnership with WorkBoatSales.com to market its proven range of BULLDOG workboats internationally.

Vessels handed over at Seawork 2018 saw Goodchild’s latest build of crew transfer vessel transfer to Commercial RIB Charters (CRC). High Speed Transfers (HST) received its vessel from Damen Shipyard’s Group – the FCS 2710 for the offshore energy sector.

New products

Launched at Seawork, the Cummins X15 engine, designed to withstand high hour, continuous duty operation with long life in mind, made its European market debut.

The New Zealand High Commissioner to the UK, the Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, welcomed everyone to Hamilton Jets’ double product launch of the HTX30 Waterjet and the Advanced Vessel Control (AVX) system.

Volvo Penta unveiled its hybrid marine propulsion concept and offered seatrials of its IMO Tier III solution.

Keeping the industry running smoothly, GreenOil Standard's new environmentally friendly series of offline oil filtration systems promised to prolong systems lifetimes by 5-10 times and also treat EAL bio-oils.

Highlights

Adventurer ‘Bear’ Grylls trialled Rafnar’s latest Leiftur 1100 RIB, originally developed with the Icelandic Coastguard.

The inaugural Speed@Seawork saw Norsafe demonstrate its new Munin S1200 fast rescue and patrol boat.

An impressive line-up of craft, including vessels from BAE Systems, Tideman Boats, Parker Ribs, and Zodiac Milpro took delegates out for sea trials in the Solent, showcasing both the vessels and cutting-edge equipment; including military jet skis, police boats and new drone advances.

Delegates attending the two-day event included representatives of the Hong Kong marine fire service, UK Ministry of Defence, European police forces, safety organisations, naval architects, key defence contractors and leading academics

The European Commercial Marine Awards (ECMAs), held on the first evening of Seawork, saw the Lifetime Achievement award go to Stavros Lalizas of Lalizas, celebrating 36 years of manufacturing lifejackets and growing a small local company into a 129-country organisation.

The Innovation Showcase overall ‘Spirit of Innovation’ award went to Landau UK for the Lifecord - the ‘smart’ kill cord that incorporates detection technology designed to trigger an audible and visual warning alarm when connected to the boat’s kill switch but not the pilot.

Delegates from the US, India, New Zealand and the UK attended the Seawork Commercial Marine Conference - focusing on USVs and Hybrid Propulsion.

They had the opportunity to ask the challenging questions that will help them make an actual difference to their business. Evidence from real-life projects was shared prior to publication elsewhere, a real coup for the audience. Concerns about these industries were aired and many put to rest by the high-level presenters on hand.

Seawork 2019 and Speed@Seawork will take place from 10-13 June 2019.

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