The worldwide appeal of Seawork 2012
Mon, 26 March 2012
With more overseas involvement than ever, this year's Seawork (22-24 May, Southampton) is set to deliver an outstanding performance as a demonstration arena and meeting venue of international importance.
On the pontoons, Sweden is represented by Light Marin and combat, patrol and pilot boat specialists Dockstavarvet, which will be displaying a 17m Alupilot. Rosborough Boats of Canada, builders of semi-custom made craft for over 50 years, will have a 9m vessel on show.
Safehaven Marine of Eire will exhibit a self righting pilot/rescue vessel, based on the Interceptor 38 pilot, designed for multiple operational roles of pilotage, patrol, search and rescue.
Also afloat, the skills of Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards will be represented by offshore service provider MarineCo and its latest High Speed Support Vessel 2610 Twin Axe Bow catamaran, which includes notable design adaptations such as a 20,000 litre fuel tank, 50% more accommodation and a larger bridge.
In the halls, some of the exhibitors from beyond Europe include Schwetz Design and Austal (stand A26) from Australia, offering world-leading technology to provide and support wind farm service vessels.
Seakeeper from the USA continues its aggressive commercial marine growth; the gyro stabiliser manufacturer recently shipped M21000 units for testing with Danish exhibitor Hvide Sande shipyard (HSSB). The gyros, which will be on display on stand A187, will be used aboard 25m and 34m monohull wind farm support vessels for DONG Energy, a Danish leader in offshore wind farm development and construction.
The near-European continent will be strongly represented by companies from France (Moteurs Baudouin, Sibiril Technologies and Navalu, introducing two multipurpose high-speed catamarans) and the Netherlands.
Dutch companies at Seawork include: WKM Cornelisse Trading, Neptune Marine Services, Ravestein, Spyderco Inc, Damen Shipyards, Sun Marine Seats and Stemat, whose new marine App provides customers with accurate and up-to-date information about fleet, equipment and services.
Abeking & Rasmussen from Germany offers all kinds of offshore service vessels and workboats and A&R’s SWATH@A&R technology promises smooth rides, especially in high seas.
The Scandinavian contingent includes, from Sweden, Meson AB, Ullman Dynamics and Beijer Electronics with its new market-leading iX platforms with outstanding graphics and functionality. Servogear from Norway will be exhibiting - for the first time in the UK - a full scale, fully functioning propulsion system: Servogear Ecoflow PropulsorTM, similar to those fitted in many wind farm service vessels.
Representing Denmark, shipyard A/S Hvide Sande will be joined by Danish Yachts, launching its new range of commercial vessels – SeaStrider, their first carbon fibre SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull). Finland’s Targa range, popular with police authorities, will be presented by Wessex Marine showing the new Targa 32 model which can be configured for any commercial role.
Companies at Seawork from Mediterranean Europe include Loca Engineering from Turkey, Mercurio Plastics and Ibericisa from Spain and Agromare Shipyard from Italy, which designs and builds new low environmental impact workboats including light alloy catamarans for wind farm servicing.
Unimec, also from Italy, has entered its STS3000 drive system, which isolates the engine from propeller thrust, into the Seawork Innovations Showcase.
In 2012, UK Trade & Industry Defence Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) will once again organise a series of stand visits by UK-based foreign military officials. This year their presence will extend over two days – confirmation of Seawork’s importance for sourcing vessels and equipment for defence, border control and surveillance operations.