Seawork International is the largest international commercial marine and workboat exhibition in Europe. It enables buyers, sellers, innovators and legislators to come together for three days each year in Southampton and it attracts more than 7,600 visitors from 70 countries around the world.
Now in its 20th year, the 2017 event will play host to several exhibitors who are celebrating their own landmark occasions. Jotron AS (stand PG103), a leading manufacturer of professional communications systems for land, sea and air safety, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Damen, builder of everything from tugs to workboats, naval and patrol vessels, cargo vessels, dredgers, ferries, pontoons and superyachts, will be marking its 90th year with two stands at the show (Q9 and VA57). And Maritime Services International (stand A115), a global company with 100 marine surveyors in 34 countries, will also be there to mark its 25-year anniversary.
For those of us on the leisure side of the marine industry, however, one of the most interesting exhibits will come from EP Barrus (stand Q17). Celebrating its 100th year in business with a 20th successive year at Seawork, Barrus will be showcasing various Mariner two-stroke commercial outboards, plus Mercury’s new 115 Pro XS four-stroke outboard, the 90hp Sea Pro and the new Yanmar D-Torque 111 diesel outboard. Mark Coleman, General Manager for the Special Products Division at EP Barrus, said: “Seawork provides us with the perfect arena to showcase our latest marine products and accessories both on the stands and on the quayside pontoons.”
The quayside will witness several UK debuts at Seawork 2017. Versadock will be launching its new VPS ‘Air Assist’ docking system, taking its renowned drive-on-docking products to a new level, with safe and secure docking for boats of up to 20 tonnes (stand Q20). Landau UK, which has recently been awarded the UK distributorship for the Seabob Rescue vehicle, will also be launching its new lightweight model on stand Q5. And Zego Marine UK (stand Q16) will be showing the new Whaly 500 for the first time in the UK. As the latest addition to the Dutch-built range, it features a drop-down bow and large open deck, enabling it to carry a big payload without compromising wheelchair access. With 15 units already pre-sold, it is expected to be a very popular vessel, not just in the UK, but throughout all 20 countries in the Whaly distribution network.
Seawork International 2017 will take place at Mayflower Park in Southampton from 13-15 of June. See www.seawork.com for more.