New conference and industry sector awards as Seawork International 2018 comes of age

Seawork International will celebrate its 21st edition in 2018 as the ‘go to’ meeting place for the European commercial marine sector.

Seawork 2018 sees an increased focus on vessel construction and maintenance, new award categories for the European Commercial Marine Awards (ECMAs) and a new Vessel Operations Conference; embracing the new MCA Codes of Practice, Cost Saving through Operational Efficiencies and Techniques, and the Future of Hybrid Drives.

Best Project of the Year is a new ECMA award category for challenges in marine civils or vessel operations. Judged by a panel of industry experts, the ECMAs recognise excellence and achievement across the commercial marine sector.

Launching early 2018, Seawork.com moves to the next phase with a contemporary, fresh website, featuring new multi-media enhanced exhibitor listings set to showcase exhibitors’ strengths and capabilities, increase audience interest and grow visitor numbers.

Building on last year’s success, the Seawork App gets an upgrade offering even more features. Visitors can fast track through the exhibition via sector-specific pavilions and trails such as Vessel Building and Repair, Marine Renewables, Maritime Training and Careers, RIBWork and DiveWork. The Seawork App also gives access to a great range of Seawork exclusive local deals and discounts.

Expanding business touch points in and around Seawork, Snapchat and WhatsApp groups will join Seawork’s current digital channels to provide access to exclusive content and news.

Over 50 influential worldwide organisations partner with Seawork, including the International Institute of Marine Surveying and Small Craft Surveyors Forum. Partner presentations and meetings are an integral part of the accredited Seawork Conference; enabling both exhibitors and visitors to keep in touch with business developments and trends. Other long-term partners include: Maritime and Coastguard Agency, UK Harbour Master Association, Renewable Energy Association, International Jack-Up Barge Owners’ Association and UK Ministry of Defence.

With five exhibition halls, extensive waterside exhibits and 890 metres of pontoons Seawork is the platform for commercial marine businesses; attracting over 610 exhibitors bringing in excess of 10,000 products and services and over 70 vessels to a global audience of over 7,600 visitors from more than 70 countries. Many up-and-coming companies take advantage of the turnkey low-cost exhibition option found in the Small Business Enterprise Zone.

Seawork’s professional visitors include; vessel owners, operators and fleet managers, harbour masters, MoD purchasers, naval architects, marine consultants and surveyors, marine civil engineers, commercial diving contractors and fishermen, marine insurance brokers, banks and financial institutions, port personnel, marina and wharf operations, local authority engineers and developers, trade associations and professional institutions. Research shows that 91% of visitors authorize or influence purchasing decisions.

Seawork International 2018 runs 3-5 July at Mayflower Park in Southampton, UK. Visit seawork.com for latest information and updates.

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