China’s marine economy has experienced rapid growth in recent years. The 2015 Marine Development Report1 indicated new orders within the marine manufacturing industry alone was worth 13.9 billion US Dollars in China. In light of the findings of this report, commercial marine and workboat organisations will have the opportunity to explore the potential for growth in this rapidly increasing marketplace at Seawork Asia, Asia’s fastest-growing commercial marine exhibition.
Adding to this potential, the event attracts a number of representatives from military and government departments who are key influencers and purchasers, including the Chairman of China Pilots Association, and Director of China Maritime Safety Administration.
A number of Seawork Asia’s exhibitors have already successfully exported their services and products to Asia. In 2015, BMT Nigel Gee reached an agreement with Jiangyin Rongxing for the provision of specialist vessel design services to the business, at Seawork Asia’s sister event, Seawork International.
Adding to Seawork Asia’s success, a recent meeting between the organisers, Seawork Asia supporter The China-Britain Business Council, and UKTI was held. These organisations met with the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), China’s ship industry’s leading organisation. Ms. Zhang Qiurong from the CBBC commented that “We are looking forward to deepening the communication with the group, including further support for Seawork Asia, and finally upgrading the level of collaboration as a whole.”
The French based developer of electric and hybrid small to medium workboats, ODC Marine, is anticipating brand exposure and strong exports having signed up to exhibit at Seawork Asia.
ODC recently delivered the 12.7 metre all-electric passenger vessel ‘Le Foue’. The aluminium-constructed vessel is able to undergo a full day of passenger operations without the need for intermittent recharging.
Seawork Asia has recently signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the China Maritime Pilots’ Association. This represents a solid foundation for engagement in a range of maritime activities to the benefit of both parties. As a supporting organisation for Seawork Asia, the China Maritime Pilots’ Association will showcase China’s pilotage activities during the exhibition.
Seawork Asia Exhibition and Forum will return on 29 November – 1 December at The World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre in Shanghai, China. Visit the Seawork Asia web site to find out more.