Best commercial maritime firms line up for event

BUSY Last year's event
BUSY Last year's event
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WITH less than three weeks to go to this year’s Seawork International commercial shipping exhibition, a clutch of firms in the Portsmouth area are getting ready to show off their wares.

This year’s show will take place at Southampton Port between Tuesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 24.

In total, 32 firms from the Portsmouth area will be taking part, including PSP, McMurdo and Cowes-based South Boats.

They will be joined by companies from as far afield as Australia, Canada, China and the USA, as well as European firms.

This year is the 15th year the exhibition has been run.

‘It’s grown from being mainly local firms taking part to firms in Europe and now being from all over the world,’ said show spokeswoman Aline Pilcher.

‘The UK Trade & Industry’s Defence Security Organisation is bringing about 24 London-based military and naval attaches representing foreign countries, to talk and to buy.

‘This is a really good opportunity for UK companies to sell abroad without having to actually go abroad.’

The exhibition is run by Fareham-based firm Mercator, and this year it will be throwing its doors open to young people.

Students from the University of Portsmouth as well as youngsters from local secondary schools and the Warsash School of Navigation will get a taste of the range of careers in the commercial maritime sector.

‘This is an industry which has been growing in the recession, and bucking the trend,’ said Leanne Stewart, operations director for Mercator.

To pre-book for tickets, see Parking for the event is at Ocean Village, with free shuttle buses laid on.