Local firms will show off their goods at Seawork

BUSY A scene from a previous Seawork show
BUSY A scene from a previous Seawork show

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MARINE firms from the Portsmouth are soon to be setting their wares out at the Seawork International Exhibition.

The annual event sees the best commercial marine firms, and other companies that serve the marine sector, launching their products, goods and services to an audience of thousands.

More than 40 firms from the area will be at the exhibition at the ABP Port of Southampton, taking place from a fortnight today.

Seawork began in 1998 and since then has expanded into an established international event, which last year attracted more than 7,000 visitors.

It is run by Fareham-based Mercator Media.

Its managing director, Andrew Webster, said: ‘The expansion of Seawork this year into a third hall indicates the positive levels of activity in the commercial marine sector, which is determined to grasp every opportunity to adapt, develop and diversify.

‘In many areas, companies from across the south are leading the way.’

Among the companies from the region that will be at the exhibition is Raymarine.

The firm recently moved from North Harbour in Portsmouth to Segensworth, and will be demonstrating its new range of award-winning thermal cameras to the public.

Harry Heasman, the firm’s UK sales manager, said: ‘Seawork is the perfect platform for us to demonstrate our market-leading technology to a wide range of commercial customers.’

Another firm, C-Quip, based at Whiteley, will be using the exhibition to launch its new commercial marine division.

Portsmouth’s Naiad Dynamics will be returning to Seawork, this time with a bigger stand to show off more of its products.

The firm’s Nick DaCosta-Greene said: ‘Seawork 2012 was such a success that, in 2013, we have decided to take a larger stand to showcase even more of our range.’

C A Clase (UK), of Waterlooville, will also be returning with a bigger stand.

Seawork is held at the port’s fruit terminal. See seawork.com.