Firms get a boost to order books at marine exhibition

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MARINE firms from the Portsmouth area have been adding to their order books as the 14th Seawork International exhibition gets into full swing.

Today is the exhibition’s last day at the Port of Southampton, where more than 500 commercial marine companies have been showing off their wares.

Around 7,000 people were expected to attend over the three-day event, which is organised by Fareham company, Mercator.

Unlike most boat shows, which are aimed at the leisure industry, Seawork is a business-to-business event.

Local firms exhibiting at the event included the Aluminium Boat Building Company, from Hayling Island, which picked up two new orders for its boats on the first morning alone.

Director Colin Johnson said: ‘This has become the largest exhibition in the country for work boats such as ours, and we’re very happy to have picked up two orders on the first day.’

Companies from around the world booked places at the event, from Australia to Finland and Canada to Madagascar.

And one of the biggest draws is the innovations showcase, where new products and services which have come into the marketplace during the last year are demonstrated.

The event also features the Seawork Conference, a three-day event which looks at the latest issues within legislation, operations and the environment which are impacting on the industry.

Other local firms exhibiting there are Raymarine, BAE Systems Surface Ships, Saab Seaeye, Meercat Workboats and CA Clase, of Waterlooville, which launched the world’s smallest VSAT maritime satellite communication system at the event.

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