As a new departure for the 21st edition of the Seawork International Exhibition & Conference, a new trail through the event dealing with superyacht build, refit and repair has been introduced.

As Europe’s leading commercial marine exhibition, Seawork provides the platform for businesses and individuals to access new innovations, extend their reach and to develop international supply chain opportunities. Seawork International opened today in Southampton and runs to July 5.

Over the exhibition’s 21 years, Seawork has incorporated sub-sectors such as diving and renewables, whilst remaining true to its commercial marine heritage. Many of the exhibitors have an involvement with the superyacht market and the Seawork organisers are trying to building on this and give the yacht sector a strong positioning within the event.

Seawork is ideally-positioned to support the requirements of superyachts, as the complexities of these vessels often share similar needs in design, propulsion and support. The sophisticated materials and techniques used to build large vessels demonstrate a clear overlap between commercial marine and the superyacht sector, as do the designers and builders, whom cater for similar challenges whilst developing these complex craft.

Seawork’s international audience encompasses vessel and port operators, through to engineers and commercial divers.Longstanding Seawork exhibitor, Landau UK (PG11), which supplies and fits electronic equipment has unveiled its new electroluminescent marine vessel directional strip lighting, used for both workboats and leisure craft purposes.

Landau UK’s Chief Executive, Ben Metcalfe, comments, ‘We believe exhibiting at Seawork International is one of the most efficient ways for us to hear what commercial marine customers and suppliers might need from us right now. Bringing additional focus to the superyacht sector is ideal for us, as our offerings are used across commercial, leisure and superyacht audiences.”

He pointed out that the global superyacht market is facing a robust increase of 7.26% CAGR* 2017-2022, with motorised yachts and long-range expedition vessels anticipated to see maximum growth.

Global shipbuilding giant and Seawork exhibitor, Netherlands’ Damen Shipyards (Q9,VA57,VC01), is attracting notable orders for its customised fast crew boat, the 50m(164ft) FCS 5009, which achieves 27.5kn and seats up to 58 passengers. This versatile vessel delivers military through to superyacht support tender operations; demonstrating the shift where workboat design and build overlaps with the needs of the superyacht sector.

Genuine Marine (PB40), headquartered in China, will exhibit at Seawork 2018. One of Genuine Marine’s specialisations is the manufacture and supply of standard and custom-made EVA fenders for its global world-wide client-base of commercial and leisure craft. James Georgechen, Marketing Director states, “Seawork International is a wonderful event for Genuine Marine to showcase our products, meet quality potential customers and source new products.”