This show just grows and grows. This year saw the addition
of another 15% of floor space in the third hall (Hall C) to accommodate
the exhibitors . Without doubt the show was dominated by the offshore
sector, when once
it was the fish farming industry. Military and general commerciall
remains core business which provides the RIB industry with a continued
opportunity to shine. Although the number of supporting services
from exhibitors has significantly increased the representation
for RIB's is remaining
With such a large representation from the marine industry a comprehensive
review is best served by visiting the Seawork
2014 website which covers
all the exhibitors and their products on show, either static booths
or the on water demonstration vessels. Below is a summary of those
rib related exhibitors who caught the eye.
The small boats division unveiled a new Pacific 24 Mk IV Rigid Inflatable
Fast Rescue craft. The continued evolution of the Pacific 24 is expected
to deliver an enhanced capability for the Royal Navy for the next
The Mk IV has been designed from the outset to be a military craft
and it is now fully compliant to SOLAS regulations. The craft has undertaken
all the SOLAS compliance testing including drops, slams and self-righting
trials and has passed all of these stringent assessments, without any
derogations being issued - we were informed that this is rare for a
new design of military craft. Fitted with the electronic Yanmar 8LV370
engine and coupled through a ZF gearbox to a Hamilton HJ241 water jet
with dry running bearings, this new model has been future-proofed introducing
new technologies to increase the payload capability for war fighting
or safety equipment to be added in support of operational requirements.
These small craft catamaran RIBs provide exceptional stability along
with a soft ride and responsive control. For such a small 4m craft
the catamaran design with its high payload capability make them a
real workhorse with many unique features. Simon McLoughlin, Managing
Director tells us, “these RIBs are ideally suited as a daughter
craft to operate from the deck of a mothership for such applications
as crew transfer, security patrol, sonar survey, rescue and unmanned
One of the original UK production RIB companies, founded in 1964, the
show marked Humber's golden jubilee in celebration
of supplying more than 11,000 RIBs, all built in Hull, during this
Roffee, the son of the founder Frank, now leads the firm although
he tells us that the ‘gaffer’ still turns a watchful
eye over the business of building these well established boats. Showcasing
its 7.5m pro commercial workboat equipped with a pro console, Ullman
suspension seats and powered by twin Suzuki 140 engines, delivering
a top speed of 45 knots the RIB was finished in all black.
Marine Specialised Technology
MST design and manufacture commercial rigid inflatable and high speed
workboats in composite and aluminium up to 20m LOA and is a high
flyer in its field supplying craft to law enforcement, military and
rescue organisations around the world. With a 30,000 sq.ft dedicated
waterfront manufacturing facility in Liverpool the company offers
a complete after sales service including spares, servicing and maintenance.
It’s also in a position to offer lease contracts through its
Fleet Services Division. Using sophisticated 3-dimensional CAD engineering
software the ‘in-house’ naval architectural facilities
offer a bespoke design service as well as a range of craft proven
in service around the world.
Once again Ribcraft had RIBs both ashore on the quayside and on the
water. Their latest 8m bespoke model stole the limelight with the
handover to the Devon and Cornwall Police, complete with twin 200hp
Following an open tender process for the supply
of the boat, which will be used for a variety of police activities,
including diver rescue,
missing persons search and intelligence-led crime detection the
police force took formal delivery of the boat at the show. Ribcraft
the custom hull, meeting the police boat code for the Devon and
Cornwall Police Tactical Aid Group, a group of highly trained specialist
Seahorse Marine Workboats
This corrosion resistant plastic boat specialist works hard in the
design and production of next generation workboat watercraft. Emphasis
is on creating a product that is safer with a class-leading durability
and product life span, contributing to a reduction in through-life
Their RCB 500 SeaViper is the latest development. Designed
and developed with the client, Roy Taylor of A & R Marine, for
multiple operational deployments, the SeaViper encompasses many unique
design features including reduced freeboard rescue zones, sealed
conduit control systems and new Seahorse desined and manufactured
suspension seats to name a few. At 8.5m long and a beam of 2.8m the
combined with the unique hull design, delivers optimum performance
and handling even in the harshest of marine environments.
These unique RIBs use the only proven technology in the world which
transforms a powerful all-terrain vehicle into a high-speed, ocean
going speed boat. The Sealegs amphibious system consists of motorised,
retractable and steerable wheels which are fitted to specially designed
boats to give users a fully integrated, turn-key package. The Sealegs
market sector focuses on commercial and military professional use
as well as the top end sports and leisure marine sector.
The French defence ministry confirmed its acceptance of the first advanced
ECUME RIB manufactured by Zodiac Milpro and has placed an order for
nine boats, the first part of an investment that will ultimately
result in the delivery of another 10 of these advanced new boats.
Developed for military and civil use by Zodiac Milpro and its Canadian
subsidiary, Zodiac Hurricane, the RIB will enter service as a multi-mission
craft that can be deployed individually or as part of a powerful
assault group. The boats can carry the full spectrum of commando
weaponry and equipment in addition to advanced radio communications.
At 9.3m the ECUME is powered by two Volvo Penta diesel inboard engines
and the air step hull’s low centre of gravity enables the boat
to sustain high speeds in demanding sea conditions and are able to
undertake long distance raids carrying 12 fully equipped navy commandos
at speeds in excess of 40 knots.
Suzuki’s Mark Beeley is passionate about the outboard motors
he sells. This passion for perfection ethos means Suzuki continually
endeavours to lead the way with innovative new technologies, including
battery-less electronic fuel injection, lean burn control and selective
rotation systems. On display was the lightweight and portable DF2.5
to the award-winning power of the V6 DF300AP.
A provider of ‘top notch’ highly engineered outboard motors,
Yamaha UK work with all leading boat manufacturers. Their comprehensive
range of 2-stroke, 4-stroke and electric outboards give users a comprehensive
range of advantages from ultimate portability through to a remarkable
operational range together with low sound levels. From my experience
their gear shift is second to none. With an established Dealer Network
and full works workshop facilities they can supply some outboard models
with options such as Water-Jet propulsion, additional Carrying Handles,
Hour Meters, Multi-function Tillers and many other options.
Scot Seats manufacture shock mitigation seating for marine applications along
with their range of seating for commercial vehicles. Their marine range
includes jockey seats and helmsman seats primarily for high speed craft. Seating
as wind farm support vessels are also extensively supplied to this
market sector. A range of flip up seats also can be provided allowing flexible
layouts for boats. Scot Seats can tailor their seating to each customer’s
One of the world leaders of Shock Mitigation Technology SHOXS seats
are used in all branches of the US and foreign military marine units.
The US Coast Guard, US Customs and Border Protection and many Law
Enforcement agencies understand the importance of shock mitigation
in protecting crews and extending careers for marine operators. All
seats are purpose built in their premises on Victoria Island, British
If you're interested in Marine Suspension Seats check out Ullman.
These seats are very light, maintenance free and have a very small
footprint. They can be retrofitted to basically any boat. Ullman have
been specialising in injury prevention and developing seats for the
most demanding work environments since 1990. Customers include US Navy
Seal Teams, Swedish Coast Guard, Dutch Sea Rescue & UK Royal Marines.
This seat mechanism is fully enclosed to keep user body parts, ropes
and deck equipment away from moving parts. A flexible gaiter can
be dropped instantly for routine inspection. The metallic components
produced from 316L stainless steel and A4 fasteners are used throughout.
The unit incorporates a FOX® brand shock absorber which is fully
adjustable with separate low speed compression adjustment and adjustable
rebound. The design is of a flat back surface, on which it’s
said allows easy fitment of VHF radios, handsets, torches or other
equipment up to 5kg in weight.
Aqua-dock brought along their new design maintenance-free flotation
module incorporating polyurethane rollers on Delrin shafts.
Gecko Head Gear
Established in 1993 and specialising in hand-made helmets designed
for Marine Safety Organisations and water born sport markets. Ten
years of continuous research in conjunction with Rescue and Emergency
organisations has resulted in a range of helmets that can be adapted
to meet the needs of a wide spectrum of professional and sporting
use around the world. These helmets are ideally suited to help keep
you safe, warm and comfortable within the marine environment.
A new range of radio solutions for the commercial maritime market were
showcased by the electronic market leader ICOM. New products included
the IC-M506 VHF with integrated AIS Receiver and an HM-195CMI Dual
Commandmic interface that provides an additional station for two
of its fixed radios. Ian Lockyer, Marketing Manager of Icom UK Ltd
said.” We have brought along some really innovative new products
this year that will assist operational efficiency and improved safety
and security.” This was well demonstrated by their range of
other solutions including Icom’s Marine Commander Navigation
System, the IDAS range of digital two way radios, their AIS product
range and ATEX products suitable for use in hazardous areas such
as oil rigs and on petrol tankers.
Ocean Signal RescueMe PLB1
This Personal Locator Beacon was remarkable in its size, said to be
the smallest PLB in the world. Boasting being 30% smaller, a 7 year
battery life and warranty, 66 channel GPS and no subscription. This
pocket size can be easily fitted in a lifejacket. Waterproof to 15m
and with a flotation pouch to ensure it won’t sink and can
be retrieved from the water. This unit uses three methods of communicating
your location, 406MHz link to emergency services by satellite, a
121.5MHz homing beacon to aid final location by SARC and a high intensity
1 candela strobe. A real diamond in a small package.
Specialist Small Craft
A newly formed company by Mark Pullinger, an expert specialist in the
development of watercraft for innovative uses. With a pedigree from
a world leader in the supply of power units and personal watercraft
Mark has lots to offer the small to medium size boat user. Specialist
Small Craft continue to develop and distribute specialist products
for boat builders, retailers and users.
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