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Seawork 2014
10th - 12th June

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Seawork 2014
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 all the exhibitors . Without doubt the show was dominated by the offshore wind farm 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 quite static.

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.

BAE Systems
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 decade.

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 operations.”

Humber RIB's
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 time. Andrew 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 Yamaha outboards.

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 developed the custom hull, meeting the police boat code for the Devon and Cornwall Police Tactical Aid Group, a group of highly trained specialist police units.

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 costs.

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 twin Yamaha 225hp outboards, 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.

Zodiac Milpro
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 GB
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.

Yamaha UK
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

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 for use in cabin style vessels, such 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 specific requirements.

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 Columbia, Canada.

UllmanDynamics AB
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.

ICOM Showcase
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.

Some show pics: Photo Gallery

June 2014