The Port of Southampton has hosted the event since 1998, originally at the QE11 Cruise Terminal, and more recently at the Canary Isles Fruit Terminal in the Western Docks, which provided more covered space for exhibitors as well as a larger area for on water displays.
As usual the sun shone kindly on the 600 exhibitors and the thousands of visitors.
With over 10,000 products and services on offer, international, national and local exhibitors experienced unparalleled levels of interest from all areas of the commercial maritime sector.
Highlights included the Seawork Conference which witnessed jam packed seminar sessions. A host of demonstrations occurred throughout the three days on water, onshore and in the Dive Tank.
New venue for 2016
Due to the accelerating demand for cargo related services on the Port of Southampton, including a planned refurbishment of the Canary Isles Terminal, plus the need for Seawork itself to expand, this is the last time Seawork will be accommodated within the port area thereby ending a longstanding and happy relationship.
Andrew Webster, CEO of Seawork's organisers, Mercator Media, was able to announce an agreement in principle with Southampton City Council to relocate Seawork International to the nearby Mayflower Park in June 2016.
"We are very grateful to ABP (owners of the Port of Southampton) for their help over many years and also extend our thanks to Solent Stevedores, who pulled out all the stops to ensure we had continuity at the Canary Isles Terminal this year. We now look forward to the move to Mayflower Park in 2016 which will allow the exhibition to expand in a more central city location with good transport links, easy access, ample parking and access to the water"