Home' Ships and Shipping : February 2011 Contents The Twin Disc crew fielded many questions in 2009
BG Tay Lim Heng and Neil Baird with traditional
dancing lions at the opening of AWB 2009
Brigadier General Tay Lim Heng, CEO of the
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore,
opened the exhibition at AWB 2009
The Tractors Singapore stand attracted many visitors
The Reintjes Asia Pacific stand covered a lot of
ground in 2009
The Voith Turbo stand was well patronised
With just weeks to go until the seventh ASIAN WORK BOAT
Exhibition opens in Singapore on March 1, interest from
exhibitors, visitors and delegates alike is very strong!
“Confirmed exhibitors so far represent a ‘Who’s Who’ of the
world’s leading shipbuilders, naval architects, engine
manufacturers, transmission suppliers and all those other
companies that supply equipment or services to work boats of every
kind,” said organiser Kishore Navani.
“We expect many more to confirm bookings over the next weeks
as the momentum increases. The 2011 ASIAN WORK BOAT is shaping
up to be the biggest and best yet and they won’t want to miss out.
“At the same time, we have been pleased to receive an
unprecedentedly large number of visitor ‘pre-registrations’ and
enquiries about the associated conferences,” Mr Navani proclaimed.
“Their quality is also unprecedented.”
ASIAN WORK BOAT 2011, which will be held at Suntec
Singapore will focus specifically on the non-cargo carrying sector of
the maritime industry.
It is the only event in south-east Asia that concentrates purely
on the tug, barge, ferry, OSV, dredger, patrol, pilot and rescue boat,
tourist, fishing and aquaculture and oil rig sectors.
In addition to well over 120 exhibits by shipbuilders, naval
architects, engine and propulsion system manufacturers, electronics,
safety equipment and paint manufacturers and similar suppliers to
the industry, there will be four high quality conferences. These will
address particular sectors of the ASEAN work boat industry.
The first of the conferences is organised by leading international
conference organiser ACI of London, and is their Third Offshore
Support Vessels Summit. This well established and respected
conference will run over two days, March 1 and 2, 2011 in a room
adjacent to the Asian Work Boat exhibition at Suntec.
This premier event will examine how the offshore support sector
is strategising to overcome the challenges of operating under
Over the two days, delegates will:-
• Discover the latest technologies in the Offshore Service Industry
• Examine the opportunities and hottest developments in the Asia
• Hear of the developments in new generation ship design
• Learn about the safety practices of working in increasingly
• Determine the crew requirements of new generation vessels
• And much more...
The second of the conferences, to run for a whole day on
Tuesday, March 1, is presented by world-renowned body IMarEST
and is titled, “Creating Marine Renewable Energy”. IMarEST – the
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology – was
established in London in 1889, is a leading international
membership body and learned society for marine professionals,
with over 15,000 members worldwide.
The third conference, taking place for a whole day on Thursday,
March 3, is being presented by the Singapore Maritime Institute
and is titled, “Maritime Developments in Southeast Asia – a most
The fourth of the conferences will be presented by the Nautical
Institute and will also take place for a whole day on Thursday,
March 3, with conference details to be released in coming days.
Alongside the conferences and exhibition, exciting and significant
Product Presentation Seminars will take place on Wednesday, March
2, including the Shipowners’ Asia seminar addressing, “Cutting
through the haze of what the liabilities of a work boat operator are
and how they can be insured”, followed by seminars from two other
significant work boat industry contributors, then a major presentation
from Cummins Diesel throughout the afternoon.
The conferences, presentations and bustling exhibition offer an
embarrassment of riches to members of the regional work boat
industry and international visitors. There is literally something for
everyone in this high-quality, professional programme.
Optimism and excitement before WORK BOAT ASIA 2011
“They say that a rising tide lifts all ships. There is no doubt that
this applies to the work boat industry in south-east Asia”, said
ASIAN WORK BOAT exhibition organiser Kishore Navani.
“The sustained recent strength in the price of oil has continued
to support the long running boom in the ASEAN offshore service
“At the same time, the ongoing strength of the Chinese
economy is encouraging investment in tug and barge combos and
port development to help move more bulk minerals and timber
products to China”, Mr Navani added.
“Strangely, even the piracy “boom” in the Malacca Straits is
having a positive effect on the local work boat market”, Mr Navani
explained. “That particular increase in activity has inspired the
commissioning of numerous new and improved patrol boats.
“So, for a number of disparate reasons, the whole small ship
market in the ASEAN region is very strong in the final three
months before ASIAN WORK BOAT.
“This is clearly reflected in the very strong booth sales and
visitor pre-registrations to date. They are certainly proving the
demand for a pure work boat exhibition in south-east Asia”, Mr
For further information on the Asian Work Boat exhibition,
Kishore Navani. Baird Events, Australia.
PH: +61 3 9645 0411, FX: +61 3 9645 0475
Email: email@example.com, Web: www.bairdmaritime.com
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