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19 April 2013

The Society enjoys success at Sea Asia - the first time a UK Pavilion has been formed!

For the first time a substantial UK Pavilion was organised and managed after years of attempting to form a group of British companies at this year's Sea Asia, 9-11 April, Singapore.

This was primarily due to a heavy recruitment drive at other marine trade fairs leading up to Sea Asia and telephone marketing.  Strong support from UKTI by way of “New to Event” TAP grant funding administered by us to enable eligible SMEs first time to the show, to take advantage of a grant of £3,000 from the 1 August in respect of our plethora of marine trade fairs in the middle and far east export markets planned for the latter part of this year and in early 2014.  Sea Asia was situated on the lower floor of the Marina Bay Casino Complex and the UK Pavilion was suitably placed next to the Chinese Pavilion which was for the first time, very large in area and contained leading Chinese Shipyards.

Traffic flow was observed to be very good by the exhibitors following a slow start on the first day.  It was noticeable that the Seatrade Conference at Sea Asia was the best ever thus far, with a record of number of attendees exceeding over 650 delegates on most days.  The majority of these delegates were of a high calibre regarding buying power and made the effort to use free time to visit the exhibitor booths.  They consisted of leading Shipowners, their superintendents, Offshore Operators and Shipyard Operators from Singapore and from all over the globe.  All out exhibitors reported good business with many forming new relationships with local agents and those from abroad.  It is noteworthy that very few British firms were exhibiting outside the UK Pavilion. 

The head of the UK Trade and Investment, High Commission Singapore, visited Sea Asia and the undersigned visited the High Commission at the end of this trade fair, to discuss arrangements for Asia Pacific Maritime, which takes place in March 2014 and covers both the lower and upper floors of the Marina Bay Centre.  

APM will be launched very shortly and the “New to Event” TAP grants of £3,000 have already been allocated to us by UKTI, so book early to avoid disappointment.  Kelvin Hughes and Rolls-Royce Marine have already reserved their space with us. 

Finally the BMEA Council meeting hosted by Council Member Robin Thuillier of Rolls-Royce went ahead as scheduled at Level 33 in the financial district and the Council welcomed on board Stephen Blaikie, CEO of Bibby Surveys, who was visiting the 600 berth floatel “Bibby Progress” in Keppel Shipyard.  Following the Council meeting Stelios Kyriacou, Director and head of Wartsila Hamworthy Ballast Water Systems, Andrew Peters CEO of Polstar  Space Applications and Neil Walker, Head of Trade and Investment were invited to the Rolls-Royce Marine Dinner.  Robin Thuillier was thanked by all for providing the venue for the BMEA Council Meeting and Dinner.

Contact John Southerden for further information on Sea Asia 2013 or any of the other UK Pavilions we are managing during 2013 and in 2014

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