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After long and careful consideration and qualitative surveys of exhibitors at and
visitors to our six previous Asian Shipping and Work Boat exhibitions in
Singapore, we have changed the events name to Asian Work Boat.
This change, in fact, better reflects the reality of the event and the exhibitors and
visitors attracted to it. It started as a Work Boat show back in the mid-nineties. The last
couple of events have shown a trend back to those roots.
We, and those we surveyed, also felt that there are too many cargo shipping shows
in Singapore anyway. While our event has always attracted a loyal and very high quality
crowd, it was becoming increasingly difficult to be all things to all people.
So, in March 2011, Asian Work Boat will be the name and south-east Asia's
enormous work boat sector will be the focus.
As almost all of you are very well aware, the ASEAN countries and their surrounding
waters are hot beds of work boat activity. While the oil and gas industry is the most
prominent and obvious user of work boats, there are a number of other sectors where
the work boat activity is nearly as frantic.
Obviously, OSVs represent the biggest, most powerful and most expensive sector but
the others are still important and increasing. Tug and barge activity is growing rapidly,
for example. Harbour and salvage tugs are rapidly being replaced by larger, more
powerful and more versatile vessels.
Throughout the region new ferries and tourist vessels are appearing almost weekly.
Many more will need to be introduced as old wooden ones are replaced and modern
safety regulations are enforced.
Dredgers and port and coastal construction vessels are finding ever increasing work
as are pollution control and oil spill recovery craft. Over recent years there has been an
enormous boom in the construction of patrol, pilot and rescue boats for the region.
Finally, the fishing and aquaculture sectors are slowly but steadily modernising. With
about 75 percent of the developed world's fishing boats being eliminated as a result of
"green" pressure, Asia's fishing future is secure. A global need for clean, green, seafood
sourced protein means that growth in the sector is inevitable and will be inexorable.
With the magazine you are now reading totally dominating the global work boat
market, the Asian Work Boat exhibition will be very solidly backed. It will also be
strongly supported by our fast growing and all encompassing maritime website
www.bairdmaritime.com which is also the global leader in its market.
The various arms of the Baird Maritime Group are in touch with a very high
proportion of Asia's work boat owners and operators on a very frequent basis. In many
cases that is daily.
Singapore is undoubtedly proving to be the centre of the work boat universe. There
is no doubt that Asian Work Boat will be easily the most significant international work
boat exhibition in Asia.
All of us at Baird Maritime will be working very hard for the next twelve months to
ensure that Asian Work Boat is very well worth participating in. We want it to be a
useful, interesting, informative and inspiring meeting place for serious work boat people
from all over the world.
Remember the dates: March 1 -- 3, 2011. The venue is Hall 401 at Suntec in Singapore.
I look forward to seeing you there.
In the Focus on Singapore section of our January 2010 issue (page 20) we published a
story on the expanded Weichai-Baudouin (S) marine engine range and inadvertently
used an image of a different Weichai-Baudouin engine. We apologise for our
carelessness. We are proud to work with and promote Weichai-Baudouin (S) and
congratulate them on the upcoming grand opening of their new Singapore premises.
The correct image of the newly released Baudouin 6 W126 M marine engine rated to
335.5kW can be seen on page 42 of this issue.
Focus on workboats at
EDITORIAL MARCH 2010
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Remember to keep checking into BairdMaritime.com regularly to keep up with
the latest developments in the industry and to peruse back copies of this magazine.
The Ships and Boats on Order database, also available on the site, is continually
updated, and remains a very valuable tool for marine businesses.
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