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The third Navexpo International floating trade show will be held at Lorient La Base from 15 to 17 May 2018. The boats afloat area will feature the Gavrinis buoy tender, the pride of the fleet operated by France’s lighthouses and beacons service (French: Phares et Balises). Both the service and shipbuilder Delavergne will use the event to formally present the vessel to the public. Delavergne delivered the 27.5-metre aluminium hulled vessel in November. Other Navexpo exhibitors that contributed to the Gavrinis project include Émeraude Moteurs Systèmes (Scania diesels), Hydro Armor, Sofradi, ECCS and naval architecture bureau H&T.

Lorient-based maritime service provider Ship As A Service will display a range of situation response, survey and R&D support vessels. “Other craft in the boats afloat area will be announced shortly,” said an organiser. Exhibitor bookings are already up 30% on 2017 when the three-day event attracted around 100 exhibitors and 3,300 visitors. “Plans for various partnerships and the growing demand in many sectors suggest that the third Navexpo International show should prove one of the highlights of 2018 for maritime professionals.”

“A good number of French and international players registering interest as we go to press,” said an organiser. Firm bookings have already been received from: Alphaver Marine, Alumarine Shipyard, Aqua Lung, Carlier Chaînes, Chantier Naval Bord à Bord, Chantier Naval Delavergne, Chantiers Navals Bernard, Delion Architecture Navale, ECCS, Émeraude Moteurs Systèmes, ENAG, Geberit, H&T, Hydro Armor, John Deere / NPS Diesel, Lemer Fonderie, Reya, Robin Marine, Scania France, Ship As A Service, Shipelec, Sofradi, Vestdavit and Wago Contact.

Mer et Marine, a Navexpo partner since the first edition in 2016, will attend to report on the floating boat show, the first of its type in France. The event will focus on fisheries and aquaculture, passenger and cargo services, port and harbour services, maritime safety and security, the offshore oil & gas sector, marine renewable energy, and underwater and waterway engineering.


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