Meet the UK National Shipbuilding Office, MOD and DIT at Seawork & Marine Civils 2022

Defence and Security Business.

Seawork & Marine Civils are delighted to inform you that there will be a strong presence by UK Government Departments, including the new National Shipbuilding Office (NSO), as well as Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Department for International Trade (DIT) at the exhibition. 

The UK National Shipbuilding Office are responsible for coordinating vessel procurement across all Government departments, as well as implementing the recently published refresh of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

The MOD department responsible for all UK Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) projects dealing with the procurement and through life support of all boats and their equipment, used by all three services, will be present again in strength and represented by the DE&S “Boats Team.” They use the exhibition as their annual Industry Days to meet with existing clients and meet new potential clients.  

The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) helps UK national companies involved with sales and export abroad, both commercial and military, for boats, equipment and related services.  Seawork & Marine Civils offer a unique opportunity for exhibiting companies to meet with them to discuss your products and future plans.  Whilst the MOD Boats team are equally happy to meet national and international companies, the DIT will only meet with UK companies.

We are arranging a programme for one - to - one meetings for exhibitors to meet with the NSO, MOD Boats Team and the DIT experts.  The Government stands are in the Government Area in Hall 7. The MOD Boats Team will be giving their regular annual update on opportunities during the exhibition.

NSO Meetings.

The NSO team will be available for short (15 minute) meetings on their stand. They are interested in meeting UK based vessel builders and supply chain companies alike to understand your capabilities and the challenges you face so that they can better target support.


MOD Meetings. 

1.            Boat builder. If you are a boat building company with new products or ideas, the MOD team may want to visit your stand or boat for a short presentation. These visits to a stand should not last, for more than 20 minutes. 

2.            The MOD Boats Team will be available to hold a short (5 to 15 minute) meeting with you on the MOD Stand.  The Boats Team work with a handful of prime boat building contractors; therefore, if your equipment or service is part of a boat construction or boat equipment system, they are most unlikely to visit your stand. If you meet them on the Boats Team stand, they will be able to advise you which contractors you should approach and talk to about your product/service.


DIT Meetings.

The DIT will be represented by their Export Finance department, able to provide advice on funding and support they can offer to UK registered companies involved with export business.  One of their experts from the Export Finance team will provide one–to–one meetings for UK companies seeking financial support to develop commercial and military export business. These will be in a DIT meeting room on the DIT stand. DIT cover both commercial and military business including Dual Use. Following Brexit, this may be of particular interest. Export Enquiries will be taken by a staff member on the DIT stand. 

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