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29.10.2012

Euronaval 2012 - International Naval Show - Paris

Euronaval 2012, held at Le Bourget Exhibition Centre Paris, from 22nd to 26th October 2012 attracted visitors from over 100 countries. Euronaval is a leading international naval defence, maritime safety and security event organised under the joint patronage of the French Ministry of Defence and the Secretariat of State for the Sea.

Euronaval 2012 is the 23rd Euronaval show. Held on alternate years this year’s exhibition included 400 exhibitors from 35 countries. Euronaval 2012 attracted 87 official delegations and 300 guests of honour from 60 countries, including high-ranking government figures, secretaries of state and navy chiefs of staff.

This is a high profile international navy event with large naval assets and associated weapons taking centre stage with impressive stands and displays. But there is another side to Euronaval - the Euronaval conference programme included debates on the safe and secure use of the seas for civil purposes and for the first time marine energies were high on the agenda.

Although this is predominantly a ‘big ship’ event there were a few high speed craft on display. This included 10 metre (33 feet) black military RIBs built by Zodiac and Sillinger. With high power and high performance delivered by multiple outboard or inboard engines suspension seats are now an intrinsic part of these designs. Noguier France displayed their novel twin waterjet rescue / utility craft with open stern.

Mediterranean countries are always well represented at Euronaval events. Italian high performance manufacturers included FB Design, Intermarine and Seatek engines. Aresa Spain presented a range of professional craft. MSAR based in Malta had heavy duty search & rescue / patrol craft available to lease.

The Euronaval workshop area enabled companies to present specialist ideas and solutions.

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Euronaval recognised that a high value growth area in the high speed craft sector is USV (unmanned surface vessel). There are analogies and successes from unmanned aircraft but 'unmanned' at sea is still a sensitive subject. IRPCS (International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea) require many points of compliance in international waters, including the fundamental requirement to keep a lookout. 

An unarmed USV loitering on standby in shallows near a harbour entrance for instant deployment with search and rescue (SAR) tasks controlled by the local port in storm force conditions when lifeboats cannot launch is a very different proposition to a USV carrying weapons at high speed with a computer games console running operations from a satellite link in another country. All professional seafarers need to consider 'unmanned craft' and get involved in the ‘good news / bad news’ debate.

Euronaval 2012 was a good meeting place for technological innovation, plus future R&D is always high on the Euronaval agenda. Overall an excellent event which the RIB & HSC Directory are pleased to support.

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