British Marine Marina Conference 2017: Improving the state of the nation

Published on: 18 May 2017

The 2017 British Marine Marina Conference, sponsored by Walcon, took place on 26-27 April in Southampton and attracted marina professionals from all over the UK and Europe.

The event began with a welcome from Dan Hughes CMM, CMM UK & European Chairman, who introduced the keynote speaker for the Conference, Warren Cass.

Warren delivered a fascinating talk on ‘Tomorrow’s Customer’, a theme that ran through the whole of the Conference schedule.

 Highlights of the Conference included:

  • Seabin Project Managing Director & Co-Founder, Pete Ceglinski, who gave an inspiring presentation on ‘The Seabin’, a floating rubbish bin that is located in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports collecting all floating rubbish
  • Panel discussions on: ‘Marina of the Year – How do they do it?, End of Boat Life and What Opportunities do Tomorrow’s Customer bring?
  • Ross Clifford from Tidal Lagoon Power on how to harness natural power from the rise and fall of the tides, sustainably and at scale
  • Risk Management and ‘Preparing for the Unexpected’ from Century Maritime Ltd
  • Pension age is the new middle age: turn accessibility into profitability from Jon White (TYHA) & Debbie Blachford (RYA Sailability)
  • The launch of the 2017 Marina of the Year Awards by Jon White

In addition, updates were given on the latest marina and boatyard apprenticeship, marina health and safety, the fast track marine licence service from the MMO, the BCF’s anti-fouling initiative and latest information on business rates.

During breaks throughout the Conference, delegates could view displays from Landau UK Ltd, C-Quip Ltd, Seasafe Systems Ltd, Rolec Services Ltd, Maricer and the Moorings Club.

During the Conference’s Dinner, Robin Walters from Walcon received the TYHA friendship award from Julien Goldie (TYHA director).

Steve Arber of Tingdene Marinas commented on the Conference: “Thank you for another great Marinas Conference. The content was ideal, the presentation excellent, and the event as a whole was well run. I would thoroughly recommend attendance to my colleagues in the marina industry.”

Dan Hughes CMM, CMM UK & European Chairman, added: “It was a fantastic industry conference, sponsored once again by industry stalwarts Walcon Marine and attended by over 110 delegates, with a wide range of relevant and engaging subjects covered, from innovation and new technologies, tidal power, end of boat life, apprenticeships, preparing for the unexpected, health & safety along with our keynote speaker Warren Cass on “Tomorrow’s Customer” who delivered an entertaining and thought-provoking session on what our marina customers might require in the future and how we should adapt to the change. In addition to the conference presentations, there was the opportunity for delegates to meet, network and socialise with friends, contacts and colleagues, including those showcase exhibitors who were also in attendance. The feedback has been hugely positive and plans are already in place for the next conference programme!” 

TYHA member, Brian Burns from Inland & Coastal Marina Systems Ltd, commented: “As far as our company is concerned we found the conference to be very productive and an excellent opportunity for us to network with existing contacts in the industry and make some new friends. The presentations were diverse, informative and allowed us to be more aware of some exciting new innovations within the industry. We also found the opportunity to get face-to-face feedback on the developments within the marketplace and the industry in general, to be most beneficial. The staff from British Marine made a profound and professional effort to ensure all attending the conference were catered for in all aspects.”