British Marine, established in 1913 originally as the Boat and Yacht Builders’ and Proprietors and Allied Trades Protection Association (BYPATPA) is this year celebrating 100 years supporting the marine industry.
The aims of BYPATPA included promotion and protection of its members and the promotion or opposing of legislation which today still sits within the heart of British Marine’s mission along with delivering high quality services, benefits and commercial activities.
Ten decades has seen British Marine work diligently to support the marine industry from making amends to Parliamentary bills, building relationships with the Admiralty and Ministry of Shipping to developing national apprenticeship schemes. Devising legal contracts to improve boatbuilding trade standards, purchasing boat shows and creating campaigns for foot and mouth and red diesel are also within the timeline of British Marine notable events.
While British Marine looks back on 100 years that it has supported, provided and built foundations for the marine industry it couldn’t have done this without its members. Today British Marine has over 1500 members, some of British Marine’s longest standing members include W Bates & Son, Berthon Boat Company, Marina Developments Ltd, George Wilson & Sons, Birdham Pool, W Trout, Frank Halls, Salters Steamers, Premier Marinas, Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, AM Dickies & Sons, Staniland Marine, Walter Hammerton, Norman Pearn & Company, EC Landamore and Kris Cruisers.
Along with a year of commemoration for British Marine centenary many members are also celebrating milestone anniversaries. British Marine region and group association APCO (Association of Pleasure Craft Operators) celebrates 60 years in 2013 along with Cooney Marine in its 45th year in business and Trend Marine and Carswell Gould respectively celebrate their 40th and 20th anniversaries. New British Marine member, Bournemouth & Poole College opens the doors on the Lansdowne Campus in its 100th year.
Commenting on the year of celebrations, Howard Pridding, British Marine CEO said:”There have been many milestones for the marine industry over the last hundred years that have been aided by British Marine and that have helped shape the industry we see today. I have been with British Marine for 20 years and have a great passion for the industry and the organisation, so it is an honour for me to be chief Executive at this time to celebrate British Marine’s centenary and to follow the work of the previous CEO’s. Not only is it a time to look on the 100 years past but also to look forward and how we can progress our work for our members and the leisure marine industry.”
Today, over 1500 members from the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry are represented by British Marine, the membership organisation, which will continue its aims and objectives and looks to the next 100 years.