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Representation and Promotion

For more than 100 years British Marine’s most important role has been to represent its members and the UK marine industry Representation & Promotion

British Marine exists to promote, support and protect the UK's leisure, small commercial and superyacht industries to key audiences. This is achieved through marketing campaigns, both to raise the profile of members and also to encourage the public to enjoy boating and watersports activities. It is also achieved through British Marine effectively highlighting the marine industry to the highest levels of Government.

British Marine Centenary Walter Hammerton at his ferry in TwickenhamOne of British Marine's very first actions was to support Walter Hammerton's rights to operate a ferry on the River Thames at Twickenham, in a case that went to the House of Lords back in 1915. We're proud not only that the case was won then, but also that the company is still operating a ferry there and remains in membership. There have been countless instances since when we have represented the rights of individual marine businesses and whole sectors, to ensure that our collective voice is heard and members' rights are preserved.

All of this work relies on one thing - You, the member. Without your involvement and guidance we cannot make these strong cases and get your business and your industry the outcomes or recognition you need or deserve. 

A good way to get more involved is to actively participate in our associations and by becoming a member of an association committee. Our Technical team is also keen to involve members that have expertise in specialist fields for which standards might be changing, or negotiations required to ensure we always have realistic and appropriate technical legislation for our industry.

Further details on the current campaigns we are working on are available in this section – you can start by looking at the menu to the right. We welcome your involvement and will assist you to find the right areas to make your valuable contribution, so please do not hesitate to contact the Membership team directly on 01784 223663 or email us at membership@britishmarine.co.uk

 

Read how practical represenational support helped Falmouth Marine Co reopen for business

 

Check out the tabs below to find out who we engage with and how we do it.

Representation and Promotion Benefits
Become a Committee Member

Each Association under British Marine is run by a Committee made up of individual members.

Boat Safety Scheme

The Boat Safety Scheme, or BSS, is a public safety initiative owned by the Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency. Its purpose is to help minimise the risk of boat fires, explosions, or pollution harming visitors to the inland waterways, the waterways' workforce and any other users.

British Marine Industry Trends Autumn 2017

British Marine conducts a survey bi-annually to measure current business performance and trends in the marine industry over the last six months and future expectations. The latest version of this report for the period June 2017 - November 2017 is now available to download.

British Marine Magazine Issue 21 - early summer

The early summer issue of the British Marine Magazine is now available. Read about the latest report from British Marine's Futures Project and what this means for targeting the next generation of boating customers. There are member case studies from GAC Pindar and Lombard. And interim Managing Director David Pougher looks back over the past year at Marine House.

British Marine research shows positive growth for UK small commercial marine sector

British Marine publishes the next stage of its 'first of its kind' study into the UK small commercial marine sector, which highlights sector growth on the back of some significant challenges. Find out more and download the full report.

British Marine Technical Report No 119 published

British Marine's latest Technical Report (TR119) is out, providing important updates on the Recreational Craft Regulations, harmonised standards and EU Ship Recycling Regulations. It is an essential read for British Marine members. Find out more and how to download your copy.

Commercial Vessels on Inland Waterways and Domestic Waters

Commercial Vessels on Inland Waterways and Domestic Waters

Commercial Vessels Operating at Sea

Read about the Rules and Regulations applicable to Offshore commercial craft

Committees

Each Association under British Marine is run by a Committee made up of individual members.

Environment

British Marine’s Environment & Boating Facilities service offers the best environment and planning advice to the trade.

ICOMIA and the IMO

British Marine is a member of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), which holds a consultative seat at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). ICOMIA has a representative who attends IMO meetings on our behalf and reports on issues which will potentially affect the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industries.

ICOMIA Half Year Trends Report 2016 (July-December)

ICOMIA’s Half Year Trends Report provides a snapshot overview of the economic performance of national marine industries across the globe for the past 6 months - 1 July 2016 to 31 December 2016 - compared to the same period of the previous year - 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015. Although no quantifiable data is gathered; the survey acts as a barometer to indicate recent economic trends in the global recreational boating industry as well as the general outlook for the coming year. This publication is an exclusive member benefit and is only available to full members of British Marine.

ICOMIA Half Year Trends Report 2017

ICOMIA’s Half Year Trends Report 2017 provides a snapshot overview of the health of the global marine industry for the past 6 months, from 1 July to 31 December 2017, compared with the same period 12 months ago. Sourced from sentiment surveys of ICOMIA members, this 1 page report shows trends across 30 key national markets focusing on core industry KPIs, including a range of boat, engine and accessories sales, import, export and domestic market growth, and the economic outlook for each of these markets. Although no quantifiable data is gathered; the survey acts as a barometer to indicate recent economic trends in the global recreational boating industry as well as the general outlook for the coming year.

ICOMIA Quarterly Economic Statistics 2016 (Q1-4)

ICOMIA’s Quarterly Economic Statistics Report 2016 (Q1-4) provides valuable information on economic development in over 45 countries across the world, including: inflation rates, economic growth, car registrations/sales, consumer confidence, producer price index and the Big Mac Index.

ICOMIA Quarterly Economic Statistics 2016 (Q2)

ICOMIA’s Quarterly Economic Statistics Report 2016 (Q2) provides valuable information on economic development in over 45 countries across the world, including: inflation rates, economic growth, car registrations/sales, consumer confidence, producer price index and the Big Mac Index.

ICOMIA Quarterly Economic Statistics 2017 (Q1-4)

This report contains quarterly information on the economic development in 46 countries across the world, such as inflation rates, gross domestic product growth, car registrations, producer prices and consumer confidence, . As a benefit of your British Marine membership, you have access to this report for free. The ICOMIA Quarterly Economic Statistics Report is updated every three months. This edition covers: - Quarter one, 2017 (January – March) - Quarter two, 2017 (April – June) - Quarter three, 2017 (July - September) - Quarter Four, 2017 (October - December)

Industry Campaigns - British Marine

British Marine's primary function is to tackle cross-industry issues on behalf of our membership and the wider industry, bringing a collective position to government and regulators. This work involves creating policy and proposals, working with members, civil servants and other industry bodies, to develop and deliver regulation that supports and benefits the industry, as well as making our presence known when required, to ensure our collective voice is heard.

Inland Hire Boats

Inland Hire Boats

Inland Waterways Small Passenger Boats

Inland Waterways Small Passenger Boats

Intermediate Marina Manager Course

This four-day course is designed to provide marina personnel in a leadership position with fast-track training in the critical issues in marinas.

International Standards Development - British Marine

ISO publishes standards on a vast range of subjects, including small craft (under 24m by ISO/TC188) and large yachts (over 24m by ISO/TC8/SC12). British Marine represents the marine industry at each of these standards committees and the many working groups that fall under the control of the principal committees.

Knowledge Centre

The British Marine Knowledge centre comprises of useful articles and information to help its members in the Marine industry concerning Technical Issues, Legal and Finance, Environmental and Facilities Issues, Training, Statistics and Market Research, International Development, Marketing, External Relations and Business Support.

Latest Technical News

Latest Technical News from the British Marine Technical Team as a benefit to their members. British Marine members are able to comment on current industry consultations. British Marine members come from around 4,200 businesses in today's UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine markets.

Look for the Logo

Look for the Logo is a campaign that highlights the key benefits of engaging with British Marine's 1600 members when buying a boat or any marine-related service or product.

Mediation Information

Mediation is a process for resolving disputes. In mediation, parties are helped by an independent third party, the mediator, to reach an agreement with which they are happy and resolve their dispute. A good mediator is a skilled, experienced and imaginative problem solver who will be very much involved in the process of reaching a solution.

On The Water

On The Water promotes the products and services of British Marine members and encourage the public to get started in boating and watersports.

On Trend? - British Marine Magazine early spring issue

The early spring issue of the British Marine Magazine is now available. Read about British Marine's reaction to industry trends, an interview with the MCA's chief executive officer Sir Alan Massey, and member case studies on Adfern Yacht Centre and Barrus.

Participation in boating activities hits highest levels since 2002

British Marine and a consortium of partners publish the latest watersports participation results and it shows more people are going boating. Understand today's boaters and their behaviours - maximise this opportunity and download the Watersports Participation Survey now.

Personal Development

British Marine has developed personal development accreditations to benchmark individuals within the industry to meet rigorous industry standards promoting professionalism and standardisation.

PM delivers some clarity on UKs Brexit negotiations

British Marine provides its latest update on the Brexit negotiations, focusing on the Prime Minister's Mansion House speech at the beginning of March. It also publishes a report for members, which sets out what trading on WTO terms would mean for the industry.

Recreational Charter Vessels

Read about the Rules and Regulations applicable to Recreational Charter Vessels

Recreational Craft Directive

The Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) is a trade-enabling European New Approach Directive which sets minimum requirements of a boat which guarantee its suitability for sale and use within the European Union.

Recreational Craft Exports

Guidance on Recreational Vessel Exports to countries outside of the European Union and EEA

Representation - Supporting the Industry

Find out how British Marine supports the UK marine industry. British Marine members are able to comment on current industry consultations. British Marine members come from around 4,200 businesses in today's UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine markets. The turnover of those markets is worth £2.855 billion. Register to find out the latest news from the leisure marine industry.

Superyacht UK Annual Report 2018

Superyacht UK has carried out its twelfth annual survey for 2017/18 to determine year-on-year trends in the UK superyacht sector. Superyacht UK, a dedicated association of British Marine, represents over 250 members and 70% of the total UK industry, operating in the design, build, supply chain and service provision of yachts over 24 metres in length.

Technical Report 120

Technical Report 120

Technical Reports

British Marine providing industry guidance with the Technical Report, including manufacturing and environment updates.

Technical Representation - British Marine

The British Marine Technical team supplies advice and marine technical documentation, key technical committee representation and assistance on everything from general health and safety to the RCD, ISO standards and technical regulations.

Technical Support

As the membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial Marine Industry, British Marine knows how important it is to get the details right, first time.

Technical Support

As the membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial Marine Industry, British Marine knows how important it is to get the details right, first time.

The Future Customers Project - an update

British Marine provides an update on the Future Customers Project, which it is leading to help the UK marine industry to secure its future in the face of a declining customer base. Find out more here.

The Future of Red Diesel - British Marine

British Marine continues to actively support the case for red diesel to be available for UK leisure boating and is working with Government to support the case. Our red diesel campaign page includes latest news, a downloadable guide and key contact information.

The Green Blue

The Green Blue project is an innovative environmental awareness programme founded by British Marine and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). Its primary purpose is to enable boat users, marine businesses and sailing clubs to reduce their impact on our coastal and inland waters.

The Marina and Moorings Market in the UK 2017

This marina and moorings report provides key economic indicators for the UK‘s marinas and moorings market and is published to enhance knowledge of the sector and provide an aid to business planning for marina operators.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency enforces the rules to which vessels in UK territorial waters and under UK registration must adhere. These rules are legislated through the Merchant Shipping Regulations, which apply to all vessels under the UK flag and vessels in UK waters or operating from UK ports.

The Small Commercial Marine Market in the UK 2018

British Marine's latest report on the UK's small commercial marine market, providing data on a range of core areas including: the market's size and structure, long-term business outlook, key barriers and opportunities.

Training Courses

British Marine training is passionate about the development and progression of the UK marine industry. From career prospects to recruitment and training courses, we are here to assist and advise.

UK Boat Production Report 2018

This boat production report provides key economic indicators for the UK‘s leisure boat manufacturing sector and is published to enhance knowledge of the sector and provide an aid to business planning for marine businesses.

UK Leisure Boat Manufacturing 2017

This leisure boat manufacturing report provides key economic indicators for the UK‘s boat manufacturing sector and is published to enhance knowledge of the sector and provide an aid to business planning for marine businesses.

UK Marina and Berth Assessment 2016

This one-page report provides an overview of the number of marinas and associated berths in the UK. Results are provided at a total and regional level, by inland and coastal areas.

UK Navigation Authorities

UK Navigation Authorities

Vessel Trial and Delivery Guidance - Categorised Waters

Guidance for vessels undergoing trials and deliveries in categorised waters - pleasure vessels while they are in the possession of a broker, ship repairer or other such person for the purpose of their business.

Vessel Trials and Delivery Guidance

Guidance for vessels undergoing trialsor delivery - pleasure vessels while they are in the possession of a broker, ship repairer or other such person for the purpose of their business.

Watersports Participation 2016 - Full Report

This annual report commissioned by British Marine, Royal Yachting Association (RYA), Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), British Canoeing (BC) and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) details participation and ownership for 12 boating activities in 2016 and reports trends over fourteen years. This report also includes return of wider water-based leisure activities. The full report provides more detailed trends since 2002 and results to a wider set of questions. This includes trends in demographics, frequency and home / abroad participation and location of residence, and also presents coastal/inland and seasonal activity, household boat ownership, charter/hire, and more.

Watersports Participation Survey 2017 - Full Report

This annual report commissioned by British Marine, Royal Yachting Association (RYA), Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), British Canoeing (BC) and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) details participation and ownership for 12 boating activities in 2017 and reports trends over fourteen years. This report also includes return of wider water-based leisure activities. The full report provides more detailed trends since 2002 and results to a wider set of questions. This includes trends in demographics, frequency and home / abroad participation and location of residence, and also presents coastal/inland and seasonal activity, household boat ownership, charter/hire, and more.

Watersports Participation Survey 2017 - summary

This is a summary of the annual report commissioned by British Marine, Royal Yachting Association (RYA), Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), British Canoeing (BC) and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS). It details participation and ownership for 12 boating activities in 2017 and reports trends over fifteen years. The full report provides more detailed trends since 2002 and results to a wider set of questions. This includes trends in demographics, frequency and home / abroad participation and location of residence, and also presents coastal/inland and seasonal activity, household boat ownership, charter/hire, and more.

Welcome to the Brexit Microsite

British Marine will represent its members and the wider marine industry to Government during the forthcoming Brexit negotiations and transition period and be on hand to keep members updated and to advise them on how their businesses may be affected.

Welcome to the Brexit Microsite

British Marine will represent its members and the wider marine industry to Government during the forthcoming Brexit negotiations and transition period and be on hand to keep members updated and to advise them on how their businesses may be affected.

What could WTO tariffs mean for marine trade between the UK and EU?

British Marine has published a report exclusively for members on the impact on marine trade should the UK and EU fail to agree a trade deal and subsequently fall back on World Trade Organisation tariffs. Find out more here.

Where we've been and Who we've seen - 1 March

In this regular feature, British Marine provides an update on just some of the meetings from the past week that it undertakes as part of its role to represent and support its membership. This week's update includes the Thames Navigation User Forum, the Marine Management Organisation and the IFLSA Training Day.

Working with Members - British Marine

British Marine specialises in supporting individual member marine businesses with local councils, regulators, navigation authorities and regulators.

Working with other organisations

British Marine is a member of several important business groups, that each bring together organisations from right across the UK to create a stronger voice to engage Government, regulators and Parliament for support and change. Our memberships include the Confederation of British Industries (CBI), Maritime UK, the Tourism Alliance and the Seabed User Development Group (SUDG).

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