The inaugural British Marine Expo kicks off tomorrow at St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, U.K. The U.K. trade association’s two-day event includes an expo with about a dozen distributors, 14 manufacturers, and eight marine service suppliers as well as conferences, lectures, workshops and a Superyacht UK Technical Seminar.
On the first day, the Supply Chain Conference will have a number of presentations and discussions about how different-sized companies can thrive in the U.K., while also addressing “the very real threats” to the sector’s future, including Brexit. A number of buyers have also assembled for an event between suppliers, boatbuilders and distributors. The networking event is expected to generate $1.6 million in sales, according to organizers.
Day one will also include training programs that range from marketing to marine insurance to business training. Different segments of the industry will also host lectures and events with speakers from other industries.
On the second day, The Superyacht UK Technical Seminar will have speakers on legislative topics facing the superyacht segment. The keynote address will be by Spirit Yachts’ managing director Nigel Stuart, who will talk about environmental challenges facing the industry and the collaborative approach needed to secure longevity.
Day two will also include events by the association’s Engines and Equipment committee as well as British Marine’s Brexit Update by Brian Clark, the associations head of public affairs, policy and research.
The day will also have a seminar called The Green Blue, which is a joint initiative between the trade association and The Green Blue, an environmental group that focuses on marine issues. The topics covered will be protected areas, invasive species and water pollution from vessels. The group will also cover what the industry has achieved from its three-year pledge to reduce plastics and increase recycling.
Organizers said that exhibit space is fully sold out in the Marine Showcase. The area has 32 companies displaying products.