The Irish Marine Federation (IMF) is promoting a necklace of over 60 Irish coastal marinas and pontoons as a central theme of its London Boat Show promotion that opens at ExCeL in London’s Docklands this morning.
The IMF is supporting the Irish Marina Operators Association (IMOA) who are keen to attract more visiting UK boats to Ireland this Summer. Eight Irish marinas have made the ‘voyage’ to London to promote their coastal facilities to the estimated 100,000 UK boating enthusiasts that will visit the international show over the next ten days. Marinas from Eight Irish Counties are represented on the stand including Dublin marinas at Dun Laoghaire and Malahide and Cork Harbour Marinas at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven along with Greystones marina in Couty Wicklow, Carlingford marina in County Louth and Kilrush Marina in County Clare, Kimore Quay in Wexford and Fenit in County Kerry are among Irish marina representatives manning the Irish stand. ‘The aim is to assist UK visitors planning a trip across the Irish sea this Summer to enjoy the full benefits of the Irish coast’ says IMF Board Member Gerry Salmon of MGM Boats who has co–ordinated the Irish stand and hopes it will be the start of a regular appearance for Ireland at the International exhibition.
Members and non-members are most welcome to call by the stand F046, conveniently located near the Guinness stand.
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The Irish Marine Federation aims to take a stand to promote Irish marine businesses at the forthcoming London boat show 2016 (8th to 17th January at EXCEL London).
The idea behind this initiative is to highlight Ireland as a nearby boating destination with plenty of travel connections for UK sailors and boaters.
Ireland is the only English speaking Euro based country in Europe offering very competitive pricing on: marina berths, boatyard facilities, sailing schools plus a variety of boating services when compared to UK stg prices.
As a joint initiative, the Irish stand gives firms the opportunity to promote at a fraction of the cost of attending on an individual basis.
Well known Irish sailing administrator Ciara Dowling will represent the IMF at the 10 day show.
There will be a limited amount of wall space for Irish companies to advertise and Ciara will be able to go through options directly with those interested.
As time is of the utmost importance coming into Christmas we hope to agree arrangements by 10th December
If you would like to get involved please email Ciara on or contact on: IMFatLondonBoatShow2016@gmail.com
The IMF Board member co-ordinating the London stand is Gerry Salmon on: + 353 (0)87 277 0291
The AGM of the Irish Marina Operators Association (IMOA) took place recently at the end of another successful season. The news from around the coast is that visitor numbers are excellent with Irish marinas attracting large numbers of boats from Britain, France and Norway in particular. Superyachts continue to see Ireland as a new and exciting destination as well as smaller cruising boats from all over the world. Some marinas are filling up again with demand being seen for larger berths in particular. Marina operators are also investing significant sums to upgrade and improve the existing facilities.
On the marketing front, the recent Southampton Boat Show was a success for a number of members who exhibited there. There is an appetite to market Ireland as a marine leisure destination and it is hoped that further marketing in the UK can be carried out.
The topic of dredging was discussed at length and the members aired their frustration at the drawn-out process to receive permission to carry out maintenance works. Similarly it was disappointing to hear that there is still no movement on the Maritime Area and Foreshore (Amendment) Bill 2013. The lack of progress on this front is potentially damaging for the industry as a whole.
Finally, it was agreed by all members that there is a change in the outlook of customers/boat owners and a more positive attitude is evident right around the coast.
David O'Brien (left) Chairman of the Irish Marine Federation, Howard Pridding, Chief Executive of the British Marine Federation (centre) and Mats Eriksson of Sweboat in Sweden.
Did Southampton Boat Show 2015 that ended at the weekend mark the end of the recession for the Irish Marine trade? That depends on who you talk to but if numbers are any evidence to go by there was plenty more Irish faces among the 110,000 that enjoyed a taste of Britain’s biggest boating festival.
Irish show-goers made good use of the Flybe connections from Dublin and the sprinkling of Irish marine firms among the 500 exhibitors gave a great sense of pre-recessionary times.
Mid–week wet weather may have dragged down attendance numbers but it failed to dampen the mood at this year’s Show.
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The 2015 Irish Maritime Forum will take place at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) in Ringaskiddy on Friday, September 25th, and will be officially opened by the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, TD. The forum will look at the ocean of opportunities that exist within the sector and concentrate on the key drivers that are set to change the sector in the future.
“The themes of this year’s conference, “Success through Synergy – an Innovation & Dynamic approach to the future” is something that goes to the very core of the NMCI’s business model” says Conor Mowlds, Head of College at the NMCI “Our growth and success over the last years, both here and abroad, has been based on working closely with business partners, clients, and stakeholders, to determine what the market needs and responding to it effectively. In its very essence, supporting the College the country wants, by providing the College the country needs.”
The 2015 Irish Maritime Forum is aimed at both organisations and professionals operating within the broad maritime industry in Ireland. It will begin with an overview of the industry by Fergal O’Brien (IBEC) and Liam Lacey (Director of the IMDO) and will also feature a Maritime Skills Panel Discussion which will discuss the need for skilled personnel within the maritime sector. Cpt. Paul O’Regan, Harbour Master for the Port of Cork, will present “Irish Ports – Gateways for sustainable logistic growth … or potential bottlenecks” and Cpt. Kevin Richardson, AFNI, will discuss the critical role of the harbour master in a successful port business. Other highlights include Jane O’Keeffe, Logistics & Supply Chain course coordinator at NMCI, discussing issues facing the extended maritime sector in respect of, and adaptation to, climate change.
The 2015 Irish Maritime Forum, “Success through Synergy – an Innovative & Dynamic approach to the future” will provide maritime professionals with an opportunity to gain insight into the current industry obstacles and future industry plans. Attendees will have an opportunity to question key industry leaders on their plans and how they approach obstacles they are faced with. The Forum will also highlight key areas where synergies need to be developed in order to put Ireland at the forefront of the Maritime Sector, worldwide.
www.irishmaritimeforum.ie or 00 353 21 433 5736 for further information
The Irish Marine Federation (IMF) recently met with consultants working towards Ireland’s new marine spatial plan. The EU requires all Member States to develop marine spatial plans by 2021. The current process is examining how best to develop the plan in Ireland. While formulation of the plans themselves will take place in the coming years, the IMF was delighted to be involved at this early stage of the process. A wide range of topics was discussed with the consultants including the need to protect and enhance Ireland’s marine leisure facilities which should not be compromised by other economic activities such as off-shore wind farms and fish farming. Other priorities include water safety, education and training and navigation. It is essential that Ireland’s future marine spatial plans make a positive contribution to the development of marine leisure in Ireland as our coastal waters are an under utilised leisure and tourism resource . Further information on the current process is available here