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