This year’s event to focus on the marine industry’s future

UK industry association British Marine is supporting the 2nd Cornwall Marine Conference, which is due to be held in Falmouth on November 8, 2018.

The second edition of the conference will focus on the future of the marine industry, and will cover futuristic ideas surrounding yacht design, hybrid energy and the future of Cornwall’s ports.

Included among the speakers for 2018 are:

  • · Internationally renowned yacht designer Nigel Irens (designer of Ellen MacArthur’s record-breaking trimaran, B&Q/Castorama)
  • · Henk Wiekens, one of the driving forces behind the success of Pendennis Shipyard
  • · Ken Wittamore of Triskel Marine
  • · Cornwall Maritime Manager, Andy Brigden

The conference was established in 2017 as a joint venture between Fastnet Marketing, Stephens Scown and PFK Francis Clark. As businesses offering professional services in the sector, all three companies were conscious of the lack of specific events in Cornwall for the marine organisations and wanted to create a friendly, fun yet informative forum for the maritime sector to come together, network and exchange some of the wide breadth of knowledge demonstrated across the sector.

Sarah Leverton, managing director of Fastnet Marketing, originally came up with the concept. “I’d really noticed that Cornwall was lacking in networking events for the marine sector,” she said. “The marine industry contributes significantly to Cornwall’s economy, and I can think of a great number of Cornish businesses that are seen as leaders on a competitive global stage.”