After an insightful and exciting two-day conference, at which nearly 1,000 delegates from across the UK and Europe attended, European Maritime Day has come to a close for another year.
Celebrating ten years this year the event has tackled a variety of key themes, such as maritime policy, innovation, sustainable growth and investment, since its start in 2007.
This year’s theme of ‘The Future of our Seas’ was considered extremely fitting in light of the changing political landscape and environmental challenges that faces Europe and the UK both now and in the near future.
Focusing on the interplay between driving growth in the maritime economy, and sustainability protecting the seas and oceans for future generations, the conference, which took place at Poole’s Lighthouse, was enjoyed by all those present.
Mayor of Poole, Cllr Lindsay Wilson, closed the two-day event, thanking all those that have supported the conference before passing the baton on to next year’s host: “I would like to convey my thanks to all speakers, exhibitors, Borough of Poole staff, volunteers, and many others, who have helped make 2017’s European Maritime Day such a successful and pleasurable event.
“I am delighted to hand over the baton to Ruska Boyadzhieva, Deputy Mayor of Burgas, and I wish Bulgaria every success with their European Maritime Day in 2018, when they will host this prestigious event.
"On behalf of everyone in Poole, I would like to thank the Mayor of Burgas for the special gift to the people of Poole."
The Mayor presented Ruska Boyadzhieva, Deputy Mayor of Burgas, with a custom-made decorative plate from local pottery manufacturers, Poole Pottery.
Andrew Flockhart, Chief Executive, Borough of Poole, is thankful to the people of Poole for their support throughout the festival. “It has been a great honour for Poole to host European Maritime Day 2017, and the world-renowned conference has truly put Poole on the map.
“Borough of Poole is proud to have hosted such a respected and significant conference, and I hope that such a resounding success will pave the way for future events across Poole.”
European Maritime Day will be hosted by Burgas, Bulgaria in May 2018.