Another Successful Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen
Now that the last Skipper Expo International to be held in the AECC has ended, it seems worthwhile to look back at this show and also to acknowledge the success of the previous eight years of same. That is testament to all the hard work and planning of Sharon Boyle and her team. The format of a two-day event has helped to focus attendance as has the quality of exhibitors year on year.
As perennial exhibitors, Mackinnons were delighted at this year’s event. We were able to kick off matters with a highly informative seminar on the ILO188 and how it should apply in practice. Following a brief review from ourselves, the input of Julie Carlton from the MCA and the SFF’s Derek Cardno provided valuable insight into real areas of concern for our fishing industry. With further comments within the attendees from MCA surveyors, leading marine insurers, skippers and owners, the Q&A session brought up some key concerns which the MCA will hopefully now review and respond to in forthcoming circulars. Mackinnons are extremely grateful to the speakers and to all those who attended.
Our stand was well frequented during the show and it was encouraging to hear so many positive stories from across the industry.
Boat building has been strong in recent years and despite other issues in Europe at present, that looks to continue. Hands on demonstrations of safety equipment including man overboard rescues were well worth seeing at other stands during the two days along with all new state of the art fishing equipment on display.
All in all, this was another excellent show and it will be an exciting transition to the new TECA venue in 2020 but we’re confident with the continuity of Mara Media’s stewardship, the event will not lose any of its identity in the process.