Appleby, Döhle Yachts and DED set to participate in the Isle of Man Maritime Group’s Tower Bridge reception during London International Shipping Week 2017










The Isle of Man Maritime Group is delighted to announce that Döhle Yachts, Appleby and the Department of Economic Development (DED) are the latest group participants in the prestigious networking reception at Tower Bridge during London International Shipping Week 2017.

The Isle of Man Maritime Group is an entrepreneurial group of Isle of Man based organisations in the maritime sector who work closely together to help champion the Isle of Man as a leading international maritime services centre of excellence.

London International Shipping Week (LISW – is a must attend bi-annual event in the maritime calendar. It attracts business leaders from around the globe and from all sectors of international shipping industry.

The Group’s reception will showcase the strength of the Manx maritime cluster and the range of services which their IOM members provide. Always ‘daring to be different’, this time the reception will take place at the iconic Tower Bridge.  This is one of London’s most internationally recognisable landmarks with stunning views over the River Thames.  It will be an immense attraction to business leaders who come far and wide to attend the week-long festival.

There are now ten Isle of Man based maritime organisations participating in the Group’s event. In addition to Appleby, Döhle Yachts and the DED, the Isle of Man Ship Registry, KPMG, InterManager, MHG Insurance, Bernhard Schulte Ship Management and PDMS Registry & Regulatory Solutions are all taking part.

Commenting on the development, Isle of Man Maritime Group Chairman and PDMS Director, Bruce McGregor stated: “The maritime sector is a significant and important part of the Island’s economy, making our high profile events, which champion the sector beyond our shores, exceptionally beneficial, not just for the Island as a whole but for the individual organisations who are involved.

With the maritime sector renowned for being a dynamic and close knit community, the intangible value and impact of building close relationships with senior international contacts through this kind of event simply cannot be underestimated. At a time when people are coming to London, from all around the globe, for this conference to understand key international pressures, including the impact of Brexit on shipping, this has never been more important.

So it is really fantastic news that Döhle Yachts, Appleby and the DED are now the latest participants in the reception, bringing the total sponsors to ten. With the involvement of all these members and the exceptional location, this is sure to be our best event yet – and likely one of the highlights of the entire LISW week!”

Get involved!

Expected to attract between 150-180 luminaries from the international maritime community, as well as from London itself, the event takes place from 19:00-22:00, Wednesday 13th September 2017.  

If you would like to find out more or express an interest in participating as a hosting organisation, you can do so by calling Bruce or Cameron on 01624 664000. Alternatively, please email or visit

Commenting on the Draft Airports National Policy Statement published today, Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British Ports Association said:

“We welcome the Government’s commitment to infrastructure which serves the UK’s international gateways but it’s vital that freight infrastructure, such as our road and rail network, is not overlooked. The overwhelming majority of trade enters the UK by sea, so it is crucial that our ports are well served by road and rail so they can continue to support our economy.” 

The Draft Airports National Policy Statement was published today by the Department for Transport and can be found here: 

The British Ports Association will be working with the Department for Transport to consider the future for freight coming through our ports.

“Government strategy needs to focus on port connectivity and planning”

Welcoming the launch of Government’s Industrial Strategy, British Ports Association Chief Executive Richard Ballantyne has pressed for a greater focus on port connectivity and fast tracking of planning to help ports develop and grow.

Commenting he said:
“We welcome the publication of today’s Industrial Strategy and support the strong focus on growing the economy, investing in transport and increasing trade.

The Strategy rightly recognizes that ports are hubs for employment and it includes a welcome suggestion that improving connections to ports can help to promote trade and create jobs.  

For our own sector we would also encourage measures that enable ports to develop and grow to be included in the Strategy. These include fast track planning and consenting, and protection from development conditions that we have suggested previously in our ‘Port Zones’ concept.” 

British Ports Association looking to challenges and opportunities in 2017 with new team

At the beginning of the New Year, BPA Chief Executive Richard Ballantyne has outlined the association’s key priorities for 2017. These include ensuring UK port interests feature in the Brexit negotiations and encouraging increased Government investment in port road and rail connections. The BPA has also recently launched a lobbying campaign on ‘port zones’ which encourages policy makers to ensure port activity and development are not negatively impacted by marine protection designations. Also for 2017 the BPA aims to develop a network of port communication managers to look at opportunities for collective promotion of the sector.

Following the retirements of the BPA’s longstanding figures David Whitehead and Monica Williams towards the end of 2016 the BPA has a new team to drive the agenda forward in the coming year.

Richard Ballantyne said:
“This is an exciting time for the BPA and this energetic and ambitious new team comprised of Sara Walsh, Mark Simmonds and Stuart Wealands will help drive and enhance the BPA’s work with government. We enjoy an excellent working relationship with Ministers and officials in the various parts of government around the UK and we will continue to provide a key interface and focal point for the ports sector.

In 2017 the BPA will be working to support our members in a number of ways and build on the excellent platform and network that we have. From Brexit to regional and national devolution there are a number of opportunities for the ports sector in the coming year.”

BPA Chairman Rodney Lunn echoed Richard’s comments and said:
“We are delighted that Richard Ballantyne is leading the new BPA team into 2017. There are a variety of challenges we face and this will be a key year for the association. We are an independent sector, which uses its own resources to invest, develop and grow but we rely on government to provide a stable and competitive policy environment.

The ports industry depends on the right national policies being passed and we are confident that the BPA’s new team is in a strong position to promote these to the various tiers of government around the UK.

Ports are at the heart of the economy and we are continually looking for ways in which the BPA can work with government to help improve the growth opportunities for the industry.

We are also very much looking forward to this year’s Annual BPA Conference, which will be hosted by the Port of Poole on 18th & 19th October, and provides a focal point where the industry can come together.”

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