May 22

10 - 12 May 2022 British Tugowners Association AGM, Conference and Dinner

In person safety culture conference
Tuesday 10th & Thursday 12th May 2022
In person safety culture conference
10:00 - 16:00
Full Package - Conference, Dinner, B&B £167.00

Conference and Dinner Package £100.00

Conference Day Delegate £70.00

Golf on 10 May (Members, Assoc' & Guests only) £30.00

Hotel Accommodation (B&B) 10 May £110.00
Non Member Full Package £330.00

Non Member Conference & Dinner £250.00

Non Member Day Delegate £180.00
speaker bta
Old Thorns Hotel
Longmoor Road, Liphook
GU30 7PE

The British Tugowners Association is delighted to announce registration and ticket sales are now open for its Annual General Meeting, Conference & Dinner 2022.

The AGM, Conference and Dinner provides an ideal time for delegates to meet, exchange ideas and network.

The BTA’s Annual Conference, taking place at Old Thorns, Liphook on Wednesday 11 May 2022 will consider the question: 

What does the future of towage look like?

With discussion from leaders of Government and industry, the Conference will speak to four key themes:  

Safety, Decarbonisation, SkillsAutonomy.

The programme is in development and will be announced fully in due course with many additional speakers. Those confirmed however include:

  • Brian Johnson - CEO, Maritime & Coastguard Agency
  • Graham Westgarth - President, UK Chamber of Shipping
  • Sarah Treseder - CEO, UK Chamber of Shipping
  • Sanmar Shipyards
  • Paolo Favino - Head of UK SHORE (UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions)
  • Neil Atkinson - Head of Fleetwood Nautical Campus
  • Gareth Prowse - Head of Decarbonisation, Svitzer
  • Vicente Boluda Ceballos - Chairman of European Tugowners Association, Vice President of Boluda Corporación Marítima 

The Conference provides an ideal time for delegates to meet, exchange ideas and network so early registration is encouraged. As well as members of the BTA, members of UK Chamber of Shipping, in particular those who attend the Harbour Towage Panel, are welcome and encouraged to attend, and join for the golf. Non-members of the BTA or UK Chamber are also welcome and encouraged to get insight and access into leaders of the industry, with spaces available at a non-member rate.

In response to delegate suggestions, there has been a change of order and the BTA’s annual golf competition, the Sir William Crosthwaite Cup, will take place the afternoon before, on Tuesday 10 May.

The BTA warmly welcomes Sanmar Shipyards, as the Conference’s Gold Sponsors, for the support and contribution.

For further information on registration, booking, and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Joanne McGhee

Please click here to open sponsorship packages BTA Sponsor Pack

For content, speaker or membership opportunities of the BTA, please contact Robert Merrylees, BTA Secretary, rmerrylees@ukchamberofshipping.com



Gold Sponsor

Sanmar Shipyard

Sanmar Shipyards

Sanmar has been producing tugboats and providing services for numerous countries around the world for four decades. The company celebrated its 40th year anniversary in 2016. More than 200 tugboats benefiting from all this wealth of experience are presently in operation on international seas. Sanmar builds vessels at its two custom-built, state-of-the-art yards located in Türkiye’s shipbuilding heartland. It delivered 17 tugboats in 2014 and thanks to the new shipyard in Altınova, 27 in 2015 and 26 in 2016.

Silver Sponsor


Rolls Royce Solutions UK Ltd

Rolls-Royce provides world-class power solutions and complete life-cycle support under the product and solution brand mtu. Through digitalization and electrification, we develop drive and power generation solutions that are even cleaner and smarter and thus provide answers to the challenges posed by the rapidly growing societal demands for energy and mobility.

We deliver and service comprehensive, powerful and reliable systems, based on both gas and diesel engines, as well as electrified hybrid systems. These clean and technologically-advanced solutions serve our customers in the marine and infrastructure sectors worldwide. The Business Unit Power Systems of Rolls-Royce is headquartered in Friedrichshafen.


mtu systems power the largest yachts, the strongest tugboats and the biggest land vehicles and provide energy for the world’s most important mission-critical applications. Through advanced solutions such as microgrids, we integrate renewable energies and manage the power needs of our customers.

Our customized service offerings help you maximize uptime and performance and are supported by our digital solutions, which enable remote monitoring, predictive maintenance and a range of other benefits that keep your systems running at their best.

For over 110 years, we have provided innovative power solutions for our customers – meeting even the most demanding drive requirements. Our products and services span a wide range of applications and power needs, with both standard and customized options.

Golf Sponsor


Boluda Towage Europe

We are providing tailored towage services in the major global ports, always putting our customers’ needs first. And continue to lead them safely into the harbours.

After the incorporation into the Boluda Towage Division, we can benefit from the support of a ship-owner with a very strong maritime heritage. Boluda Corporación Marítima was established in 1837 and is a family-owned company. The company started its port tug activities in Valencia (Spain) in 1920.

Nowadays, Boluda Towage is one of the world’s leaders in maritime services. The company has a worldwide presence and operates a fleet of more than 400 vessels in 100 ports in 18 countries on 4 continents of Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Next to port towage, we also provide offshore & ocean towage and salvage operations.


Outline timings (subject to change):

10 May:

  • 1500 – Sir William Crosthwaite Cup - Golf (Please note only a handful of Golf club sets available to hire)

11 May:

  • 1045 – British Tugowners Association 87th Annual General Meeting (members only)
  • 1145 – Conference Opens
  • 1300 – Lunch
  • 1400 – Conference Restarts
  • 1715 – Conference Closes
  • 1845 – Drinks Reception
  • 1945 – Annual Dinner
  • 2300 – Carriages

12 May:

·       Depart