BTA AGM, Conference & Dinner, 2019

  • Published: 20th December 2018
  • Last updated: 2nd April 2019
  • Start date: 10 Apr 2019
  • End date: 11 Apr 2019
  • Start time: 10 a.m.
  • End time: 2 p.m.

Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa
Southport Old Road
Liverpool, L37 0AB


The date and location of the British Tugowners Association AGM, Conference and Dinner has now been confirmed. The BTA will hold its Annual General Meeting and Conference at the Formby Hall Resort, Liverpool on Wednesday 10 April 2019

This premier event in the UK towage industry calendar brings together leaders of the UK and European towage industry to discuss strategic issues, regulatory matters and the future of the industry. With leading tugowners, builders, class societies, maritime professional services firms and manufacturers all together to champion the industry, horizon scan and network. 

The BTA Annual Dinner will be held in the evening and the annual golf competition, for the Sir William Crosthwaite Cup, will take place the following morning. Members and guests of all standards welcome!

The BTA is delighted to announce that Sanmar Shipyards, will be gold sponsors of the conference, which will showcase leadership in the towage industry. 

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 the conference and dinner, and join in the golf if they wish. 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. 

The AGM (for current BTA members only) will be held in the morning and be followed by buffet lunch. The conference is scheduled to start at approximately 1300 and will be followed by a drinks reception and the Association's Annual Dinner in the evening.

For further information, sponsorship opportunities, specific queries or membership opportunities of the BTA, please contact Robert Merrylees, BTA Secretary.

Should you wish to stay at Formby Hall the night before (9 April), please contact the BTA Secretary, who can facilitate arrangements. 

Outline timings 10 April 2019 at Formby Hall, Liverpool:

1130         AGM Registration
1145         AGM (BTA members only)

1215          Conference Lunch

1315          Conference opens, BTA Chairman’s introduction
1330          UK Chamber of Shipping CEO, Bob Sanguinetti
1345          Shipowners P&I - Simon Peacock
1430          Refreshment Break

1450          European Tugowners Future Priorities, Kimmo Lehto
1505          European Tugowners – Block Exemption Regulation, Anna Maria Darmanin
1545          Refreshment Break

1600          SoSRep for Maritime Intervention & Salvage - Stephan Hennig
1645          Sanmar Shipyards - Leadership in Tug Manufacture  
1740          Conference Concludes

1900          Pre-dinner drinks (Diplomat Suite Balcony)
1945          Dinner in the Diplomat Suite (lounge suit)
1950          BTA Chairman Introduction
1955          UK Chamber of Shipping President, Sir Michael Bibby

2230          Carriages

The 2018 Conference Report is also available below for review. 

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