Pathways to Propulsion Decarbonisation for the Recreational Marine Industry
New research outlines propulsion technologies to propel the industry toward decarbonisation. While recreational boats account for less than 0.1%1 of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the recreational marine industry has come together to find solutions to further reduce its environmental impact. Engineers and environmental experts across the industry, led by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) with more than 100 members around the world, investigated propulsi ...
Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill – British Marine Scotland’s response
Recently introduced to Parliament by the Scottish Government, this Bill would allow local authorities to apply a visitor levy through an additional charge on visitors when paying for overnight accommodation. Where applicable, accommodation providers would be liable for calculating, charging, and returning levies raised.
What is particularly concerning is this Bill lists “boat moorings or berthings” alongside hotels, camp sites, and B&Bs etc as a type of “accommodation” where the providers would become liable. This means that, unless Parliament amends the Bill and deletes “boat moorings or berthings” from the text, marinas and other mooring providers will be forced to administer the levy. This is why British Marine is calling for the removal of “boat moorings or berthings” from the text of the Bill.
British Marine members can read our detailed response to the Parliamentary Committee here.
Hong Kong convention on ship recycling ratified and set to come into force on 26th June 2025
The IMO Hong Kong Convention of 2009 (which covers the design, construction, survey, certification, operation and recycling of ships) has finally been ratified and will enter into force on the 26th June 2025.
It applies to ships of 500 GT or more engaged in international trade as well as to ship recycling facilities themselves.
Webinar with HMRC on the sale of red diesel - 27th July 2023
HMRC’s Policy Lead for Oils, Steve Clarke, together with their Senior Policy Adviser, James Brannan, joined British Marine’s Public Affairs Team to talk through the obligations marinas have when selling red diesel and the importance of complying with all relevant regulatory requirements.
UK Marine Industry Sentiment Poll: Q2 2023
This short report provides the reader with a snapshot of the state of the UK marine industry, presenting quarterly sales growth and business confidence trends data, as well as insight on the performance of the key markets that British Marine's members trade in. In addition, the report also includes charts showcasing monthly and quarterly UK boat sales trends, as well as the monthly and quarterly performance of the wider UK economy, with data on GDP growth, consumer inflation, wage growth and business and consumer confidence.
Environmental Improvement Plan 2023 - A synopsis by British Marine
At the end of January 2023, the Government published the UK's Environmental Improvement Plan 2023 (the EIP) - the first revision to the 25-Year Environment Plan, published originally in 2018. The EIP is a critical pillar in the Government's climate change strategy and sets ten goals intended to stop the decline of nature, and to reverse it. Click here to read the full synopsis ...