Poole set to host 2017 European Maritime Day

1st December 2015

European Maritime Day is one of the largest maritime events in Europe and Poole, proud to have won the bid to host it in May 2017, is already making preparations. 

Working with private sponsors and local businesses, the Borough of Poole hosted a sponsorship launch event at the Kitchen in Poole Park which was attended by more than 80 people. Stakeholders from local firms, PR companies and those working in the UK maritime sector gathered to hear more details about the two-day international conference and the host of public events planned to bring benefits to all people across the area. 

Since 2008, European Maritime Day has been held by a different country each year and host cities have included Brussels, Rome, Gothenburg, Athens and Valletta. Being the first time this event will take place in the UK, Poole will act as representative to the international maritime community and will ensure businesses have the opportunity to showcase their technology, products and services to a European market. 

The two-day international conference, taking place at Poole Lighthouse on Wednesday 18th May and Thursday 19th May 2017, attracts Europe's most influential people involved in progressing maritime policy - industry leaders, politicians, EU Commissioners, academics and scientists. It will be supported by several business events as well as incorporating the Poole Harbour Boat Show as a family-focused maritime festival to celebrate Poole and Dorset's rich maritime heritage.

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Local Economy, Culture and Leisure, Borough of Poole, says: "We have been working really hard to bring European Maritime Day to Poole and were delighted to host a launch event to really move the work forward. The event promises to raise the Town's profile amongst the maritime community across Europe and is a great reason for Poole and surrounding Dorset to celebrate all things maritime with a fantastic festival. With tens of thousands of visitors expected we really are working to ensure local businesses can benefit as far as possible." 

For further information about European Maritime Day 2017 and the sponsorship and investment opportunities available please telephone 01202 633 353 or visit


For further information about the sponsorship opportunities available for Poole Harbour Boat Show 2017, please contact Liz Lean PR on 01202 701 828.

Poole Lifeboat Station Open Day raises over £7000

September 2, 2013

Poole Lifeboat Station sent Poole Quay Boat Haven the following letter of thanks after there annual open day in August. 'Once again, on behalf of Poole Lifeboat Station we woud like to thank you for your support of our recent open day.The day proved very successful and we raised over £7000.00 but this is only possible with the help and assistance from the local community.This has been our most successful year to date and we value the support you give us each year and hope that we will be able to call upon your generosity again in the future.'Poole Quay Boat Haven provided a free berth for the Lifeboat over this weekend and helped to spread the word leading up to the event.


Low Harbour Dues Rates Remain in Force for 2014

March 01, 2014

Following suggestions made by yacht clubs and marinas, Poole Harbour Commissioners reviewed short term Harbour Dues and decided that in order to attract visitors to Poole Harbour they would be reducing daily and weekly Harbour Dues from the 1st April 2013.

The 2014 rates have remained low and the daily dues have only increased by 2p per metre. 

Poole Quay Boat Haven and Port of Poole Marina Congratulated on Environmental Credentials

January 18, 2013

Poole Quay Boat Haven and Port of Poole Marina, both owned and operated by Poole Harbour Commissioners, have been presented with Marine Toolkit Certificates from The Green Blue, the environmental initiative of the RYA and BMF in recognition of their green credentials. Receiving the certificates from Dan Reading, The Green Blue’s Sustainability Officer, were Richard Lacey, Chairman of the Poole Harbour Commissioners and John Binder, Manager of the Boat Haven and Marina.


John Binder said “It’s great to receive a certificate in recognition for all the work we have done to ensure that both the Boat Haven and the Marina are demonstrating best environmental practice. We are confident that we are doing the best we can to minimise our impact on the environment and to help our berth holders and visitors do the same.”


Using the Marine Toolkit as a benchmark, backed up by a site visit and audit by The Green Blue, notable improvements have included the installation of a pump out facility, availability of clearly signed recycling facilities for berth holders, motion sensors to minimise energy and water wastage in shower block facilities, and secure waste oil and fuel storage.


Berth holders have also received awareness raising information on a range of topics from marine litter, oil and fuel spills and non-native invasive species, as well as free fuel collars to help them prevent splashes and spills when refuelling.


Jane Swan, The Green Blue’s Project Manager commented: “We are delighted to present certificates to Poole Quay Boat Haven and Port of Poole Marina to recognise the positive steps they have taken to make their sites environmentally sound and sustainable.

“Over 100 organisations have registered with the toolkit and we have completed over 180 site visits to marinas, harbours and clubs using the Marine Toolkit as a guide and it is very encouraging to see so many marinas now taking their environmental responsibilities seriously. ”


To find out more about the Marine Toolkit visit

Image (Left to Right) - John Binder CMM, Henry Cobley, Josh Irons & Kerrie Gray

Business and seafaring community celebrate new marina’s success

September 10, 2012

Members of the Dorset seafaring community gathered to celebrate a local marina's first birthday, its prestigious award and to welcome the start of the summer season.

More than 80 people gathered at the Port of Poole Marina on Saturday June 30 for a hog-roast and drinks reception. Guests included Chief Executive of Poole Harbour Jim Stewart, local marine businesses and numerous berth holders from the new marina.


Marina manager John Binder said: "This has been a milestone year for us - the Port of Poole Marina and its sister marina Poole Quay Boat Haven recently joined just a handful of marinas across the world in gaining five Gold Anchors; the top rating for quality and service from the Yacht Harbour Association. This event was a chance to thank the staff and customers who helped bring about that success and it was an opportunity to show local businesses and sailing enthusiasts the new facilities on offer."


Poole Sea Cadets leant a hand on the night and were presented with a cheque to support their projects this year.


Construction of the Port of Poole Marina, which occupies the former Ro-Ro 1 Brittania ferry berth, finished last summer, providing permanent berths for 59 boats between eight and 18 metres in length and visitor berths for deep-draught super yachts (up to 60m in length) as well as seven ribs and 13 jet skis. Extra pontoons were recently installed, providing temporary berths for sailing boats and powerboats. Its sister marina Poole Quay Boat Haven offers 125 temporary berths.

Bite sized tuition teaching vital skills to boating community

September 12, 2013

A new service has been launched in Poole Harbour teaching vital skills to the boating community.


Keen sailor and powerboater Arran Scott, Principal of watersports academy Absolute Aqua Ltd, has teamed up with the award-winning Port of Poole Marina and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) training centre to launch a series of short courses to give families and individuals the confidence to explore the coastline safely.


The sessions, an extension of the RYA's Active Marina Programme, offer bite-sized expert tuition in topics such as using the onboard radio and engine, anchoring, rope techniques, navigation and picking up a mooring.


Arran, 26, who has sailed his whole life and who came second in the national powerboat championships last year, said: "Learning a few key skills makes life at sea simpler, safer and much more enjoyable, every day offers a new experience on the water."


John Binder, Manager of the Port of Poole Marina and Poole Quay Boat Haven, said: "Until now the training courses on offer have demanded a bigger time commitment. Many of our customers are very specific about what they want to learn and have limited time - by offering these shorter courses we're able to give very tailored and flexible training."


Courses are practical, typically run for around two hours costing around £80 for up to five people and can be run aboard participants' own boats. The RYA is offering discounted rates of £50 for the first year for the first five people to sign up for each course.


The company will also be offering flotilla cruises between Poole, the Isle of Wight and Solent area, and Weymouth. They will be accompanied by a safety boat and will have the option of an onboard skipper to give participants the confidence to explore the local coast. For details call 01202 666118.

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