Speakers revealed for 1st Palma International Yachting Forum (14 March 2013)

A group of leading industry lights will share their insights into the market

The organisers of the 1st Palma International Yachting Forum have revealed the full list of speakers for this year’s event.

The task of Lead Adjudicator will be shared by Brussels-based Mirna Cieniewicz, secretary general of the European Boating Industry (EBI), and Kate Mentink, board member of Mallorca’s ruling Partido Popular, vice president of the Commission for European Issues and assistant director of the Centro Baleares Europa (Balearic Centre for Europeans) within the Balearic government.

Specialist contributors will include John Wyborn, training director of Bluewater Yachting; Andy Roy, chairman of the Isle of Man Yacht Forum; and David Capps, chairman of Jersey Maritime International.

Also included in the line-up are Jaime Veiga, senior project officer from the European Maritime Safety Agency; Ken Hickling, global manager of business development for Akzo Nobel and president of the International Superyacht Society (ISS); Robert Aldous, managing director of Fireboy-Xintex Ltd; and Lynn Walker, marine operations director of Safezone International Ltd.

“We have divided the forum into three highly relevant themes – crew, technical and administration – and have handpicked the leading industry lights to share their insight and latest developments,” says forum organiser Peter Franklin.

“Throughout the three-day forum we will cover the Maritime Labour Convention and its application both onboard and in the shipyard, tax and pensions, crew insurance, coatings and antifoulings, fire and safety onboard, yacht ownership structures and finance, taxation and customs plus a special session dedicated to a Superyacht Outreach Project – how best to communicate the job creation and revenue generation afforded by the superyacht industry.”

The 1st Palma International Yachting Forum runs from May 1-3, 2013 alongside this year’s Palma International Boat Show from May 1-5. https://plus.ibinews.com, 14 March 2013)

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