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Potential UK Business Generated By SYUK Yard Tour

by Robin Pilgrim,, London

05 June 2009

Sixteen UK companies were taken on a guided tour of six Turkish superyacht yards in the Tuzla region late last month, and have reaped the benefits of exploring new export areas.

Organized by Superyacht UK (SYUK), one of the British Marine Federation’s (BMFs) flagship associations and supported by UK Trade & Investment (UKT&I), the event arose from discussions at the 2009 Meet the Buyer event at the London International Boat Show in January.

A variety of potential business opportunities for the UK companies were formulated at the Turkish yards including opportunities to tender for new build projects, the chance to present new technological advances and one to one meetings with senior representatives.

The yards featured included Yildiz Perini, RMK Marine, Dunya, Proteksan, Numarine and Noble Yachts.

Paul Holland of Energy Solutions (UK) Ltd commented:

“The BMF Yard Tour gave us the opportunity to see a variety of extensive opportunities in Turkey. It would have been impossible to achieve this independently. We met with senior staff and were privileged to get incredible access to their operations.”

Glyn Hutchinson of Icon Connect Ltd added:

“I was especially impressed by the openness and preparation of the participating shipyards in showing a very real interest in the various products and services represented by the delegation. This was a valuable visit which has already cultivated new business opportunities and relationships.”

Gary Williams of E-Tech Group further remarked:

“The visit itself provided an unrivalled and cost effective opportunity to meet with senior representatives of some of the leading luxury yacht builders. This much could not have been achieved outside of a well organized visit such as this and is reflective of the influence Superyacht UK and BMF have not only on the national marine industry but also internationally.”

Delegates also met 12 local agents and distributors, while Ozgur Tuna, Commercial Officer from the British Consulate in Istanbul, provided key liaison with the yards and proved invaluable in logistical organization.

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