The Marine sector is defined by its market, namely any industry that is involved in the supply chain of Marine related products and activities. This consists of those companies involved in all forms of marine construction, engineering and consultancy, as well as the design and manufacture of technologies used in the marine industry such as navigation equipment. It also includes service elements such as brokerage and marine activity providers.
With a Gross Value Added (GVA) of £467 million, this sector is one of the smallest of the SWRDA key sectors accounting for only 0.8% of total regional GVA. Despite this, the region strongly specialises in thise sector with a share of total regional GVA over three times larger than the average for Great Britain. The primary locations for this sector are in Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The sector is dominated by craft and trade related occupations with proportions three times greater than the average for the region (State of the Key Sectors, SWRDA, 2004).
NVQ Progression Routes - Chapter on Marine (SWRDA, Dec 2003)
Plymouth Marine Sector Development Strategy (SWRDA, Jun 2001)
South West RDA Marine & Maritime Sector Skills Needs - includes new July 2003 report
This is a project formed in order to increase the business competitiveness of marine sector companies in the South West region.
The Sector Skills Council SEMTA covers part of the marine sector - shipbuilding, ship repair, boat building and repair. It has recently drawn up a skills blueprint for the marine sector.
Chamber of Shipping
This is the trade association for British shipowners and ship managers. Its key purpose is to provide companies with information on developments that could affect their ability to run their businesses and to promote their interests to Government and other relevant bodies in Britain and abroad.
The Department Business, Enterprise and Regularoty Reform (BERR) pages on the marine sector.
Skills & Safety Ltd
PSSL aims to be the focal point for the development and promotion of ports-related standards of competence and to ensure that each organisation in the industry accepts that a highly trained and qualified workforce is vital to its success.
Fish Industry Authority
The Sea Fish Industry Authority was established under an Act of Parliament in 1981 which merged the activities of the old White Fish Authority and the Herring Industry Board. Its remit is "to exercise its powers to promote the efficiency of the sea fish industry and serve the best interests of that industry and the consumers of sea fish and sea fish products". The Authority aims to meet this remit using its wide-ranging knowledge and skills.