Welcome to On the dock. Offering a round-up of the past week’s maritime news that we found fun and interesting. We hope you enjoy it too.
International boat show’s latest news
There have been many questions asked since the outbreak of Covid 19. One of the key one’s in the marine industry is how feasible is it to run boat shows?
Over the past few months, we have received statements of cancellation from the organisers of Monaco Yacht Show and Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Palma Superyacht show and the Superyacht Show in Barcelona. All of these shows have dates set for 2021.
We have just heard that the Southampton International Boat Show will not be going ahead. There is a chance that the show may operate on a much smaller level, with wider pontoons and tickets available to purchase by invite only. Watch this space for more details as we have them.
Boat Show’s that are going ahead
We have confirmation that Cannes Yachting Festival is being held from September 8th to 13th 2020. Visit the festival at the Vieux Port and Port Canto in Cannes.
“After many weeks of uncertainty in light of the context, intensive discussions with our clients, the City of Cannes, our partners and suppliers; and a great deal of work with local authorities, we are pleased to have reached the final stretch before the opening of the Festival”. Commented show manager Sylvie Ernoult.
The British Motor Yacht Show will be going ahead at Premier Marinas, Swanwick, Southampton UK this August. It will be by appointment only that visitors can view vessels. This will enable staff and visitors to maintain a social distance.
In La Rochelle, Le Grand Pavois will be running. Visit the show from September 29th – October 4th 2020.
In November, METSTRADE which is the largest marine business to business show will be taking place in Amsterdam.
83 years of the UK Emergency Services
The 999 Emergency Service was introduced to the UK on June 30th 1937. The World’s first. To celebrate this special day, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency shared a public information film onto their social media channels.
The video below tells the story of Joe and Petunia. In the late 1960’s they reminded the general public the Coastguard could be reached by dialling 999.
In 2006, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Central Office of Information. The film was remastered. Take a look to see the differences. Which version do you prefer?
Other public information films that Joe and Petunia appeared in included: flags at the beach, abiding by the country code and worn car tyres.
Author J.K Rowling suggested that the character name for Petunia Dursley, Harry Potter’s aunt, may have been inspired by Petunia.
LEGO group and National Geographic join forces
Whatever your age here is a product launch you will enjoy!
Each year the LEGO group release a new theme. It was announced this week that this year the new range is in partnership with National Geographic.
New LEGO® City and LEGO® Friends sets are to create awareness about exploration and the protection of endangered species in the world’s jungles and oceans.
To support the launch and engage children even further. LEGO group has developed a campaign with National Geographic. This is to encourage children to explore the world. And to develop their own creative ideas on solving the real-life challenges our world is facing.
The campaign will invite kids and their parents to visit the heights and depths of the earth. To learn about exploring our world and protecting wildlife in our oceans and jungles. This includes educational content about pandas, sharks, elephants, deep-sea creatures and much more.
To inspire kids to pursue creativity as a way to one day help protect the world’s wildlife. The campaign will portray stories from six different National Geographic Explorers. These explorers are working in creative, unexpected and surprising ways to help address real-life problems that our planet is facing.
The LEGO Group is also announcing a contribution to the National Geographic Society. This is to fund grants in ocean exploration and species conservation.
With thanks to the following for sharing their news this week.
Explore the World with Lego Group and National Geographic.