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Shipshape East Anglia (SEA) holds first networking event in Lowestoft

13 May 2013 18:05 | Deleted user

Over 40 boatbuilders, vessel owners, suppliers and trainees attended the first networking forum for the Shipshape Network in East Anglia, held on Wednesday 01 May at the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) Ltd, Lowestoft. They were welcomed to the event by Hannah Cunliffe, Policy & Project Manager of National Historic Ships UK who, with her team, was undertaking a series of visits to historic vessels in the region.

The event marked the launch of new regional pages for Shipshape East Anglia, bringing together 85 historic vessels in the area, with over 50 boatbuilding companies and specialist suppliers. IBTC has been awarded the status of the first UK Shipshape hub and will provide local support and advice to Network members, offering a regional base and access to on-site facilities.

Regional projects featured at the event included: services and facilities at Excelsior Yard, Lowestoft; the regeneration of the old Whisstocks boatyard in Woodbridge, Suffolk; Stem to Stern Heritage Training and work experience; and Rescue Wooden Boats, the charity set up to restore, maintain and use examples of heritage maritime wooden working craft in North Norfolk.

The Shipshape Network was launched in 2009 and is managed by National Historic Ships UK, the independent government funded organisation representing the interests of historic vessels in the UK. The Network provides a framework for all those with an interest in ship conservation and is home to the National Directory of Skills & Services, promoting the regeneration of traditional maritime skills and techniques.

More information can be found on their website.

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