Today sees the launch of the first European Maritime Day to celebrate
The day was marked by the signing of a declaration in
Photo: European Maritime Day at the European Commission, Brussels
I hope to see Scotland playing an active part in Europe’s annual maritime day in the future, not only by marking it with a programme of events across Scotland’s coastal communities and linking it in with those of other European maritime nations but also using it as an opportunity to showcase the vital role the marine environment plays in the past, present and future of Scotland and as a way in which to revitalise Scotland’s port towns and cities, and encourage more people into the industry.
Scotland’s contribution to Europe’s maritime sector over the years cannot be overstated with our shipbuilding skills, fishing, marine energy (oil and gas exploration) and even now as we look to the future with the development of marine technologies (through innovation and research), protection of the environment and biodiversity and the development of and investment in coastal tourism. According to the first ever report on the state of
Given our past and present maritime experiences, there is much Scotland can contribute to these ongoing discussions about the future of Europe’s maritime sector and the challenges it faces when it comes to energy security, climate change, protecting the marine environment, etc. I want to see