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Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2019 has been hailed as a great success by exhibitors and visitors alike, with this year’s show being the biggest ever in the series and with excellent visitor numbers.

“It seemed that people were turning up earlier and staying for longer – which is testament to the large number of stands, and of course, their sheer quality,” says Sharon Boyle of show organiser Mara Media.

Sponsored by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, the expo was officially opened by Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Fisheries, Fergus Ewing.The minister said: “The show organiser, Mara Media, have done a terrific job in organising the event and it is fantastic that there are more companies exhibiting here than ever before,” he said.

With over 230 exhibitors covering virtually every equipment and support services for the fishing industry, the expo proved a great place to do business. Among the successful companies was MMG Welding, who enjoyed a flying start to the show through the successful first sale of their new patent product, the Vessel to Vessel Gangway, which was purchased by Donal and Alan O’Neill of the MFV Sparkling Star based in Castletownbere.

“We have had huge interest in our new product and the show has been a great way to promote our compact gangway systems,’ said Eibhlin McGuinness of MMG Welding.

Show highlights included the extremely popular seafood tasting bar hosted by Box Pool Solutions and safety demos from the RNLI. The seafood buffet and dance at the Douglas Hotel on the Friday evening also proved a great success.

Sharon Boyle of Mara Media said: “We are thrilled at the success of the expo and this is an event that has really captured the imagination of the fishing industry.”