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The Killybegs Marine Cluster is Ireland’s only dedicated marine cluster and was established on February 1, 2021. It is one of twelve clusters on the island of Ireland and part of Enterprise Ireland’s National Clustering Programme. The cluster is currently 100% funded by Enterprise Ireland under the Regional Technology Cluster Fund (RTCF). The cluster has adopted a quadruple helix framework which comprises a blend of industry, academia, government and community support in order to realise the true potential of our greatest asset, our Ocean.

Our blue economy is quite broad and encompasses many blue industries including commercial fishing (base industry), fish processing, marine engineering, aquaculture, renewable energies, offshore marine services and marine tourism. The Killybegs Marine Cluster currently has 20 members across these domains. Together, these members have combined annual turnover in excess of €300 million per annum, while providing employment for more than 1,100 people across these blue economy industries. Our members are internationally focused with 95% of turnover generated from export markets. Approximately 60% of our membership is Marine Engineering companies with some 350 + highly skilled marine engineers working within this ecosystem. Killybegs have a proven track record for delivering several major marine offshore projects including the Corrib Oil & Gas field.

Killybegs port is a unique marine ecosystem, given the close proximity of our members, who are located within one square kilometre of each other, making it an attractive environment to conduct business and a one- stop-shop for all things marine. Our geographical position on the Northwest coast of Ireland and on the edge of Europe, provides access to the richest fishing grounds and the highest and most sustained offshore wind speeds in Europe.

In addition to our key enabling infrastructure, Killybegs is internationally renowned for its marine engineering capabilities and competencies and is fast becoming an anchor point for a Marine Engineering Innovation Hub, focused specifically on both Offshore Floating Wind (FOW) and sustainable protein.

The Killybegs Marine Cluster together with several of our members, including Mooney Boats Limited, KER Group, MMG Ocean and GCM Painting are looking forward to exhibiting at the 2023 Scottish Skipper Expo in Aberdeen on 12th and 13th  May. The Killybegs Marine Cluster stand number is 112, and we, together with our members look forward to meeting you in Scotland.

Mooney Boats Ltd

As part of the Killybegs Marine Cluster, Mooney Boats Ltd is proud to showcase its expertise in building multi-industry vessels at this year’s Scottish Skipper Expo. With the latest in industrial marine technology and a growing number of satisfied customers choosing Mooney Boats Ltd for their boat repairs, maintenance needs, and new builds, we are committed to delivering exceptional quality and service. We invite potential new clients to visit us at Stand No. 112 to discover how we can bring their marine projects to life with our superior quality craftsmanship and dedication to customer satisfaction.

KER Group

Ker Group are one of the leading project management and marine engineering specialists providing innovative solutions to our clients. We offer a range of marine electrical and refrigeration projects and services. We specialise in : RSW systems (Freon & Ammonia), vacuum pump systems, ice machines (flake ice and slurry), fish hold refrigeration, Blast & chill rooms, fish processing equipment, air-conditioning. Visit us at stand 112 to discuss what we can offer you.

GCM Painting

GCM Painting Limited is a specialist marine painting service company based in the premier fishing port of Killybegs, Co. Donegal. Having started out in the marine industry in 2013, GCM Painting Director, Glen Campbell has established strong reputation as one of the leading marine painting companies in the Northwest of Ireland.

The majority of work is carried out quayside by GCM Painting team at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) 40m Syncrolift (Boat Lift) which is located in Killybegs Harbour.

GCM Marine Painting cater for a wide range of marine vessels ranging from large commercial marine fishing vessels (pelagic, polyvalent etc.), ferry boats, tugboats and private yachts. GCM Painting cover all aspects relating to a full respray such as striping the original coat back to bare steel, treating and prepping for a full respray both internally and externally. GCM Painting work across all areas of the vessels including hulls, main deck, shelter decks, engine rooms, steering rooms, tanks etc. Since their inception in 2013, GCM Painting have built a strong reputation for marine painting services in Killybegs and in the Northwest.

GCM Painting are looking forward to exhibiting under the Killybegs Marine Cluster stand at the Scottish Skipper Expo which is located at stand #112.

MMG Ocean

MMG Welding becomes MMG Ocean partnering with Ocean Kinetics Scotland delivering innovative sustainable engineering solutions, gangway systems, and welding fabrication support services to the marine and energy sectors. Inventors, and manufacturers of the patented MMG Gangway Systems.  These custom designs gangways are available in manual, hydraulic, and radio controlled models, designed to make both sea and port operations safer and more efficient.  From concept development right through to the end of the design and manufacturing journey our focus is operational excellence, and value creation, with limitless boundaries of possibilities, without any compromise on quality. As technology and service requirements are changing and progressing, our team and methods are evolving too, making MMG Ocean able to deliver and meet challenges to provide the most effective solutions. Our team are multi-disciplined, with a track record of providing the highest quality and reliability in both manufacturing and service engineering projects. Together with Ocean Kinetics we have the resources to meet any marine engineering requirements within the blue economy.

Visit us at stand 112 where we will be on hand to listen and discuss solutions