The British Tugowners Association is delighted to announce the Annual General Meeting, Conference and Dinner 2024 will take place at the Wotton House, Surrey on 1 May.

The AGM, Conference and Dinner provides an ideal time for delegates to meet, exchange ideas and network.

The programme, which has an overarching theme of People & Skills for 2024 is being developed but will bring together leaders of the towage industry together with Governmental keynote speakers and thought leadership.

The Conference will also see the inaugural awarding of the BTA’s Tug Trainee of the Year award, which recognises future talent, and is kindly sponsored by Sanmar Shipyards.

Confirmed speakers include:

Maritime & Coastguard Agency – Ajit Jacob, Chief Examiner and Lars Lippuner

Fleetwood Nautical College – Neil Atkinson, Head of Campus

Merchant Navy Training Board – Kathryn Neilson, Director

Debbie Cavaldoro – Port Skills & Safety

Including a presentations and panel discussion on Value and Future of simulator training:

HR Wallingford




Programme Outline

30 April 2024

  • 1200 – Welcome and lunch and golf at The Drift golf club.
  • 1330 – Tee times for golf
  • 2000 – Dinner for golfers sponsor to be announced

1 May 2024

  • 0900 – BTA Executive Committee (members only)
  • 1050 – BTA Annual General Meeting (members only)
  • 1145 – Conference Opens
  • 1300 – Lunch
  • 1400 – Conference Reopens
  • 1730 – Conference Closes
  • 1845 – Drinks Reception
  • 1945 – Dinner

As well as members of the BTA, members of UK Chamber of Shipping, are welcome and encouraged to attend. Non-members of the BTA or UK Chamber are also welcome and encouraged to get insight and access into leaders of the industry, with spaces available at a non-member rate.

The BTA’s Annual Golf Competition, the Sir William Crosthwaite Cup, will take place the afternoon before, on 30 April at The Drift golf club.

Further requests for information should be directed to the BTA secretariat Robert Merrylees. Speaker and sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact Robert Merrylees.