As G7 Leaders gathered in Cornwall last weekend for the G7 Summit, an ambitious blueprint for Cornwall’s £1 billion marine sector was unveiled.
‘Cornwall House on the Waterfront’ was hosted onboard the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessel Argus in Falmouth by Cornwall Marine Network (CMN) in association with Maritime UK.
Delegates aboard RFA Argus were invited into the ship’s cinema for the launch of CMN’s new landmark film “Port of Falmouth: Blue and Green Technology leading Cornwall’s Coastal Revolution” which outlines achievements and issues which were then discussed on the bridge with its spectacular views across the port and town.
Brigadier Graeme “Jock” Fraser MBE ADC RM, Naval Regional Commander for Wales & Western England, said: “I was delighted to welcome senior representatives from the Cornwall Marine Network and Maritime UK onboard RFA Argus in Falmouth port to mark the launch of an exciting initiative for the maritime sector in the south west concurrently with the meeting of G7 leaders in Cornwall.
“It was a real privilege to be present as the film show-casing the Network’s blue-green initiative was aired for the first time on the ship. We greatly value our enduring connections with the maritime sector in the region and look forward to developing our many partnerships into the future as the Royal Navy develops an expansive Sustainability programme as an integral part of our ambitious transformation programme.”
The new film focuses on the Port of Falmouth as the beating heart of the local marine economy – and home to more than 40% of Cornish maritime businesses. With global shipping and naval services, luxury boat builders, innovative marine technology and renewable energy projects all based in the Port – which sits within the world’s third deepest natural harbour – Falmouth is increasingly becoming known as a global centre for blue and green technology.
Paul Wickes MBE, CEO Cornwall Marine Network, said: “With the Port of Falmouth poised to become a prime hub for the floating offshore wind sector, this film marks an important moment in time. It’s our way of acknowledging what we’ve inherited from past generations – resources and knowledge which we are now driving forward into the UK’s international maritime future.”