A Scillonian boating company has launched a new app to enable customers to book and pay for tickets via their smartphones.

St Agnes Boating believes it is the first local boating app to be launched in the south west and says it represents a significant innovation for the regional marine industry.

Downloadable on both Android and Apple devices, the St Agnes Boating app enables users to pre-book and pre-pay for all their boating needs – both scheduled services and “taxi” services – up to two months in advance (and soon to be year-round).

John Peacock, owner and skipper at St Agnes Boating, said: “This is ground-breaking for the islands as it is the first time anyone visiting the Isles of Scilly or living here will have, at their fingertips via their mobile, the exact departure times for all our boating services at any time of the year.

“Everything you need – from getting to and from St Agnes or planning your island hopping trips, to purchasing your daily tickets and weekly passes – can be done directly via the St Agnes Boating app or our website.”

“It’s great to see St Agnes Boating launching a new app for the local boating industry here on Scilly,” added David Jackson, Islands’ Partnership (Visit Isles of Scilly) executive director.

“It’s entirely in-step with the islands’ new Destination Management Plan and also complements the Islands’ Partnership’s own work to encourage more businesses to trade online and therefore make it easier for visitors to plan and book their trip – whether that’s for accommodation, travel or indeed restaurants and activities and, of course, inter-island boating.”

The development of the app has been made possible thanks to ERDF funding, through the Isles of Scilly Voucher Scheme.