Skipper Expo Int Aberdeen 2018 gets underway on Friday, 25 May – and due to popular demand will be opening one hour earlier than usual on both days of the show (25 May, 9am to 5pm, and 26 May, 9am to 4pm)

Skipper Expo Int Aberdeen

With around 200 exhibition stands, including more than 30 new exhibitors from all over Europe, the expo looks set to be another fantastic event, providing a comprehensive showcase for all the latest equipment and support services available to the fishing industry.

Sponsored by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, the expo comes at a time when Brexit and its implications for fishing are dominating the headlines. It is also being held during a period of significant investment by Scottish skippers in new vessels, which is reflected by the large number of shipyards and boatyards present at the event.

Star attractions include the free industry night at the Douglas Hotel in Aberdeen on Friday, 25 May, where show organiser Mara Media will be hosting a seafood buffet and dance for exhibitors and invited guests. This special night is sponsored by Peterhead Port Authority, Sunderland Marine and Commercial Oils. For invitations to this evening, please see the stand holders or show organisers.

Skipper Expo Int Aberdeen

Another major highlight at the expo will be the ever-popular seafood tasting stand hosted by Box Pool Solutions, and ably assisted by the chefs from the Buchan Braes Hotel in Peterhead.

There will also be safety demos at the show, held each day at 12.30pm and hosted by the RNLI.

Sharon Boyle, of Mara Media, says: “We have been overwhelmed by the amount of interest in the expo from both exhibitors and visitors. This is a pivotal time for the Scottish and UK fishing industries, and this is reflected by
the strong exhibitor base and high number of first-time attendees.

“In particular, I would like to thank the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation for supporting the show, as well as the sponsors of the free industry night. This is very much the fishing industry’s expo, and we are incredibly grateful for the support from all the exhibitors and visitors.”

Skipper Expo Int Aberdeen 2018 will be held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (25 and 26 May). Entry is free and to beat the queues visitors can pre-register beforehand by visiting: and then clicking the link for the visitor registration page.

Part II of the Skipper Expo Int Aberdeen 2018 will be included in Fishing News next week.


Several shipyards and small boatbuilders will be present at Skipper Expo, along with two boat displays.
Maver Boats will be displaying an 8 x 4m Twin-C catamaran.

G Smyth Boats from Kilkeel will be exhibiting a 7m potter, which will be delivered to a Peterhead skipper straight after the show. It features a 60hp Beta engine and Spencer Carter pot hauler.

Audacious Marine will be promoting its range of catamarans from its stand. They come in a range of sizes and can be equipped with inboard or outboard engines.

Icelandic boatbuilder Trefjar Ltd, which is renowned for its Cleopatra Fisherman series of high-speed semi-displacement boats, designed to meet all requirements of fishermen for efficiency and seaworthiness, will also have a stand.

Other smaller boatbuilders attending at Aberdeen include Anderson Marine and Murphy Marine Services.

Among the shipyards represented at the expo are Macduff Shipyards, Parkol Marine Engineering, Hirtshals Yard, Karstensens, Arklow Marine Services, Baatbygg, Stadyard, Zamakona, Armon and Astander.

Errigal Bay looking for fishermen suppliers

Shell-fishermen visiting Skipper Expo Aberdeen Int 2018 will be interested by the presence of exhibitor Errigal Bay Ltd, which, with 56 years in business, is Ireland’s largest processor of wild Atlantic shellfish.

With facilities in the north-west and south-east of Ireland, Errigal Bay exports premium-quality seafood products, including brown crab, whelk, king and queen scallop and langoustine, to markets in the USA, Asia and across Europe.

Founded in 1962, in an area of unique Gaelic heritage where Irish is still spoken, Errigal Bay is a proud supporter of remote communities and the sustainability of not only the fisheries from which it sources products, but also the fishing communities that rely on those fisheries.

Errigal Bay has long-established relationships with its fishermen – some now in their third generation, and for whom they have immense respect. They pride themselves on the pier collection services they provide, and fast payment.

As a result of market demand, Errigal Bay is always interested in meeting new fishermen who would like to become part of their team.

Commercial Oils ‘all aboard’ for Skipper Expo Int Aberdeen

Commercial Oils, part of Certas Energy Lubricants, is delighted to be returning to Skipper Expo Int Aberdeen, on stand 61, to demonstrate its leading range of lubricants and greases for the commercial fishing industry.

Commercial Oils supplies high-performance Valvoline lubricants to customers across Scotland.

Commercial Oils supplies high-performance Valvoline lubricants to customers across Scotland.

As the largest independent distributor of branded lubricants in the UK, Certas Energy Lubricants supplies large commercial ships, pelagic, whitefish and prawn trawlers, including smaller fishing boat operators, with Commercial Oils providing high-performance Valvoline lubricants to customers across Scotland. Backed by Certas Energy’s extensive distribution network for fast and reliable deliveries, Commercial Oils has a proven track record within the fishing industry and provides a convenient on-board delivery and pump service.

Marine engineers are under mounting pressure to keep operations moving smoothly and efficiently to improve productivity and lower operational costs, and therefore require a reliable service, high-quality products and expert advice when it comes to selecting marine lubricants. From rust prevention to finding more environmentally friendly solutions, Commercial Oils offers a complete package of lubricant products to suit all vessel types, including 2- and 4-stroke, inboard/outboard, gasoline and diesel engines, to offer the highest level of protection.

Andrew Salton, general manager at Certas Energy Lubricants, said: “We can’t wait to return to Aberdeen to demonstrate the benefits of choosing high-performance lubricants from quality brands to keep marine engines performing effectively under the toughest conditions. We’ll be showcasing our range of Valvoline lubricants and Tectyl Rust Preventatives, as well as the new Marine Calcium 2 grease, which has shown excellent results for durability, tackiness and seawater resistance when compared to competitor brands.”

Commercial Oils will once again be sponsoring the seafood buffet, a popular attraction for exhibitors and their guests at the show.

Certas Energy is the leading independent distributor of fuels and lubricants in the UK. With a network of over 130 depots, over 900 tankers, more than 800 retail forecourts and 2,300 employees, Certas Energy has the robust infrastructure to consistently and dependably deliver billions of litres of high-quality fuel all over the UK each year.

Commercial Oils serves customers large and small with a range of quality lubricant products. The business started as a small concern in North East Scotland. In 2008, it was acquired by Brogan Fuels to focus on the distribution of lubricants in Scotland. The business was initially run and managed by Martin Reid of Buckie, with 50 years’ experience in the industry, selling Valvoline lubricants. The management of the Buckie-based depot was taken over by Martin’s daughter, Diane Campbell, in 2014. Under their leadership, the company has experienced rapid and continued growth.



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