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What EMH does for us

- keeping our sea history alive

Monday, 26 April 2021

Continued sailing (and therefore survival) for the operators of traditional sail, steam and motor vessels around the coasts of Europe, the North Sea, the Mediterranean, inland waters and many other areas requires co-operation and shared values. Fortunately pre-Covid we have built excellent relations and good understanding. European Maritime Heritage is at the centre of these efforts to support the preservation and protection of our unique working maritime heritage.

By bringing together those with common interests in maintaining old vessels across the whole of Europe, EMH can lobby effectively with a wide range of international organisations. It supports those looking to prevent destruction – whether a wooden boat, cultural relics and records or machinery. It lobbies to prevent new regulations discriminating against traditional vessels and stopping their operation. It promotes museum and heritage harbours so that historic vessels can help regenerate port areas and brings together the operators of vessels to exchange lessons on how to keep sailing. Its initiatives include the Barcelona Charter (to give recognition to historic vessels) and it has recently established a new charitable foundation to give grants to projects which can bring the skills of traditional seafaring to people who would not otherwise benefit.

Maritime Heritage Trust has played a critical role in EMH over many years for example through MHT Chairman David Morgan who as EMH President oversaw transformation of the Association into a legal entity giving it the ability to be recognised by funding bodies such as the EU and the ability to support others.

Thomas Hoppe is the current Secretary and Vice Chairman of EMH and has close links with the UK. The late John Robinson gave his time freely to help establish maritime heritage around the Mediterranean and in the Baltic. Today Scott Pereira is our national representative and Brian Corbett is on the Board of the EMH Charitable Foundation.





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