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16.08.2012

Helsinki Boat-Afloat Show fully occupies HSK jetties in Lauttasaari

The Helsinki Boat Afloat Show is now organised for the fifteenth time at the Helsingfors Segelklubb (HSK) in the suburb of Lauttasaari. Totally the 35th boat-afloat show in Helsinki is again filling up the jetties and land-based sites of this club venue with boats and marine-industry products. There are 295 boats (+/- 0 %) on show, of which 32 are sailboats. All of the boat berths have been sold out. In all, there are 137 exhibitors (-13,29 %).

Domestic wholesale deliveries up in the first half of the year. New boat registrations down by close to a tenth.

Based on National Boat Register statistics, the number of boats subject to mandatory registration (i.e. over 20 hp; over 5,5 m) can be considered an indication of total consumer sales. According to the figures, 2790 boats (-9,8 %) were registered by the end of June.

Domestic sales figures can also be determined on the basis of wholesale delivery statistics. For the Jan-June period, wholesale delivery data for small craft and motorboats indicated that in unit terms 23,2 % more boats were delivered on the domestic market than for the previous year. Figures provided by enterprises who participated in Finnboat's annual statistical analysis showed that 6946 boats were delivered in Finland during the same period.

Importers and manufacturers supplied to sales networks 6455 boats in the class below 6 meters (+29 %) during the Jan-June period. In the 6-8 meter class, 373 boats were delivered (-17,2 %) and 34 in the 8-10m class (-47 %). In the largest category, i.e. boats over 10 meters, 18 boats were delivered (+28,5 %).

The above figures do not include sailboats. During the period Jan-July, 53 new sailboats were registered (-38,4 %).

Boat exports

For the Jan-May period, the value of Finnish Marine Industry exports fell by 7,87 % to EUR 71,6 million. The main export destinations were once again Norway and Sweden. In unit terms, total exports for the same period decreased by 21,3 %. Based on customs authority statistics, 3707 boats were exported during the period Jan-May.

Boat exports to the five main export destinations for Jan-May were as follows:
1. Norway 21,9 m Euro (-15,6 %) and 1557 units
2. Sweden 15,9 m Euro (-48,6 %) and 1168 units
3. British Virgin Islands 8,2 m Euro and 2 units
4. Russia 8,0 m Euro (+51,8 %) and 452 units
5. Switzerland 5,8 m Euro and 23 units

Boat imports

For the Jan-May period 2012, most boats imported (in value terms) came from Great Britain (i.e. 3,3m Euro, -68,9 %), followed by France (1,9m Euro, -29,8 %) and Germany (1,2m Euro, +58,8 %). In unit terms, most boats were imported from Poland (55).

Outboard engines

Total wholesale deliveries of outboard engines for the Jan-June period 2012 also fell by around a tenth. Altogether, 11,833 engines (-12,2 %) were delivered on the domestic market. Based on economic regions, Helsinki and its Uusimaa province is again the most significant region, accounting for 1576 engines. Varsinais-Suomi came second with 1081 engines with Etelä-Karjala rising to third place (i.e. 951 engines).

Based on data supplied by Finnboat member enterprises, 2011 turnover for the marine industry and trade as a whole was approximately 548 m Euro (VAT 0%). Of this sum, industry exports accounted for some 184 m Euro.

For further information, please contact:

Managing director Jouko Huju
tel. +358 (0)40 5509310,
Finnish Marine Industries Federation Finnboat
Käenkuja 8 A 47
FI-00500 Helsinki
www.finnboat.fi

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