CBOA Names new president


THE Commercial Boat Operators’ Association has elected Mike Garratt as its new president.

He succeeds long-serving David Quarmby, who has agreed to become one of two vice-presidents.

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Mike is chairman of transport economists MDS Transmodal Ltd and has spent over 50 years in the sector. He has a long history of support for inland waterway freight, having chaired pressure group Sea & Water and more recently as a member of the Canal & River Trust’s Freight Advisory Group and Freight Steering Group.

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CBOA chairman David Lowe said he has known Mike for over 20 years and is delighted that he had agreed to take on the role at what is a very important and exciting time for the sector.

He said: “I have experienced first-hand his interest and passion for freight carriage on the UK’s commercial inland waterways and his belief that they have the potential to play an important role as part of a fully sustainable and integrated freight transport system. 

“Mike’s expertise and wisdom will greatly benefit the association as we seek to support our member companies and influence decision-makers at all levels to do what they can to attract and facilitate more tonnage to the commercial inland waterways.”

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