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ETA 54th Annual Meeting (1)

The 54th  ETA Annual Meeting of the European Tugowners Association – ETA 2017 shall this year be held in Trieste, Italy. This year the event is going to be hosted under the auspices of ETA full member Tripmare. The Annual Meeting is a combination of an interesting and thought provoking conference; a busy agenda for discussion at the Association and parallel meetings and last but not least local traditionally oriented entertainment; all of which providing an excellent opportunity to bring members and guests to meet and network over a unique three days from the 7th  to the 9th June.

The 2017 ETA conference  ‘Safety is our business’ will be looking into the importance of the towage industry as the provider of sea safety and the trends and challenges the sector is facing to reduce the safety risks in its activities. 

Lodging shall be at the Hotel Savoia Excelsior Palace situated in the heart of the city.

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The Savoia Excelsior Palace was built in 1911. At the time of its opening in 1912 the hotel was one of the most imposing and luxurious hotels in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Emperor Franz Josef was a frequent guest and his private apartment is preserved intact. Following a full restoration, every fitting and furnishing shimmers with the hotel´s historic grandeur – from the Belle Époque style skylight above the lounge to the rich fabrics.

The welcome dinner, sponsored by our host company Tripmare will be held at the Adriaco Yacht Club.


The Adriaco is situated in the marina at the heart of the old port harbour. It dates back to the early 1903, when a group of yachtsmen of the “League of Races”, driven by the desire to encourage the seafaring life and the sport of sailing, decides to set up a company called Yacht Club Sailing Adriaco. Participants will savour local and Italian delicacies and sample some great wines and grappas from the region.

The Annual Conference will be held on the 8 at the Hotel Savoia meeting room. It shall then be followed by the gala evening which will take place at one of the most charming venues in the Adriatic coast, Castello Duino.


This imposing castle is overlooking the sea just outside of Trieste. The building commenced in 1389 at the order of the Wallsee family. In the nineteenth century, it became one of the residences for Prince Alexander von Thurn und Taxis and his wife Princess Marie. The Castle is owned by their grandson, Prince Carlo Alessandro della Torre e Tasso. Castello Duino has been opened to the public as a museum and a park in 2003

The social day will offer the Annual Meeting participants a unique and memorable experience with the visit to the Lipica stud farm. The historical estate founded in 1580 hosts hundreds of Lipizzaner horses, globally known for combining their big size with grace, quiet temperament and intelligence. During the visit to the farm we will have the opportunity to enjoy a performance of classical riding school.

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The visit to the stud farm will be followed by a lunch at the historical Antica Trattoria Suban, one of the oldest restaurants in Trieste. Founded in 1895, the establishment serves excellent dishes prepared in traditional Trieste style. After lunch is reserved for a tasting of the best grappas produced in the region.