Northern Ireland being part of a set of islands on the Atlantic coast of Europe has a long maritime past and a strong heritage of boat building.

Survitec and Whale (part of Munster Simms Engineering) form part of this rich marine heritage in Northern Ireland with a global reputation. Survitec manufacture and service life rafts and marine safety equipment whilst Whale supply products into the marine leisure sector. NIPA have other companies who supply into the marine markets.