Maritime UK published its Programme for Government, setting out the maritime sector’s policy objectives for the new Prime Minister and Ministers, having been developed jointly with Maritime UK’s member associations.
aritime UK has already briefed Ministers and Shadow Ministers holding key portfolios on the policy proposals at both the Conservative and Labour Party conferences held in Birmingham and Liverpool respectively.
The Maritime UK Programme for Government sets out over forty policy recommendations across five key priority areas:
- Regional Growth
Environmental recommendations include scaling up co-investment in research, development, and deployment of pro-green technologies, with a key focus on green infrastructure for vessels.
That is supported by a commitment to international regulation, led by the IMO, and a more pro-active government approach to help shipowners to invest in environmentally friendly assets, as well as disposing of older and more polluting ones.
Building upon the freeports programme and recognition of the sector’s contribution to levelling-up, actions on regional growth are designed to unlock further private investment by making targeted reforms to the business environment.
Recognising an increasingly competitive global maritime environment, there are policy proposals designed to attract new maritime business to the UK, boost the export of maritime products and services to growing markets and attract new foreign direct investment.
With the UK’s research and innovation budget increasing, the programme has a significant focus on innovation, and seeks relevant funding rounds for maritime businesses. Given the cutting-edge nature of much of the sector’s innovation, there’s also a focus on ensuring that regulation keeps pace with technological developments.
Taking great pride in what industry and government have managed to achieve over the last three years, let us go forward committed to attaining the policy ambitions set out in Maritime 2050 and building on Britain’s reputation as a leading global maritime nation
Maritime UK, Sarah Kenny OBE, stated.