The manifesto covers the sector’s priorities for the next government across the following areas:

  1. people
  2. innovation
  3. environment
  4. competitiveness
  5. regional growth

UK Maritime aims to deploy a talented and diverse workforce in every part of the sector, driving business growth, inspired to join us by a professional careers campaign, and well-trained to use their talents to the full.

Also, they aspire to lure new maritime businesses to the UK by working with government to enhance the competitiveness of the UK’s business environment and to grow the export of maritime products and services by supporting companies to export and promoting the sector across the UK’s diplomatic and commercial network.

Another aim is to make the UK a leader in innovation across the grand challenges faced by the maritime industries globally, through collaboration across the sector.

Boosting prosperity and opportunity in UK's coastal communities is a top priority. This can be achieved by working with government to create more pro-investment conditions for maritime businesses such as ports and by creating a network of regional maritime cluster organisations to foster collaboration between industry, local government and academia.

Another goal is to reduce the shipping industry's impact on the environment, and take advantage of the new, emerging technological opportunities as decarbonization.

Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK, said:

We hope that the result of this general election provides stability and a clear way forward for the country on Brexit. What we – and the rest of the economy whose trade we enable – need is certainty, stability and predictability. Not least for the people who make our sector the national success story that it is.

To explore more on UK's Manifesto, click on the PDF herebelow