People from the Maritime Autonomy Regulation Lab, which was initially developed to understand how the Maritime & Coastguard Agency will regulate autonomous surface ships and support the wider UK industry, are now exploring how regulations will keep up with the new technologies.
During the London International Shipping Week, IMO’s Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, highlighted the need make zero-emission ships more commercially attractive, adding that the 2050 GHG goals can not be achieved by only using fossil fuels.
During LISW 2019, Dr. Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President, Shipping & Maritime at Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd, highlighted how important is for the industry to continue its efforts on seafarers’ mental health and wellbeing and shared examples of Shell’s work towards a zero-incident future.
A new report commissioned by trade promotion body Maritime London has set out 36 detailed recommendations to grow the UK’s $6bn – marine insurance, ship broking, legal, finance and classification industries. The report comes in support of the UK Government’s Maritime 2050 Strategy.
During the London International Shipping Week (LISW), the Department of Transport (DfT) and ABP’s Port of Southampton launched UK’s first Port Economic Partnership (PEP), an initiative to create stronger links between ports and Government, to maximise long-term trade and economic growth.
During the London International Shipping Week major stakeholders of the shipping industry such as BIMCO, ICS, and INTERTANKO, discussed about the future of shipping, focusing on the preparations of the implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap, while also discussing the 2050 target on reducing shipping emissions.
Inmarsat launched the ‘Trade 2.0: How Startups are driving the next generation of maritime trade’ report examining how startups in line with the technological development such as big data, AI and blockchain in the maritime industry, are bringing a new era and create a ShipTech market.
The UK Department for Transport bought a new ship for the General Lighthouse Authority to enhance safety in domestic waters. The vessel – which is yet to be named – is expected to replace the ageing THV Patricia that has been in service since 1982.
UK maritime sector reports strong growth with an increase of 12.7% in turnover, 6.6% in GVA and 3.9% in employment over a five-year period, according to a recent report for Maritime UK. The report also shows that the sector contributes nearly £40 billion to the UK economy.
Encouraging more women into seafaring careers will help UK improve its skills base, especially amid general technological progress in the industry, said the UK’s shipping minister, John Hayes CBE MP, noting he is “determined that we can and must do more” to get women into careers at sea.
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