The UK Chamber of Shipping’s Chief Executive, Bob Sanguinetti, emphasized on climate change as the biggest challenge of today’s society and underlined the need for the UK to seize the opportunities going forward and work in closer partnership with the sector to meet its zero carbon emissions targets.
UK Chamber of Shipping
While the voting procedure for the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Awards is open, Fena Boyle, Policy Manager, Safety, UK Chamber of Shipping tells a few words about the ‘Safety Culture Charter’ for which the organization has been shortlisted for an Initiative Award. This initiative aims to make safety a top priority, encourages the reporting of near-misses and accidents and the creation of a just culture by building a safe and trusting environment.
The British Ports Association, British Tugowners Association, Port Skills and Safety, UK Chamber of Shipping, UK Major Ports Group, and UK Marine Pilots Association issued a joint notice to raise awareness against DWHLs use and the consequences. The notice highlights what is expected of seafarers in the International and Domestic codes of the ILO Code of Practice.
The UK Chamber of Shipping announced that, with the support of their operators, has developed a ‘Safety Culture Charter’ to promote and adopt a positive Safety Culture within their member organisations, leading from the top down. The initiative aims to reduce the number of accidents and incidents at sea.
Eradicating maritime casualties remains a top priority for the shipping industry which is struggling to keep fatality and injury rates at low figures. A shipping casualty can bring loss of life, cause irreversible injuries, destroy an ecosystem, lead to major cost claims and damage reputation. The only way to avoid all these is to prevent the accident itself.
A £7m new marine simulator centre has been officially opened at Solent University in Southampton. Presenting the new simulator, UK Chamber of Shipping president Sir Michael Bibby said it should play a vital role in delivering UK’s Maritime 2050 policy objectives. The centre is able to simulate more than 400 different ships and currently features about 140 ports worldwide.
The UK Chamber applauds UK Ship Register’s (UKSR) changes, according to which owners from a broader group of countries will be able to register their vessels in the UK. UKSR announced its decision on expanding its ownership eligibility, enabling more shipping companies from around the globe to flag to the UK.
As the 2020 sulphur cap is getting closer and closer, the UK Chamber of Shipping takes a look at a proposal to reduce emissions, which is speed reduction. The Chamber comments that this idea is not new to the IMO, but until now it has not been accepted, as it would directly impact worldwide trade. These proposals may have a positive intention, but they do not match the risk leaving gaps in the IMO’s decarbonisation plan, the Chamber says.
Anna Ziou, Policy Director of UK Chamber of Shipping, is helping members prepare for the IMO’s global sulphur cap in 2020, by focusing on four key areas, as the regulation, education on being fully-compliant, how to report compliance issues and reducing any possible safety issues in relation to altering to low-sulphur fuels.
The UK Chamber and trade union Nautilus International met with UK’s Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani last week to discuss the recognition of UK Certificates of Competency following the UK’s departure from the European Union. UK Chamber CEO, Bob Sanguinetti, said that the Minister is committed to guarantee that UK seafarers will still be able to work for EU operators.
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