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.
UK Chamber of Shipping
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.
Once again this year’s agenda was full with meetings, agreements and important announcements for the maritime community. In this photo recap we have picked key moments that captivated industry’s interest in 2018.
According to a new report called ‘Frictionless trade: How new technology will power international trade’, the UK has a profitable opportunity. Namely, according to Nick Chubb, one of the authors of the new report, the UK shipping technology sector is a £4 billion industry, and is expected to reach £13 billion per year by 2030.
Responding to reports that the UK Government may charter ships in case of a No-Deal Brexit, UK Chamber of Shipping CEO Bob Sanguinetti said that it is not clear how chartered ships will help. Mr. Sanguinetti said that goods will still need to go through the same customs procedures in ports, where the problem is.
Dr. Nishatabbas Rehmatulla from UCL Energy Institute, spoke to UK Chamber of Shipping’s ‘IMO Greenhouse Gas Strategy Forum’, providing his expectations on what the GHG emissions reduction will be. Dr. Rehmatulla notes that decarbonising the shipping industry will be no more expensive than many other sectors.
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