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.
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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.
Responding to the UK Government’s plans to greenlight millions of pounds’ worth of new offshore developments, the UK Chamber of Shipping warned that coordination and forward planning is essential to ensure new windfarms do not pose navigational safety risks for vessels and the environment.
In response of this year’s Day of the Seafarer, members of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations; UK Chamber of Shipping and the Royal Dutch Shipowners Association have each launched webpages signposting seafarers to mental health charities, chaplain services and support networks.
For seafarers mental health issues are a very important matter. These can include the pressures of being separation from family and isolation. For this reason, the UK Chamber of Shipping, Nautilus International and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers have created new guidelines to help shipping companies set up policies on mental well-being.
The UK Chamber of Shipping’s Communications Director, Jonathan Roberts, is talking with respect to the ongoing efforts currently discussed at IMO MEPC 72 to reduce the industry’s environmental footprint. Mr. Roberts noted that any agreement reached this week will be a stepping stone in the global shipping decarbonisation deal.
The Board of the International Chamber of Shipping announced the appointment of Guy Platten to the role of Secretary General, after almost five years at the UK Chamber of Shipping. Mr. Platten will replace Mr. Peter Hinchliffe in mid-2018.
Speaking at the UK Chamber of Shipping’s Annual Dinner, Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, contributed to a “radical” vision that will support the nation’s maritime industry for the future. The UK Maritime 2050 strategy will have as key points, trade, technology, infrastructure, the environment, skills, safety and regulation, security and resilience.
Dr. Grahaeme Henderson, President of the UK Chamber and Shell’s vice president of shipping, launched HiLo, a predictive modelling tool that aims to prevent ‘high-impact’ maritime events like explosions, collisions and groundings by recording the frequent low-level incidents that are pre-cursors to major incidents.
Capitalism, globalization and international collaboration spread prosperity and growth – and shipping has a vital role to play in this process. “The future of trade is too important to be left to others to decide,” UK Chamber CEO Guy Platten said during the charity dinner in Glasgow.
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