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.
UK Chamber of Shipping
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.
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.
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