The British Ports Association’s Scottish Ports Group has called on policy makers to ensure that ports are at the forefront of key Scottish economic, transport and planning strategies, as the UK moves towards Brexit.
UK Chamber of Shipping
Businesses in Scotland that contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy can now apply for a workforce development grant of up to £10,000, which the Merchant Navy Training Board says could open up opportunities for seafarers.
As part of the ‘Careers At Sea campaign’ which has been nominated for the 2017 SAFETY4SEA Initiative Award, the UK Chamber of Shipping and Merchant Navy Training Board have launched a film to boost the number of young people entering the maritime sector.
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.
Hurricane Irma has sent shipping into disarray, particularly for cruise passengers. Around 40,000 holidaymakers are estimated to have been affected by disruption to scheduled cruises this week and this figure could rise further as Irma speeds through the Caribbean towards southern Florida.
More than half of Greek shipowners would consider relocating their shipmanagement offices out of Greece, while 9% said they would not, according to a new Ernst & Young study. Greece’s tax framework and regulatory environment were the main reasons given by those considering relocation.
A new report issued for the Department of Transport, recommends that the Support for Maritime Training scheme should be increased to ensure that UK training costs are in line with other northern European countries. A great deal of industry representatives have welcomed the report so far.
The UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency is modernising the way the UK Ship Register operates, with a number of new initiatives. At the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Maritime and Ports, attendees were informed that the MCA is considering increasing the fee structure for the UK Ship Register to above 2016 levels.
The UK Chamber of Shipping notes that, unless the EU and UK negotiatiors develop a new customs arrangement post-Brexit, EU member states and UK will suffer. In the video, the Chamber warns that the return of border controls would lead to increased bureaucracy, “guaranteed” lorry gridlock and threats to the prosperity of both EU member states and UK.
At UK Chamber of Shipping’s annual summer lunch, in Edinburgh, the president Dr Grahaeme Henderson presented ideas on how to lead the way in creating a safer and more prosperous maritime sector. In order to create a shipping industry that works for all, he said, shipping needs to undergo a step change to radically improve its safety culture.
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