London International Shipping Week
Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond MP has just returned from a Greek‐British Shipping Forum where he addressed Greek businesses. Here he comments on the success of the event and the importance of Britain’s growing shipping industry.
He stated that, we are in a global race and nowhere is that more apparent than the shipping industry. The UK has a proud maritime history and it is a sector that remains of key importance today, not only through shipping and ports but also the maritime professional and business services sector on which the industry relies. The City of London is rightly recognised around the world as a vital hub for these services.
According to Mr. Stephen Hammond, the contribution of the maritime industry to the life and economy of the UK is fully appreciated at the highest levels of Government. “If the maritime industry is to keep growing, it is vital that we
continue to work in close partnership with this globalised and fleet footed industry. To this end, I have established a body of senior representatives from across Government and industry with a clear focus on maximising growth and opportunities while maintaining a stable fiscal and regulatory environment”, he said.
This partnership is already bearing fruit, fostering a closer and more coordinated partnership with both shipping and the wider maritime industry.
This is a sector not just steeped in history, but with a very promising future. Therefore, he encourages the overseas partners to join the industry in London in September to find out how they might ride this wave.
“I hope that my presence in Athens underlines how important this Government knows the maritime and shipping sector is, and I hope to welcome back many from the Greek shipping world to do business in London”, he states.
Source: London Interational Shipping Week