rss icon Subscribe
desktop mobile

UK Shipping Industry Takes its Cause to Government

[L-R:] Ben Murray,  manager of Maritime UK; Guy Platten, CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping and Clemence Cheng, CEO of HPH UK, walk up to Downing Street with Lance Bachelor, CEO of Saga plc; and Dr Grahaeme Henderson, president of the UK Chamber of Shipping and VP of Shipping & Maritime at Shell. Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

By Aiswarya Lakshmi

The UK Chamber of Shipping's CEO Guy Platten and its president Dr Grahaeme Henderson were among a delegation of international shipowners and major figures from the shipping industry that visited 10 Downing Street on Monday as part of London International Shipping Week 2017.

The delegation, led by Maritime UK, took part in a round-table debate with government ministers to discuss both the challenges and opportunities facing the UK's maritime industry, and how the government can strengthen the country's appeal as an attractive business centre.
UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling chaired the debate, which was attended by Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade; Andrew Jones, Exchequer Secretary to HM Treasury; shipping minister John Hayes; Lord Prior from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Robin Walker from DExEU, among others.
Following the meeting, shipping minister John Hayes told press that leaving the EU will present an opportunity for greater foreign investment in the UK, particularly after Brexit.
Although the meeting was held in private, known priorities for discussion include how a more attractive and flexible tonnage tax regime might be created, plus residency rules following the UK's exit from the European Union.
Shipping figures also called on ministers to back the UK Chamber of Shipping's SMarT Plus proposal, in which funding for seafarer training would be doubled to £30 million in return for guaranteed jobs for newly qualified seafarers with UK shipping companies.
Renowned international shipowners who attended the meeting included Emanuele Grimaldi, MD of the Grimaldi Group; Daniel Ofer, MD of Zodiac Maritime; Niels Stolt-Nielsen, CEO of Stolt-Nielsen Ltd; Dan Sten Olsson, CEO and director of Stena AB - to name just a few. The shipping delegation was led by David Dingle, chairman of Maritime UK and of Carnival UK.
The owners were joined by some of the most prominent heads of major UK-based maritime businesses, such as Andi Case, CEO of Clarksons plc and Helen Deeble, CEO of P&O Ferries.
Discussion extended to how connectivity between the nation's ports and the hinterlands might be improved, possibly through infrastructural upgrades, and how the UK's industrial strategy and newly released National Shipbuilding Strategy can be implemented effectively.
The assembled shipping figures called for government support for a National Maritime Research Centre, which would pull together academic work being generated throughout the UK and help foster a coordinated approach to innovation and technology.

Sep 12, 2017


Government Update

Norway Awards 75 Oil Exploration Licenses

© Marius Dobilas / Adobe Stock

Norway's energy ministry has awarded 75 offshore exploration blocks to oil companies in a

Turkey Reveals Route for New Canal to Ease Bosphorus Shipping

© Ilker Canikligil / Adobe Stock

Turkey announced on Monday the route for a planned canal that would reduce shipping traffic on the

Philippines' Duterte Green Lights China's Sea Research


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally made a decision to let China conduct scientific


Jumbo Orders LNG-powered Heavy Lift Ship

(Image: Ulstein Design & Solutions B.V.)

Dutch transportation and installation contractor Jumbo said it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI)

Crew 'Safe & Well' After Ship Fire

Image: TOTE Services

A Fire and Rescue Marine Response team was airlifted on board of the US car carrier, MV Honor

Lift Boat Crew Rescued in US Gulf

Four crewmembers aboard the lift boat Superior Trust were rescued after the vessel became unstable near Southwest Pass, La., Wednesday.   U.S. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans

Maritime Apps