Maritime Uk News

22 Sep 2019

UK Ports Bullish on Maritime Economy

Phoebe Warneford-Thomson. Photo: BPA

Maritime industry professionals remain confident about the year ahead despite wider uncertainty, according to new data published by the British Ports Association. Ports themselves are more likely to be worried about the economy over the next 12 months, however.Less than a third (29%) of ports feel confident about the economy in the next year, but 51% of the wider maritime industry feels confident. 83% of ports were planning investments into new business services, property or infrastructure…

12 Sep 2019

Maritime Contributes $56.8B To UK Economy

The UK maritime sector makes a major contribution to the country’s economy. (Photo© Adobe Stock / harlequin9)

A new report commissioned by Maritime UK and the UK’s Center for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has recognized the contribution of the UK maritime sector to the country’s economy. The report notes that the sector facilitates 95 percent of all UK trade and that it is larger than both the automotive and aerospace transportation sectors, contributing a total of £46.1 billion ($56.8 billion) to the UK’s GVA in 2017, an £8.3 billion increase over 2010. The sector’s direct GVA contribution in 2017 was £17 billion ($21 billion), a 25 percent increase on 2010 (£13.6 billion or $16.8 billion).

12 Sep 2019

UK Govt Funds Low-Carbon Maritime Tech

Greening the maritime sector: the UK Government continues to invest in low-carbon maritime technologies. (Photo © Adobe Stock / Elnur)

he UK Government has granted £2.3 millon ($2.85 million) for the development of new maritime technology that will cut shipping emissions.The funding, part of the government’s clean maritime plan, was announced by the Department for Transport (DfT). Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani has committed an additional £1 million for new shipping technology projects through MarRI-UK, a consortium of maritime organizations. MaRI-UK has already been allocated £1 million for clean maritime projects in their early stages.Minister Ghani stated: “The UK continues to lead the way on the global stage…

12 Sep 2019

WISTA UK, ABP Host 'Women in Maritime'

ABP Chief HR Officer, Alison Rumsey speaks at the ABP-WISTA UK reception in City Hall during London International Shipping Week. Photo: ABP

Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK's largest port operator, teamed up with the Women in International Shipping and Trade Association (WISTA UK) to organize a reception to promote the ongoing effort to drive gender diversity across the maritime industry.The event celebrated the progress made to date and discussed ways to accelerate this momentum, it said.Set in London's iconic City Hall building during the first day of London International Shipping Week (LISW), London's premier shipping industry conference…

11 Sep 2019

UK Support Low-Carbon Maritime Technology

Image: Department for Transport, UK

Britain is set to become a global hub for low-carbon maritime technology, thanks to new government funding.Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani has committed a further GBP1 million to fund new shipping technology projects through MarRI-UK, a consortium of leading maritime organisations."MarRI-UK has already allocated £1 million to support early stage clean maritime projects. Today government is announcing a further £1 million for technology and innovation projects, boosting the wealth of maritime knowledge that exists in the UK to build an industry fit for the future…

09 Sep 2019

UK Risks Losing Edge in Maritime Services

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Britain's position as a top hub for maritime services is being eroded by competition, a loss of shipping finance business and the removal of tycoon-friendly tax breaks, a report said, deepening uncertainty for its financial sector as Brexit nears.The UK has been a pivotal global shipping centre for centuries, especially the City of London, and has dominated marine insurance, ship broking, shipping finance and other maritime services.These contribute $5.6 billion a year to Britain’s economy…

11 Jul 2019

New UK Center for Maritime Innovation

Logo: MarRI-UK

A consortium of British companies, academia and government  formally established a new national center for maritime innovation and technology (MarRI-UK). The center, offering  development opportunities for the UK’s $45B maritime sector, is based at the University of Strathclyde, with hubs to be announced across the UK. The center will provide a collaborative innovation vehicle to jointly tackle innovation and technology challenges.The first area of collaborative focus is Clean…

09 Jun 2019

BMT CEO Sarah Kenny Appointed OBE

Pic: BMT

BMT Group Ltd (previously British Maritime Technology) said that Sarah Kenny, Chief Executive of BMT has been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours.The accolade, for services to the Maritime Industry, and Diversity, reflects her long-standing commitment and contribution to supporting and promoting the United Kingdom’s maritime industries, in addition to her work on STEM and promoting the importance and value of diversity in the sector.Sir John Hood…

18 Nov 2018

UK Launches Code of Practice for Autonomous Ships

Image: Maritime UK

UK has issued  version 2 of the Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) UK Code of Practice, giving greater guidance on skills, training and vessel registration. The UK Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group (MASRWG) published the first code of practice to global industry-wide acclaim in November 2017.Whilst not a legal text, the Code has been used by manufacturers, service providers, and others as part of their day-to-day work. Many manufacturers have reported…

04 Nov 2018

BMT CEO Sarah Kenny is Maritime UK Vice Chair

Sarah Kenny. Photo:  BMT

Maritime UK has confirmed the appointment of Sarah Kenny as Vice Chair. Kenny is CEO at BMT Global.Maritime UK is the sector’s umbrella body, bringing together the shipping, ports, services, engineering and leisure marine industries to drive growth by promoting the sector, influencing government and fostering collaboration. The sector supports just under 1 million jobs and contributes around GBP40bn to GDP.Kenny will start her two-year terms on 1 December. Current Chair, David Dingle has served since 2015.Dingle…

21 Sep 2018

Golden Ocean Group Appoint Two New Board Members

Image: GOGL

Norway based dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited IGOGL) has announced that Ulrika Laurin and James O'Shaughnessy have been elected as new board members.Ulrika Laurin has been the Executive Chairman of ship-owning company Anglo-Atlantic Steamship Co. Ltd. and the Chairman of Laurin Shipping AB, an international ship-management company.She has served as the CFO of Anglo-Atlantic Steamship Co. Ltd. and as Commercial Manager of Laurin Maritime (UK) Ltd. Prior to that, she worked with fund manager Tufton Oceanic Ltd. and with management consultant Karlöf & Partners.

21 Aug 2018

British Ports Association Welcomes New UK Export Strategy

Richard Ballantyne,  Chief Executive. Photo: British Ports Association

Welcoming the Department for International Trade’s new Export Strategy the British Ports Association (BPA) has highlighted the role that ports play handling 95% of the UK’s International trade in goods.Commenting on the Strategy the BPA’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne said: “The new Export Strategy outlines how Government and businesses can work together to promote UK products and exports globally, as well as improving supply chains. In terms of goods, the UK is an import driven economy, however, there are real opportunities to increase exports to Europe and beyond.

26 Jul 2018

Women in Shipping: 21st Century Workforce

Photo: Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

In an industry facing significant skill shortages many organizations are ready to take a fresh approach to recruiting and retaining women in the shipping workplace. According to Lee Clarke, Regional Director – Northern Hemisphere at Dynama, the first place to start is establishing an accurate gender profile of your organization using workforce management technology.Of the estimated 1.25 million seafarers in the world, fewer than 2% of them are thought to be women. For example…

22 Apr 2018

Maritime UK Mulls Increased Commonwealth Trade

Lord Mountevans, Vice Chairman. Photo: Maritime UK

Alderman The Lord Mountevans, Maritime UK Vice Chair, called for increased trade between UK and Commonwealth countries at the Commonwealth Head of Governments Meeting (CHOGM). Maritime UK brings together the UK’s shipping, ports, services, engineering and leisure marine industries to promote the sector, influence government and drive growth. Lord Mountevans, who addressed the Commonwealth Business Forum, said: “Today the Commonwealth is a modern and dynamic network of peoples.

20 Mar 2018

British Ports Association Calls for ‘Frictionless’ Brexit

Photo: British Ports Association

The British Ports Association has published a new strategic report - ‘A Brexit Dividend’, which calls on the UK Government to deliver on the Prime Minister’s pledge of ‘frictionless’ trade after Brexit. Following Monday's (March 19) agreement between UK and EU negotiators on the terms of a transition deal and ahead of the EU Council meeting later this week, the British Ports Association has published ‘A Brexit Dividend’. Ports are calling for a pragmatic deal with the EU on both…

25 Feb 2018

Shoreham Port supporting Women in Maritime

Maritime task force Photo courtesy shoreham-port

Shoreham Port is part of a high-level Taskforce, established by Maritime UK, to work collaboratively with other businesses in the industry to promote women in the maritime sector. The first meeting took place on 21st February in London and was very well attended. The Taskforce aims to identify practical steps to increase the number of women in the industry and is committed to addressing fairness, equality and inclusion within the sector. The UK Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP joined the first meeting, demonstrating government support for the initiative.

22 Feb 2018

First Women in Maritime Taskforce Meeting Held

Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP. Photo: Maritime UK

UK Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP joined the first meeting of maritime sector's new Women in Maritime Taskforce, demonstrating government support for the initiative. At the meeting she said: “This task force will be crucial in opening up the wealth of career opportunities in the maritime industry to women around the country. “The UK has one of the most competitive maritime sectors in the world and with only 3% of the workforce being women, it is vital more take advantage of the exciting opportunities the sector has to offer.

18 Jan 2018

Women in Maritime: New UK Taskforce Established

Nusrat Ghani (Photo: Maritime UK)

Setting out to increase fairness, equality and inclusion within the maritime sector, Maritime UK has established a Women in Maritime Taskforce, a move welcomed by the U.K.’s new Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP. “I am delighted to see Maritime UK taking action to attract more women into our maritime industries, and I welcome this taskforce as an important first step,” said Ghani, who is only the second woman to hold the Department for Transport portfolio for the U.K.’s £40 billion maritime sector.

12 Oct 2017

Maritime Moves 95% of UK's Global Trade

Photo: Maritime UK

The Maritime sector makes a substantive macroeconomic contribution to the UK through turnover, Gross Value Added (GVA), employment and through the compensation of employees., says a report by Maritime UK, which is  commissioned the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR)  to estimate the value of the UK maritime sector. The CEBR findings were formally launched in Parliament on Wednesday 13 September 2017 by Maritime Minister, Rt Hon John Hayes MP, Chair of International Trade select committee…

12 Sep 2017

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

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.

19 Jun 2017

Maritime UK on Brexit Negotiations

David Dingle CBE, Chairman of Maritime UK. Photo: Maritime UK

As negotiations begin on the UK's departure from the European Union, David Dingle CBE, Chairman of Maritime UK said: "These are the most critical set of negotiations in a lifetime. “Above all, we need free trade with Europe as well as the rest of the world, enabling our sector to perform its unique and fundamental role in facilitating UK global trade. “A cross-party agreement on Brexit would be a powerful tool to demonstrate a united front in the negotiations. Negotiating such an agreement would mean that the final deal had the widespread support of the British people…

04 May 2017

Is 'Seablindness' a Myth?

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UK politicians and the general public have demonstrated overwhelmingly that they recognize shipping as the biggest mover of the nation’s imports and exports, according to a new study commissioned by the UK Chamber of Shipping. Guy Platten, CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping, said of the study: “The findings confirm that we can forget about so-called ‘seablindness’ – it just does not exist. Leading pollster Comres surveyed 2,026 members of the British public and 127 UK MPs during the first four months of this year.

20 Oct 2016

Countdown to London International Shipping Week

Image courtesy London International Shipping Week 2017

The countdown to London International Shipping Week 2017 (LISW17) officially began last night with an exclusive launch reception held at the iconic Norton Rose Fulbright building on London’s South Bank. The launch reception brought together representatives from many of the maritime world’s leading organisations and figures from UK Government to learn of the aspirations, plans and exciting opportunities that LISW17 will deliver between September 11-15, next year. Addressing the 130 invited guests…

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