Solace Called Upon to Address Industry Standards
Solace Global Maritime, a private maritime security company, has been seconded as an industry expert from SME32 Ships and Maritime U.K. Committee to advise the QS1 Quality Committee on proposed changes to the international management standard, BS EN ISO9001. The Committee is supporting the U.K.’s input for changes to BS EN ISO9001 which aims to eliminate misinterpretation and confusion caused by the existing wording of the standard. Although the planned changes will not come into effect until 2015…
Chemical Kills 4,000 Sea Birds: Conservationists Seek Ban
Wildlife conservation charities are calling for an urgent review of the marine hazard classification of the chemical (Polyisobutene) PIB. Timed to coincide with the recent IMO MEPC meeting, leading wildlife conservation charities, animal welfare charities and the UK Chamber of Shipping, supported by the wider industry body MaritimeUK, came together as a single voice to call for an urgent review of the hazard classification status of (PIB). The move follows two incidents off the UK coast that killed some 4,000 sea birds.
U.K. Shipping Minister Addresses Global Maritime Race
Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond MP has just returned from a Greek-British Shipping Forum where he addressed Greek businesses. Here he writes, exclusively for Maritime U.K., on the success of the event and the importance of Britain’s growing shipping industry. I was pleased to be invited to give the opening speech at the Greek-British Shipping Forum in Athens on Monday, alongside the Greek Maritime Minister Mr. Mousouroulis. The visit was a great opportunity for me to meet key players in the Greek maritime world and to further strengthen ties between our two great shipping nations.
Is 'Seablindness' a Myth?
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.
Bahrain Designated “Home Port” for U.S. Ships
In a move that is likely to increase repairs of U.S.-flagged ships at Bahrain’s ASRY, the Bahraini Government has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Government to designate Bahrain as a ‘home port’ for U.S. ships. ASRY has been repairing U.S. Navy and MSC ships for a number of years, especially during the Kuwait and Iraq Wars. On the commercial side, ASRY has also been carrying out emergency repairs to U.S.-flagged ships. However, under this new agreement, U.S.-flagged commercial vessels can now repair in ASRY without paying the 50% levy to the U.S. Government by repairing overseas. Bahrain is the only major Gulf shiprepair country to enter into this agreement with the U.S. Authorities.
Maritime UK on Brexit Negotiations
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…
London International Shipping Week Kicks Off
Maritime UK welcomes leaders from across the global shipping, ports and maritime business services sectors to the inaugural London International Shipping Week from 9, September 2013. Through the week, Maritime UK will be covering all the major stories, announcements and events. On Monday morning it will publish the results of an extensive survey of UK industry leaders, saying what they think of the UK economy and its competitiveness. The week, says Maritime UK, is about the UK standing up and telling the world that not only is it proud of its maritime past…
UK Shipping Industry Takes its Cause to Government
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.
What About Maritime Safety if Scotland Chooses Independence?
In response to the Scottish Government's release of the 2014 pre-referrendum White Paper 'Scotland Future', shipping organization Maritime UK members suggest that the publication raises as many questions as it does answers. Maritime UK members have had constructive engagement with the Scottish Government in recent months, but today’s White Paper provides some interesting nuggets – raising as many questions as it does answers. In particular, they note this extract hidden away on page 418.
Maritime Moves 95% of UK's Global Trade
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…
Maritime UK Appoint Jeffrey Evans Chairman
Maritime London informs that its chairman, Jeffrey Evans, has also been appointed chairman of industry lobby group Maritime UK: he is managing director of gas at Clarksons as well as an Alderman of the City of London. Commenting on his new role, Mr Evans said: “I am delighted, honoured and excited to be taking over as Chairman of Maritime UK. In the past few years Maritime UK has grown from a fledgling coalition of maritime interests into a respected and influential industry lobby.
Reid Appointed to Noble Denton
Noble Denton, global offshore engineering and marine services company, announced Graeme Reid as regional managing director UK and Kazakhstan. Reid, who was previously the company’s northern operations director, will report directly to group managing director, John Wishart. He will be responsible for focusing on growth in the UK and Kazakhstan region, ensuring the effective delivery and marketing of Noble Denton’s services. He started his career with Arjo Wiggins in Aberdeen before…
Atlantic Coasts Brace Against Ice, Severe Storms
A catastrophic ice storm wreaking havoc in the American South is now poised to pummel the eastern seaboard; on the other side of the ocean 'Orange', and 'Red' warnings have been issued by Met Éireann and the UK Met Office respectively. Crowley Maritime has warned customers: 'That due to he severity of the predicted storm tonight through tomorrow, be advised that all Container Terminals in the Port of NY/NJ will be closed Thursday, February 13th. We will advise tomorrow at 1:00 PM the gate opening hours for Friday morning.
Kopernicki joins BMT Group Board
BMT Group Ltd., an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has announced that Jan Kopernicki has joined the Board of Directors as a nonexecutive Director. Jan has extensive experience in the shipping industry, with his career at Shell spanning over 40 years. As Head of Shipping until his retirement in 2011, his global team was responsible for Shell’s portfolio of oil tanker, LPG and LNG vessels and for advising on safety and environmental aspects of shipping.
Women in Maritime: New UK Taskforce Established
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.
UK Aims to Boost Exports to Nordic-Baltic Region
Maritime UK participated in a Department for International Trade scoping mission aimed at boosting maritime exports to the Nordic-Baltic region. The discussions which took place at the Foreign Office, provided an opportunity to highlight the work of Maritime UK in response to the Maritime Growth Study and the various initiatives being explored to boost the UK's maritime exports and raise the profile of such opportunities both to domestic producers and in international markets. The DIT official outlined that the Nordic-Baltic market is the UK’s sixth most important trade partner and that ambitious modernization and infrastructure development plans and continued economic growth present significant opportunities for UK services companies looking to expand into the region.
Former Seafarer Encourages Surrey Youngsters
A Royal Navy Veteran visited a Surrey school to encourage youngsters to consider important professions in the Royal and Merchant Navy, ahead of World Maritime Day on Thursday 27th September. Roy Ticehurst is a resident at the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society; a Surrey based nursing home which provides dedicated accommodation and care to former seafarers and their dependants. The visit to Woodmansterne Primary School will raise awareness of the important role the Merchant and Royal Navy play in our society among the younger generation…
First Women in Maritime Taskforce Meeting Held
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.
Shoreham Port supporting Women in Maritime
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.
Noble Denton Opens New UK Office
Offshore and marine consulting firm Noble Denton Group has expanded its UK presence with the opening of a new office in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The move is part of an on-going period of global expansion for the company. Noble Denton Consultants Ltd., one of the UK operating companies of the Noble Denton Group, will operate from the Newcastle office in Seaton Burn where the new team has brought specialist skills in design and consultancy for ports, ships and marine operations, using state of the art structural and hydrodynamic tools to underpin their technical work. The office will also provide a base for the existing broad range of Noble Denton Consultants’ technical consultancy services. The new operation will be headed by David Byrne, general manager of Noble Denton Consultants Ltd.
London to Host International Shipping Week 2013
Maritime industry leaders from across the globe are expected to gather for a week of meetings and events in the capital. Welcoming the new initiative, Maritime London's chief executive, Doug Barrow, said that London International Shipping Week was the right vehicle to underline London’s role in maritime services and to promote London’s position as a maritime leader. “It is an opportunity for great networking with representatives across all maritime sectors,” he said. London International Shipping Week – Propelling World Trade will run from of September 9 to 13, and is organised by Shipping Innovation – a joint venture between Elaborate Communications and Petrospot – in association with Maritime UK partners…
UK Maritime Sector Showing Remarkable Resilience
The fullest ever study of UK shipping, ports & maritime business shows remarkable resilience in the face of continuing economic challenges. The UK shipping industry has created 7,300 UK jobs in the past two years, and 537,500 UK jobs are now supported by the shipping, ports and maritime business sectors, according to a newly-released study by Maritime UK. The healthy employment statistics are bolstered by news that the industry now contributes nearly £32bn to UK GDP and provides £8.5 billion in taxes to the Exchequer.
Maritime UK Mulls Increased Commonwealth Trade
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.