The Weekly Bulletin: 27th May

This week Maritime Minister Robert Courts announced £12m funding for the 2nd round of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition to accelerate R&D of zero emission maritime technology.  Compared with the £206 million allocated to UK SHORE over the next 3 years this seems to be a “proverbial drop in the ocean” and we have asked for greater clarity in how these funds will be disbursed.  It is anticipated that this will be made clear as the Clean Maritime Plan is refreshed and we have been lobbying hard that the short notice announcements last year and this week do not help the industry in their own planning.  The Government do understand the industry commitment to decarbonisation, but we do need to see more transparency in their thinking and more alignment in how we deliver our collective aim. To that end, we are looking forward to working closely with the government and the UK SHORE to secure further funding opportunities for the industry. Read more here 

The consultation on the proposed Seafarer’s Remuneration Bill remains open and we have been exploring ideas and concepts with members and DfT.  It is a complex area where international commitments, social provision and commercial interests inevitably overlap.  Our view is that these proposals are problematical for ports and shipping and are being rushed and more time is going to be required to ensure that full consideration is given to potential impacts as well as international alignment. We will be asking HMG to extend the consultation. In the meantime we have a long way to go to determine a UK Chamber position and we are grateful to members for their input.  There is much work to be done as there is a significant diversity in opinion.


SEMINAR ON MARITIME LABOUR STANDARDS: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Join us on 28th June at WFW London office for a seminar on Employment Law challenges for the maritime industry hosted jointly by Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) and the UK Chamber of Shipping. We will be looking at a wide variety of topics relevant to employment in the maritime sector. Topics will include Sailing into Jurisdiction, UK Immigration for Seafarers and Changes to the MLC. Tickets are limited.

Annual Summer Lunch 2022

We have now closed the ticket sales for this year’s Summer Lunch, which is taking place on 14th June in Edinburgh at the Mansfield Traquair. We have been delighted with the response and look forward to hosting more than 180 guests, a 40% increase on the last event held back in 2019. 

Queen’s Jubilee ‘Ships Salute – 12 noon, Saturday 4th June

Thank you to all members who have confirmed they will be participating in the Queen’s Jubilee ‘Ship Salute’. We have been promoting your support and will continue to do so over the next week. If any other member would like to participate, please visit our website here.

We are looking for a Policy Advisor & Analyst to join our Policy Team to assist our work in the crucial areas of offshore, towage and statistical analysis. 

This role will suit a curious and open-minded individual who is looking for an opportunity to get involved in an exciting and versatile industry that spans numerous sectors and areas of work. We are looking for someone who enjoys working with numbers and statistics and understanding the ways in which data can be presented to tell a story, but who is also interested in engaging with stakeholders on numerous topics to progress the overall policy work of the UK Chamber of Shipping. To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to smoore@ukchamberofshipping.com . For further information about the role, please visit our website.

Have a good weekend.

Peter