• Money will begin to be paid out from the UK Apprenticeship Levy later this month and early signs show the scheme has already encouraged some maritime businesses to take on more apprentices. The levy aims to help increase annual spending on apprenticeships to £2.5 billion by 2019-2020, which is double the 2010-2011 level.

  • Guy Platten, CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping, recently spoke to the BBC Business Live programme about how trade would be affected if the UK installs "hard" customs borders and why the UK government should invest in training seafarers. Watch the video here.

  • Piracy in Somalia is making a comeback and the Gulf of Guinea remains the world’s most active hotspot for crew kidnappings, latest data shows, but maritime threats are growing ever more complex.

  • Members of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), including the UK Chamber, have agreed to set new objectives in reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from shipping. The objectives aim to match the ambition of the Paris Agreement on climate change, while keeping emissions reduction in the hands of the shipping industry itself.

  • British shipping may have a mighty history, but it's meaningless unless we can find competitive ways to contribute to that tradition - and that means getting real, says Sir Michael Bibby, vice-president of the UK Chamber of Shipping, in his latest blog.

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