Reforms of the UK Ship Register start to take shape
The UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is modernising the way the UK Ship Register operates and a number of new initiatives are in the works that could help the red ensign become more commercial and internationally competitive.
The MCA is considering increasing the fee structure for the UK Ship Register to above 2016 levels, which would match the higher levels of service being offered, the agency said.
UK Chamber welcomes recommendations of SMarT review
The Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) scheme has been appraised by a newly published independent review, the findings of which have been welcomed by the UK Chamber of Shipping.
"Protect our merchant fleet. There's no more time or money to waste." - Guy Platten
The UK government can't afford to dilly-dally any longer in ordering new naval vessels to protect the world’s merchant fleet, writes Guy Platten, CEO of the UK Chamber.
Be part of the UK Chamber's new film
The UK Chamber of Shipping is partnering with ITN Productions to produce a news and current affairs-style programme exploring the importance of the UK shipping industry, focusing on safety and environmental issues.
UK ratings are ageing
The UK’s female ratings are still underrepresented in the deck and engine room, compared to in hospitality. Meanwhile, the average age of the UK’s 8,800 current ratings is advancing, which could impede the workforce’s potential to up-skill and retrain as officers.
Guest blog: the digital dividend
The UK’s maritime industry has a history of pushing the boundaries in technology. It is important this tradition is maintained into the Digital Age, writes Drew Brandy, Inmarsat's SVP of maritime market strategy.
"The world needs seafarers"
Guy Platten, the UK Chamber's CEO, has received the Honorary Award of the Dr Winterbottom Fellowship from South Tyneside College. "There will always be demand for quality seafarers," he told graduates.
Video: EU ports also at risk after Brexit
In a new video, the UK Chamber warns that the return of border controls would lead to increased bureaucracy, “guaranteed” lorry gridlock and threats to the prosperity of both EU member states and the UK.
Watch now: Delivering for Britain
As the UK prepares to leave the European Union there is a renewed focus on its trading relationships with the world. 95% of the UK’s international trade is moved by sea and shipping has never been more important to economic prosperity. In this film we show how the industry is preparing for Brexit, how it is influencing the political landscape and how it is leading the world in investment, skills and technology – in short, this is how we are delivering for Britain.