The work of the chamber policy committees, driven by the expertise of our staff and under the guidance of members, are central to our mission to champion and protect the UK shipping industry.
Issues covered include: defence of the realm, security of trade and energy supply, security at sea, counter-piracy and counter-terrorism, maritime intelligence.
The panel covers all regulated aspects of the carriage of passengers and of ro-ro freight; licensable activities on board passenger ships; border controls on passengers, vehicles, and ro-ro freight moving into and out of the UK and carriage of pets.
The panel covers issues such as harbour tug operations and safety, and the training and certification of seafarers in that sector.
The sub-committee makes proposals for UK Chamber policies on matters concerning the occupational safety and health of seafarers, including safe working practices on board ship, safe manning levels, measures for avoiding fatigue and proposals for health and safety legislation.
The sub-committee considers areas of the world where special hazards to seafarers may arise as a result of warlike activity or piracy and makes proposals for appropriate actions. It reports to the Employment Committee and provides the chamber’s representation on the Warlike Operations Area Committee (WOAC), in which the unions also participate.
The Trade Forum allows for the exchange of information and discussion of policy concerning the UK's future trade agreements.