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Maritime UK

Maritime UK brings together the shipping, ports and maritime business services sectors in the UK to speak with a single voice on key strategic and practical issues of joint interest.

Maritime UK brings together the UK's shipping, ports, marine and business services sectors, to drive forward an ambitious agenda for growth, to promote the UK as a world-class maritime sector and to unite the maritime community in meeting the challenges of tomorrow.

As the engine of British trade, the UK maritime and marine sectors support over 500,000 jobs, contribute £22.2bn to UK GDP and drive exports and inward investment.

As an island nation, our industry is a vital part of our heritage and of our modern economy – supporting jobs, driving innovation and enabling trade. 

Put simply, it is the maritime industry’s job to ensure that the UK is open for business and Maritime UK, in conjunction with industry and government stakeholders works to ensure that the importance of our industry is recognised at all levels 

Maritime UK Members

Maritime UK is made up of, the UK Chamber of Shipping - which hosts the Secretariat, the Baltic Exchange, British Marine, the British Ports Association, CLIA UK & Ireland, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London International Shipping Week, Maritime London, Nautilus International, Seafarers UK, the Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association, the Society of Maritime Industries and the UK Major Ports Group.


The current Chairman of Maritime UK is David Dingle CBE, Chairman of Carnival UK.

David Dingle was appointed Chairman of Carnival UK in October 2014, having previously held the position of CEO from June 2007 with full operating responsibility for the UK-based brands P&O Cruises and Cunard.

David is a Director and Past President of the UK Chamber of Shipping, and is a Board member of the European Community Shipowners Association (ECSA).  He is also Past Chairman of the European Cruise Council (now CLIA Europe), sits on the CLIA Europe Executive Committee as Vice Chairman and chairs its Tax Committee. David is a Younger Brother of Trinity House and holds an Honorary Doctorate in Business from Plymouth University.

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For any inquiries regarding the work of Maritime UK, please contact the Secretariat