The Bulletin : Virtual shipping conference announced
We all know how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected businesses and business models, particularly face-to-face events. At the Chamber we pride ourselves on running high-level, informative and thought provoking events at Park Street which I know our membership value and enjoy.
Over the last six months we have developed a hugely successful webinar programme with thousands of attendees. Today I am delighted to say we are taking this one step further and have announced our first ever virtual UK Shipping conference.
The conference, titled ‘Creating Pathways to 2030’, will take place on 3 February and will look at the key challenges facing the UK shipping industry. There will be a keynote speech from a leading industry figure as well as break out events for delegates to discuss issues affecting their business. The conference aim is to generate pathways for the next decade which will enable progress to be measured towards safer and cleaner shipping. The conference will be open to members and non-members of the Chamber. Full programme details, cost and booking information will be released soon but for now please save the date in your diary.
Some great sponsorship opportunities have been created so that all UK shipping related companies, large and small, can show their support for the conference, whilst enhancing their own brand awareness. To register your interest, please email Tony Jerome.
We’ve seen three big announcements this week from the government which will impact our members. On Tuesday the Prime Minister announced plans to expand UK offshore wind developments which we cautiously welcomed. There is a huge opportunity for the UK supply chain with more offshore developments, but navigational safety must also be factored in and we will work with HMG and stakeholders to ensure a sensible balance is reached.
Yesterday the Cabinet Office published the latest version of the Border Operating Model which provides an outline of how our import / export system will work from January. The publication provides industry with much needed clarity but we know there is still much work to do specifically around border and IT infrastructure. Policy Manager Matthew Wright who has just returned from six months on Shared Parental Leave has given his reaction in a blog which is well worth reading.
We have also seen the launch of the Global Travel Taskforce which will consider steps to enable the safe and sustainable recovery of international travel. I was on a call with the Shipping Minister Robert Courts about this ahead of the announcement on Wednesday, and we look forward to feeding into the report on issues including the crew change crisis, future ferry operations and cruise restart.
Finally, this week I am delighted to have welcomed another member to our new Charity Membership category with the addition of Liverpool Seafarers Charity. The Charity does a huge amount of important work, every year supporting 50,000 seafarers who visit Merseyside ports. We are delighted to add Liverpool Seafarers Charity to our membership list.