CEO Bulletin: Next steps

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As the government has begun to ease some lockdown rules we have been working with the Department for Transport and Home Office to ensure seafarers and other maritime workers are excluded from 14-day quarantine rules likely to come into force at the end of the month. We made the case privately to ministers last week and yesterday in my weekly call and through the media with pieces in the Evening Standard and Lloyd’s List. We believe we have won the argument and we expect the government to confirm these exemptions over the weekend or early next week.
 
We have also been pushing the minister on the issue of crew changes more generally and it is imperative governments from across the world work together on this. Employers and union representatives have agreed one final 30-day extension to the employment of seafarers under shipping’s largest collective bargaining agreement but the time for action from governments is now.
 
The policy team continue to work closely with our members, and we are now part of a group looking at how the cruise industry will begin to recover from the initial impact of the coronavirus. We have set up a similar group for the ferry industry. These high-level groups will meet regularly and work with government to ensure ministers are aware of what needs to be done to help the sector both in the short and longer term.
 
Our Policy Director Tim Springett has been engaged with our members over the controversial issue of National Minimum Wage being extended to the Continental shelf. After speaking with the membership this week, we will be writing to the Shipping Minister next week urging clarity on the situation.
 
Earlier this week we saw the Chancellor announce an extension to the Job Retention Scheme. One of our members, Ince, has done a blog on the scheme and what it means for shipping companies and seafarers. You can read the blog here.
 
Congratulations to our members Bibby Line with Bibby Marine Services being awarded over £200,000 as part of the Clean Maritime Call, a Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) initiative supported by the DfT. The grants will help find innovative ways to develop technology to assist the UK’s transition to a future of zero emission shipping. There were 55 proposals and 10 winners. Well done to all of those involved.


For more information contact:

Bob Sanguinetti

Chief Executive

020 7417 2842

bsanguinetti@ukchamberofshipping.com