CEO Bulletin: Shaping government policy

It is sometimes hard to believe that it has been three months since the start of the lockdown. So much has happened for us as a country and as an industry. As we move forward we continue to work closely with our members and the government on the recovery phase. A number of groups have been established including the Ferry Recovery Group, the Cruise Recovery Steering Group and the wider Restart and Recovery Group. These are important forums where we will coordinate industry views and help shape future government policy. If members have any thoughts or priorities they want to discuss please get in touch with the team.
 
As we move into the recovery phase it is imperative key workers are not exposed to unnecessary risk which could jeopardise their health and their ability to carry out important work. Scott Baker, the new British Tugowners Association Chairman has written about this important subject in a blog which you can read here.
 
Crew change continue to be the big focus for us and the wider industry. Without political intervention and strong leadership at the highest levels the can will simply be kicked further down the road which is completely unacceptable. The message from the Chamber on this is clear. The time to act is NOW.
 
Brexit was back on the agenda today with reports that the UK government is expected to apply much less rigorous EU border checks on imports than it initially had planned, after the Brexit transition period finishes at the end of this year. We welcome the move by the government to take a pragmatic and flexible approach to the new customs checks, something the Chamber and its members have long called for. There are still urgent issues which need to be resolved including IT and infrastructure to ensure free flowing trade, and we will continue to work with government to ensure the UK is well prepared as we come to the end of the transition period.
 
I was delighted to announce this week that Peter Aylott will be joining us as our new Director of Policy in late August. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from across the shipping sector in commercial, environment, people, training standards and security. I look forward to working with him as we implement our five-year strategic plan, develop robust policies, influence the government and look to seize the opportunities of the future.
 
Today we have announced, in partnership with Gard, the first in our new webinar series. It will take place on 24 June and is titled Covid-19: Ripple Effect on Shipping Insurance - the Charterer's Perspective. Senior Lawyer Monica Kohli will host and Terri Jay, Vice President Underwriting, will present this session. You can book your place here. And the day before that on 23 June we will be running our first online course. Our Understanding UK Shipping course is open to members and non-members and can be used as training for anyone on furlough. Head to our website to book your place.


For more information contact:

Bob Sanguinetti

Chief Executive

020 7417 2842

bsanguinetti@ukchamberofshipping.com