Don’t leave the shipping industry high and dry
On 22 March, the UK Chamber of Shipping outlined the risks to the UK shipping sector in a letter to the Sunday Telegraph.
SIR – These are incredibly difficult times for our country and it is imperative that the Government supports Britain’s shipping sector.
To keep Britain trading, we need to keep freight moving. It is as simple as that. The Government has talked a good game, but we are yet to see any tangible support for the sector. We know that ferry operators are already making redundancies.
At a time when the expertise of seafarers is needed more than ever, the Government must not stand idly by. It needs to provide immediate funding so that companies can pay their staff.
Britain relies on its shipping sector to keep essential medical supplies, drugs, manufacturing components and food coming into the country. We have raised this with the Transport Secretary and it is time for the Government to act.