Government gears up for Maritime 2050 with industry consultation

maritime 2050 expert panel

The UK Government has appointed a panel of industry experts to advise on the future of the nation’s maritime sector, a move that has been welcomed by the UK Chamber of Shipping.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling today launched a call for evidence on Maritime 2050, the Government’s long-term strategy to maximise future opportunities for the nation’s maritime industries.

The consultation (accessible here) is aimed at industry, academia and anyone with an interest in the ongoing success of maritime in the UK. 

“We want to maintain our position as a world-leading maritime nation and working with the experts from within maritime, as well as those with broader experience, will help us ensure we take every opportunity open to this vital sector,” Chris Grayling said today in a statement.

The Transport Secretary used his speech (see video below) at the UK Chamber of Shipping’s Annual Dinner in February to urge UK maritime businesses to contribute to the “radical” Maritime 2050 vision.

The Call for Evidence, which closes on 16th May, highlights a number of themes fundamental to the growth of UK maritime: technology, trade, infrastructure, environment, people and security/resilience.

As part of the strategy, a series of objectives will be set so that progress against each of these themes can be scrutinised.

“This is a unique opportunity to have a say in the direction of the UK maritime sector and I encourage the industry, its partners and academics with a stake in the future of UK maritime to respond to the call for evidence,” said Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive of RenewableUK, who will chair the expert panel.

The panel includes three past presidents of the UK Chamber of Shipping: Dr Grahaeme Henderson, Vice-President of Shipping & Maritime at Shell; David Dingle CBE, Chairman of Maritime UK; and Tom Boardley, Executive Vice-President and Global Head of Corporate and External Affairs at Lloyd’s Register.


The complete list of the expert panel is as follows:

  • Chairman:  Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive of RenewableUK,
  • Dr Panagiotis Angeloudis, Senior Lecturer in Transport Systems and Logistics, Imperial College London
  • Lucy Armstrong, Chairman, Port of Tyne
  • Tom Boardley, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Corporate and External Affairs, Lloyd’s Register
  • David Dingle CBE, Chairman, Maritime UK
  • Professor Costas Grammenos CBE, DSc, Chairman, Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade & Finance, Cass Business School, City, University of London
  • Dr Grahaeme Henderson, Vice-President, Shipping & Maritime, Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited
  • Sarah Kenny, Chief Executive, BMT Group
  • Professor David Lane CBE, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot Watt University
  • Dr David Loosley, Chief Executive, IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology)
  • Michael Parker, Global Head for Shipping, Logistics and Offshore Industries, Citigroup
  • Neil Roberts, Lloyds Market Association (LMA)
  • Martin Stopford, President, Clarkson Research.

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