Government launches new video to show UK 'open for maritime business'


The Department for Transport has today published a video outlining the virtues of London and the UK as a natural home for global shipping, and why the country is open for maritime business.

The Shipping Minister, Stephen Hammond MP, introduces the five minute video with an overview of the benefits of basing maritime business in the UK. He cites the quality flag, attractive tonnage tax regime, strong competitive ports, expert maritime business services, vibrant maritime training programmes, stable regulatory framework and the Greenwich Meridian – which allows the UK to do business with both sides of the world in the same working day.

The Minister ends the video by saying:

“...we have an unrivalled wealth of knowledge and expertise across a diverse range of services, and a stable regulatory environment which makes the UK a great place to do maritime business.”

Helping the Shipping Minister make the case for the UK are a number of senior representatives from the UK’s maritime industry – whose services are worth up to £14bn per year to the UK economy.

UK Chamber President Kenneth MacLeod, speaking in the video, says:

“Shipping and maritime services in general in the UK make a massive contribution. It’s certainly not a surprise that shipowners flock to London for all their needs.”

Maritime UK Chairman Jim Stewart, Jeremy Penn, Chief Executive of the Baltic Exchange and Charles Hammond, Chairman of UK Major Ports Group all feature in the video alongside CEOs from major shipping companies including Carnival UK, CMA CGM and Braemar Shipping Services. Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive of the MCA, speaks on behalf of the Government agency.

Today’s video accompanies the 'Open for maritime business' pamphlet, launched with Maritime UK during London International Shipping Week.