HRH The Princess Royal to attend the UK Chamber of Shipping Annual Dinner

It has been confirmed today that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will be the guest of honour at the UK Chamber of Shipping’s Annual Dinner being held at the London Hilton hotel on 03 February.

The Princess Royal, who will be attending in her role as Master of The Corporation of Trinity House, will join nearly 800 guests to celebrate the success of the UK shipping industry on the 100th anniversary of the Chamber receiving its Royal Charter.

Welcoming the news, UK Chamber of Shipping Chief Executive Bob Sanguinetti said:

“There is no greater supporter of our industry than The Princess Royal. We are hugely honoured to welcome her to our Annual Dinner especially in the year we celebrate the centenary of the Chamber receiving its Royal Charter.

“The Annual Dinner is the highlight of the shipping industry calendar. With nearly 800 guests coming together to recognise an industry which employs over 180,000 people and brings in £19bn a year to our economy we couldn’t be more thrilled to have The Princess Royal join us on this special occasion.”

Also attending will be shipping minister Nusrat Ghani and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps who will be making the key note address.

The Chamber can also confirm that V.Group, a leading global provider of ship management and marine services, will be a bronze sponsor of the event.

Graham Westgarth, CEO for V.Group commented:

“We are pleased to be sponsoring the UK Chamber of Shipping Annual Dinner this year. The UK is a global hub for maritime business and the UK shipping industry is vital to the UK economy. In an industry that is facing unprecedented challenges, it is essential for members to unite to support innovation, progression and sustainable growth to ensure the UK shipping industry is fit for the future, and keeping the UK major players in the global shipping industry.”

The UK Ship Register are the main dinner sponsor, with Northern Marine as the President’s Reception sponsor and Lloyd’s Register as Silver and Jotun as Bronze sponsor respectively. The annual dinner will see around 800 people from across the industry come together for a night of celebration. A recent report demonstrated just how valuable the shipping industry is to the UK economy, bringing in nearly £19bn a year and directly supporting over 115,000 jobs.

The Chamber is also celebrating the 100-year anniversary since it was awarded its Royal Charter. The Royal Charter is an instrument or incorporation, granted by the Monarch, which confers independent legal personality on an organisation and defines its objectives, constitution and powers to govern its own affairs. Charters are normally reserved for bodies that work in the public interest and which demonstrate pre-eminence, stability and permanence in their particular field.