Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond MP on winning the global race for maritime business


UK Shipping Minister, Stephen Hammond MP, has written exclusively for Maritime UK – the coalition of shipping, ports and maritime business trade associations – on the importance of Britain’s growing shipping industry.

In his article, Mr Hammond commends the vital economic contribution made by the UK shipping industry, worth £14bn per year, and recognises the continued role of the UK as a leading maritime centre:

“We are in a global race, and nowhere is that more apparent than the shipping industry. The UK has a proud maritime history and it is a sector that remains of key importance today, not only through shipping and ports but also the maritime professional and business services sector on which the industry relies. The City of London is rightly recognised around the world as a vital hub for these services.”

Looking forward to London International Shipping Week in September, Mr Hammond reiterates Government’s support for the opportunity to showcase the UK’s thriving maritime sector:

“London International Shipping Week in September will give the UK maritime sector a chance to shine, showcasing all it can offer to businesses thinking of locating their operations in the UK or making use of its renowned maritime services. It will remind the world how great British shipping really is.”

He goes on to state that: “the UK government sees shipping as an engine for growth and we will do what we can to promote it at every given opportunity”

The full article can be read on the Maritime UK website. It is the latest in a series of guest posts written for Maritime UK by political figures.