Nov 23

Weekly Bulletin: Friday 03 November 2023

Welcome to this week’s Bulletin.

Storm Ciarán hit the southern part of England and part of Wales this week, causing further disruption and floods just two weeks apart from recent Storm Babet.

While our Autumn Lunch was able to go ahead, we are sorry that some guests were unable to make it, and we hope everyone was able to stay safe.

Elsewhere, we bring you news about the future of our CEO, Sarah Treseder, who will sadly be leaving the Chamber in the coming months, and the introductory Maritime Labour Convention Course. Please have a look at the events section of the Bulletin for our forthcoming events.

Next week, we are in Holyrood for our annual reception and will bring you an update in next week’s Bulletin.

Chamber CEO To Step Down in 2024

With much sadness, the UK Chamber of Shipping CEO Sarah Treseder has announced her intention to step down at the end of the financial year, due to the impact of her ongoing cancer treatment on her energy levels and wellbeing.

After extensive discussions with the Chamber President, Graham Westgarth, it has been agreed that the CEO position is very much a full-time commitment, and as such, the Board has reluctantly accepted her resignation. The search process for her successor will commence shortly, but Sarah will remain in post until after the Chamber’s AGM in February.

Chamber Autumn Lunch

Following a successful debut last year, our second Autumn Lunch took place at the 5-star Harbour Hotel and Spa in Southampton on Thursday.

Despite adverse weather conditions due to Storm Ciarán, we had the pleasure of hosting nearly 100 guests representing a broad range of Members, political and other stakeholders. The group heard from our President Graham Westgarth, who briefed members on the Chamber’s strategy and latest policy developments.

His speech was followed by a panel Q&A in which members of the Chamber leadership team addressed questions from the audience. Questions centred around support for members in their energy transition strategies, priority issues faced by the maritime community and lobbying efforts during 2023, and how members could maximise their engagement with the Chamber.

Thank you to our sponsors Viking Maritime and Red Funnel.

Maritime Labour Convention Webinar

This week, the Chamber held its online introductory training course on the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006. The Chamber has represented UK shipowners in the negotiations leading up to the MLC and in the meetings where changes have been made since.

Nearly 25 participants heard from the Chamber’s Director of Policy, Tim Springett, and Policy Advisor Hannah Gilbert on how the MLC has become the fourth pillar of international regulation for shipping, the protections it offers to seafarers and the obligations it places on Member States and shipowners.

An overview was given of the MLC as well as insight on anticipated future developments. The online course will be running again in January 2024. Members are invited to contact Tim Springett and Hannah Gilbert to express their interest in attending.

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Upcoming Events

BTA Safety Seminar

The Annual Safety Seminar of the British Tugowners Association will take place on Thursday 16 November 2023 at Insurance Hall, London.

The Seminar will examine recent incidents, discuss accident prevention, and hear from tug experts, insurers and investigators. With an audience of tug masters, pilots, marine superintendents, P&I clubs, lawyers, workboat crew, harbour masters and others, the aim is to inform, discuss and share best practice.

The day will run from 0900-1600 with lunch and refreshments provided


International Shipping Seminar

With a focus on vessel vetting, decarbonisation, sustainability, and regulatory measures, don't miss our seminar taking place on 22 November at Cavendish Square, London, 2 pm - 5 pm. More information to follow.

Free event exclusively for Chamber members


British Rig Owners' Association (BROA) Annual Dinner, Technical & Executive Committee 

The event will be held on Thursday 7th December 2023 at the International Chamber of Shipping in London, whilst the dinner will take place at the Bleeding Heart Bistro, London, EC1N 8SJ.


Chamber Annual Gala Dinner  

The UK Chamber of Shipping is delighted to confirm that its Annual Gala Dinner will be taking place on 5th February 2024 at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House London, Park Lane.

The premier black-tie event in the shipping calendar will be an opportunity to network with colleagues and celebrate recent achievements. Last year's event attracted around 855 influential guests from across the industry.


Seafarer Mental Wellbeing Lunch & Learn With Together All

Following on from two guidance documents aimed at improving the mental wellbeing of seafarers, published by the Chamber in conjunction with the trade unions, as well as webinars in 2020 and 2021, the Chamber is pleased to provide members with an opportunity to hear from Together All, an organisation dedicated to supporting those who are struggling with their mental health. Join us on 23 November.


Introduction to Shipping Course

Participants will learn from a variety of subject matter experts on regulatory, business, political, legal, employment and training in the shipping industry. Join our webinar on 4 December.


UK Chamber of Shipping Christmas drinks reception 

The UK Chamber of Shipping Christmas drinks reception will be held this year at Trinity House, from 16.45 - 18.45 on Tuesday 12th December.

We would like to say a big thank you to all our members for their support this year. The Chamber staff are looking forward to sharing a festive drink with you on 12th December.