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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 04 August 2023

Welcome to this week’s Bulletin.

We are pleased to announce that our Safety Culture Conference in Bristol has obtained three more sponsors bringing the total of sponsors for this year to five.

Last week, our CEO Sarah Treseder stressed the importance of Together in Safety on our LinkedIn and Twitter channels, a free tool everyone in the industry can use to reduce incidents at sea. "Tragedies can be avoided only if important lessons and good practices are shared freely in the industry", she said. This is the core principle of our Safety Culture Conferences, so if you feel you could benefit from these discussions, join the conversation in Bristol on 3 and 4 October.

August brings a variety of events on the horizon, especially in view of the LISW taking place on w/c 11 September. Make sure you view and take advantage of all our events on offer under the What's New and Upcoming Events sections.

What's new

Safety Culture Conference Receives Five Sponsors

The Chamber is delighted to announce that the Safety Culture Conference, which this year is taking place in Bristol, has now 5 sponsors.

The three newest sponsors are Bureau Veritas, UK P&I Club and Fathom Safety who join existing sponsors Shell and MSA.

Our Head of Membership & Business Development Tony Jerome, commented on the sponsoring, saying:

"I am thankful to all our sponsors for their support. The Safety Culture Conference is an important event as industry experts come together to share their knowledge and experience on such an important topic.

"Safety is at the forefront of everything we do, and the Chamber has long campaigned on the issue and will always continue to do so to protect the welfare and wellbeing of our seafarers.

"Once again, thanks to all our sponsors for helping us keep the costs of our tickets very competitive and accessible to both members and non-members."

To join this event, you can purchase your tickets on our website.

New LISW Event: Great British Green Tugs

The British Tugowners Association (BTA) in collaboration with British Ports Association (BPA) is hosting a joint seminar for London International Shipping Week (LISW) on construction and operation challenges faced by green hybrid & electric tugs in the UK.

Kindly sponsored by Harland & Wolff who recently launched a consortium to build green tugs, we will hear from them as well as leaders and experts across design, battery manufacturer, vessel ownership, port infrastructure and finance.

To learn more about the speakers and to join this free event register on our event page.

Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) New Strategy

The MNTB is pleased to announce the launch of its long-awaited strategy. A clear vision that sets sail towards a future of excellence, innovation, and sustainability in the maritime industry.

To respond as effectively as possible to the recommendations in the Maritime Skills Commissions review of cadet training and education system, the MNTB met at the end of 2022 to conduct a full state of the industry assessment with our board members.

Mark Bobby, Chair of the MNTB, said:

"The new Merchant Navy Training Board Strategy is designed with one core mission: to produce a highly skilled and competent workforce that will lead our industry into the future.

"The new strategy is the culmination of tireless efforts, valuable insights, and collaborative partnerships involving our board members and key stakeholders. With our knowledge, experience, and expertise, we will work tirelessly to ensure seafarer training and education meets industry needs now and well into the future."

To read the full article and view the strategy document, head to our news page.

Co-operation and Contracted Salvage Expertise will Overcome Communication and Knowledge Gaps

Earlier this year, the British Tugowners Association (BTA) hosted their Annual Conference in Glasgow to discuss emergency response protocols and coordination between authorities and salvage companies when marine incidents occur.

Presentations included the UK Secretary of State’s Representative for Maritime Intervention and Salvage (SOSREP) and a specialist expert marine firefighter.

Emergency Response Chief Executive and serving marine firefighter Dennis Kusters was worried these new fuels might provide less time to contain incidents before dangerous escalation. Unlike traditional fuels, first responders have little real-world experience with fires involving alternative fuels.

There are open questions about how these fuels burn, the firefighting techniques and agents that can safely suppress them, and the appropriate personal protective equipment needed. Lithium-ion battery fires can reignite hours or days after being apparently extinguished. Toxic fumes or explosive vapours resulting from these types of incidents also require different response precautions than traditional fuels.

Both SOSREP Mr Hennig and Mr Kusters agreed more research, planning and aligned procedures are urgently needed. Read more about the topics discussed at this meeting on the Riviera news article.

15th Annual Capital Link Shipping & Marine Services Forum

Capital Link, in collaboration with the London Stock Exchange, will host a Shipping and Marine Services forum on Tuesday, 12 September.

This event draws one of the highest concentrations of shipping company executives during the LISW23, aiming to provide investors with a comprehensive review and current outlook of the various shipping markets and cover topics of critical interest to industry participants, financiers and investors.

To read the full agenda and register for this free event, visit the Capital Link event page.

Latest member updates

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Upcoming Events

In-person: Safety Culture Conference 

The event aims to build on the acclaimed 2022 conference in Liverpool, which focused on the role of top management in determining safety culture. The theme for this year’s two-day conference will be “Establishing a Learning Culture”, with interactive presentations from experts from inside and outside the maritime sector.

Join us in person on 3 and 4 October 2023 at the Harbour Hotel in Bristol. 


LISW event: Future and alternative fuels - what will come out on top?   

The range of future and alternative fuels as shipping decarbonises is significant but which will succeed is less clear.

The UK Chamber of Shipping is bringing together shipping leaders and advocates for a range of future and alternative fuels including, nuclear, methanol, hydrogen and ammonia to discuss the opportunities and challenges they each face.

The event is free but places are limited.


LISW event: Building resilience through trade  

In an increasingly uncertain and unstable world where events in one nation or region often have global ramifications how we manage trade and trade deals is increasingly important.

This event will explore with leaders of the international shipping community, major retailers, manufacturers and politicians the crucial role of strong and sustainable trading relationships and how to ensure trade helps, rather than hinders, global resilience.

The event is free but places are limited. 


Autumn Lunch 2023 

The Chamber has just launched its annual Autumn Lunch at the Harbour Hotel in Southampton. There will be an opportunity to ask our President Graham Westgarth questions during our Q&A, followed by a three courses lunch.

Click below to book your table or tickets.


Introduction to Shipping Course

The Chamber’s Introduction to UK Shipping online course is an engaging online snapshot which will give participants an understanding of how the UK shipping industry operates, the regulations, constraints and current issues.

Participants will learn from a variety of subject matter experts on regulatory, business, political, legal, employment and training in the shipping industry. The course will be up to date with sessions on current issues.

Join us on Monday 25 September.


Maritime Labour Convention 

The Chamber will be hosting an online-only training course on Monday 30 October on the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC); how it has come to be the fourth pillar of international regulation for shipping, alongside SOLAS, MARPOL and STCW.

The course will be presented by Tim Springett and Hannah Gilbert of the Chamber.