May 23

Weekly Bulletin: Friday 05 May 2023

Welcome to this week's Bulletin.

Earlier this week, we chose the winner of our website account registration competition, which closed on 30 April, you can find out more below. We are delighted to see that over 255 people have now registered for an account on our brand-new website. and are enjoying the benefits. 

Meanwhile, our Policy Team has been busy taking part in their first 2023 BROA Committee meeting in Aberdeen and you can find a summary of the items discussed in our first article of the Bulletin.

On Wednesday, the Chamber raised a toast to King Charles III ahead of his Coronation of Saturday 6 May. The MNTB has also supported three Merchant Navy Officers who will be street liners on the King's route on Saturday, learn more below. We wish everyone a happy celebration. 

What's new

BROA Technical Committee Meeting 

The British Rig Owners’ Association (BROA) met in Aberdeen for its first 2023 meeting on 26 April. 

The technical Committee was kindly hosted by Stena Drilling and welcomed two guest speakers. Pete Lowson, the Offshore Energy Liaison at HM Coastguard, presented on the Coastguard’s air and water search and rescue assets and discussed the national contingency plan for responding to marine pollution incidents, including multistakeholder and asset exercises Phoenix & Sancho.

We also welcomed Graham Wildgoose of the Helicopter Certification Agency to discuss the latest edition of CAP 437 and Helideck Standards for mobile units.

Committee items included mental well-being, carriage of industrial personnel, lifeboats, and decarbonisation. The day they brought together industry experts to discuss and share knowledge and insights in the next Committee meeting in the Autumn.

For more information on BROA, please get in touch with Robert Merrylees.

Account Registration Prize Winner 

Congratulation to Claire Wright for answering all questions correctly, she has won a bottle of champagne.

Thank you to all other Members who registered by 30 April 2023 and entered our registration prize.

Please visit our new website and start enjoying the benefits by registering for an account. Please note old logins for the website no longer work. The registration process is very easy and will take you less than 1 minute to do. 

Passage Planning Guide Photo competition

The Chamber and the maritime publisher Witherbys are running a photo competition for the next front cover of the new edition of ‘Passage Planning Guide - English Channel, Dover Strait, and Southern North Sea’ published by Witherbys.

The winner will receive a prize of £1,000 and have their photo on the cover of the new Passage Planning Guide.

This competition is open to anyone over 16, including members of the public, seafarers and workers around the coastal regions. We are calling on all budding photographers to submit shots that they have taken that capture ships sailing across the Channel.

If you would like to enter the competition, please send your photo to marketing@witherbys.com by Friday, 30 June 2023. By entering the competition, you give permission to the UK Chamber of Shipping and Witherbys to use your photo. You can learn more on our news page.

Merchant Navy Officers to Join the King's Coronation Route

The MNTB has provided funding for travel and ceremonial uniform for three selected Merchant Navy Officers to enable them to participate in the King’s Coronation on Saturday (6 May).They will be street liners on the King’s Coronation route and join over 200 uniformed civilians on the day. 

The three officers were selected for their important work with Careers at Sea and their Maritime Ambassador work promoting the industry. One of them was recently awarded the MCA Cadet of the Year.

Members can read more about the story on the MNTB LinkedIn and Twitter accounts next week.

IMO International Day for Women in Maritime (18 May)

The IMO International Day for Women in Maritime is observed every year. on 18 May. The day celebrates women in the industry and is intended to promote the recruitment, retention and sustained employment of women in the maritime sector, to address the gender imbalance in maritime. 

The Chamber will be joining the celebration by sharing stories of women in maritime.

If member companies have created their own events or stories for the day and would like us to promote them on our social media channels, please contact the Chamber's Communications Manager Antonella Barletta  

Latest member updates

Chamber members are reminded that they have exclusive access to a range of updates from the Chamber’s policy experts on a broad spectrum of issues. You can access all your resources through your member dashboard.

Upcoming Events

Summer Lunch 

Our summer lunch is set to take place on Tuesday, 13 June 2023, in a brand new venue, the Signet Library, in Edinburgh. 

Located in the heart of the Old Town, just off the Royal Mile and next to St Giles’ Cathedral, the Signet Library was described by George IV as “the finest drawing room in Europe” and will allow the Chamber to host in excess of 200 guests in June.


Harbour Towage Panel 

This Panel will take place at 10:30 on Wednesday 14 June 2023, at Seawork 2023, the leading European commercial marine exhibition in Southampton running 13-15 June.

All members with an interest in harbour towage and related matters, including tug operators, class societies, law firms, P&I clubs, port authorities, marine consultants and others are encouraged to attend. Core attendance will be from the British Tugowners Association (BTA) members, who will provide expertise from the sector.