Oct 23

Weekly Bulletin: Friday 06 October 2023

Welcome to this week’s Bulletin.

It was a busy week for the Chamber as we headed to Bristol for our Safety Culture Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday.

We were delighted to welcome over 100 attendees to our conference. The agenda was filled with many keynote speakers from across the transport industry providing attendees with helpful insights and lessons learned. If you are interested in learning more about the conference, read our blog below.

We were also at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester this week, where we hosted a drinks reception in collaboration with colleagues from port trade associations. We pressed on important matters for our industry with MPs. Continue to read our What's New section for more.

What's new

Safety Culture Conference Blog

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we had the pleasure to welcome over 100 attendees at the Harbour Hotel & Spa in Bristol, where we held our annual Safety Culture Conference sponsored by Bureau Veritas, Shell, Fathom Safety and Maritime Skills Academy.

This year's theme was 'Establishing a Learning Culture', with a focus on the four pillars of Together in Safety: leadership, incident prevention, wellbeing and care, and collaboration.

The conference centred around interactive and insightful presentations from various keynote speakers from well-renowned organisations such as Heathrow Airport, V Ships, UK P&I Club, Network Rail and many more.

Our Policy Advisor, Hannah Gilbert, has written a blog summarising the highlights from the conference, and you can read it on the news section of our website.

Chamber Attends Conservative Party Conference

This week saw the Chamber attending what may be the last Conservative Conference before a General Election next year.

While less well attended than recent years, perhaps reflecting the current political climate, the Conference saw a packed Maritime UK reception addressed by Maritime Minister Baroness Vere and Business and Trade Minister Nusrat Ghani. The Conference fringes also saw a much greater focus on net zero than in previous years, with a strong focus on how we achieve a net zero economy and what trade-offs, if any, will be required.

The Chamber, alongside colleagues from the port trade associations, held a drinks reception, allowing the Chamber to press home the importance of the shipping sector to MPs, advisers and conference delegates. Next week, the Chamber will be in Liverpool for the Labour Party Conference.

Any members interested in knowing more about the Chamber’s public affairs work should contact Director of Communications Tom Bartošák-Harlow.

Offshore Wind Leasing Round 5

The Crown Estate has set out further details on its plans for Offshore Wind Leasing Round 5, which aims to establish new floating offshore wind technology off the coast of Wales and South West England.

We welcomed the recent announcement and process to arrive at the four agreements for leases (AFLs) with the Crown Estate as an example of an excellent marine spatial planning process to minimise and mitigate negative impacts upon navigational stakeholders, for instance, commercial shipping.

Although this doesn't come without risks and concerns, the open and transparent process the Crown Estate has been through with the MCA, Trinity House and the Chamber should be praised and repeated.

Moreover, we believe it should replace the poor decision-making process which has led to previous developments being granted seabed leases.

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Upcoming Events

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.


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.


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.


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.