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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 08 December 2023

Welcome to this week’s Bulletin.

In Dubai, COP28 is well underway, and Transport Day on Wednesday saw the DfT launch its £70 million pilot scheme to boost motorway service areas, paving the way for ultra-rapid electric vehicle charge points.

. Alongside the scheme, the UK and the US are partnering to announce a competition to develop green shipping corridors between both countries. You can find our CEO Sarah Treseder's reaction in the full article.

Meanwhile, our Director of Policy, Peter Aylott, spoke to the Mail Online regarding concerns over the impact of the Panama Canal drought on Britain's supply chains.

Earlier this week, we informed our members of the Careers at Sea Ambassador Programme relaunch, the full details can be found below. We also saw MNTB Director Kathryn Neilson discuss careers at sea at the APPMG in Parliament.

MNTB Attends APPMG Maritime Skills Training and People

Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) Director Kathryn Neilson attended the All-Party Parliamentary Maritime and Ports Group session on Maritime Skills, Training and People on Monday.

Our industry is facing a global shortage of seafarers and COVID saw cadet numbers plummet due to the challenges associated with travel to and from vessels, disembarking and onboard conditions at that time.

Kathryn Nielson went to Parliament to emphasise the need to raise our industry profile and work more closely with the 4,190 secondary schools in the UK to make their career advisors and parents aware of the numerous exciting careers available from a career at sea. She asked the Government and, in particular, the Department for Education for their support.

Careers at Sea Ambassador Programme Relaunch

The Chamber and the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) are delighted to relaunch their Careers at Sea Ambassador Programme.

Designed to provide young people with an insight into what it is like to work at sea, Careers at Sea Ambassadors volunteer their time to promote and explain the various pathways into a career at sea and the education and training available.

On why she enjoys going to schools and talking about the MNTB, Heather Enness, Careers at Sea Ambassador, said:

"Growing up I never knew what the Merchant Navy was, I fell into this career when applying for a course at Plymouth University, and my word am I glad I fell into it, what a career it has been and continues to be."

To become an ambassador and learn more, please visit the Careers at Sea website Looking to Volunteer.

Welcome Annual Dinner Silver Sponsor

This week, we welcomed our Annual Dinner 2024 Silver Sponsor, ABS. Our Annual Dinner takes place on 5 February 2024 at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London, and you can book your tickets or tables on our Annual Dinner event page.

Vassilios Kroustallis, ABS Senior Vice President said:

"UK Shipping and ABS have a long-standing relationship and have delivered a proud line of vessels with a world-class safety record. We are committed to working with the industry here on the next generation of vessels and technologies that will accelerate the energy transition and deliver a more sustainable industry."

View our Annual Dinner 2023 pictures for a taste of our gala dinner.

Review of UK Cadet Syllabus

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced the completion of the updated syllabus with industry on Monday, following the curriculum review by the Cadet Training and Modernisation (CT&M) working group.

It was one of the recommendations of the Seafarer Cadet Review and brought together key stakeholders, including the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB), focused on improving cadet training.

The MNTB Chair, Mark Bobby, has been involved in reviewing the engineer programmes with the wider team's support of the whole programme.

MNTB Director Kathryn Neilson said, "The work of the CT&M group reviewing the curriculum is critical to ensure cadet training remains up to date and relevant and equips our cadets with the skills to compete in a global market."

Learn more about the review in this article.

MAIB Safety Flyer - Navigational aids are Vital Safety Tools

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) produced a Safety Flyer for the shipping industry, highlighting common themes from MAIB investigations, where navigational safeguards had been bypassed, urging operators to review the use of lookout and navigational aids on their vessels and help crews to comply.

The flyer was published as part of the BBC Marmara report publication.

Read this report on the Gov.UK website: Navigational Aids are Vital Safety Tools: Use Them!

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Upcoming Events

EU and UK ETS Seminar 

 The Chamber will be hosting a webinar on 11th December, kindly presented by William Scott & Miller Wells from Global Factor.

The webinar will focus on Technical Aspects – such as Opening an Account (EU Registry, timeline, Administering authorities) etc.. EU ETS Market, Trading Strategy


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.


Maritime Labour Convention Online Course

The Chamber will be hosting an online-only training course 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 held on Tuesday 23rd January 9:30 - 12:30.


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.


Shipping UK Conference

We are delighted to announce the UK Chamber of Shipping will host its first Shipping UK, Conference on 8th October 2024 at the QEII Centre, Westminster.

The Chamber is currently working on themes, speakers and the day’s format but early thoughts are this will look into the key shipping issues we will all face over the next 10-15 years and will include Keynote Speakers, Breakout Sessions, Panel Debates, an Exhibition and Evening Food & Drink networking event at the end of conference business. Tickets will be on sale in early January 2024. In the meantime, save the date.