Sep 23

Weekly Bulletin: Friday 1 September 2023

Welcome to this week’s Bulletin.

As we approach London International Shipping Week the Chamber has published a list of its main activities, including the launch of the Value of Shipping report. More information is available below.

This week the Chamber's Chief Executive Sarah Treseder met Scottish transport minister Fiona Hyslop. An update on the meeting is the first bulletin item.

We also welcome another sponsor for our Autumn Lunch, Viking Maritime Group. More information about all our events is in the event section of the Bulletin.   

What's new

Chamber meets Scottish transport minister

On Wednesday, the Chamber's Chief Executive Sarah Treseder met Fiona Hyslop MSP. Ms Hyslop was recently appointed as transport minister in the Scottish Government.

The meeting was an opportunity for Sarah to speak to the minister about the importance of ensuring Scotland has world leading infrastructure to aid the decarbonising of the shipping industry and ensure reliable onward journeys from ports by road and rail.

Sarah also raised the opportunity for Scotland to take advantage of the expansion of offshore wind. One of the ways this can be done is by ensuring appropriate funding is in place for apprenticeships to promote jobs in the sector for those living in Scotland.

The minister will be attending the Chamber's Holyrood reception on 7 November. More information on this will be available soon. 

Chamber publishes LISW engagements

With London International Shipping Week (LISW) just over a week away the Chamber has published its main engagements for the week.

Highlights include, the publication of the Chamber's Value of Shipping Report, Chamber events on trade, green tugs and future fuels as well as speaking slots at events on diversity, procurement and seafarer welfare.

The Chamber will also be at a host of other events throughout the week, including the UK Government reception, the gala dinner and the main conference.

To read more, including how to register for these events, please visit the news pages of our website.

Chamber's office available for members during LISW

To help members plan their busy diaries during LISW the Chamber is happy to offer its office as a base for members.

Please note space is limited and will be available on a first come first serve basis. Our office is open 9am to 5pm at 30 Park Street.

Sustainability in Shipping: A Special Collaborative LISW Event with IMPA

The UK Chamber of Shipping, in partnership with the International Marine Purchasing Association (IMPA), is hosting a joint session during London International Shipping Week. This event, scheduled for September 12th from 13:00 to 16:00 at the QEII Centre, will focus on the integral role of supply chains in advancing sustainability in shipping.

By fostering dialogue between suppliers, procurers, and ship managers, the event hopes to promote a more holistic onboard approach. Members from both organisations are invited to attend a networking lunch, followed by presentations and open debate. To reserve your spot for this session, please email Elise Nyborg by Monday 11 September. For other IMPA events during the week, visit their website.

Viking Maritime Group to sponsor Autumn Lunch

We are delighted to announce Viking Maritime Group will be sponsoring the Autumn Lunch. Commenting on their sponsorship Dieter Jaenicke, Group Chairman and Founder said:

“We are happy to be supporting this year’s Autumn Lunch, as we work in partnership with the UK Chamber of Shipping in delivering careers and training, setting new standards globally.”

Hosted at the wonderful Harbour Hotel is Southampton, approximately 100 guests from the shipping industry will have the opportunity to hear from the Chamber’s President and Senior Management team at a pre-lunch Q&A session, network over a few glasses of fizz and enjoy a delicious three-course meal.

To buy your ticket please visit the Chamber website.

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 wide spectrum of issues. You can access all your resources through your member dashboard.

If you haven't done so, don't forget to register for an account.

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 - bookings close 8 30am 4 September 

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.


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.


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.

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.


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