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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 11 August 2023

Welcome to this week’s Bulletin.

The Chamber is thrilled to be launching its Value of Shipping Report at London International Shipping Week (LISW).

Come along and join us at the MUK Global Maritime Hub on Monday, 11 September. Find out below how to join.

We will continue to share in our bulletin some of the events happening through LISW (11- 15 Sept), so make sure you don't miss any issue.

This week, we have a few updates. One is regarding the results of the Maritime Passenger Accessibility Survey put together by the DfT and MCA to help understand passenger experiences. The other is an update from the Cadet Training & Modernisation Consultation Group. Some members expressed an interest in what the Cadet Training and Modernisation Programme (CT&M) is trying to achieve. Below is an update on the latest developments.   

What's new

New LISW Event: Value of Shipping Report Launch

The Chamber is pleased to announce the launch of its Value of Shipping Report during the first day of London International Shipping Week (LISW) on Monday.

The report is designed to provide readers with useful insights and infographics that promote and highlight the value that the shipping sector contributes to the UK.

We will launch our report at the MUK Global Maritime Hub on Monday, 11 September, from 9 am, in 10 York Rd, London SE1 7ND. To register and view the full agenda, visit the event page.

Maritime Passenger Accessibility Survey

The Maritime Passenger Accessibility Survey results for 2022 have now been published.

The joint DfT and Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) survey purpose was to understand the experiences of passengers when using maritime transport, including those with disabilities. Furthermore, understanding how effective the provision of assistance has been when using ferries or cruise ships, as required by the regulation EU1177/2010.

You can view the DfT and MCA Maritime Passenger Accessibility Survey results on the GOV.UK website.

The Chamber is continuing to engage with the MCA in the lead-up to the circulation of the 2023 survey, supporting the Chamber Accessibility Working Group's work.

Cadet Training & Modernisation Consultation Group

Back in 2021, the Maritime Skills Commission (MSC) carried out the seafarer cadet training and education review at the request of the then Maritime Minister (Robert Courts). The aim of the Cadet Training and Modernisation Programme (CT&M) was to implement the recommendations set out in the Seafarer Cadet Review ensuring that seafarer education and training is fit for purpose, as well as future proofing UK seafarers making sure they are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in a global market.

The CT&M Programme’s structure and governance was agreed and implemented in late 2021, and the boards and consultation groups have been working hard ever since to implement the recommendations. Currently, there are approximately 50 people, across 30 organisations, dedicating hundreds of hours of their time and expertise to support the successful outcome of the programme.

Our members have expressed an interest in the programme and have requested regular updates on the work being implemented through the working groups. The programme groups are being managed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, and their latest update is below for reference.

If you have any questions relating to the programme, please do not hesitate to reach out to the MNTB Director and Maritime Skills Commissioner, Kathryn Neilson.

Royal Navy Optimising the Future of Ship Support

The Naval Support Integrated Global Network (NSIGN) is a new programme created to optimise the future management and delivery of engineering support for Royal Navy Ships and Submarines including Naval Base services.

NSIGN is exploring options to deliver a support model that can sustain and deliver a global, modern, and ready Royal Navy. To achieve this vision, our Navy must have a regime to deliver capable and resilient repair and maintenance support to Ships in both the UK and worldwide.

To improve ships' availability and increased Value for Money, the UK MOD will explore options for the adoption of commercial ship management capability for application in the defence environment.

Join the launch event during the LISW to learn more.

Meanwhile an RFI associated with the Ships engineering support project of the NSIGN programme has been released to initiate the start of early market engagement phase aimed at gaining a market view of the emerging requirements and feasibility of possible options.

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

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.

The latest updates this week include:

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  

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.


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.