Jan 24

Weekly Bulletin: Friday 12 January 2024

Welcome to this week's Bulletin.
This week, we announced an additional sponsor for our forthcoming Annual Gala Dinner and also published our first Member Update of 2024, with highlights from our key policy work and member events over the past three months. Find out more in the first two items below.

Meanwhile, there are some opportunities for Members to get involved:

  • National Apprenticeship Week is coming up; please share your story with us to help inspire others.
  • The Careers at Sea Ambassador programme is up and running and we are looking for as many Ambassadors as possible.
  • The Members’ Survey deadline has been extended to 16 January. Make sure to fill it out for a chance to win a ticket to our Gala Dinner on Monday, 5 February.

All information can be found below.

Member Update January 2024

The January issue covers the Chamber's work over the past three months. Highlights include:

  • Annual Gala Dinner
  • Members Survey (postponed deadline)
  • Shipping UK, QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, London (save the date)

To learn more about upcoming events, our lobbying work and opportunities to get involved in our activities, download the Member Update.

National Apprenticeship Week

The National Apprenticeship Week (5 February - 11 February) is back, and the Chamber is keen to celebrate it and showcase the importance of apprenticeships in the maritime field.

We are looking for a few people who have undertaken an apprenticeship in the industry and would like to talk through their experience and the benefits it brought to them.

If interested, please send your story of no more than 250 words to our Digital Communications Manager, Antonella Barletta, by 31 January.

Members' Survey Extended Deadline

The deadline for our Members' Survey 2023 has been extended until 16 January to give more members a chance to complete the survey. We have heard from around 30 people so far, but we would really like to receive more feedback to help the Chamber develop as a membership organisation.

The survey can be accessed online 'UK Chamber of Shipping' Membership Survey: November 2023 - January 2024 and will only take 5 minutes to complete.

Please remember three lucky people will be selected from the entries and receive a ticket to the Chamber’s Annual Dinner on 5th February at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House.

New Annual Dinner Sponsor: Viking Maritime

Welcome our Annual Dinner Bronze Sponsor, Viking Maritime.

Our Annual Dinner on 5 February 2024 at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London is fast approaching, but you can still buy tickets on our event page.

Dieter Jaenicke, Group Chairman and Founder, at Viking Maritime:

“As we celebrate 35 years of the Viking Maritime Group, we are very proud to be the bronze sponsor of the Annual Dinner, committing our continued support to the UK Chamber of Shipping in the promotion of UK shipping and maritime training.”

Careers at Sea Ambassador Programme

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.

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. Latest updates include: 

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

Sign up for the Chamber's Newsletters 

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Members have a wide selection of circulars and other Chamber communications. Non-members will also have the opportunity to subscribe to some of our newsletters: Daily Briefing, Weekly Bulletin and Events Update.

Upcoming Events

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 AGM & Networking Drinks

The UK Chamber of Shipping AGM and Drinks Reception will be held this year at Glaziers Hall, from 4.30 - 6.30pm on 14th February 2024.

Join us in person to welcome our newly elected President and Vice-President.


Introduction to Shipping Course  

Join us on Monday, 26 February, from 2 pm to 4 pm for our online course on Introduction to Shipping.

The Chamber’s Introduction to UK Shipping online course is an engaging online snapshot that will give participants an understanding of how the UK shipping industry operates, its regulations, constraints, and current issues.


Satellite Data & Service Opportunities for Maritime Online Webinar 

Join us on 25 January for a roundtable discussion on opportunities for leveraging satellite data and services in the Maritime sector. In collaboration with the UK Space Agency’s ‘Unlocking Space for Business’ programme.


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.