May 23

Weekly Bulletin: Friday 12 May 2023

Welcome to this week's Bulletin.

This week, we welcomed news of the amendment to the Retained EU Law Bill, meaning that by the end of this year, there will be a clear list of retained EU laws which will have been revoked. This will ensure that businesses will be clear on what laws will be removed from the statute book. For more information, read our first bulletin item below.

Anyone interested in attending our Summer Lunch event in Edinburgh on 13 June is advised that today at 5 pm is the final deadline to book your tickets. Find all event details under the Upcoming Events section.  

Finally, we welcomed two new members into the Chamber this week, you can read more about them below.

What's new

Retained EU Law Bill Update 

The Government has announced a change to the retained EU law Bill, providing more time to consider the ongoing application of existing EU law within the UK. The Government will now produce a list of 600 specific laws, which they want to replace by the end of the year. 

The Chamber has long supported a change of approach. Therefore, we strongly welcomed the announcement. 

There still is a lot of work to do, and we'll work closely with all Government departments to review the legislation that directly impacts the shipping world and trade. View the updated EU law dashboard.

New Members Announced: CSM Energy and FieldBase

The Chamber is pleased to welcome two new members to our membership, CSM Energy and FieldBase.

CSM Energy is a leader in helping companies navigate oil and gas challenges and offering comprehensive service packages for the offshore industry. A CSM Energy spokesperson said of their membership:

"CSM Energy is delighted to announce our membership in the UK Chamber of Shipping, a prestigious industry body. We are thrilled to join the esteemed ranks of the Chamber's members and look forward to contributing to advancing the maritime sector in the United Kingdom. This partnership opens up new opportunities for collaboration and underscores our commitment to sustainable shipping practices."

FieldBase is a well-known engineering company which provides digital technology solutions for the oil and gas industries. About their membership, they said:

"This is a significant milestone for our company, and we are honoured to join the prestigious ranks of the Chamber.

"As technology solution providers to the shipping industry, we believe that our expertise and experience can contribute to the Chamber's efforts in advocating for the digitisation of shipping. Our perspective on the industry from the African continent can also offer a unique and valuable contribution to the Chamber's work."

IMO International Day for Women in Maritime (18 May)

The IMO International Day for Women in Maritime is observed every year on 18 May. The day celebrates women in the industry and is intended to promote the recruitment, retention and sustained employment of women in the maritime sector, to address the gender imbalance in maritime. 

The Chamber will be joining the celebration by sharing stories of women in maritime.

If member companies have created their events or stories for the day and would like us to promote them on our social media channels, please get in touch with the Chamber's Communications Manager, Antonella Barletta.

Passage Planning Guide Photo Competition

The Chamber and the maritime publisher Witherbys are running a photo competition for the next front cover of the new edition of ‘Passage Planning Guide - English Channel, Dover Strait, and Southern North Sea’ published by Witherbys.

The winner will receive a prize of £1,000 and have their photo on the cover of the new Passage Planning Guide.

This competition is open to anyone over 16, including members of the public, seafarers and workers around the coastal regions. We are calling on all budding photographers to submit shots that they have taken that capture ships sailing across the Channel.

If you would like to enter the competition, please send your photo to marketing@witherbys.com by Friday, 30 June 2023. By entering the competition, you give permission to the UK Chamber of Shipping and Witherbys to use your photo. You can learn more on our news page.

Maritime Safety Forum (MSF) All Members Meeting 

You are invited to the MSF All Members Meeting which brings together safety learning and industry good practise for the maritime industry. 

The forum is free for everyone and it will take place on 25 May in Aberdeen from 9:00 to 13:30. Book now to secure your spot and learn more.

Please note this is an in-person meeting, and it's open to members and non-members. 

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 broad spectrum of issues. You can access all your resources through your member dashboard.The latest updates this week include:

Upcoming Events

Summer Lunch 

Our summer lunch is set to take place on Tuesday, 13 June 2023, in a brand new venue, the Signet Library, in Edinburgh. 

Located in the heart of the Old Town, just off the Royal Mile and next to St Giles’ Cathedral, the Signet Library was described by George IV as “the finest drawing room in Europe” and will allow the Chamber to host in excess of 200 guests in June.


Harbour Towage Panel 

This Panel will take place at 10:30 on Wednesday 14 June 2023, at Seawork 2023, the leading European commercial marine exhibition in Southampton running 13-15 June.

All members with an interest in harbour towage and related matters, including tug operators, class societies, law firms, P&I clubs, port authorities, marine consultants and others are encouraged to attend. Core attendance will be from the British Tugowners Association (BTA) members, who will provide expertise from the sector.