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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 15 December 2023

Welcome to this week’s Bulletin.

We were delighted to host our annual Member Christmas Drinks reception at Trinity House in London on Tuesday, which attracted nearly 90 people.

Thank you to everyone who attended and for our members' support this year. View a few pictures taken during the evening on our LinkedIn post.

Earlier this week, we also hosted our first-ever hybrid seminar on the EU and UK Emissions Trading Systems, which explores the different aspects and market dynamics of the two systems. Find a write-up of this event below.

The Chamber's annual Members Survey can let three lucky members win a ticket to our Gala Dinner on 5 February, so complete it by 12 January 2024. We highly value and appreciate any feedback.

Red Sea Attacks by Houthi Rebels in Support of Hamas

Houthi rebel interventions on shipping in the Red Sea have extended this week with missiles, drone attacks and attempted boarding. Twenty-five innocent seafarers remain detained in Yemen.

The targeting of vessels has broadened from the Israeli owner/operator nexus to oblique connections through indirect trade and previous ownership. Current guidance for ships transiting the Red Sea from UKMTO is available. Please contact our Director of Policy, Peter Aylott, for further advice.

The Chamber is working closely with the UK Government to request a greater coalition naval presence in support of vessels conducting innocent passage in the region and diplomatic influence to protect innocent seafarers.

EU and UK ETS Hybrid Seminar

On Monday, the Chamber hosted its first hybrid seminar on the EU and UK Emissions Trading Systems (ETS).

Featuring William Scott and Miller Wells from Global Factor, this hybrid seminar offered an in-depth exploration of the technical aspects and market dynamics of the EU and UK ETS pertinent to the maritime transport sector, followed by an FAQ.

The seminar aimed to provide a comprehensive yet relevant overview of what inclusion under the EU ETS means for shipping companies, in preparation for the upcoming year.

Members with additional questions for the presenters are invited to contact our Policy Advisor Elise Nyborg. A follow-up event will be held in January in cooperation with the Liberian and Canadian shipping associations, and with the support of the company Vertis.

Welcome Lloyd's Register Annual Dinner Silver Sponsor

Welcome our latest Annual Dinner 2024 Silver Sponsor, Lloyd's Register. 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.

Commenting on their sponsorship Dominic Miller, Senior Representative for UK & Ireland, at the Lloyd’s Register said:

“Lloyd’s Register is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the 2024 International Chamber of Shipping’s Annual Dinner, which brings together shipowners, politicians, and industry leaders. It’s a great opportunity to consider the pressing issues affecting our industry with friends old and new, and a chance to contemplate the challenges and opportunities for the year ahead.”

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

Round Five Leasing Programme Floating Offshore Wind

The Chamber welcomes the Crown Estate's recent announcement regarding the Round Five leasing programme for floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea, as an example of a prudent and safety centric seabed leasing process.

Last Thursday, the Crown Estate, which manages the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, set out further details of a new leasing round for three commercial-scale floating wind projects in the Celtic Sea. The three projects have a combined capacity of up to 4.5 GW. They are expected to be the first phase of commercial development in the region, with the UK Government looking at deploying a further 12GW of capacity in the Celtic Sea.

The deployment has significant implications for navigational safety and port access and requires meticulous planning and management. Therefore, the Chamber, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Trinity House have been working closely with the Crown Estate to assess the situation and ensure that the three Project Development Areas (PDAs) are set back from the main shipping routes and enable safe access to the UK’s largest energy port. The PDAs will inevitably increase navigational risk, so the Chamber will work with developers to reduce and mitigate any issues.

ITN Business: Navigating the Future Of Shipping

Media agency ITN Business presents Navigating the Future of Shipping a news-style programme, launching on 8 October 2024 around the Chamber's first-ever conference, Shipping UK.

Navigating the Future Of Shipping will feature editorial contributions from senior opinion leaders from the UK Chamber of Shipping and will explore how innovation and technology are playing a vital role in the shipping industry, helping it to address the challenges and opportunities of the global maritime sector.

For more information visit the ITN website.

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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.


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.


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.