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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 15 March 2024

Welcome to this week's Bulletin.

This week saw a series of critical meetings aimed at tackling climate change.

The Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG emissions from Ships (ISWG-GHG 16) met at the IMO Headquarters in London, and our Policy Team joined the discussion as part of the UK delegation.

Meanwhile, our Director of Communications Tom Bartošák-Harlow met with the prospective Labour Candidate for Southampton Itchen, Darren Paffey and the Maritime Minister, Lord Davies of Gower to discuss pressing matters, including the benefits our industry brings to our communities. For this and for more continue to read below.

Maritime Minister visits Wightlink and Warsash

Yesterday, the Chamber was delighted to welcome the maritime minister Lord Davies to Wightlink and Warsash Maritime School.

The minister first met Wightlink to hear about their decarbonisation plans and how government can help provide the certainty needed on issues such as shore power rollout to unlock investment for new vessel deployment. Following his visit to Wightlink the minister met with cadets at Warsash and learnt about how the use of simulators has formed a core part of their training and how they believe we can attract new entrants into the industry.

The Chamber would like to thank both Wightlink and Warsash for their help in arranging these visits.

Environmental Policy Team Attends IMO ISWG GHG 16

This week, the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG emissions from Ships (ISWG-GHG 16) met at the IMO Headquarters in London to produce a report on their deliberations which will be considered by MEPC 81 next week.

Our Environmental Policy Director, Francesco Sandrelli, and Policy Advisor, Elise Nyborg, attended these meetings as part of the UK delegation.

The negotiations, aimed at advancing the decarbonisation of the shipping industry, centred around:

  • exploring candidate measures to develop mid and long-term GHG reduction strategies
  • addressing economic and technical methodological considerations such as integrated vs separated approaches and tackling issues like double counting
  • the further development of the Life Cycle GHG Assessment (LCA) Framework and the evaluation of proposals for onboard CO2 capture and storage technologies.

For more information, please contact Francesco Sandrelli.

Sanmar Sponsors BTA AGM and Dinner

We are delighted to announce that Sanmar Shipyard is the first golden sponsor of the British Tugowners Association (BTA) Annual General Meeting and Dinner, taking place on 1 May, at the Wooten House in Surrey. This year's conference theme is People and Skills.

Rüçhan Çıvgın, Commercial Director of Sanmar Shipyards, said:

"Sanmar is delighted to sponsor the British Tug Association conference. As ever, it provides an opportunity for industry experts, decision-makers, and top-level executives to share ideas and initiatives, and discuss common challenges and opportunities in a collaborative manner.

"Importantly this year it falls at a time when our industry embraces major changes. This year’s conference theme of People & Skills aptly reminds us that amid all these changes, it is having the right people with the right skills in our team that is the key to success."

The conference will also see the inaugural awarding of the BTA’s Tug Trainee of the Year award, which recognises future talent, also kindly sponsored by Sanmar Shipyards. If you would like to sponsor this or any other Chamber event, contact our Head of Membership, Tony Jerome.

Chamber Bulletin Survey

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New Year 2025 Honours and  Merchant Navy Medal

The DfT Honours Team encourages you to consider suitable candidates for a National honour.

If you know someone who has gone above and beyond and whose achievements merit recognition, let the DfT Honours Team know by 12 April 2024. Find out more on how to nominate someone for an honour or award.

DfT is also calling for Merchant Navy Medal nominations and is keen to get a broad a range of nominations in from a diverse pool of applicants. The cut-off date is 31 May for nominations to be considered for this year’s award. 

To submit your nomination view the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service: nomination process and recipients - GOV.UK page.

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Upcoming Events

UK Chamber of Shipping Summer Lunch July 2024 

The UK Chamber of Shipping is delighted to announce that this year’s Summer Lunch will take place at The Signet Library in Edinburgh on Tuesday, 2 July 2024.

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 more than 200 guests in June.


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.

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. Join us on Monday, 29 April, from 09:30 - 12:30.

British Tugowners Association Conference and Dinner

Golf at the Drift Club will take place on 30 April 2024. AGM, Conference & Dinner will take place on 1 May 2024.