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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 16 February 2024

Welcome to this week's Bulletin.

Wednesday saw the election of JB Rae-Smith as the new UK Chamber of Shipping President, taking over from Graham Westgarth, while Karrie Trauth takes over from JB, becoming the new UK Chamber of Shipping Vice President.

It was a busy week that included the delivery of the latest EU ETS Strategy of Compliance Webinar - 'United States Time Zone', the opening of our Summer Lunch ticket sale and the launch of our Chamber Bulletin Survey.

We are still looking for new stories for the forthcoming National Careers Week, so don't miss out on the opportunity to celebrate your professional achievements with us. Find all the information and the latest Chamber news below.

JB Rae-Smith Elected UK Chamber of Shipping President

Wednesday saw the election of the new Chamber President and Vice President during our Annual General Meeting at the Glaziers Hall in London.

JB Rae-Smith was elected as President of the UK Chamber of Shipping, taking over from Graham Westgarth. Before being elected as President, JB has served as Chamber Vice President since 2022. Karrie Trauth, Senior Vice President of Shipping and Maritime at Shell, has now been elected to this role.

Chamber colleagues congratulate JB and Karrie for their election and look forward to working with them. They also take this opportunity to thank past president Graham Westgarth for his hard work and dedication.

Summer Lunch Ticket Sale and New Sponsor

Our Summer Lunch tickets are now on sale.

Join us on Tuesday, 2 July 2024, from 12 pm to 3 pm at The Signet Library in Edinburgh. Our Summer Lunch attracts over 200 people from across the shipping community and is an excellent opportunity to meet and network whilst enjoying lunch in a beautiful venue.

Tony Jerome, Head of Membership & Business Development, reacted on the first sponsorship:

“We are delighted to confirm Tidewater as our first sponsor of the Summer Lunch. This kind support allows us to offer a fantastic lunch at an affordable price for most shipping industry businesses.”

Tickets include a glass of fizz on arrival, a three-course meal and a half bottle of wine per person; secure your ticket now.

Chamber Bulletin Survey

The Chamber's Communications Team has just launched their Chamber Bulletin Survey. The survey is designed to provide feedback on The Bulletin, our weekly newsletter that you are currently reading now.

The Bulletin is a Chamber round-up available to members and non-members interested in Chamber activities.

Share your views through our Chamber Bulletin Survey (2 minutes to complete) to help us shape impactful communications.

Chamber EU ETS Strategy of Compliance Webinars

The Chamber hosted two online EU ETS Strategy of Compliance webinars, with keynote speakers from RINA and Vertis. Both sessions were chaired and moderated by Chamber Environment Policy Director Francesco Sandrelli.

The webinars were well received and attended by over 200 participants from different time zones in Asia and North America. These sessions were instrumental in strengthening relationships with other shipowner associations. The purpose of these webinars was to aid shipping companies in the implementation of the EU ETS, with a particular focus on those without a direct office presence within the EU.

The first webinar was held on 8 February in collaboration with the Asian Shipowners Association, the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, the Japanese Shipowners Association and the Korea Shipowners' Association.

The second webinar was held on Tuesday in collaboration with the Bahamas Shipowners Association, the Chamber of Marine Commerce – Canada, the Chamber of Shipping of America, and the Liberian Shipowners’ Council.

New Chamber Vacancy

We are looking for an Events Manager for a fixed 1-year term from early April 2024.

Our Chamber Events Manager will be taking maternity leave in May, so we are looking for someone to take her place for the following 12 months. The right candidate should be a creative and well-organised individual who can deliver the logistics and marketing of our events programme. This includes our Annual Dinner, attended by 800+ guests, and a new Conference in October 2024, Shipping UK, which aims to attract 350 delegates.

If this sounds like you, visit our website to download the full job description and apply.

National Careers Week

If you missed the deadline for submitting your apprenticeship story, don't worry, as we have a new opportunity coming up on w/c 4 March, when we will celebrate National Careers Week.

We are looking for people who are passionate about their work, so whether through an apprenticeship or university, we want to hear from you about your current role in shipping.

If interested, please send your Blog post of no more than 250 words, which talks through your work experience and what you like the most about your career, to our Digital Communications Manager, Antonella Barletta.

Please also include 2 pictures of you at work, one landscape and one portrait and send everything by Tuesday, 27 February at 12 pm.

Latest member updates

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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.


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.


Introducing the UK Connections Action Plan with DESNZ 

This introductory session, featuring representatives from DESNZ, is particularly relevant for members seeking to understand the impact of the UK's electricity connections system reform on the shipping industry, with particular implications for shore power provision. The virtual session with DESNZ will take place on February 26 from 14:00 to 15:00.


Biofouling Management Webinar 

The Webinar will focus on Biofouling from a ship-owner and innovator’s perspective. Biofouling Management: Advantages and Challenges. Join us on 27 February from 14:00 to 15:30

Organised by Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association, Danish Shipping, Norwegian Shipowners’ Association and UK Chamber of Shipping. 


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.


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.