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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 17 November 2023

Welcome to this week’s Bulletin.

The Chamber welcomes the new Maritime Minister, Lord Davies of Gower, appointed following this week's reshuffle and looks forward to engaging with him soon.

Meanwhile, we are grateful to Baroness Vere for her extraordinary contribution to the maritime industry as she moves from Aviation and Maritime Minister to Parliamentary Secretary at Her Majesty’s Treasury.

This week, President Graham Westgarth spoke at the Scottish Shipping Benevolent Association dinner in Glasgow about the Chamber's latest work. On the policy front, Director of Employment Tim Springett presented best practices in ship management at the IMO and ILO Work at Sea conference. Meanwhile, the BTA held its Safety Seminar at the Insurance Hall in London. Find a summary of both events below.

Finally, we are delighted to announce that the UK Chamber of Shipping will host its first conference, Shipping UK, next year at the QEII Centre in Westminster; find out more below.

Shipping UK Conference at QE II Centre London 8 October 2024 (Save the Date)

The UK Chamber of Shipping will host its first-ever conference, intending to establish an event that can alternate between the London International Shipping Week (every two years).

The Shipping UK conference will take place at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London, on 8 October 2024.

The Chamber is currently working on themes, speakers and format, including looking ahead into key shipping issues we'll face in the next 10 - 15 years. There will also be keynote speakers, breakout sessions, panel debates, and an exhibition. Evening food and drinks will be served at the end of the conference, creating a networking opportunity for everyone.  

If you have any ideas on themes and speakers or would like to sponsor or exhibit, please get in touch with Tony Jerome, Chamber Head of Membership & Business Development. Tickets will be on sale starting in early 2024.

IMO and ILO Work at Sea Conference

Our Director of Policy for Employment and Legal, Tim Springett, took part in the joint International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Labour Organization (ILO) Work at Sea Conference, held at the IMO Headquarters in London on Monday.

The conference centred around sharing best practices, views, and experiences to ensure seafarers' and fishers' rights are met, including identifying gaps in the current regulatory framework.

Tim Springett was part of the first panel for Best Practices in Ship Management. In his address, he referred to:

  • the Manila conference earlier this year that involved ICS, IMEC and ITF and called for a new maritime social contract
  • what shipowner associations can do to promote good practices
    the maritime sector as the most active in the ILO
  • the Chamber's involvement in the development of specific sections of the MLC guidance, including its implementation, and
  • the need for national strategies for seafarers recruitment and training.

Watch Tim's speech (from 1:21:21).

Annual Dinner Programme Sponsor: MLA College 

We are delighted to announce MLA College as the programme sponsor of our 2024 Annual Dinner at the JW Marriott Hotel in London on Monday, 5 February. Our last dinner attracted over 850 influential guests.

MLA College CEO, Professor Basak Akdemir said:

“We are thrilled to support this prestigious event. The UK Chamber of Shipping Annual Dinner provides a unique platform for networking, knowledge-sharing and fostering meaningful connections. It is a celebration of excellence and innovation, and being the Programme Sponsor allows us to showcase our commitment to excellence in maritime education.

“We cannot wait to connect with industry leaders, professionals and enthusiasts at the dinner. It will undoubtedly be a memorable and impactful event, and we are honoured to be part of it.”

We have already sold over 200 tickets, book yours on our event page.

British Tugowners Association Safety Seminar

Yesterday, the British Tugowners Association (BTA) held their Annual Safety Seminar at the Insurance Hall, in London, with the overarching theme of Operational Safety.

The seminar attracted more than 100 delegates across towage, pilotage, ports and harbours to discuss incidents, loss prevention, and technological safety enhancements. This was an excellent opportunity for the tug industry to share lessons learned and best practices.

The BTA thanks the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, Maritime & Coastguard Agency, UK Maritime Pilots’ Association, BMT, and Shipowners P&I for their presentations, including their sponsor, Sanmar.

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Upcoming Events

International Shipping Seminar

With a focus on vessel vetting, decarbonisation, sustainability, and regulatory measures, don't miss our seminar taking place on 22 November at Cavendish Square, London, 2 pm - 5 pm. More information to follow.

Free event exclusively for Chamber members


British Rig Owners' Association (BROA) Annual Dinner, Technical & Executive Committee 

The event will be held on Thursday 7th December 2023 at the International Chamber of Shipping in London, whilst the dinner will take place at the Bleeding Heart Bistro, London, EC1N 8SJ.


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.


Seafarer Mental Wellbeing Lunch & Learn With Together All

Following on from two guidance documents aimed at improving the mental wellbeing of seafarers, published by the Chamber in conjunction with the trade unions, as well as webinars in 2020 and 2021, the Chamber is pleased to provide members with an opportunity to hear from Together All, an organisation dedicated to supporting those who are struggling with their mental health. Join us on 23 November.


Introduction to Shipping Course

Participants will learn from a variety of subject matter experts on regulatory, business, political, legal, employment and training in the shipping industry. Join our webinar on 4 December.


UK Chamber of Shipping Christmas drinks reception 

The UK Chamber of Shipping Christmas drinks reception will be held this year at Trinity House, from 16.45 - 18.45 on Tuesday 12th December.

We would like to say a big thank you to all our members for their support this year. The Chamber staff are looking forward to sharing a festive drink with you on 12th December.