Oct 23

Weekly Bulletin: Friday 20 October 2023

Welcome to this week’s Bulletin.

This week, the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning due to heavy rain and strong winds affecting the whole country from Wednesday to Saturday.

This week, the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning due to heavy rain and strong winds affecting the whole country from Wednesday to Saturday.

What's new

Chamber attends APPG for Trade and Investment in India

On Wednesday, the Chamber’s Policy Advisor, Hannah Gilbert, attended and spoke at a roundtable discussion on sustainable supply chain practices within the UK-India trade sector.

Artisan Furniture hosted the event in collaboration with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Trade and Investment in India and the 1928 Institute. Lord Desai and various industry leaders involved in the supply chain were also in attendance.

Given the international nature of trade, the discussion centred around a range of topics, including the ability of developing countries and smaller businesses to monitor ESG commitments, which can be limited due to administrative, financial and technical restrictions.

The landscape across the supply chain indicated that customers were becoming far more interested in seeing sustainable business practices. The Chamber also noted that access to finance was often linked to sustainability and transition-related credentials, indicating the pressure from both sides of the supply chain.

The Department for Business and Trade is currently negotiating a UK-India Free Trade Agreement, and the Chamber will monitor the outcome.

Chamber's Gala Dinner First Sponsor

The Chamber is thrilled to renew its invitation to our annual Gala Dinner on 5 February 2024 at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London, a prominent event in the shipping calendar.

Tickets for this event are on sale and include sparkling wine on arrival, a three-course dinner with half a bottle of wine, followed by tea and coffee and petit fours.

We are pleased to announce our first Gold sponsor: Northern Marine Group.

Philip Fullerton, Northern Marine Managing Director, said:

“We at Northern Marine are proud to continue our support to the UK Chamber of Shipping in 2024 as Gold Sponsor of its prestigious Annual Dinner.

“Headquartered in the United Kingdom, our Group appreciates the important work of the Chamber in championing UK Shipping and supporting its members.

“We look forward to celebrating the considerable achievements and future capability of the UK maritime industry alongside our peers at the Dinner.”

If you are interested in sponsoring the Annual Dinner, please contact the Chamber's Head of Membership and Business Development, Tony Jerome.

New ICS Publication Available on Chamber Website

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has just published a new book: The Master’s Practical Guide to Maritime Law.

This guide will help you navigate legal issues and how to respond to them. It also bridges the gap between theory and practice by exploring practical, real-world scenarios commonly encountered by Masters, whether in port or at sea.

Visit the Chamber Website to purchase your copy. Members are still entitled to a 20% discount on every purchase.

The UK Space Agency is Unlocking Space for Business

UK Space Agency has launched a new programme to help businesses unlock the benefits of satellite data and services.

Unlocking Space for Business will provide workshops, networking events, learning and development sessions, and online resources to support companies in their understanding of what satellite data and services can mean for them.

There will also be an opportunity to bid for a share of up to £6 million in UK Space Agency funding later this year to help launch innovative pilot projects, data procurement or partnerships.

Organisations can register their interest to get involved with the project and keep up to date with planned activities.

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 wide spectrum of issues. You can access all your resources through your member dashboard. Latest updates include: 

If you haven't done so, don't forget to register for an account.

Upcoming Events

Maritime Labour Convention

The Chamber will be hosting an online-only training course on Monday 30 October 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 presented by Tim Springett and Hannah Gilbert of the Chamber.


BTA Safety Seminar

The Annual Safety Seminar of the British Tugowners Association will take place on Thursday 16 November 2023 at Insurance Hall, London.

The Seminar will examine recent incidents, discuss accident prevention, and hear from tug experts, insurers and investigators. With an audience of tug masters, pilots, marine superintendents, P&I clubs, lawyers, workboat crew, harbour masters and others, the aim is to inform, discuss and share best practice.

The day will run from 0900-1600 with lunch and refreshments provided


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 04.45 - 06.45 pm 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.