Apr 23

Weekly Bulletin: Friday 21 April 2023

Welcome to this week's Bulletin.

A reminder that the Chamber has launched its new website. Please take a moment to have a look. You also have the chance to win a bottle of champagne if you create your NEW website account before the end of April. Read below for more information.

There are also updates on our work on lithium ion batteries and a proposed offshore windfarm in the Irish Sea. 

We are also delighted to announce that Tidewater is the new Bronze Sponsor of our Summer Lunch in Edinburgh on 13 June. Less than 15 tickets remain and more details about how to book are below. 

What's new

Update: Chamber's work on Lithium Ion Batteries 

The Chamber has established an ad hoc working group to gain a comprehensive understanding of the risks associated with lithium ion batteries (LIBs), including how to guard against such batteries going into thermal runaway and catching fire.  

The group has participants from the Chamber membership, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and expert specialists. It is aiming to develop:

  • proposals for regulations relating to the carriage of LIBs on ships

  • recommendations for training and information for ships’ crews

  • procedures for detecting damaged or faulty LIBs 

  • equipment that can be used in ports and on ships to help manage the risks effectively. 

Anyone wanting more information about the work of the group should contact Tim Springett

New Chamber Website

Since its launch last week we received over 200 account subscriptions.  Please visit our new website and start enjoying the benefits by registering for an account. Please note old logins for the website no longer work. The registration process is very easy and will take you less than 1 minute to do. 

Account Registration Prize 

All Members who register by 30 April 2023 will have a chance to win a prize of a bottle of champagne. To enter the competition, please email website@ukchamberofshipping.com and answer the following questions:

1. Have you completed your profile in the member dashboard area?

2. At what venue is the safety culture conference being held in October?

3. Which resource was published on 9 February 2022?

All answers can be found on the new website.

Morecambe Offshore Windfarm 

The Chamber is aware of the recent announcement of a planned offshore windfarm in the Irish Sea. 

Navigational safety must remain the highest priority and the Chamber has concerns about the impact of this proposal on safety and the scheduling and efficiency for lifeline ferry services to Isle of Man and Northern Ireland. 

The Chamber will be engaging with the consultation process to ensure these concerns are raised and understood. 

Members wanting more information should contact Robert Merrylees

More information about the project is available online. 

2023 Chamber Journal – Feedback Wanted 

Following the launch of the 2023 Journal, the Chamber is seeking feedback that will help formulate the future of the Journal and similar publications.

The Chamber has created a short five-question survey that will take approximately one minute to answer, so please take the survey. You can answer the survey even if you have not read this year’s Journal. 

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 broad spectrum of issues. The latest updates this week include the following:

Upcoming Events

Summer Lunch - less than 15 tickets left 

Our summer lunch is set to take place on Tuesday 13 June 2023, in a brand new venue, the Signet Library, in Edinburgh. 

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 in excess of 200 guests in June.


BTA AGM, Conference and Dinner - registration closes soon 

The British Tugowners Association is delighted to announce the Annual General Meeting, Conference and Dinner 2023 will take place at the Clayton Hotel in Glasgow on Wednesday 17 May. The AGM, Conference and Dinner provide an ideal time for delegates to meet, exchange ideas and network. 

The BTA’s Annual Golf Competition, the Sir William Crosthwaite Cup, will take place the afternoon before, on Tuesday 16 May at Ralston Golf Club overlooking the City.