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Weekly Bulletin: Friday 26 January 2024

Welcome to this week's Bulletin.
This week, the Chamber issued a statement on the continuous attacks on merchant ships by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea and its implications on the shipping industry and global security.

The statement signed by our President Graham Westgarth can be found on our website, read more below.

Whilst the Annual Dinner ticket sale has now closed, we still have a wide selection of events to choose from in our "Upcoming Events" section, including our forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM).

We also have media opportunities on the horizon, thanks to National Apprenticeship Week in February. So, if you would like to be featured on our website and social media channels, submit your story by 31 January. Find out more under the "What's New" section.

£33 million boost to turn green ports and ships into a reality

Maritime Minister Lord Davies today announced the winners of £33 million of Government funding to develop green technologies for ports and ships – accelerating the UK’s race to decarbonise the sector while supporting jobs in coastal communities across the country.

The £33 million has been awarded to 33 projects across all twelve regions of the UK to deliver demonstrations, factory trials and feasibility studies.

The funding comes from the fourth round of the government’s Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC4), which focuses on developing a range of clean maritime technologies, including electric, hydrogen, ammonia, methanol, wind power and more.

Chamber Statement on Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Security Issues

The UK Chamber of Shipping has issued a statement on the ongoing situation in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

Following over 30 attacks on merchant shipping by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea, the maritime industry has responded by diverting some vessels around the Cape of Good Hope with implications on voyage times and cargo capacity.

Members can learn more about the Chamber's position and Warlike Operations Area Committee's response by reading the statement on our website.   

Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum - Next steps for the UK maritime sector

Our Commercial and Governance Director of Policy Katrina Ross will speak at the 'Next Steps for the UK Maritime Sector' conference on Thursday, 28 March 2023.

The seminar is an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to examine key issues for the industry such as the next steps for UK trade and competitive positioning, boosting innovation and assessing implications of AI, and moving toward decarbonisation pathways by 2050 in line with government net zero objectives.

Katrina will be part of a panel that will focus on decarbonisation and its opportunities, challenges and commercial viability. If you'd like to join the seminar book your place on the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum's website.

National Apprenticeship Week

The National Apprenticeship Week (5 February - 11 February) is back, and the Chamber is keen to celebrate it and showcase the importance of apprenticeships in the maritime field.

We are looking for a few people who have undertaken an apprenticeship in the industry and would like to talk through their experience and the benefits it brought to them.

If interested, please send your story of no more than 250 words to our Digital Communications Manager, Antonella Barletta, by 31 January.

Former Seafarers Working in Shore-Side Roles Interviews Wanted

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) kindly requests support from members in gathering footage from people working in shore-side job roles who began their careers at sea, which will be used in a global recruitment campaign.

Click the hyperlinks below for more information:

COMMUNICATIONS(24)04 – ICS video project looking at career opportunities ashore for former seafarers

COMMUNICATIONS(24)04 –Annex A – Interview questions for former and current seafarers

COMMUNICATIONS(24)04 –Annex B – Guidelines for self-shooting former and current seafarers

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Upcoming Events

Chamber Annual Gala Dinner -Ticket Sale Closed  

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.

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.

The course will be held on Tuesday 23rd January 9:30 - 12:30.


UK Chamber of Shipping AGM & Networking Drinks

The UK Chamber of Shipping AGM and Drinks Reception will be held this year at Glaziers Hall, from 4.30 - 6.30pm on 14th February 2024.

Join us in person to welcome our newly elected President and Vice-President.


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.


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.