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Weekly Bulletin: Thursday 28 March 2024

A message from our new CEO, Rhett Hatcher:

"Firstly, I would like to thank Sarah Treseder for a great handover and wish her the very best for the future. Then, I want to express my excitement at the opportunity to be part of an organisation with such a remarkable history, membership, workforce, and future.

"In the months ahead, I am particularly looking forward to meeting and engaging with all our members and partners, including our colleagues across Government to ensure we all make the UK a prosperous environment for shipping to thrive. While there are some challenges ahead, these are balanced by such a number of opportunities that we are spoiled for choice!

"I wish you all a Happy Easter and a peaceful bank holiday break."

We Met Shadow Export Minister

On Tuesday, the Chamber met Tan Dhesi MP, Shadow Minister for Exports. The meeting was an opportunity for the Chamber to speak to the shadow minister about the importance of shipping to ensuring that UK exports reach their overseas markets.

The Chamber also provided an update on the situation in the Red Sea and discussed the potential disruption to trade from the introduction of the EU EES scheme in October and the need for a technological solution to provide the required information away from the border.

This meeting is part of the Chamber’s ongoing work to engage with politicians across the political spectrum with further meetings planned with both Government ministers and opposition spokespeople.

Summer Lunch Official Charity Partner

The UK Chamber of Shipping is thrilled to announce The Seafarers’ Charity as the official charity partner for the Summer Lunch in Edinburgh. This partnership continues to demonstrate the UK Chamber of Shipping’s commitment to making a positive impact in the maritime community with a focus on seafarer’s welfare.

Temi Binitie, The Seafarers’ Charity Business Development Director said:

"As the designated charity partner, we at The Seafarers’ Charity, are deeply honoured and grateful to be chosen as your charity partner. We believe a career at sea should be fulfilling, rewarding, safe and free from the unique hardships that can be part of life on board. This meaningful opportunity charts a course to making this a reality. We are pleased to bolster and widen the ecosystem of support with the UK Chamber of Shipping."

Join us in Edinburgh at the beautiful Signet Library, on Tuesday 2 July 2024.

BIMCO Documentary Committee Meets in Hamburg

Last week, our Policy Advisor Hannah Gilbert attended the BIMCO Documentary Committee in Hamburg, which adopted the revised SHIPMAN, a ship management agreement.

The agreement was updated to reflect the latest policy and regulatory developments. For example, it saw the inclusion of the Emissions Trading Schemes (ETS), sanctions, cyber security and anti-corruption as well as access to and ownership of vessel data.

The Committee also adopted a revised version of the Russian Oil Price Cap Scheme due to changes introduced by the G7-EU coalition in February 2024. Along with attestations needing to be provided within a specific timeframe for each lifting or loading of Russian oil or petroleum products, the new Tier 3 stakeholders (P&I Clubs, shipowners and ship managers) could require a breakdown of ancillary costs from their Tier 1 and Tier 2 counterparties (charterers).

The next Documentary Committee meeting will be on 9 October 2024. For more information contact Hannah Gilbert.

University of Plymouth Hosts UK-Singapore Green Corridors Workshop

On Wednesday, Environmental Policy Director Francesco Sandrelli and Policy Advisor Elise Nyborg attended a workshop at the University of Plymouth on the development of a green corridor between Singapore and the UK and how this could reduce emissions and improve economic growth.

The workshop brought together a wide range of industry stakeholders, such as UK ports, shipowners, logistics companies, and manufacturers, to discuss regulatory and practical challenges, including opportunities to establish green corridors.

The workshop was led by the Maritime Transport Research group at the University of Plymouth and funded by the UK High Commission in Singapore. The aim is to use insights to develop a pre-feasibility study, which the University will publish in the next few months. For further information, please contact Elise Nyborg.

MNTB Releases Training at Sea Guidance

Yesterday, the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) published three good practice guidance documents for onboard training at sea, developed by a working group of industry experts.

The three documents contain guidance aimed at cadets, designated shipboard training officers and companies, training management companies and company training officers.

The guidance is free to download from the MNTB Publications webpage, under the Training at Sea Guidance section.

MUK Awards 2024 Applications Open

The Maritime UK Awards are a chance for organisations across the UK to demonstrate their incredible work. Categories are open to the whole breadth of the maritime sector, including shipping, ports, professional services, engineering, and leisure marine industries.

There are 14 categories that will allow your company, charity or organisation to take stock of your performance and gain the recognition that you deserve. Organisations can submit an entry to more than one category.

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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.


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 very soon. In the meantime, save the date.

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.


British Tugowners Association Conference and Dinner

Golf at the Drift Club will take place on 30 April 2024. AGM, Conference & Dinner will take place on 1 May 2024.

The AGM, Conference and Dinner provides an ideal time for delegates to meet, exchange ideas and network.


Navigating Certification of Marine Fuels 

The UK Chamber of Shipping, in collaboration with Danish Shipping, the Norwegian Shipowners' Association, and the Royal Belgian Shipowners' Association, is pleased to extend an invitation to an exclusive webinar focusing on the Certification of Maritime Fuels. The webinar will take place 15th of April from 13:00 till 14:30 (GMT).