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Maritime UK

Maritime UK brings together the shipping, ports and maritime business services sectors in the UK to speak with a single voice on key strategic and practical issues of joint interest.

Maritime UK brings together the UK's shipping, ports, marine and business services sectors, to drive forward an ambitious agenda for growth, to promote the UK as a world-class maritime sector and to unite the maritime community in meeting the challenges of tomorrow.

As the engine of British trade, the UK maritime and marine sectors support over 500,000 jobs, contribute £22.2bn to UK GDP and drive exports and inward investment.

As an island nation, our industry is a vital part of our heritage and of our modern economy – supporting jobs, driving innovation and enabling trade. 

Put simply, it is the maritime industry’s job to ensure that the UK is open for business and Maritime UK, in conjunction with industry and government stakeholders works to ensure that the importance of our industry is recognised at all levels 

Maritime UK Members

Maritime UK is made up of, the UK Chamber of Shipping - which hosts the Secretariat, the Baltic Exchange, British Marine, the British Ports Association, CLIA UK & Ireland, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London International Shipping Week, Maritime London, Nautilus International, Seafarers UK, the Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association, the Society of Maritime Industries and the UK Major Ports Group.


The current Chairman of Maritime UK is Harry Theochari ,  global head of transport at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright

Harry Theochari is global head of transport at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, and will continue to practice as a lawyer in addition to his Maritime UK role. He has been named by Lloyd's List as the most influential shipping lawyer in the world, has been recognised by Tanker Shipping & Trade as one of the 50 most influential people in the tanker industry and is cited by Chambers Global 2018 as a leading individual for shipping finance. He is currently the Vice Chairman of Maritime London and was recently appointed a Visiting Professor by Tongji Shanghai University and sits on their Expert Committee and Institute for Urban Risk Management.

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For any inquiries regarding the work of Maritime UK, please contact the Secretariat