Bulletin: Things will change on 1 Jan 21
From the CEO
This week I attended a conference call on the UK’s departure from the EU, alongside other industry leaders, with the Prime Minister and Michael Gove. It featured prominently in the media. Their message was clear – things will change on 1 Jan 21, with or without a deal, and we must do every in our gift to ensure we are ready for it, acknowledging that there would be more challenges on the way. I also attended, along with CLIA and several cruise operators, a very positive call with the Maritime Minister, during which we highlighted the significant progress made through the publication of the UK cruise framework documents. We also called on the need to remove the Foreign Office travel advice on cruising to boost passenger confidence as the industry continues to prepare for a phased resumption of cruising over the coming weeks and months. And the Chamber was also well represented (cruise and ferries) at the first in a series of workshops of the Global Travel Taskforce (GTT) focussing on testing, to aid the recovery of international travel.
The autumn round of IMO meetings has started in earnest and crucial discussions on the environment have re-started in the greenhouse gas working group. The Chamber has formed part of the UK delegation working hard to find a compromise solution that maintains the focus on GHG reduction targets whilst recognising the diversity amongst the world fleet. A hugely complex and difficult subject to regulate and this has made for a long week of virtual debate thus far, but clearly we are hoping for a positive outcome.
Yesterday, Careers at Sea hosted a successful webinar with over 50 attendees. It focused on Merchant Navy training pathways, and involved college representatives, Careers at Sea Ambassadors, and cadets sharing their views. For future activities around National Careers Week email Rachel for information on how you can get involved.
We announced plans for our first virtual conference last week, and very soon we will be releasing ticket details, programme information, and sponsorship opportunities. In the meantime we have our Maritime Labour Convention Course next week and you can book your tickets here.