Bulletin: We will remember
It has been quite the week in international politics. As I write this we are still waiting to find out the results of the US Presidential election. The result will have an impact on global trade and climate change policies and we will be watching with interest what happens over the next few days. At home, England entered its second national lockdown yesterday. We are in close contact with all our members, assessing what impact this will have on their business and operations. If you have any questions or concerns please do get in contact with the team at the Chamber and we will happily assist.
This weekend is Remembrance Sunday. It will be hugely different to years gone by but it shouldn’t stop us taking the time to remember all of those who have served at sea and who helped protect our nation. The heroic work of merchant seafarers who have done so much, and continue to do so and those who serve in our armed forces. We may not be able to join one another this year but our gratitude and thanks remain as strong as ever.
Over the summer we worked closely with the Cruise Lines International Association, the government and cruise stakeholders on new Framework documents which will help the cruise industry plan their restart when conditions allow. The International Maritime Organisation and the UN World Tourism Organisation yesterday highlighted the value of the international cruise sector and the importance of our work. They called on governments around the world to use our Frameworks in their own domestic planning. This is great recognition for the Chamber and the work which went into developing these important documents.
We were delighted to announce this week that Teekay Shipping have become the latest organisation to join the Chamber. Teekay Shipping, which was established in 1973, has developed from a regional shipping company into one of the world’s largest marine energy transportation companies and we are delighted to have them as part of the Chamber. And they have wasted no time in getting involved. Teekay Gas has signed our Safety Culture Charter, joining 30 other member companies which represent over 100,000 seafarers. Safety is a huge priority for everyone at the Chamber and if you are interested in learning more about the Safety Culture Charter please contact Tim Springett.
We know Covid has impacted every area of shipping, none more so than on seafarer training and education. Many of our young UK Cadets in training have been unable to complete their sea time due to travel restrictions enforced nationally and internationally. So this week the Merchant Navy Training Board issued a plea to shipping companies to come forward with the offer of a training berth/s and it has been great to see some positive results already. This is crucial in supporting the cadets’ training and ensuring that they complete the requisite sea time. If your organisation can help in any way please contact Kathryn Neilson.
Next week we are running two excellent events. On Tuesday we will be holding a webinar on how we trade in the future and on Wednesday the British Tugowners Association will be running their annual safety seminar. The seminar will examine recent incidents, discuss accident prevention and will hear from tug experts, pilots and investigators. And at the end of the month, on the 26 November our hugely popular Understanding Shipping Course will return. You can book your place here and details of all our upcoming events, including our Maritime Tourism Summit with the British Ports Association, can be found here.