The Bulletin: What a Week

From the CEO

They say a week is a long time in politics and it has certainly been the case this past week. The Brexit talks continue although, with the recent introduction of the Internal Market Bill we seem to be further than ever from agreeing a trade deal with the EU.  Talks will continue next week and we hope to see movement in the right direction.

In amongst the Brexit talks we found out on Wednesday that the Shipping Minister Kelly Tolhurst has moved to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. I would like to place on record my thanks to Kelly for her dedication to the role in the short time she was in office. She worked incredibly closely with the industry during Covid-19 and ensured freight could continue to flow into the country, and she understood the plight of seafarers, helping convene an international summit on crew change.

I very much look forward to working with her successor Robert Courts and I have already written to the minister requesting a meeting at the earliest possible opportunity. We know there are huge challenges for the sector as we recover from Covid-19 but there are also opportunities from decarbonisation, to the upcoming Spending Review, the training of future seafarers and improving our tonnage tax regime, and I look forward to discussing these with the new minister.

Our successful webinar programme continued this week with an excellent safety culture seminar on Monday. The afternoon session specifically for CEOs was hosted by our Vice President and CEO of V.Group Graham Westgarth. Improving safety culture must come from the top and it was heartening to see so many leaders from across the industry join the discussion. Our excellent Understanding UK Shipping course took place on Wednesday, if you missed it, we will be running it again in November.

The next event in our webinar series takes place on 22 September. Working with our member company Ince, the session will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on crew issues from both a legal and practical perspective. You can book your place here.