CEO Bulletin: The work goes on

As the government presses on with their plans for quarantine and now face coverings for everyone travelling on public transport in England, yesterday afternoon I attended a call on border measures with the Home Secretary and the Maritime Minister.  I thanked them both for their continuing support with crew changes, and reinforced the fact that the ferry and cruise sectors stand ready to work with government on reviewing the quarantine and travel restrictions to facilitate a return to safe non essential international travel at the earliest opportunity.  These restrictions are going to impact the travel industry and we are clear that we don’t want them to be in place any longer than necessary and the team have been keeping members updated on all the technical aspects of the policies.  But if you have any questions please do get in touch.

The government also announced this week that they had refused the application to extend Thanet Offshore Wind Farm on the grounds of navigational safety.  The UK Chamber fully supports the government’s targets for offshore renewable energy, and strongly welcomed the Offshore Wind Sector Deal in March 2019.  However, maintaining and upholding navigational safety for marine users must be the top priority for all concerned and we were pleased with the government’s decision. You can read more about our reaction to the announcement on our website.

I was delighted we were able to announce our new Charity Membership category this week with the aim of increasing the profile of the charity members, who in the past have been categorised with the Chamber’s other 40 Associate members.  Three charities have signed up to the new category, Mission to Seafarers, Seafarers UK and Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) have all joined this new category.  If you are a charity and interested in joining the Chamber please get in touch with our Head of Membership Tony Jerome.

We all know the coronavirus pandemic is impacting every area of our lives and will do so for the foreseeable future.  This week we have been fortunate to host blogs from two of our members.  Training is vitally important and Marine Learning Systems, a training platform provider, look at how some companies are using training to innovate and respond to current challenges.  And ABS Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher J. Wiernicki explains how the COVID-19 pandemic could change the shipping industry.  Both articles are worth your time.

In my update last week I mentioned our Understanding UK Shipping course would be taking place on 23 June. This morning we have sent out further information on how the course will be run and the issues it will cover. The meeting will be held online and will only cost £50 for members and £75 for non-members.  Details on how to book are on our website.  Book now!

And finally this week congratulations to our former President Sir Michael Bibby who was announced as the new Chairman of Bibby Line Group, replacing Paul Drechsler.  Congratulations Michael.