The Weekly Bulletin: 10 June

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Queen’s Jubilee ‘Ships Salute’ last Saturday. The positive feedback has been strong and we were delighted to see the media coverage around Britain. A particular thank you goes to Hovertravel who welcomed to our Communications Manager, Karolina Neeme, to Portsmouth and even let her sound the vessel siren to participate in the Ships Salute! If you have missed it, here is a small clip from the day. 

The Jubilee celebrations continued this week with the Chamber hosting a Drinks Reception for members in London and our 8 maritime charities. It was great to enjoy a lovely summer’s evening overlooking the Thames. Photos from the day can be found here. 

Policy Updates

The Chamber attended the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) this week as part of the UK delegation. The Committee has been discussing the establishment of the Mediterranean Sea ECA for sulphur oxides and particulate matter, Ballast Water Management Convention implementation issues and the revision of the IMO’s GHG Strategy. A report on the key outcomes of the Committee will be shared with our members soon.

HMRC has asked us to remind members that there is a simplified customs process for taking humanitarian goods outside of Great Britain to help Ukraine.  This means those moving eligible goods designated as humanitarian aid through GB ports, can do so without the need to complete electronic customs declarations. You can find more information about this here. It is important to note though that all controlled goods and dual use goods are excluded from this easement.

The Department for Transport recently announced the first package under the £206m UK SHORE R&D programme. Following on from the COP26 Clydebank Declaration, the package includes funding for detailed feasibility studies on UK international and non-ferry domestic green corridors. These studies will explore the technical, operational, regulatory and commercial feasibility of establishing UK green corridors and develop clear implementation plans. Successful international green corridors will require the formation of consortia from across the full value chain, including (an) international port/ports. As such, there is provision in the Competition guidelines for international organisations to bid for funding as sub-contractors within a consortium with suitable UK partners.  This webinar will provide detail on the feasibility study funding as well as hearing from colleagues already working on proposals for specific green shipping corridors. Register here.

MARITIME LABOUR STANDARDS SEMINAR

Join us on 28th June at WFW London office for a seminar on Employment Law challenges for the maritime industry hosted jointly by Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) and the UK Chamber of Shipping. We will be looking at a wide variety of topics relevant to employment in the maritime sector. Topics will include Sailing into Jurisdiction, UK Immigration for Seafarers and Changes to the MLC. Tickets are limited.

Annual Summer Lunch 2022

Next week we will be holding our Summer Lunch in Edinburgh at the Mansfield Traquair. The event has sold out now and we have a capacity of 180 guests attending. This is a 40% increase on the successful 2019 event, so it promises to be a great afternoon. We look forward to seeing all of those attending next Tuesday.  

Join the Chamber Team: Policy Advisor & Analyst

We are looking for a Policy Advisor & Analyst to join our Policy Team to assist our work in the crucial areas of offshore, towage and statistical analysis. 

This role will suit a curious and open-minded individual who is looking for an opportunity to get involved in an exciting and versatile industry that spans numerous sectors and areas of work. We are looking for someone who enjoys working with numbers and statistics and understanding the ways in which data can be presented to tell a story, but who is also interested in engaging with stakeholders on numerous topics to progress the overall policy work of the UK Chamber of Shipping. To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to smoore@ukchamberofshipping.com. For further information about the role, please visit our website. 

Have a good weekend.

Peter