The Weekly Bulletin: Friday 04 November 2022

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Welcome to this week’s Bulletin.

The  Department for Transport (DfT) has appointed Baroness Vere as the new Maritime Minister. This appointment follows a period of political instability for UK shipping as Rishi Sunak becomes the third UK prime minister of 2022. Our hope is that we now see a period of stability across the government.

This past week, the Chamber was busy hosting our newly launched Autumn Lunch event.  On Wednesday, we welcomed nearly 100 guests in Southampton and had a Q&A session with our President. To learn more about the event, including the topics discussed, please read the article below.

Looking ahead, the Chamber continues to work hard in undertaking the review of its strategic plan. Now more than ever we ask for your participation, which will be vital in determining where the Chamber should be playing its focus on. We are hosting a series of small group discussions online and you can find out dates and who to contact below.

Strategic Plan Member Consultation – Have Your Say!

The Chamber is currently reviewing its strategic plan. This process is designed to ensure that the Chamber is geared up to capitalise on the opportunities that present themselves in the years ahead and we are delivering on what our members want the Chamber to focus on.

Your views on the things you would like to see the Chamber deliver is crucial to the process. For example, should the chamber seek to form new alliances? Should we focus on new subject areas or host different events? This is your chance to have your say.

We are hosting a series of small online group discussions. Places will be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis and are limited to 12 per session – please email Shirley Rice who will register your attendance and share the dial-in details. More dates may be available for these workshops if required.

Dates currently available are:

  • Friday 11 November 10:30 – 12:00
  • Wednesday 23 November 09:30-11:00

As members, your views on our priorities are of critical importance. I very much look forward to your engagement in setting the strategic direction of the Chamber for the coming years.

International Chamber of Shipping Barometer Survey – Take The Survey!

The International Chamber of Shipping is asking executives and thought leaders within the maritime industry to contribute their insights to the Barometer Survey 2022, a global information-gathering effort to evaluate the current views and opinions of the shipping industry.

This information will be used to create the ICS Maritime Barometer Report, to be published in early 2023, which will identify key trends, areas of shared priority, and where they differ at a national and international level.

The UK has had the strongest response rate so far, but we really need your support to ensure we have captured as many views as possible. Please take this survey.

Baroness Vere appointed Maritime Minister

This week has seen the announcement that Baroness Vere will be taking on the maritime brief at the Department for Transport (DfT). Baroness Vere is the longest-serving minister at the DfT having been initially appointed in 2019. During her time at the DfT, she has been the minister responsible for aviation, space and local transport briefs.

The Chamber has already been in contact with her office to seek to arrange an introductory meeting and our full reaction to her appointment is on our website.

Autumn Lunch

On Wednesday we welcomed around 100 guests to our brand-new Autumn Lunch. The lunch was a chance for chamber members and the wider shipping community to take part in a Q & A discussion with the Chamber’s President Graham Westgarth. Topics discussed included decarbonisation, safety legislation and the UK’s role in international shipping.

Following the Q&A with our President, we enjoyed a lovely 3-course lunch and had a fantastic networking opportunity for industry peers.

We take this opportunity to thank our sponsors V.Group and Yara Marine Technology for their support.

Lithium-ion Battery Carriage Webinar

Thank you to our member Waves Group for hosting the ‘Lithium-ion Battery Carriage – Fire Risks and Containment Measures’ webinar on Monday.

We were delighted to see 87 representatives from our member companies attend this event. If you couldn’t join this event but are interested in this subject, you can watch therecording (this link expires on 6 November).

Latest member updates

Chamber members are reminded that they have exclusive access to a range of updates from the Chamber’s policy experts on a wide spectrum of issues. The latest updates this week include:

Upcoming events 

Annual Dinner 2023

The Chamber is delighted to announce that the Annual Dinner 2023 will take place on Monday 6 February. The event will be held at the legendary 5-star hotel JW Marriott Grosvenor House, in London, located on Park Lane in the heart of Mayfair. This is a wonderful opportunity to network with colleagues and celebrate recent milestones.

Last year, this event attracted around 800 influential guests from across the maritime industry. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased through the Chamber’s website.

The dinner is kindly sponsored by Northern Marine (Gold Sponsor), V. Group (President's Reception) and Denholm (Silver Sponsor).

British Tugowners Association (BTA) Annual Safety Seminar

The BTA will be holding its Annual Safety Seminar on Thursday 10 November in Edinburgh, at the premises of the Northern Lighthouse Board. We are pleased to announce that the theme of the event is the recovery of persons from the water and that the Maritime Skills Academy has kindly agreed to be silver sponsor of the event.

Places are limited and filling up fast, so please secure and register your place through the Chamber’s website.

Maritime Sector Under The EU/UK ETS webinar

The seminar will aim to provide a comprehensive view of the scheme’s structure and current reforms with a strong focus on the trading aspect for new industrials to the ETS trying to navigate the carbon markets.

We look forward to exploring the carbon markets with you on Thursday, 24 November 2022. More details are available on the Chamber’s website.

Seatrade Maritime Salvage & Wreck Conference

The maritime industry is evolving faster than ever thanks to recent ambitious plans to decarbonise, digitalise and automate the industry. Risk management is vital in regard to future fuels, safety, salvage and legal considerations. The revamped Seatrade Maritime Salvage & Wreck Conference (30 Nov-1 Dec) connects the dots between shipping, salvage and services.

UK Chamber of Shipping Members receive a 20% discount on conference places. Register your place now by using code: CHAMBER20. To view the full programme and the speaker line-up, please visit the Seatrade Maritime’s website.

UK Chamber of Shipping Shipowner and Ship Manager Members will receive free VIP places by contacting Karen Attia.

Have a lovely weekend,

Sarah