The Weekly Bulletin: Friday 19 August 2022

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Welcome to this week’s Chamber Bulletin. 

This week saw the culmination of the UK’s second heatwave, thankfully with not the record temperatures previously seen, increasing reports of economic challenges ahead, and more strikes planned across the country, including rail and two ports – Felixstowe and Liverpool.

Pressures are definitely being felt as economic conditions and rising prices combine, and the wrap up of the summer holidays, and move into Autumn, will be telling. In related news, we are keeping a close eye on the race to become the next Prime Minister, with the winner being announced on Monday, 5 September.

Here are the Chamber’s Bulletin updates from this week:

Back in person: annual Safety Culture Conference (20-21 September 2022)

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The UK Chamber of Shipping’s in-person Safety Culture Conference will return to the Chamber’s Event Calendar on 20th & 21st September and I am delighted with the early interest in the event.

I have been informed we currently have representation from companies including Swire, VGroup, Shell, Novellus Solutions, Anker and Marsh, Seatruck Ferries, Svitzer, Hill Dickinson, UK P&I Club, Anglo-Eastern UK, RFA, Bureau Veritas, Gaslog, NTS Global, Seapeak, Northlink Ferries, Royal Caribbean, Bibby Marine and Stena.

This fantastic variety of companies will add true value to the conference’s discussions and knowledge sharing.

Thank you to the V.Group for sponsoring Safety Culture Conference

We are delighted to announce V.Group has kindly agreed to sponsor the Safety Culture Conference next month. They join our other sponsors, Bureau Veritas and UK P&I Club.

Their support is very much appreciated and helps make this key event affordable so that all members, irrespective of size, can participate.

Seafarers Protection Framework 

This week the Chamber held a meeting of international ferry operators to discuss the ongoing government consultation with the sector on the Seafarers Protection Framework and the nine measures announced in the wake of the redundancies made at P&O ferries earlier this year.

We know there are differing views across our membership and we are working hard to ensure that the Government has heard all of these views and understands them. The other element of this issue, the Seafarers’ Wages Bill, returns to Parliament next month and we will keep all members updated.

British Tugowners Association Annual Safety Seminar

The BTA will be holding its Annual Safety Seminar on 10 November in Edinburgh, at the premises of the Northern Lighthouse Board. Click here to read more and secure your place.

The all day seminar will focus on the recovery of persons in the water (PIW) and MOB rescue, culminating with the release of the new BTA produced Guide to Good Practice for PIW Recovery equipment & techniques. 

The seminar will examine recent incidents, discuss accident prevention and will hear from tug experts, insurers and investigators. With an audience of tug masters, pilots, marine superintendents, P&I clubs, lawyers and others, the aim is to inform, discuss and share best practice.

Maritime UK 2023 awards – judges needed

Maritime UK are seeking judges for their 2023 awards taking place in March in Hull. We are keen that the shipping industry is represented on the judging panel and are seeking expressions of interest from within the shipping community.

The awards cover a range of categories from environmental initiatives to people champions. If you are interested in being considered as a judge please contact the Chamber’s Director of Communications Tom Bartošák-Harlow.

The deadline for expressing an interest is 30 September. You can read more about the 2022 awards here.


Enjoy your weekend,