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Monday, April 22, 2019

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Industry Calls for Block Exemption Regulation Extension

Four trade associations representing the international liner shipping industry submitted comments to the European Commission supporting extension of the EU consortia block exemption regulation (BER) for an additional five years beyond its current 2020 expiration date.The papers were submitted in the public consultation being held by the Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP) by the World Shipping Council (WSC), the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), and the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA).

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New Guidelines on Welfare Aspects of the ILO MLC

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have jointly released new ‘Guidelines for implementing the Welfare aspects of the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC)’.Adopted by the International Labor Organization in 2006, the MLC aims to ensure comprehensive worldwide protection and enforcement of the rights of seafarers, and to establish a level playing field for ILO Member States and shipowners committed to providing decent…

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Bob Sanguinetti New CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping

Bob Sanguinetti has been appointed as the Chief Executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping. Sanguinetti was recently CEO of the Gibraltar Port Authority, where he was credited with delivering significant growth in vessel traffic following a series of wide-reaching initiatives. Previously he served as Commodore in the Royal Navy. Sanguinetti said: “I am delighted to be appointed to this prestigious role at a time when shipping is so central to the political agenda. The UK Chamber team deserve great credit for their work in recent years…

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Guy Platten New Secretary-General of ICS

The Board of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) announced the appointment of Guy Platten to the role of Secretary General, after almost five years in the UK Chamber of Shipping. "Following an extensive and rigorous selection procedure, the Board of ICS is delighted to announce the appointment of Guy Platten to the role of Secretary General," said a press release. Esben Poulsson, ICS Chairman said: “This proved a difficult decision for us, as we interviewed several strong candidates. However, the decision to appoint Guy was taken unanimously by the Board.

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Women in Maritime: New UK Taskforce Established

Setting out to increase fairness, equality and inclusion within the maritime sector, Maritime UK has established a Women in Maritime Taskforce, a move welcomed by the U.K.’s new Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP. “I am delighted to see Maritime UK taking action to attract more women into our maritime industries, and I welcome this taskforce as an important first step,” said Ghani, who is only the second woman to hold the Department for Transport portfolio for the U.K.’s £40 billion maritime sector.

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UK Chamber CEO Hails Shipping's Role in Globalisation

Capitalism, globalisation and international collaboration spread prosperity and growth - and shipping has a vital role to play in this process, Guy Platten, CEO,  UK Chamber of Shipping said in his address to the annual Scottish Shipping Benevolent Association (SSBA) dinner in Glasgow last night. A press release from UK Chamber quoted Guy Platten as saying: "Even though the world has never traded more, it seems like once again we have to defend trade, free markets and capitalism itself from those who would seek to tear them down," the UK Chamber CEO said.

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UK Chamber of Shipping Warns EU Ports on Brexit

The EU is ignoring the risk of Brexit to European ports, the UK Chamber of Shipping has said. Hard border controls will lead to increased bureaucracy and will threaten prosperity. The Chamber warns that the return of border controls would lead to increased bureaucracy, “guaranteed” lorry gridlock and threats to the prosperity of both EU member states and the UK. It also says that the dangers to major EU ports has been understated. Chief executive of the Chamber, Guy Platten said: “The EU sells £240bn of goods to the UK each year, most of which travels through ports.

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UK Chamber Warns Against Scrapping Le Touquet Treaty

Emmanuel Macron, the newly-elected French President, vowed during his election campaign to renegotiate the Le Touquet agreement which enables British border officials to carry out checks in France. The treaty provided for France and Britain to erect juxtaposed border controls in Channel ports. "Under international rules, agreed by the International Maritime Organisation, it is ports, not ferry operators, who are responsible for ensuring that only passengers with tickets are able to get near a ship.

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Is 'Seablindness' a Myth?

UK politicians and the general public have demonstrated overwhelmingly that they recognize shipping as the biggest mover of the nation’s imports and exports, according to a new study commissioned by the UK Chamber of Shipping. Guy Platten, CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping, said of the study: “The findings confirm that we can forget about so-called ‘seablindness’ – it just does not exist. Leading pollster Comres surveyed 2,026 members of the British public and 127 UK MPs during the first four months of this year.

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UK Chamber for Including Marines in New T-Level Qualification

The UK Chamber of Shipping has welcomed Government’s plans to introduce new technical qualifications, but raised questions as to why marine engineering is absent from the plans. But whilst provisions have been made in the plans for specialised vehicle and aircraft engineering, no such opportunities will exist for marine engineering. Guy Platten, CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping, said: “Government is right to focus on developing new routes into engineering, and the proposed T-levels are an exciting innovation.

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Action Must be Taken If We are to Address UK Seafarer Shortfall

UK Chamber CEO Guy Platten has responded to the publication of the Department for Transport Seafarer Projections Review by calling on government to back its SMarT Plus proposal. The Department for Transport has this week published a study to assess the UK supply and demand for trained seafarers to fulfill roles at sea and onshore over the coming decade. The UK Seafarer Projections study identified a shortage of 3,000- 4,000 UK deck and engine officers, and 2,000 UK ratings by 2026.

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Maritime Skills Academy Launches Survival Complex in Dover

Taking place on Thursday, September 8, Maritime Skills Academy celebrated the launch of its specialist training facility showcasing all that the state-of-the-art Academy has to offer to key industry guests. An integral part of the Viking ‘Family of Companies, the Academy provides dynamic training, with its expert in-house trainers delivering bespoke courses, which encompass the diversity of the maritime industry: including cruise ships, superyachts, renewable support vessels and the oil and gas sector.

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How Can the Marine Industry Counteract Its Aging Workforce?

It’s been widely reported over recent years that the maritime industry is facing a workforce crisis. A lack of newly trained candidates to fill the gaps caused by retirement of an aging workforce, now compounded even further by the oil price crash, means marine companies are beginning to feel the pressure of staff shortages. The U.K. Department for Transport (DFT) predicts a shortfall of around 3,500 deck and engineering officers by 2021 in the U.K. alone, and the BIMCO / ICS Manpower Report predicts the global shortfall of 147,500 officers by 2025.

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Will Container Lines Skip UK Ports on Brexit?

British importers and exporters prefer direct mainline container services calling at their national ports and tend to dislike feeder services, says a Drewry report. Is there a risk that a politically isolated UK will no longer benefit from direct vessel calls, particularly as there is no longer any large British container carrier based in the UK to champion their cause? Drewry believes that the container lines will continue to call directly at UK ports. Even if the UK enters a small recession…

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Maritime Skills Academy Confirms Relaunch Date

After the postponement of the much anticipated preview event in June, Maritime Skills Academy is excited to confirm the re-launch will now take place on September 8th ,2016. Giving the maritime industry a view of what is on offer at the iconic, state-of-the-art training facility, the Academy, based at Whitfield, Dover, next to the Viking Headquarters, will bring a new high-tech Marine Survival Complex to the maritime sector. The new Complex, incorporating training and conference facilities…

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Keep Calm and Carry on for the UK Shipping Sector

On the week after the UK voted to leave the EU, UK Chamber of Shipping Chief Executive Guy Platten says the shipping industry needs to do what it always has done – keep calm and carry on. Fundamentally, and for the time being, nothing has changed. There is uncertainty, yes, but the years of experience and expertise our industry means that we do not undertake kneejerk reactions. It’s a mature response, but more importantly, it’s the right one. "UK is a great maritime nation, dependent on shipping last week. And it is a great maritime nation dependent on shipping today.

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UK Minister Calls for Investment in Maritime

Government minister Anna Soubry has heaped praise on Britain’s marine and maritime sectors and urged international businesses to invest in “the U.K.’s world-leading infrastructure and expertise”. The Minister of State for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise delivered her rousing endorsement to hundreds of delegates at INVESTINBLUE, the showcase for the U.K. maritime industry held as part of the International Festival for Business 2016 in Liverpool. Her message was that Britain…

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Embracing Technology Key to Shipping Industry’s Future Success

UK Chamber CEO Guy Platten blogs about how the technologies and innovation associated with intelligent transport systems can deliver benefits to the shipping industry. It is a commonly held perception that the shipping industry has traditionally been slow to embrace new technologies. A perception that is so surprising because it has been technological advance has made the shipping industry what it is. Without technology, it simply would not be possible to move 90% of the world’s internationally traded goods in an efficient way.

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UK Chamber: Nascent Recovery to UK Ship Register Welcome

Statistics show an increase in the UK registered trading fleet for the first time in four years, rising by 8%. However, the figures also show a fall of 18% in UK owned tonnage. UK Chamber CEO, Guy Platten has welcomed these signs of nascent recovery in the UK Ship Register, but has expressed concern over the stark decline in the UK owned fleet. The UK managed fleet fell by 1% to 53.4m dwt and parent owned fleet rose by 3% to 31.0m dwt. The annual Shipping Fleet Statistics are produced by the Department for Transport and reflect tonnages as at the end of December 2015.

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UK Seafarers: Positive New Statistics Mask Reality

UK Seafarer statistics launched today show a slight overall increase of 2% from 2015, rising to 23,380 at the end of June 2015. The total number of UK seafarers active at sea was estimated to be 23,380. The number of UK officers remained at 10,930 - largely unchanged from 2014. The total number of UK Ratings rose by 5% to around 8,830 – the first increase in the number of ratings since 2011. The number of officer cadets in training remained static at around 2000, with a small increase of new entrants under the SMarT scheme.

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UK Chamber signs MOU with Society of Maritime Industries, British Marine

The UK Chamber of Shipping has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Society of Maritime Industries and British Marine, to set out the basis for the three organisations to work together for the benefit of the industry as a whole. Guy Platten, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Chamber of Shipping, added: “The UK Chamber and its partners have been pooling resources and working evermore closely for a number of years, and the MOU is a further step towards this goal. Howard Pridding…

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UK Chamber Releases Practical Guidance for the Shipping Industry

The UK chamber of shipping  has launched "The Bribery Act 2010; Practical Guidance for the Shipping Industry”. The guidelines will be launched at an event for members and shipping industry professionals as part of London international shipping week, on Tuesday 8th September. UK Chamber CEO, Guy Platten commented: "The chamber has been supportive of UK government efforts to reduce corruption, and fully supports the aims and principles of the Bribery Act. "However it also recognises the unique challenges faced by shipping firms and their staff as they conduct their business around the world.

From left to right: William O’Neil, former Secretary-General of the IMO, Angie Redhead, Cruise and Operations Manager of Liverpool Cruise Terminal, and Sue Terpilowski OBE, Managing Director of Image Line Communications and Acting President of WISTA-UK

WISTA-UK Presents Awards at the IMO

All over the world, International Women’s Day provides a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women. WISTA-UK’s event at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) last Thursday was a celebration of many things – a celebration of the 2014 International Personality of the Year, the Entrepreneur of 2015, the ‘Came by SHIP’ competition winner and, most importantly, a celebration of women in shipping. WISTA-UK is part of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading…

The family of Ashphalt 2’s third engineer, seafarers and friends gather around the coffin (Photo: MPHRP)

Piracy Violence Continues Against Seafarers

The MPHRP highlights the hardship inflicted upon seafarers and families. Responding to recent reports on current levels of international maritime piracy, the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Program (MPHRP) noted the trend that they appear to avoid the word "piracy" in favor of new forms of criminality, specifically "attacks" and "hijacking". The technical differences denoted by these terms aside, MPHRP said a basic truth is veiled: that violent crime is committed against seafarers.

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CMAL Appoints Docherty CEO

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd. (CMAL) has announced the appointment of their new Chief Executive Officer, Tom Docherty. Tom, who is a marine engineer, has held a number of senior management positions within the maritime industry and will take over from former CEO, Guy Platten, in April. Tom, who is originally from Glasgow, was Managing Director at Red Funnel, which has operated a successful passenger, car and freight business between Southampton and the Isle of Wight for almost 150 years.

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CMAL CEO Moves on after Six Years at the Helm

The Chief Executive Officer of Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) is leaving his position after six years leading the organization. Guy Platten, who was appointed to CMAL in August 2007 at its inception, is leaving to take up a role with the U.K. Chamber of Shipping as CEO. CMAL owns the ferries, ports, harbors and infrastructure for vital ferry services serving the west coast of Scotland. During his tenure, Mr. Platten oversaw the launch on the Clyde of the world’s first ever sea going roll-on roll-off diesel electric passenger and vehicle hybrid ferry in December 2012…