The Department for Transport has planned to make the UK Ship Register more attractive, so that it rightly becomes the ship register of choice for quality owners and operators, says Robert Goodwill MP.
He asserted his relentless commitment to economic growth throughout the maritime and marine sectors. These sectors already contribute at least £11.8 billion annually to the UK economy.
He noted about the Maritime Growth Study, published under the leadership of Lord Mountevans. The study provides a compelling analysis of the industry and how a successful, commercially focused, ship register can support the growth of our maritime sector.
"We support the broad thrust of its findings, and while we’ll respond fully once we have considered the details, change is already underway. And certainly, the UK Ship Register is very much at the heart of our growth plans," Robert said.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is already driving change to support our ambitions to improve the UK Ship Register. The agency’s track record for doing things differently is good.
The MCA modernised the way that Her Majesty’s Coastguard coordinates search and rescue, delivering a more resilient, joined-up national network, with more rewarding jobs for our brilliant cadre of Coastguard Officers.
The MCA is delivering £1.6 billion investment in the new harmonised search and rescue helicopter service with modern airframes.
And the MCA recognised the need to change to make the UK Ship Register more attractive and responsive to its customers.