Commenting ahead of the visit, David Dingle CBE, Chairman of Maritime UK and Carnival UK (which owns the Queen Mary 2), said:
“The UK and US have a strength of relationship like few others – based upon freedom, trade and prosperity.
“With the US being the largest single nation trading partner for the UK, it is logical that we proactively recommit ourselves to boosting that trading relationship and the maritime partnership that underpins it.
“Britain is an island, maritime nation, with 95% of global trade being facilitated by the maritime sector.
“The inaugural Maritime Nations Forum aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth will allow our two nations to think creatively about new opportunities to deepen our partnership and to collaborate. We are looking forward to strengthening our special relationship, and will welcome a US delegation to the UK to join us for the biggest ever London International Shipping Week in 2019.”
Liam Fox, Secretary of State for the Department of International Trade, said:
“The UK and US are steadfast maritime partners, symbolised by the presence of the HMS Queen Elizabeth in New York today.
“My international economic department will continue to work with Maritime UK to encourage investment into our maritime sector, whilst providing a wealth of export support for our hard-working British businesses.”
Julian Clark, Global Head of Shipping at Hill Dickinson, who led the delegation, added:
“We are delighted to be in New York at such a key moment in our nations trading history and development, with such a symbolic backdrop. The Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary well and truly demonstrate the breadth and capacity of UK Maritime far better than any brochure or presentation. They also signify our ambition and clear intention to strengthen the transatlantic relationship.
“In particular, London and New York, as the two leading financial centres in the world, are connected unlike any other. In meeting with our counterparts here today we are stepping up our dialogue and looking forward to greater collaboration and exchange in order to deliver mutual gain and opportunity.”