Maritime UK Weekly update

The week ahead

This week is a busy one for the maritime sector. With plenty of opportunity to promote our interests and work with partners to further our collective ambition to grow the UK’s maritime sector, there are high-level meetings and events across the length and breadth of the country.

Tuesday

Industry representatives are meeting with BEIS Minister, Richard Harrington, tomorrow in his role as maritime minister at the department and also as the minister responsible for sector deals.

As well as making the case for the maritime sector within BEIS, including the  value (£40bn and 1,000,000 jobs), industry leaders from Maritime UK, UK Major Ports Group, Society of Maritime Industries, Babcock, UK Chamber of Shipping and British Marine will update the minister on the sector deal’s development and ask for his support.
Based upon government feedback, the evolving deal bid is likely to focus on:

  • Regions/Place/Clusters
  • Technology & Innovation
  • Business environment
  • Skills
  • Trade promotion

Learn more about the developing maritime sector deal here.

Elsewhere in London, the  Women in Maritime Taskforce is meeting to continue drafting the Women in Maritime Charter.

The Taskforce brings together leaders from across the maritime sector to identify practical steps to increase the number of women in maritime, and crucially within senior roles across its shipping, ports, services, engineering and leisure marine industries.
Companies have started to sign the  Women in Maritime Pledge.

Later in the day, the  Maritime UK Regional Council is meeting in Plymouth.

The UK’s maritime regions are meeting for the second time, after their first meeting in Birkenhead earlier in the year.

The Regional Council brings together maritime ‘cluster’ organisations from across Britain.

Designed to act as a forum for collaboration amongst regional cluster organisations, the meeting will ensure clusters are up-to-date and engaged with national initiatives from industry and government – including the Women in Maritime programme and sector deal process.

Held in advance of the  Marine Tech Expo (Thursday), cluster representatives will tour the Oceansgate development, described as the new home of marine enterprise in Plymouth.

Wednesday

Industry representatives from Maritime UK, British Marine, Maritime London and the Society of Maritime Industries will meet with DIT Minister, Graham Stuart MP, to discuss  industry concerns and ideas to improve trade promotion support.

A number of proposals for collaboration between the sector and government will be tabled by industry – including a new Maritime is GREAT campaign.

Thursday

Thursday sees focus shift north, to Liverpool, where the maritime city hosts a unique shipping conference focused on the ‘Northern Maritime Powerhouse’ and its role in driving global trade in a post-Brexit Britain.

Held as part of the  International Business Festival, it will look at how digitalisation and increased connectivity can enhance port processes and innovative solutions can transform maritime transport by ensuring maximum transparency. It will discuss block chain technologies and big data in the context of streamlining shipping and port operations to the lasting benefit of the end-users: the importers and exporters.

The afternoon session will focus on Maritime UK’s  Women in Maritime Programme. Speakers from Maritime UK, Chevron, Fairplay, the RFA and Carlbom Shipping will join a panel chaired by Lloyd’s List’s Helen Kelly to discuss the Taskforce’s work and ambitions. Speakers will share their personal experience of working in the sector and why progress is vital.

Plymouth is also hosting its second Marine Tech Expo on Thursday, designed to showcase the city’s marine credentials across the world in the run up to the Mayflower 400 celebrations in 2020. The event will bring together decision makers involved in the latest marine innovations in blue technology under one roof at Plymouth University.

SMI Chief Executive, John Murray, will speak on behalf of Maritime UK.

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Companies start to sign #WomenInMaritime pledge

Companies from across the maritime sector have started to sign a pledge aimed at supporting gender diversity and inclusion across the industry.

The  Women in Maritime pledge follows the creation of the  Women in Maritime Taskforce, which brings together sector leaders to identify practical steps to increase the number of women in maritime and in senior roles in the shipping, ports, services, engineering and leisure marine industries.

Those that sign the  pledge will be invited to engage with the development of  the Women in Maritime Charter, which is due to be launched in autumn 2018.

All companies signing the pledge will be making clear their support for creating positive change within their respective organisations and across the UK maritime sector.

Andrew Moffat, Chief Executive of the Port of Tyne and one of the first signatories to the pledge, said:

“Companies that embrace workplace diversity and inclusion as a source of growth and innovation will perform better than those that don’t.

“We’re pleased to join so many companies from across the industry taking this seriously, which will mean we have a far greater positive impact on the whole sector.

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Clarksons announced as inaugural ‘Maritime Masters’ event partner

Maritime UK’s Maritime Masters programme is strengthening links between UK industry and academia. The programme promotes academic excellence amongst students and their universities, whilst providing valuable research to support the maritime sector’s work.

Students have adopted research topics proposed by industry as their Masters Dissertation thesis and will have the opportunity to present their findings to industry leaders at a high-level London event in November on completion of their studies. Industry leaders will vote for their winning research, and that student will win a cash prize. Participating students will be able to gain work experience opportunities within industry.

The inaugural event, where students present their findings, will be hosted by Clarksons.

Clarksons is the world’s leading provider of integrated shipping services. Having started in 1852, the company now spans the Globe operating in 22 countries, with 48 offices and over 1500 employees. The company provides shipbroking services across a range of markets and global regions, including offshore, support and full investment banking services. Clarksons Research sits at the core of the business and is respected worldwide as the most authoritative provider of intelligence on global shipping and the offshore sector. More than 90 full-time researchers and analysts provide key validation for the industry and essential tools for trade.

“Clarksons is delighted to support the inaugural Maritime Masters event. We see this as an important new initiative to encourage the development of the talent needed by the shipping industry.”

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The Northern Maritime Powerhouse: Driving global trade post-Brexit

The International Business Festival is the world’s biggest business festival. Hosted every two years in its home city of Liverpool, the festival captures the dynamism and diversity of the global marketplace. The goal is to give businesses the space, support and expertise they need to make connections, do deals and realise their potential.

This unique shipping conference will focus on the Northern Maritime Powerhouse and its role in driving global trade in a post-Brexit Britain. It will look at how digitalisation and increased connectivity can enhance port processes and innovative solutions can transform maritime transport by ensuring maximum transparency. It will discuss block chain technologies and big data in the context of streamlining shipping and port operations to the lasting benefit of the end-users: the importers and exporters.

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Marine Tech Expo 2018

Plymouth is hosting its second Marine Tech Expo, designed to showcase the city’s marine credentials across the world in the run up to the Mayflower 400 celebrations in 2020.  The event will bring together decision makers involved in the latest marine innovations in blue technology under one roof at Plymouth University.

34 Inspiring speakers including international keynote Ralph Rayner, Michael Jones from USA’s biggest marine cluster The Marine Alliance, Maritime UK and Thales Group

Network with company directors, scientists, academics and entrepreneurs

Wide selection of exhibitors from the marine tech sector

Join us after for a winning formula of lively networking, west country food and a breath-taking tour of one of the most historic ports used by legendary explorers such as Darwin, Cook and Drake

The event aims to increase the number and scale of Blue Tech businesses in the city, the South West and the South Coast and to support marine businesses to innovate, create a competitive edge and ultimately grow; creating high value knowledge-based jobs.

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Pride in London 2018

Nautilus International will be attending Pride in London on Saturday 7 July, as a group of LGBT+ members, staff and their supporters join this important event.

We would like to invite maritime professionals to attend Pride in London with us. We attend so that we can show the maritime world that LGBT+ people have an organisation they can approach if they encounter issues relating to their sexuality or gender. We also attend in order to show the rest of the world that careers in maritime are open to all, and that’s where we hope we can really count on your support.

2018 marks the third year that Nautilus has sent a delegation to Pride in London, and with spaces for 40 people to join our group, we are hoping to make this the biggest celebration of diversity and inclusion that the Union – and maybe even the maritime industry – has seen to date. In future years, we hope to expand this further to have a larger maritime presence at the parade.

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