Ben Murray, Chief Executive of Maritime UK, was speaking at the end of a week in which his organisation has unveiled plans for a major recruitment drive which he predicts will create 170,000 jobs over the course of the next five to 10 years across seven coastal regions. The strategy has been drawn up in response to Chancellor Mr Sunak’s announcement in his Spring Budget, which will see the creation of an additional eight freeports around the UK.
Freeports are an important aspect of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit global vision, because they enable goods to be sent overseas without being liable for tariffs.
Mr Murray told Express.co.uk: “Our vision is to become a green maritime superpower.
“With more certainty now and with new climate targets being announced by the Prime Minister next week, our path to getting there feels clearer.”
He explained: “The single biggest problem coastal communities have faced is neglect.
“Once known for their pioneering spirit, successive governments let the traditional industries go with nothing to replace them, giving the youngest and brightest little reason to stay.
“And the coronavirus pandemic has hit our coastal towns the hardest. They have higher proportions of workers in the industries most affected by closures, such as tourism and retail.” . . . . .
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