Thursday, December 22, 2016

British Freight and Logistics Interests Asked for Feedback on Future of Maritime Industry

Transport Committee Inquiry Wants Advice on Success and New Developments
Shipping News Feature
UK – The British Government’s Transport Committee is launching a new inquiry into industry and government action in response to the Maritime Growth Study, a report on the UK’s maritime sector, published by the Department for Transport in September 2015. The report, which is of the utmost relevance to UK freight and logistics stakeholders, was the culmination of an in-depth study of the whole UK maritime sector, from shipping and ports to the complete range of business services associated with the industry. It set out several recommendations designed to ensure the UK maintains its traditional status as a maritime centre, and how to take advantage of opportunities for global growth.

The Committee is monitoring progress towards implementation of the Study’s recommendations and is now seeking feedback on progress, as well as how new political developments, especially Brexit, may alter future plans as time moves on and the situation evolves. The Committee is therefore asking that industry members submit written evidence addressing one or more of the following points:

  • The work of the UK maritime industry, and the UK Government, in providing leadership and a coherent vision for the maritime sector as a whole..
  • The success to date of actions to increase the commercial focus and culture of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
  • The success to date of actions to grow the UK Ship Register (the ‘UK Flag’).
  • Steps taken by the industry and the UK Government to identify and address maritime skills shortages, including the Maritime Skills Investment Fund; maritime apprenticeships; training schemes; and promotion of maritime careers.
  • Industry progress towards the development of a single marketing strategy for the UK maritime sector.
  • The UK Government’s progress towards the promotion of the maritime sector to inward investors, including through UK Trade and Investment and foreign embassies.
  • Industry and UK Government progress towards increasing the competitiveness of UK ports, including through investment in surface access.
  • Industry and UK Government support for the UK cruise industry.
  • The adequacy of the overall plan for the UK maritime sector, including in the context of the potential implications of the UK exiting the European Union, and how the strategy may need to evolve.

Submissions may be made using this link and the deadline for written submissions via the Committee website is Friday 24 February 2017.