Monday, March 20, 2017

Shipping, Port and Logistics Interests Given More Time to Advise Government on Maritime Industry

Stakeholders Should Write Now to Safeguard Future of UK Marine Interests
Shipping News Feature
UK – The inquiry announced by the Transport Committee In December to examine the results of the Maritime Growth Study, the report published by the Department for Transport in September 2015 into the country’s maritime sector, has had the deadline for written submissions to its inquiry extended until Friday 2 June, before it starts a series of evidence sessions. This move will give shipping, port and logistics interests a chance to influence future maritime industry policy and an opportunity to comment prior to the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

The inquiry will examine progress towards implementation of the Study’s recommendations since publication, and consider the Government and industry’s overall plan for the maritime and marine sector, including in the context of the all-important Brexit negotiations, a key area where in reality most of the expertise sits in the private sector. The Committee says it received a number of helpful written submissions from a range of key stakeholder groups by the original deadline on 24 February.

The Committee has now stated that it is particularly keen to receive submissions from individuals and companies engaged in the full range of maritime and marine businesses such as shipping and logistics interests, ports and manufacturing, and including associated services, such as education and training, consultancy, law, and financial services. Organisations that have already submitted written evidence to the inquiry are welcome to send supplementary submissions by the new deadline of 2 June.

The Committee, comprising a mix of MP’s including Louise Ellman as Chair, invites written submissions 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

Written submissions can be made via this link whilst the Committee’s progress may be followed on Twitter.