Tuesday, March 3, 2020

UK Chamber of Shipping Reaches Out to Young Trainees for Innovative Ideas

Free to Enter Competition for Merchant Navy Youth to Liven Up the Industry
Shipping News Feature

UK – The UK Chamber of Shipping has launched a competition to find new ideas that could help make the shipping industry greener, cleaner, more sustainable and get to the hallowed target of net zero Shipping by 2050.

The ‘Innovation Showcase’ competition will see new entrants to the shipping and maritime industry, such as Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) cadets and apprentices, preparing and sending in an idea or concept they believe will change the shipping industry by making it greener and more sustainable. No idea or concept is too outlandish. The Chamber wants to find a new product, idea or piece of technology which hasn’t been thought of before.

Entrants can choose how to submit their applications. It can be in a video, PowerPoint, word document, however it comes, but the Chamber says that it’s the concept that matters. There are no age restrictions either, the applicant just has to be a new entrant to the industry meaning MNTB cadets, ratings or apprentices.

The competition is open for the next three months and will close on 1 June 2020. A panel of judges, made up of representatives from Carnival, Svitzer, Red Funnel, Vroon and BP Shipping, will meet in July to assess the applications and pick the finalists. An event will be held later in the year where finalist will be invited to present their idea to the panel and the winner will pick up a grant funded by the panel to help develop their concept. Launching the competition, UK Chamber of Shipping Director of Communications, Alastair Clifton, said:

“Shipping is going greener, but we need new ideas to ensure we reach the targets set by the UK government and the International Maritime Organization. This competition will see new entrants to the shipping and maritime industry given the opportunity to get creative and think of things no one else has thought of before. The finalists will get to present to some of the industry’s biggest names and win a grand prize to develop their idea. We want as many great ideas as possible so get thinking and get creative!”

To enter the competition please fill in the form and email it to: aclifton@ukchamberofshipping.com.