Society of Maritime Industries, British Marine and UK Chamber of Shipping sign MoU

Associations, Events, Conferences,Forums and Symposiums — By on September 14, 2015 at 5:04 PM
Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Shipping, Duncan Cunningham, Vice Chairman of The Society of Maritime Industries, Fiona Pankhurst, President of British Marine and Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President of The UK Chamber of Shipping signing the MOU at the Southampton Boat Show 2015.

Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Shipping, Duncan Cunningham, Vice Chairman of The Society of Maritime Industries, Fiona Pankhurst, President of British Marine and Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President of The UK Chamber of Shipping signing the MOU at the Southampton Boat Show 2015.

The Minister for Shipping, Robert Goodwill MP, was today at the Southampton Boat Show to witness three leading maritime organisations sign an agreement to establish increased cooperation.

Society of Maritime Industries, British Marine and the UK Chamber of Shipping signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to set out the basis for all three to work together and form a collaborative relationship to benefit their respective members and the wider marine and maritime industries.

Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill said: “The Southampton Boat Show is a fantastic demonstration of the important contribution that the British marine industry makes to the UK economy. The commitment made by the Society of Maritime Industries, British Marine and the UK Chamber of Shipping to renew collaborative working is a welcome initiative and we are determined to support them in growing our share of the global marine sector, helping talented people find careers and attracting business to Britain.”

Howard Pridding, Chief Executive of British Marine, commented: “The three organisations that have entered in to the MOU are aware of the changes we anticipate seeing in the way the Government interacts with the marine and maritime industries. As a result of the publication of the Department of Transport’s ‘Maritime Growth Study: keeping the UK competitive in a global market’ earlier this month, the Memorandum of Understanding is intended to be an early and positive response to the report’s call for greater collaboration between industry bodies. British Marine, along with the other two parties, endeavour to ensure that our combined members have a strong voice in the discussions that will take place over the coming months on the recommendations made in that report.”

“The marine and maritime industries are a vibrant and diverse sector which has increasingly recognised the benefits of closer collaboration” added John Murray, Chief Executive of the Society of Maritime Industries. “This MOU is a public declaration of this collaboration and is very much in keeping with the recommendations of the Maritime Growth Study.”

Guy Platten, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Chamber of Shipping, concluded: “The UK Chamber and its partners have been pooling resources and working evermore closely for a number of years, and the MOU is a further step towards this goal. We welcome the Maritime Growth Study’s recognition of this process and the industry remains well placed to build a broad alliance across the maritime community to effectively represent its interests, and promote the UK as a world-class place to do maritime business.”

The full “Maritime Growth Study” can be read here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/maritime-growth-study-report

British Marine (the trading name of British Marine Federation Limited) is a membership organisation leading the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry. It has over 1, 600 members drawn from both seagoing and inland sectors and represents an industry employing more than 31, 500 people in the UK. For more information about the work of British Marine and how to join, please visit the website: www.britishmarine.co.uk.

The Society of Maritime Industries is the voice of the UK’s maritime engineering and business sector promoting and supporting companies which build, refit and modernise commercial and naval vessels, and supply equipment and services for all types of ships and underwater vehicles, ports and terminals infrastructure, offshore oil & gas, maritime security and safety, marine science and technology and offshore renewable energy. www.maritimeindustries.org.

 

The UK Chamber of Shipping is the trade association and voice for the UK shipping industry, with 150 members from across the maritime sector. The UK shipping sector employs 134, 000 people, contributing £5bn to GDP.www.ukchamberofshipping.com.

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