Archives for April 20, 2021

Maritime UK response to the government’s inclusion of international shipping emissions within UK net-zero targets

The UK’s maritime sector is committed to decarbonisation and is excited about the opportunities the transition is creating. We recognise the government’s intention to include international shipping emissions within UK net-zero targets and reiterate the need to work in partnership with industry to get this right, both in terms of administration and creating an enabling environment.

Such significant commitment to combatting climate change will demand robust action from government to help industry develop the solutions necessary, and to support the deployment of low emission vessels and infrastructure to meet ambitious trajectories for net zero goals.

Regulation alone is not going to be sufficient: building on the automotive experience, capital investment in maritime decarbonisation is needed to unlock the potential of industry and to kick-start the whole scale transition to zero emission maritime. This includes investment for green infrastructure, funding for R&D and incentive support for owners and operators to manage the transition to low emission vessels and alternative fuels.

The renewed commitment to combatting climate change provides opportunity for the UK to position itself as a world-leader in developing green solutions and alternatives for the global maritime sector, and to show thought leadership through extensive funding for innovation and development of new technology. With the Prime Minister having declared his ambition for the UK to become a green shipping superpower, and with clean maritime given a prominent role in the Government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, significant investment into maritime decarbonisation would be a clear statement of intent ahead of COP26 in Glasgow in November.

Failure to match regulation with support will mean that the UK misses out on the opportunity to become a world leader in a greener, cleaner future for maritime, as well as missing the chance to create tens of thousands of green collar jobs, particularly in coastal towns and cities.

The government has an opportunity to flesh out its plans and provide important detail on how it will support transition in the Transport Decarbonisation Plan and National Shipbuilding Strategy, both due in the coming weeks and months.

Maritime UK is the umbrella body for the maritime sector in the UK, representing the shipping, ports, engineering and marine science, professional services and leisure marine industries. Our purpose is to champion and enable a thriving maritime sector.

Royal Museums Greenwich Reopening Announcement

Following a challenging year, Royal Museums Greenwich is delighted to announce the reopening of the National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House, Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory Greenwich on 17 May 2021.

The National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House grounds, the Parkside café and shop have been open to public since 12 April 2021 and from 7 May 2021 visitors will get the chance to dine like royalty in the Queen’s House Dining Domes where they will receive an unforgettable outdoor dining experience in a beautiful setting, with the Queen’s House as the backdrop and views of the city skyline and River Thames: rmg.co.uk/diningdomes.

During lockdown, the museum took the opportunity to carry out various restoration works across the sites and is ready and excited to welcome everyone back. A one-way system and some restrictions will initially be in place to ensure the safety of all visitors and staff. Protective screens in the ticket hall and gift shop will be in place. Sanitiser stations will also be available throughout the sites, although to ensure we meet safety guidelines, some interactives will not be accessible.

Tickets must be purchased in advance to ensure social distancing can be maintained on site. Pre-booked time slots ensure that visits are spread throughout the day and sites don’t exceed their capacity.

Paddy Rogers, Director at Royal Museums Greenwich, said: ‘The 17 May will be a terrific day for Royal Museums Greenwich. Our sites and special exhibitions are modern (Exposure: Lives at Sea), topical (Tudors to Windsors) and beautiful (Faces of a Queen and Woburn Treasures). Our cafes and other sites are spruced up and ready to go. All we need now is visitors, who can be assured that we are Covid-safe and Good to Go!’

At the National Maritime Museum, visitors will be able to see the most mesmerising images of the cosmos from the world-renowned astrophotography competition Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020. Images on display in this awe-inspiring photography exhibition include last year’s winners from the nine main competition categories, as well as two special prize winners: rmg.co.uk/astrophoto.

Another fascinating exhibition reopening its doors at the National Maritime Museum is the Exposure: Lives at Sea. Bringing together photography taken around the world by those in the maritime sector, this exhibition shines a light on the forgotten but integral work of seafarers. From the incredible reefs of Mexico to the isolation of Antarctica, the photographs show the myriad ways life can be spent at sea, and both the physical and mental challenges seafarers face daily: rmg.co.uk/exposure.

In collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Museums Greenwich will host a major exhibition exploring royal portraiture, opening on 28 May 2021. Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits will give visitors the opportunity to come face-to-face with the kings, queens and their heirs who have shaped British history and were so central to Greenwich. The exhibition will include over 150 works covering five royal dynasties. These are mainly drawn from the unparalleled collection of the National Portrait Gallery, and feature some of the most important artists to have worked in Britain, from Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz. They will be accompanied by significant pieces from Royal Museums Greenwich and other collections: rmg.co.uk/tudorstowindsors.

On 17 May 2021 the Queen’s House will be ready to welcome back the public and showcase its incredible artwork collection including works by Reynolds and Canaletto, and the display Faces of a Queen: The Armada Portraits of Elizabeth I. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the three surviving Armada portraits; Royal Museums Greenwich’s portrait, and versions from the National Portrait Gallery and Woburn Abbey, side by side in Greenwich – the birthplace of the Virgin Queen herself: rmg.co.uk/facesofaqueen.

Also in the Queen’s House, visitors will have the unprecedented opportunity to access for free the Woburn Treasures, the outstanding private art collection of The Duke and Duchess of Bedford, whilst Woburn Abbey is closed for refurbishment. The exhibition includes works by distinguished artists such as Van Dyck, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Poussin and Canaletto.

Cutty Sark, the last-surviving tea clipper in the world, will open its doors once again and the visitors will explore its remarkable history as the fastest, record-breaking ship of its era. Just in time for the half-term, there will be tours to learn the lesser-known extraordinary stories of the Cutty Sark. There is also a brand new exciting experience starting June 2021, ‘Cutty Sark Rig Climb Experience’, where visitors will be able to climb from the main deck up the ship’s rigging to experience the heights the crew would have had to scare on a daily basis when out at sea: rmg.co.uk/rigclimb

Additionally, the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the historic home of time and space, will open the North side, which includes the Prime Meridian line, the Flamsteed House, the Camera Obscura and the Great Equatorial Telescope. Visitors will be able to see the magnificent technology and craftmanship of John Harrison’s marine timekeepers, the apartments of the Royal Astronomers and learn about their work and lives at the observatory and step on the historic Prime Meridian line that divides the Eastern and Western hemispheres of the Earth. The Peter Harrison Planetarium will reopen from 20 May 2021 and the Astronomy Centre on the South side will remain closed due to refurbishment works.

Royal Museums Greenwich will continue to monitor the situation closely and base its approach on advice received from the Government and Public Health England: rmg.co.uk/welcomeback.

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