UK Chamber of Shipping in drive to attract new crop of seafarers through video campaign

Trade body’s Careers at Sea campaign aims to plug shortfall in numbers of British seafarers.

The UK Chamber of Shipping and the Merchant Navy Training Board has today launched a campaign to boost the number of young people entering maritime careers, as part of their ‘Careers At Sea’ campaign.

An ageing population and growth in the global shipping industry has led to an increased demand for British seafarers, and the campaign will highlight the diverse range of professional opportunities available to young people who choose to enter the UK’s most international sector.

The short film, titled ‘To Sea or Not to Sea’, was produced by ITN Studios and will be promoted across social media in an effort to raise awareness of the maritime sector.

The campaign coincides with activity by the Chamber to encourage the government to double its contribution to maritime training, from £15m per annum to £30m. The new scheme, called SMarT (Support for Maritime Training) Plus, would see industry match any government contribution to seafarer training as well as guaranteeing a job for newly-trained cadets for a minimum of one year.

A recent study conducted by the Chamber pointed to the shortfall of British seafarers that the industry may have to face, and the campaign represents an effort to address this issue head on.

Data in the study show that for every pound spent by the Government on SMarT between 2011/12 and 2015/16, the UK economy has benefited by £4.8, and that for every job created in the maritime sector, five are created elsewhere in the country.

The UK’s seafarer population is ageing. If the UK does not respond with positive measures to ensure that employment prospects for its seafarers remain strong, it will lose its pool of talent and expertise.

And the industry is facing increasing competition from elsewhere. Other maritime centres, most notably Hong Kong and Singapore, are actively seeking to attract maritime business. Countries whose living costs are lower than the UK’s are training seafarers to the required international standards who can work on UK ships.

Jonathan Roberts, Director of Communications at the UK Chamber of Shipping, said:

“This film is the latest example of our determination to raise shipping’s profile. The industry needs to continuously modernise its communications approach if it is to be relevant to the national media, political and public audiences.

“The UK has a diverse economy, with many industries competing to attract the attention of young talent. This film is a statement of our ambition, it makes us stand out from the crowd and will help us to find the next generation of world class seafarers.

“It should also be seen in the context of our proposals to increase government funding for seafarer training. We are doing our bit to promote a career at sea, and if government is able to do the same than we can achieve our aim of doubling the number of young people entering the industry.”

Kathryn Neilson, Director of the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB), said:

“We know there are many talented young people in the UK who want a career in the Merchant Navy, but there are many more talented young people out there who we could attract to the industry if only they knew of the opportunities available to them.

“This film marks a shift in our approach. In the months ahead we will dedicate significant resource to targeting social media users, and together with our Careers At Sea Ambassadors who travel the country to speak at careers events, schools and youth groups, we will ensure young people from all backgrounds, and all corners of the UK, are able to see the vast opportunities are career at sea can provide.”



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The film has been produced in partnership with ITN Productions.

ITN Productions is ITN’s in-house production business which produces bespoke creative and commercial content for broadcasters, businesses, brands, rights holders and digital channels. This includes TV programmes across factual, entertainment and current affairs for UK and international channels, TV commercials and branded content, corporate video and industry news programming, sports live coverage, clips and programmes and shortform video online and on mobile. ITN Productions has a full in-house post production facility.

We work with brands, agencies and broadcasters to create award-winning TV commercials and branded content. As experts in live and reactive advertising production we pioneer new and creative ways to communicate brand stories and marketing messages across a wide range of platforms. In December 2016 our global live co-production for Virgin Holiday’s was named Campaign of the Year by Marketing Week. Our work has won 4 Gold Media Week Awards and the Grand Prix in addition to two Gold Cannes Lions.

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Shipping sector at climate tipping point

The shipping industry must and can play a significant role in addressing global warming by reducing its GHG emissions. 

That’s the finding of a 4-year research effort ‘Shipping in Changing Climates’, supported by over 30 partners from industry and academia including Lloyds Register, Rolls Royce, BMT, Shell and MSI.

The research concludes international shipping must cut GHG emissions at least 50% by 2050. Rising trade and demand means this will require substantial efficiency improvements in the average ship, which will have to reduce in carbon intensity some 60-90% by mid century. 

Under a more ambitious 1.5C warming limit supported by over 50 climate vulnerable nations it must achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 at the latest.  

Switching to LNG or improving energy efficiency of ships alone is not sufficient, greater reductions in GHG will only be enabled through a shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy and low carbon fuels/energy. Zero emission ships, already becoming part of the global fleet on certain niche routes, will increasingly become the mainstream technology with significant penetration into the market from approximately 2030.  

Katharine Palmer, Environmental Manager, Lloyds Register
“Following our low carbon pathways 2050, we have seen a transition in the mindset, with broad industry buy-in, to do something. But the question we are asked now is, how are we going to do this in practice?. The next step we are taking is to look at what threshold levels are needed to make zero emission technologies viable and what our responsibility is in handling this inevitable change.”

Adam Kent, Director, Maritime Strategies International
“…Shipping is clearly in a changing climate: clients are already regularly asking us about how the global shift away from fossil fuels for energy production towards renewables, and increasing electrification reduces demand for fossil fuels, and is changing demand for wet/dry bulk shipping. And important shifts are also happening outside of energy commodities such as the iron ore and coal trades as steel production moves to electric arc production

Tristan Smith, Reader in Energy and Transport UCL-Energy
The risk for shipping companies is that, distracted by nearer-term regulations on SOx and other air pollutants, they fail to spot the growing political pressure behind the sectors decarbonisation and the development of enabling technologies in the wider economy. The opportunity exists in spotting this change, and its synergies with compliance with other air pollution regulation. Companies need to identify which of biofuels, electrification and/or the use of synthetic fuels such as hydrogen, are best suited to their companys decarbonisation pathway. These are not trivial changes and so need to be prepared for now.” 

SCC recommendations include:

  • Operational CO2 intensity for all containerships, tankers and dry-bulk must be cut 60-90% on 2012 levels by 2050 just to reach a two degree pathway. The current IMO efficiency regime just leads to a 3% reduction in emissions by 2050.
  • Major companies should consider undertaking climate risk analysis, and implementing internal carbon pricing to prepare their business for forthcoming regulation under tougher climate policies
  • The use of hydrogen or battery technology is viable but may require a fundamental change in operational philosophy and voyage planning, and care will need to be taken of upstream emissions
  • Technology can make some difference, but it will take a lot of technologies and must include wind assistance. Speed reduction will be important even with future technology. Lowering carbon factor of fuels will be needed for major reductions.
  • Zero operational emission ships will need to increasingly penetrate fleets especially from 2030.
  • To meet climate targets ships will need to slow unless they can run on cleaner fuels such as hydrogen, biofuels or battery packs.

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HFW’s Shipping Group Chooses The Mission to Seafarers as Global Charity Partner

HFW to provide legal, practical and financial support to the Mission to Seafarers in three-year deal.

International law firm HFW today announced that its Shipping Group has chosen The Mission to Seafarers as its first ever global charity partner. Over three years HFW will offer legal, practical and financial support to The Mission to Seafarers to support its essential welfare work with seafarers around the globe.

The partnership between HFW and the Mission will involve direct practical and legal support as well as an annual financial donation to the charity. HFW has pledged to offer pro bono legal counsel to support the effective governance of the charity and compliance with local regulations in the regions in which it works. The Mission will also be involved in HFW’s annual global Communities Week later this year.

HFW’s partnership with the Mission will help them to continue their ongoing support of thousands of seafarers around the world every day. This ranges from helping seafarers keep in contact with their friends and families back home up to care and support in crisis situations. In 2016, the Mission visited almost half a million seafarers aboard ships and supported over 1,000 justice and medical cases.

Craig Neame, Global Head of Shipping, Offshore and Logistics, HFW commented: “HFW has strong ties to the maritime community with 200 lawyers and 13 Master Mariners specialising in maritime law within Shipping. The Mission to Seafarers was the clear choice to become HFW’s first ever global charity partner, given the connection HFW felt with the direct welfare and emergency support it delivers to seafarers. We are keen to help the Mission continue its vital outreach work, and to support any relevant legal governance requirements that arise during our three-year partnership.”

The Reverend Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary General, The Mission to Seafarers commented: “We are deeply grateful to HFW for naming us as their charity partner. Seafarers continue to face challenging, dangerous and often lonely working conditions, but actions like this commitment by HFW show that the industry does see and value them, and enables us to deliver direct support to them when they need it most. The practical support being offered by HFW will help us to ensure we have stable and effective governance to continue to offer that direct helping hand. We look forward to partnering with HFW on this in the coming years.”


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Merchant Navy heroes honoured

Mariners who have gone beyond the call of duty are to receive a prestigious Merchant Navy medal, Maritime Minister John Hayes has announced today.

Now in its second year, the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service is being awarded to those who are serving or have served in the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets of the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands.

The state award is handed out for exemplary service and devotion to duty, rewarding those who have set an outstanding example to others.

  • Recipients of the medal this year have received the award for a number of meritorious reasons including:
  • World record offshore operational achievements
  • The saving of lives at sea through responsive aid to migrants in peril
  • Improving seafarer employment conditions and safety of ships
  • Achievement in marine engineering
  • Providing new maritime career opportunities
  • Devotion to the welfare of vulnerable seafarers

Maritime Minister John Hayes said:

“Merchant Navy seafarers and those serving in the fishing fleets provide an invaluable service to our island nation, often in difficult and dangerous conditions. I am therefore delighted to announce the deserving recipients of this award today.

“Just a week after we mark Merchant Navy Day and remember the sacrifices of the seafarers of the past, this award provides the opportunity to proudly show our appreciation for British shipping today and in the future. It also coincides with London International Shipping Week 2017, where this nation is showcasing the very best of its maritime sector to the world.”

A formal presentation ceremony will be held later in the year.

Nominations for the 2018 awards of the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service are now open and further information on how to submit nominations can be found here.

New report examines future of autonomous maritime systems

  • Lloyd’s Register, QinetiQ and the University of Southampton launch new insights report into future developments and challenges in Marine Autonomy.
  • Report considers employment, skills and socio-economic impacts of autonomous systems.
  • The ability of regulatory and legal systems to adapt will be a challenge.
  • Consumer-driven technology developments will drive the pace of change.
  • Changing skillsets will be required for seafarers.

Maritime activity over the next decade will be dominated by unmanned surface and underwater vessels, according to a report on the future of autonomous maritime systems launched today.

Written and researched by Lloyd’s Register, QinetiQ and the University of Southampton, the report is a follow-up to Global Marine Technology Trends 2030, looking at how technology trends will impact upon the regulatory and social aspects of maritime operations.

Tim Kent, Technical Director, Marine and Offshore, Lloyd’s Register, said: “Networks of autonomous surface and underwater vessels are set to radically change the nature of maritime operations. Developments widely reported in the media, such as those in autonomous shipping, are happening with greater pace than expected as little as 2 years ago. These developments enabled by technology provide new opportunities and potential for disruptive business models. However, the principal challenges will be the integration of these autonomous systems into current maritime operations, legal and regulatory requirements, and not least the impact upon seafarers.”

Bill Biggs, Senior Campaign Leader for Autonomy, QinetiQ, said: “Technological advances in consumer and adjacent markets are a real opportunity for the maritime sector. Applied artificial intelligence, low cost low size sensors, increased connectivity, improved cyber security and better energy management are all likely to drive rapid and disruptive change. Trials already undertaken by navies and transport companies demonstrate the opportunities that autonomous maritime systems present. In 2016 QinetiQ supported Unmanned Warrior, the largest demonstration of its type ever conducted, running as part of a major multinational naval exercise. It’s just one example of the steps the UK is taking to keep up with the accelerating pace of change.”

Professor Ajit Shenoi, Director of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute at the University of Southampton, said: “The report recognises that autonomous systems and associated technologies will require people to learn to work seamlessly with them. Crew members of the future may become shore based, managing vessels remotely from the office or the sea, creating the need for new training and skillsets. The potential for the command and control to be geographically displaced from the vessel will also require behavioural and cultural changes within the maritime community.”

David Dingle CBE, Chairman of Maritime UK said: “I’m delighted that this timely and thought-provoking report is being launched during London International Shipping Week, demonstrating the UK’s preeminent role in cutting-edge innovation and thought leadership for our global industry. This thought leadership from three world-leading companies and educational institutions, coupled with exciting developments from leading manufacturers such as Rolls Royce, ASV and a wealth of small and medium size players, mean that the UK, the world’s maritime centre, really is leading the autonomy revolution.”

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