Maritime Skills Commissioners announced

Maritime UK, the umbrella body for the maritime sector, is today announcing the inaugural Commissioners to serve on the Maritime Skills Commission.

Government and industry, working through Maritime UK, has established the Maritime Skills Commission (MSC) to lead the sector’s work in ensuring the maritime sector has a pipeline of talented people to serve all parts of the sector covering shipping, ports, leisure marine, engineering, science and professional services.

The MSC is a core element of delivering the Department for Transport’s Maritime 2050 strategy and reports jointly to the Maritime Minister and to Maritime UK’s National Council.

Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice Chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire, was appointed Chair of the Commission in January.

It has been formed to:
1. Understand the skills needs of the sector, including the effects of technological change, and to make recommendations for action
2. Ensure that no part of the sector suffers from serious skills shortages or skills gaps
3. Ensure that the sector has the apprenticeships and qualifications it needs
4. Ensure the sector has the training provision it needs, (including the use of technology to engage learners and keep costs down)
5. Provide employers and individuals with clear information about career paths and re-training options
6. Ensure that employers have good quality recruits for their vacancies through effective promotion of maritime careers
7. Increase exports of maritime education and training.
The following Commissioners have been appointed to serve on the Commission:
• Graham Baldwin, Vice Chancellor, University of Central Lancashire (Chair)
• Lucy Armstrong, Chair, Port of Tyne
• Mark Dickinson, General Secretary, Nautilus International
• Kerry Hourihan, Head of Maritime Skills and Training, Department for Transport
• Guy Mason, SVP Global Head of Shipping, BP
• Brian Johnson, Chief Executive, Maritime and Coastguard Agency
• Monica Kohli, Senior Lawyer, FD&D, Gard (UK) Lawyers
• Douglas Lang, Group Managing Director, Anglo-Eastern (Offshore)
• Iain Mackinnon, Secretary, Maritime Skills Alliance
• Sam McBriar, Director Maritime Strategy and Marketing, Thales UK
• Colin McMurray, Director, Scottish Maritime Cluster
• Kathryn Neilson, Director, Merchant Navy Training Board
• Linton Roberts, Director Operations, Cammell Laird
• Alison Rumsey, Chief HR Officer, Associated British Ports
• Helen Sampson, Director, Seafarers International Research Centre, Cardiff University
• Nikki Sayer, Associate Director, Casper Shipping
• Alison Thompson, Head Learning and Development, Princess Yachts
• Karen Waltham, Karen Waltham Consulting
Maritime UK’s Diversity in Maritime Taskforce and Careers Taskforce will work closely with the Commission to ensure their work programmes reflect the latest labour market intelligence produced by the MSC.

The inaugural meeting of the Commission is being held this afternoon (2 July).

Graham Baldwin, Chair, Maritime Skills Commission said: “I am delighted to Chair the Maritime Skills Commission and lead this group of highly skilled, diverse Commissioners to ensure the sector is equipped with a continuous pipeline of talented people and resources. Over the past few months, I have undertaken a robust mapping exercise to ensure the MSC has coverage across the five maritime sectors covered by Maritime UK.

“I have also ensured it has the right balance of geographical coverage, seniority, diversity, knowledge of HR and current skills systems, as well as people who understand the impact of technical changes such as automation and digitisation.”

Kelly Tolhurst, Maritime Minister said: “Our maritime sector thrives because of the well trained, highly skilled makeup of our workers. These commissioners will play a vital role in ensuring employees have the skills they need to keep the industry growing as we navigate our way out of Covid-19.”

Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK said: “The Commission was always a critical element of Maritime 2050, but now, following coronavirus, its role is even more pivotal, and urgent. It has pressing work to get on with to understand what impact the pandemic has had, and will have, on the labour market. I am delighted to welcome the new Commissioners to post and know that they want to get down to work straight away. The Commission is a true embodiment of the kind of partnership between industry and government that we need to enhance the UK’s position as a world-class maritime nation.”

UK Ranks 1st on Paris MOU Whitelist

Katy Ware – Director of Maritime Safety & Standards, Directorate of Maritime Safety & Standards

The United Kingdom is officially the highest performing Flag under the Paris MOU Port State Control regime.

In the Paris MoU Committee list published today (1 July 2020), the UK heads the White List which is based on the total number of inspections and detentions over a three-year rolling period for flags which have had at least 30 inspections in the period.

Katy Ware, director of maritime safety and standards, as well as being the UK’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization said it was good news for all those who had worked hard to maintain UK standards.

She said: “This shows that what you put in, you get out. We’ve worked with industry to improve those standards and our surveyors continue to apply them at high levels.

“It’s a great moment to see our name at the top of the list and we will continue to strive to make sure our standards remain at this same high level.’

ABS CONFIRMED AS PLATINUM SPONSOR OF LISW21

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ABS CONFIRMED AS PLATINUM SPONSOR OF LISW21

LONDON: JUNE 4, 2020: The organisers of London International Shipping Week are proud to announce that American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has signed up as a Platinum Sponsor of London International Shipping Week 2021 (LISW21).

ABS is a leading provider of classification services to the global offshore and marine industries and is guided by its mission to promote security of life, property and the natural environment.

LISW21, which will be held in the week of September 13-17, 2021, has already received the support of over 100 international shipping trade associations together with the UK Government, Royal Navy and the UK domestic shipping and maritime sectors.

It promises to be an occasion of global proportions, with the number of events expected to exceed the 220 held during LISW19, meaning visitor numbers are expected to be higher than the 20,000 who attended last year.

Welcoming ABS onboard, Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, Director of Shipping Innovation, paid tribute to ABS’ continued support of LISW.

“The success of LISW is, in no uncertain terms, due to the overwhelming support of our valued Sponsors and Supporting Organisations and ABS is no exception to this. We have worked very closely with our friends at ABS for many years now and look forward to connecting with their team once again to ensure LISW21 is even more of a success for them than ever before.”

For the first time, LISW will run industry events throughout the five days of the week as opposed to keeping the Thursday free just for the headline LISW Conference and Gala Dinner. This will give Supporting Organisations and Sponsors more freedom of choice when it comes to planning their events.

Further information about LISW21 can be found on the dedicated event website: www.londoninternationalshippingweek.com or you can follow us on Twitter @LISWOfficial or #LISW21.

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GLOBAL SHIPPING INDUSTRY LOOKS FORWARD TO LISW21 AS SEPTEMBER DATE IS CONFIRMED

 

LONDON: MAY 4, 2020: Preparatory work to deliver a London International Shipping Week in 2021 that will be even more relevant and internationally-focused than ever before is well underway as London and the UK look to a trading future outside of the EU and an industry free of the economic constraints imposed by this year’s Coronavirus pandemic.

LISW21, which will be held in the week of September 13-17, 2021, has already received the support of over 100 international shipping trade associations together with the UK Government, Royal Navy and the UK domestic shipping and maritime sectors.

It promises to be an occasion of global proportions, with the number of events expected to exceed the 220 held during LISW19, meaning visitor numbers are expected to be higher than the 20,000 who attended last year.

John Hulmes, Chairman of the LISW21 Steering Group, said: “This year’s international shipping events calendar has been adversely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic with many shipping weeks cancelled or postponed. LISW21 will be one of the first major opportunities shipping industry leaders will have to meet and network again in safety.

“That is why the LISW21 Steering Group and Board of Advisors are pulling out all the stops to ensure that LISW21 is more relevant and international that ever before,” he added.

For the first time, LISW will run industry events throughout the five days of the week as opposed to keeping the Thursday free just for the headline LISW Conference and Gala Dinner. This will give Supporting Organisations and Sponsors more freedom of choice when it comes to planning their events,” he added.

Further information about LISW21 can be found on the dedicated event website: www.londoninternationalshippingweek.com or you can follow us on Twitter @LISWOfficial or #LISW21.
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INMARSAT CONFIRMED AS DIAMOND SPONSOR OF LISW21

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LONDON: MARCH 2, 2020: The organisers of London International Shipping Week are proud to announce that Inmarsat plc has signed up as Diamond Sponsor of next year’s event, LISW21.

This announcement follows confirmation that the week-long premier global shipping and maritime event will be held during the week of September 6-10, 2021.

Inmarsat is the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications. Shipping Innovation, owner of LISW21, welcomed Inmarsat’s continued involvement as a high-profile supporter of LISW and its decision to, once again, renew its top-level sponsorship position; a commitment it has made to every LISW since the event began in 2013.

LISW21 will once again be host to over 200 events during the week as well as the popular headline conference and Gala Dinner that will be staged at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Thursday September 9th.

Announcing Inmarsat’s support of LISW21, Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime, said: “The fact that over 800 guests attended our two events last year on digitalisation and crew welfare, highlights the importance that the international shipping community places on London and the UK as a centre of maritime innovation and we are delighted to continue our long-standing commitment to LISW by working closely again with the organisers and the UK Government.”

Sean Moloney, Director of Shipping Innovation, said Inmarsat’s continued support of LISW underlined its importance as a truly international event, spanning all shipping and maritime sectors across all maritime clusters.

“We are delighted to be continuing our long-held and valued relationship with Inmarsat as work gets underway to start preparing for the next instalment. Inmarsat sees LISW as the right opportunity to interact with the global shipping community as well as UK Government and the UK maritime sector at large. And we look forward to working with them, as well as all our other Sponsors and Supporting Organisations to ensure we deliver an LISW21 of the highest level.”

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