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Maritime UK in New York to strengthen transatlantic relationship

Secretary of State for the Department of International Trade, Dr. Liam Fox, joined Maritime UK aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth, for the inaugural ‘Maritime Nations Forum’ between the UK and US.

HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest and most powerful vessel ever constructed for the Royal Navy, and RMS Queen Mary 2, the flagship of Cunard Line, are in New York harbour together.

Delegation visits as US administration formally confirmed it intends to pursue a trade deal with the UK “as soon as it is ready” after leaving the EU.

A delegation of business leaders from the UK maritime sector visited New York this week accompanied by the Secretary of State for the Department of International Trade, Dr. Liam Fox.

The British maritime leaders met with an American delegation aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth at the inaugural ‘Maritime Nations Forum’ between the UK and US. The US delegation featured major names from the New York maritime scene – lawyers, bankers, shipbrokers, insurers, technologists – and leaders from the wider United States.

The maritime delegation arrived at a pivotal time in the negotiations on the UK’s departure from the UK. With the UK’s Department for International Trade consulting on a new free trade agreement with the US, the scope of that trade deal will depend on the terms deal agreed with the EU.

The US administration formally confirmed it intends to pursue a trade deal with the UK “as soon as it is ready” after leaving the EU.

As a single country the US is the largest export market for the UK, while as a supplier of goods and services to the UK, the US comes in second. The UK is also an important trade partner to the US. For both imports and exports it ranks second behind the immediate neighbors, Canada and Mexico.

This interconnectedness extends beyond goods and services, to include foreign direct investment (FDI). For Britain, the US is the largest single source of FDI, whilst the US is also the largest destination for FDI by British firms. Equally, The UK is ranked second as a destination for American companies to invest, accounting for 13% of the total foreign investment by US companies. On Friday (19 October) US giant, Amazon, announced it was creating 1,000 new jobs in the UK.

Many of the companies on the UK delegation were involved in delivering the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, currently in the US for tests with the US F-35 fighter jet. Carnival Corporation and PLC, owner of Cunard’s RMS Queen Mary 2 is the only company in the world to be listed on both the S&P 500 and FTSE 100 indices. Both ships therefore symbolise the breadth and strength of the transatlantic relationship.

Commenting ahead of the visit, David Dingle CBE, Chairman of Maritime UK and Carnival UK (which owns the Queen Mary 2), said:

“The UK and US have a strength of relationship like few others – based upon freedom, trade and prosperity.

“With the US being the largest single nation trading partner for the UK, it is logical that we proactively recommit ourselves to boosting that trading relationship and the maritime partnership that underpins it.

“Britain is an island, maritime nation, with 95% of global trade being facilitated by the maritime sector.

“The inaugural Maritime Nations Forum aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth will allow our two nations to think creatively about new opportunities to deepen our partnership and to collaborate. We are looking forward to strengthening our special relationship, and will welcome a US delegation to the UK to join us for the biggest ever London International Shipping Week in 2019.”

Liam Fox, Secretary of State for the Department of International Trade, said:

“The UK and US are steadfast maritime partners, symbolised by the presence of the HMS Queen Elizabeth in New York today.

“My international economic department will continue to work with Maritime UK to encourage investment into our maritime sector, whilst providing a wealth of export support for our hard-working British businesses.”

Julian Clark, Global Head of Shipping at Hill Dickinson, who led the delegation, added:

“We are delighted to be in New York at such a key moment in our nations trading history and development, with such a symbolic backdrop. The Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary well and truly demonstrate the breadth and capacity of UK Maritime far better than any brochure or presentation. They also signify our ambition and clear intention to strengthen the transatlantic relationship.

“In particular, London and New York, as the two leading financial centres in the world, are connected unlike any other. In meeting with our counterparts here today we are stepping up our dialogue and looking forward to greater collaboration and exchange in order to deliver mutual gain and opportunity.”

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) backs LISW19

LONDON: APRIL 10TH, 2018: Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has become the latest high level maritime organisation to underline its commitment to London International Shipping Week 2019 (LISW19) by confirming its sponsorship of the headline conference to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane on Thursday September 12th, 2019.

DMCA Executive Director Amer Ali said: “Dubai maritime sector is moving ahead with its strategic plan to make Dubai one of the world’s leading maritime centres, and being associated with LISW19 is a fantastic opportunity that supports our efforts in this regard. Significantly, the UAE and the UK have a strategic long-term relationship that we cherish and build upon by participating in LISW19. The Dubai vision is to create a maritime destination that is welcoming to all businesses and people from all over the world, and working with London in this regard supports the realisation of this vision.”

Announcing the news, Nawfal Al-Jourani, Chief Officer at the Dubai Maritime Cluster Office (DMCO), said Dubai and London shared a common commitment to the growth and prosperity of the global maritime sector through thought leadership and strong cooperation.

“Maritime clusters are vitally important to the growth of commerce and trade and LISW19 represents an ideal opportunity for effective networking between the leaders of global shipping and the sharing of best practice between the clusters. DMCO is once again delighted to be associated with this excellent event and we look forward to working with the organisers Shipping Innovation to make it an even stronger occasion that in 2017,” he said.

Over 50 international industry trade associations, UK Government departments and the Devolved Administrations have so far signed up as Supporting Organisations of LISW19.

The move is significant so soon into the start of the campaign for the next LISW and is further proof that global shipping considers London International Shipping Week as the ‘must attend’ event in the global maritime calendar.

Listed among those Supporting Organisations that have so far confirmed include major ship owner, ship broking, legal and port associations.
The date of London International Shipping Week 2019 has been announced as the week of September 9 to 13, 2019.

Further information about LISW19 can be found on the dedicated event website: www.test.londoninternationalshippingweek.com. 

Inmarsat confirmed as Diamond Sponsor of LISW19

London International Shipping Week (LISW) is proud to announce Inmarsat as Diamond Sponsor of LISW 2019.

Inmarsat, a British satellite telecommunications company which provides mobile communication services to the maritime industry worldwide, is a high-profile supporter of LISW, choosing to renew this top-level sponsorship position it previously held in 2017, 2015 and 2013.

Announcing Inmarsat’s support of LISW, Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime President, said: “Our events on digital disruption, cyber security and maritime safety events during LISW 2017 demonstrated how satellite connectivity plays a pivotal role in enabling and accelerating the digitalisation of the entire shipping industry.

“We are delighted to renew our commitment as Diamond Sponsor to LISW 2019, which once more highlights London’s position at the centre for maritime innovation,” he added.

John Hulmes, Chairman of the LISW19 Steering Group, welcomed the news, describing it as important to the perception of LISW as a truly global event spanning all shipping and maritime sectors.

“Inmarsat has been part of LISW from the very beginning and we welcome its continued involvement and support as Diamond Sponsor of the 2019 event. The LISW19 Steering Group will work closely with Inmarsat, as it does with all sponsors, to ensure the next event is even stronger than in previous years.”

News of Inmarsat’s involvement follows confirmation of a series of other sponsors of LISW19 which include Clarksons, Thomas Miller and Faststream.
Over 50 international industry trade associations, UK Government departments and the Devolved Administrations have so far signed up as Supporting Organisations of LISW19.

The move is significant so soon into the start of the campaign for the next LISW and is further proof that global shipping considers London International Shipping Week as the ‘must attend’ event in the global maritime calendar.

Listed among those Supporting Organisations that have so far confirmed include major ship owner, ship broking, legal and port associations.

Industry and Government sign up to be part of LISW19

LONDON: MARCH 8TH, 2018: Over 50 international industry trade associations, UK Government departments and the Devolved Administrations have so far either signed up or confirmed they will sign up as Supporting Organisations of London International Shipping Week 2019 (LISW19).

The move is significant so soon into the start of the campaign for the next LISW and is further proof that world shipping considers London International Shipping Week as the ‘must attend’ event in the global maritime calendar.

Listed among those Supporting Organisations that have so far confirmed include major ship owner, ship broking, legal and port associations as well as UK Government departments and the Devolved Administrations.

John Hulmes, Chairman of the LISW19 Steering Group, welcomed the news, describing it as a massive vote of support for LISW from both international industry and Government.

“LISW succeeds in bringing decision makers from global shipping together to debate key issues facing the industry. Over 160 official events were held during the last LISW in 2017 and there is every expectation that this figure will be passed in 2019,” he said.

The date of London International Shipping Week 2019 has been announced as the week of September 9 to 13, 2019.

Further information about LISW19 can be found on the dedicated event website: www.test.londoninternationalshippingweek.com.

State of the art ‘fully immersive’ training simulator welcomed across the quayside at Port of Tilbury.

The Port of Tilbury’s award-winning Logistics Training Academy in partnership with the Tilbury on the Thames Trust (TTT) has welcomed the arrival of a new state of the art ‘fully immersive’ training simulator as part of the ‘Attention to Logistics’ training programme.

The ‘Attention to Logistics’ training programme and bursary scheme, launched last year by the Trust, has been created to specifically focus on the veteran community, helping ex-service men and women and their families back into work through the logistics sector. The programme will be delivered by Tilbury on the Thames Trust in partnership with the Port of Tilbury Logistics Academy.

The Vortex ship to shore and straddle carrier simulator, purchased by the Trust from global leader in simulation-based solutions, CM Labs Simulations of Montreal, was delivered in a container to London Container Terminal in Tilbury. The container was opened by Thurrock MP, Jackie-Doyle Price and Stuart Wallace, Chief Operating Officer at Forth Ports and Chair of Tilbury on the Thames Trust.

Utilising 13 screens and 270 degree views, the Vortex simulator provides full simulation of all the major crane and straddle operational components such as motion, cable and lifting systems, and lift apparatus. It will provide new operators with an enhanced learning environment featuring industrial controls and realistic working terminal scenarios. The Simulator will also provide valuable experience and important operational information that prepares them for, and complements, learning on a real terminal – for both crane and straddle operations. In addition to this, the Vortex simulator can be used to train operators how to react properly to operational hazards that cannot be safely trained for on a real operational terminal; this may include overloads, bad weather, and equipment failures.

The Trust has also purchased a second simulator by Tenstar which is already in use as part of the Academy’s state of the art technology suite. This Tenstar training simulator has a full four screen surround and touch panel screen setup which enhances the feeling of working in an actual machine. With the Veterans programme in mind, the TTT specified the simulator to be equipped with Front Loading Shovel, Counter Balanced Forklift and HGV Truck with Trailer simulation software. In addition, the simulator is also virtual reality ready with the necessary programmes and cabling being fitted for the future addition of Oculus Rift VR equipment.

Commenting on the arrival of the simulator Stuart Wallace, Chief Operating Officer at Forth Ports and Chair of Tilbury on the Thames Trust said: “This is an exciting day as we welcome this state of the art training simulator to the port funded by the Tilbury on the Thames Trust. We are pleased to provide the premises for this technology suite where the Attention to Logistics programme will be delivered to create new opportunities for veterans whose military service experience make them well suited for careers in Logistics.”

Jackie-Doyle Price MP for Thurrock said: “I am very excited that we are pulling together the best possible facilities for the Attention to Logistics programme.  We are committed to giving ex service personnel the best facilities in which to learn so that we can help them into new employment. These are fantastic resources.”

The Logistics Training Academy is located within the port estate and also offers skills development and training to the port workforce and the community alongside developing a centre of excellence in training for the Logistics Sector.

23 February 2018                                                         – ends –

Further information/images: Debbie Johnston – 0141 548 5191 / debbie@sprengthomson.com

Notes

About The Port of Tilbury – the major gateway to London and the South East

The Port of Tilbury is London’s major port, providing fast, modern distribution services for the benefit of the South East of England and beyond. The Port of Tilbury is a dynamic and diverse port, handling the full range of cargoes with specialist expertise in the handling of paper and forest products, containers, Ro Ro, grain and bulk commodities and construction and building materials.

Tilbury’s strategic location makes it a natural point for distribution, with 18 million people living within 75 miles. Serving the UK’s market, the port offers customers excellent transport links to and from the UK’s capital and across the South East where over 50% of the population live and work.

The port is a diverse multi-modal hub, covering around 1,100 acres and is well positioned to access the M25 orbital motorway and the rest of the UK’s national motorway network. In addition, there are direct rail connections within the port, with access to the whole of the UK rail network, and dedicated barge facilities.

Tilbury 2 – 152 acres of land, including a further deep water jetty, close to the east of the port has been acquired. This land acquisition brings the total port acreage to 1,100 acres and Forth Ports intends to use this land to extend their current operations with the creation of a new port, to grow to meet the needs of their customers and market demands. It is anticipated that a development consent order will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in late 2017. It is envisaged that the site will be a construction materials and short-sea shipping hub, handling imported and exported materials and goods. www.tilbury2.co.uk

London Container Terminal (LCT) provides a unique combination of European Short Sea and Deep Sea services at the same facility.  As the UK’s third largest container terminal, Tilbury handles over half a million containers per year. There is an extensive range of ro-ro services through Tilbury. Facilities exist for car carriers, ferries, combi ships and heavy lifts. There are dedicated ro-ro berths in the dock and deepsea berths along the riverside as well as freight ferry services to Europe.

www.forthports.co.uk    @forthports

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