Reforms and ideas to drive the UK’s position as a leading maritime nation have been published today, Thursday 16 July. The work will be used by the chair of the Maritime Growth Study, Lord Mountevans, as he examines how Britain’s maritime industries can build on their multi-billion pound contribution to the economy.
The results of an industry consultation are now available on GOV.UK alongside an independent report into the international competitiveness of the UK maritime sector. A report commissioned by Maritime and Coastguard Agency has also been published. This report provides an industry perspective on the performance of the UK Ship Register and gives recommendations on how it can become more internationally competitive, subsequently boosting the number of ships flying the UK Flag.
Shipping minister Robert Goodwill said:
The publication of this evidence base represents a major milestone in the Maritime Growth Study. I am impressed by the broad range of contributors and the quality of material submitted to the study. The government is committed to supporting a competitive and world leading UK maritime sector and I look forward to receiving Lord Mountevans’ findings later this year, underpinned by this evidence.
Chris Thomas, MCA Acting Director of Maritime Safety and Standards, said:
I’d like to thank our industrious panel members for their contributions. Their hard work will give us the direction we need to improve the UK Ship Register and, of course, have provided the Maritime Growth Study with invaluable background information.
The Maritime Growth Study is chaired by Lord Mountevans, and supported by an advisory group of leading industry figures. The final report will be published in September during London International Shipping Week.