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THECHAMBEROFSHIPPINGANNUALREVIEW2011–2012


scheme (or SMarT) and I was delighted in January when the government announced that the current funding for the SMarT scheme would continue throughout this parliament. This is a pivotal time for maritime training, with the UK facing the prospect of rising costs from both higher and further education funding cuts. The Chamber will continue to work hard to


secure the future of maritime skills in the UK. Thirdly, we have been closely engaged in the


national and international industry effort to counter the scourge of piracy in the Indian Ocean and elsewhere. The Chamber’s objective here is to restore ’normality’ and safe passage for our seafarers and ships to this huge area, which is one of the primary arteries of world trade. We welcomed the Prime Minister’s action to call a high-level political conference to find solutions to the wider picture in Somalia, which emphasised capacity-building ashore and encouraged alternative lifestyles to discourage the ambitions of potential pirates. My fourth focus is the environment. On one


crucial issue – climate change – we consistently continue to encourage the international shipping community to seek proactive solutions that will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. We urge all parties to engage fully in the debate on measures to reduce emissions, their


financial implications and the practicalities of putting them in place. It is vital that solutions are developed and agreed


on a worldwide basis through the International Maritime Organization. Unfortunately, as we have seen in Durban and in the IMO discussions, progress is made more difficult by political issues and this only increases the risk of unworkable regional solutions. Finally, the Chamber itself is entering a new and


A STRONG FLOW OF


PROFESSIONAL MARINER SKILLS IS ESSENTIAL, NOT JUST FOR OUR COMPANIES, BUT ALSO FOR THE ABILITY OF THE UK ECONOMY TO COMPETE INTERNATIONALLY AND REMAIN A LEADING MARITIME CENTRE


exciting era. We have just completed an internal review focusing the Chamber’s work on the core activities that matter to our members – safeguarding our members’ interests, informing them of developments, policy-making and representation at all levels, nationally and internationally. Considerable thanks go to my excellent Vice-


President, Helen Deeble, for all the invaluable support she has given me during this year. I would also like to thank Chief Executive Angus Frew and Director- General Mark Brownrigg, and their very professional team, both for the transition that they have steered for the Chamber and for the many successes that it has won for the industry during the year.


Michael Parker PRESIDENT’S FOREWORD 5


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