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February New Oxford Economics study published by Maritime UK showing maritime services’ contributions to GDP, UK jobs and tax revenues – with regional breakdown for first time.

December EU Passenger Liability Regulation came into force.

This implemented the 2002 Protocol to the 1974 Athens Convention on passenger rights. EU Passenger Rights Regulation came into operation, creating duties on ferry and cruise operators to take care of stranded passengers, pay compensation for delays and cancellations and prohibit discrimination against disabled passengers. Supported by guidance jointly prepared by the UK Chamber and DFT.

December UK Chamber hosted a seminar for members with Captain Roger Towner, MCA Chief Examiner, on MCA’s plans for implementing the Manila amendments to STCW.

January Lord Mayor, Alderman Roger Gifford, hosted first ‘City Maritime Dinner’. Lord Green, FCO and BIS trade minister, affirms the importance of maritime services and echoes BIS’ earlier message on the need for a national maritime strategy.


UK Chamber hosted a speech on piracy, given by Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt. He confirmed Government’s commitment to fighting piracy and set out how the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s maritime security programme funds will be spent in the financial year 2013-2014.

February Helen Deeble CBE, President of the UK Chamber of Shipping, commented on UK’s membership of the EU and its impact on shipping during her speech at UK Chamber’s Annual Dinner. Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond also spoke on Government’s commitment to developing a cross-departmental maritime strategy.


UK Chamber President takes team to Brussels to meet EU Climate Action Commissioner Hedegaard and Directors-General for transport and maritime affairs.

March Elections for the UK Chamber’s new

President and Vice President took place at the AGM. Kenneth MacLeod from

Stena and Northern Marine, was elected President and Marcus Bowman from

Holman Fenwick Willan was elected Vice President for the year ahead.


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