The Minister of State for Transport Robert Goodwill has committed to taking steps to drive growth in the maritime sector, encouraging greater investment and making the UK flag more attractive to ship owners.
The DfT will also undertake a fresh look at how many seafarers are needed for the future, and work to improve career opportunities including a review of the government’s support for maritime training (SMarT) scheme.
The study called for reform of the UK Ship Register to create a more commercial focus and encourage more ships to fly the world-famous Red Ensign. This has already begun with the announcement today of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s appointment of a new director of the UK Ship Register.
UK’s maritime sector currently contributes at least £11 billion to the economy each year, and supports around 113,000 jobs and 6,600 businesses. The maritime growth study was published in September 2015 during London International Shipping Week.
Minister of State for Transport Robert Goodwill said:
“The maritime industry is a success story for our nation, and we are determined that the UK grows as a major international shipping country. We face strong competition across the world and it is vital we stay ahead of the curve.”