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Next steps for the UK maritime sector - ports, shipbuilding and decarbonisation

Morning, Tuesday, 22nd November 2022


This conference will examine the opportunities and challenges facing the UK maritime sector.


Discussion will focus on how to meet decarbonisation objectives, attract investment, improve port infrastructure, and plans to re-establish shipbuilding across the UK.


It will be a timely opportunity to discuss latest developments across the sector, including the:

  • refreshed National Shipbuilding Strategy
  • UK Shipbuilding Skills Taskforce
  • Maritime Capability Campaign Office
  • UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions (UK-SHORE)
  • Clydebank Declaration, as announced at COP26

Areas for discussion include:

  • shipbuilding - de-risking investment - retaining skills - building new commercial and naval vessels - repairs
  • ports - decarbonisation - supply chains - power - investment - resources - connectivity
  • skills and employment opportunities - levelling up - growing skillsets - distribution of benefits across nations - creating green jobs
  • decarbonisation - innovation - green shipping technologies - infrastructure - shore power - hydrogen - ammonia - the Emissions Trading Scheme - offshore wind
  • investment - confidence - collaboration between stakeholders - long-term security
  • policy - long-term policy priorities for the UK maritime sector

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Robert Courts MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Aviation, Maritime, Security and Civil Contingencies, Department for Transport; Peter Aylott, Director of Policy, UK Chamber of Shipping; Rear Admiral Rex Cox, Chief Executive, National Shipbuilding Office; Tim Morris, Chief Executive Officer, UK Major Ports Group; and John Wood, Chief Executive, Harland & Wolff.



Keynote Speaker

Robert Courts MP

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Aviation, Maritime, Security and Civil Contingencies, Department for Transport

Keynote Speakers

Rear Admiral Rex Cox

Chief Executive, National Shipbuilding Office

Tim Morris

Chief Executive Officer, UK Major Ports Group

Peter Aylott

Director of Policy, UK Chamber of Shipping

Robert Courts MP

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Aviation, Maritime, Security and Civil Contingencies, Department for Transport

John Wood

Chief Executive, Harland & Wolff

Chair

Lord Berkeley

Secretary, All-Party Parliamentary Maritime and Ports Group

Speakers

Gihan Ismail

Director, Marine Capital

Mika Minio-Paluello

Policy officer, Industry and Climate, Trades Union Congress

Katharine Palmer

Shipping Lead, High level Climate Champion, UNFCCC

Anne-Marie Mountifield

Chief Executive, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership; Ambassador, Women in Maritime; and Member, National Maritime UK Council