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

December 2022


Price: £150 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


This conference examined the opportunities and challenges facing the UK maritime sector.


Discussion focused on achievement of decarbonisation objectives, attracting investment, improvement of port infrastructure, plans to re-establish shipbuilding across the UK, and its contribution to local economies, as well as changing trade patterns and shipping trends.


It was a timely opportunity to look at the future direction of Government strategy under new political leadership, and priorities for responding to changing trade patterns, supply chain challenges and shipping trends.


Policymakers and stakeholders discussed priorities and opportunities in the context of:


  • The forthcoming updated Clean Maritime Plan - due to be published in 2023
  • National Maritime Security Strategy
  • Maritime recovery route map
  • 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

Overall areas for discussion included:


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

We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with Rear Admiral Rex Cox, Chief Executive, National Shipbuilding Office; Cameron Bowie, Managing Director, UK & Ireland, Hapag-Lloyd; John Wood, Chief Executive, Harland & Wolff; Tim Morris, Chief Executive Officer, UK Major Ports Group; Peter Aylott, Director of Policy, UK Chamber of Shipping; Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive, British Port Association; Dr Eamonn Beirne, Deputy Director - UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions (UK SHORE), Maritime Directorate, Department for Transport; Anne-Marie Mountifield, Chief Executive, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership; Ambassador, Women in Maritime; and Member, National Maritime UK Council; and Dr Parag Vyas, Expert Committee Lead on the Hydrogen in Maritime Project, Regulatory Horizons Council.


The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from BEIS; DAERA, NI; DIT; Department for the Economy, NI; DfT; Department of Finance NI; DLUHC; GLD; Home Office; House of Commons Library; ICIBI; IfATE; MCA; NIC; NSO; OPSS; Transport Scotland; UKSA; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons.



This on-demand pack includes

  • A full video recording of the conference as it took place, with all presentations, Q&A sessions, and remarks from chairs
  • An automated transcript of the conference
  • Copies of the slides used to accompany speaker presentations (subject to permission
  • Access to on-the-day materials, including speaker biographies, attendee lists and the agenda