UK is a globally competitive location for shipping. The maritime sector earns Ap8.8 - Ap11.8 billion for the economy and supports 214, 000 jobs. The Government's new maritime strategy poses the right questions about UK shipping but does not yet provide compelling answers on a range of key points. In particular, it is unclear how the Government plans to address the looming skills gap whereby the UK will have 5, 000 fewer deck and engineering officers than the UK's maritime sector is predicted to require by 2021. The Committee recommends that the Government: make an explicit commitment to address fully a significant looming shortfall in UK trained seafarers partly through the Tonnage Tax, SMaRT funding and apprenticeships; commission an independent review of the MCA to evaluate how far a ongoing budget cuts may weaken the UK's ability to enforce compliance with international shipping regulations, undermine its status as a high-quality flag nation and shrink its influence within the International Maritime Organisation.; review the support the UK provides through its oversight of the Red Ensign Group to a number of competing registries of crown dependencies and UK overseas territories to raise the standards of the vessels which fly under the this flag; implement stronger seamanship qualifications by 2016 for the crew of all transfer vessels taking staff to and from offshore wind farm installations (and to call for voluntary compliance with these higher standards before that deadline); and support London International Shipping Week 2015 but showcase shipping around the countryQ77 Chair: The Government tell us that they will acontinue to resista what they call athe unnecessary extension of EU competence in the maritime sphere, in particular ... Q79 Chair: Did London International Week help the UK maritime sector?
|Title||:||House of Commons - Transport Committee: Forging Ahead?: UK Shipping Strategy - HC 630|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Transport Committee, Louise Ellman|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2014-03-26|