What might we expect from a Seatrade Parliamentary Debate? Before we took our seats, a guest from mainland Europe suggested: “Perhaps it will be like your UK Parliament, with the two sides facing and shouting at each other?”

Brexit has opened the floodgates for the UK Ship Register (UKSR) – in the wrong direction. At the beginning of the year, the UK-flagged fleet stood at around 16.5m gt. Today, it stands at 10.9m gt.

As the UK’s Brexit process plunges into deep uncertainty P&I insurers are choosing different methods to ensure smooth trading in the event of the country leaving the EU.

What do you mean by the phrase –“long-term crew strategy”? In recent years, in our beloved shipping industry, I have tended to believe that it is trying to find a Second Engineer with a chemicals endorsement and US visa, for a ship leaving Singapore next Tuesday.

Prepared or not prepared? That’s quite a question. According to a survey on preparedness for Brexit by Odgers Berndtson, only 16% of about 100 UK ports and harbour authorities have made any ‘significant or practical’ plans for Brexit, but 59% expect a negative or strongly negative impact.

Following the heavy defeat in the British parliament for the Prime Minister Teresa May’s Brexit deal the British Ports Association (BPA) has urged the government to do “whatever is necessary to avoid a disorderly withdrawal from the EU”.

Port of Dunkirk officials classified 2018 as “a good year” with overall throughput up 3% year-on-year from 50.2m tonnes to 51.6m tonnes, and predicted 2019 would be “a very good year”, at a press conference held in regional capital Lille yesterday.

Whatever the outcome of Brexit negotiations, the UK intends to remain “the undisputed leading global hub for Maritime Services,” Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani told attendees at the Maritime London/IMIF annual dinner held in the UK capital on Monday evening.

The first meeting of the UK’s Green Maritime Council, which aims to plot a course for zero emissions from the country’s maritime sector, was held on Monday.

Who knew it? Ports are a vital part of the UK economy, Liam Fox told a gathering of some 200 people at a reception in the House of Lords last week. And, he said, ports are not only important economic entities: “They also play a vital role in facilitating imports and exports.”

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