In 2015 the Department for Transport in the UK published the Maritime Growth Study. It includes recommendations to both UK government and industry on:
- maintaining the UK’s position as a world-leading maritime centre
- exploiting opportunities to generate further growth in the sector
The study was chaired by Lord Mountevans, who recommends that action is taken in specific areas to provide:
- leadership by both government and industry, including a more commercial and responsive UK maritime administration within government and an industry-led promotional body
- more proactive action to replenish and develop the skills needed to maintain our position as a world-leading maritime centre
- effective marketing by industry and government of what the UK maritime sector has to offer both domestically and internationally
Both the House of Commons Transport Select Committee and the DfT are now seeking submissions addressing a number of different issues related to the strategy and its progress.
The Transport Select Committee is inviting written submissions addressing one or more of the following points:
- The work of the UK maritime industry and the UK Government in providing leadership and a coherent vision for the maritime sector as a whole
- The success to date of actions to increase the commercial focus and culture of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency
- The success to date of actions to grow the UK Ship Register (the "UK Flag")
- Steps taken by the industry and the UK Government to identify and address maritime skills shortages, including the Maritime Skills Investment Fund, maritime apprenticeships, training schemes and promotion of maritime careersIndustry progress towards the development of a single marketing strategy for the UK maritime sector
- The UK Government's progress towards the promotion of the maritime sector to inward investors, including through UK Trade and Investment and foreign embassies
- Industry and UK Government progress towards increasing the competitiveness of UK ports, including through investment in surface access
- Industry and UK Government support for the UK cruise industryThe adequacy of the overall plan for the UK maritime sector, including in the context of the potential implications of the UK exiting the European Union and how the strategy may need to evolve
The Department for Transport is seeking contributions to inform a stock take of the study in terms of current progress and future direction:
- Please tell us where you think progress has been made on recommendations from the Growth Study
- Please give any examples of where you feel progress has been slow or where an existing recommendation has not been addressed or is no longer valid
- Please tell us about any issues which were not picked up in the recommendations and which you feel are still not being addressed
For questions 4 to 6 – up to three ideas are requested:
- With the UK now exiting the EU please offer up your suggestions for both government and industry to support the assertion that the UK is “open for business”
- What do you think are the top priorities for government and industry to address by the time the UK exits the EU
- Please suggest initiatives for the government and industry to pursue to enhance export opportunities for the maritime sector
- What additional comments do you have on the recommendations of the study or on how exiting the EU might impact the maritime sector.
The IMarEST submits consultation responses and provides inputs to inquiries on behalf of its members in order to present a sector view and to enable policy makers to have confidence that they are receiving information that is objective, impartial and expert.
Deadline for responses
To contribute to an IMarEST submission to the Select Committee and to the DfT please send your comments, addressing any or all of the statements and questions to by 17:00 GMT on Friday 17 February 2017.