THE UK shipping association has this week launched its four-point plan for the 2019 General Election.

In its ‘Stand up for Shipping’ manifesto, the Chamber calls for more investment to make the UK a world leader in green maritime technology and tax credits for companies who invest in research and development to help cement the UK as a world leading shipping nation.

The four-point plan asks each political party to:

  • Ensure the UK continues to be a world leading place to do business
  • Support the decarbonisation of the shipping industry
  • Help companies provide training schemes for those seeking a career at sea
  • Work with global partners to ensure frictionless trade

UK Chamber of Shipping chief executive Bob Sanguinetti said the election would be crucial for shipping.


“We are at a critical point in our history and as we head towards another general election we call on all major parties to ensure the UK remains a great place to do business and increase support for green initiatives, training and apprentices,” Mr Sanguinetti said.

“Most importantly though we want to see greater investment across the UK in research and development so we can lead the world in developing the technologies of tomorrow, creating a cleaner, greener global shipping industry and ensuring the UK remains a world leading maritime nation.”