Taskforce established to ‘Keep Freight Flowing’ into the UK

first_imgMaritime UK Chair, Harry Theochari, said: Author: Baibhav Mishra “The sector is committed to doing everything we can to keep Britainsupplied, fed and fuelled. But we do need urgent help to get financial supportwhere it’s needed.” CLIA UK& IrelandUKMajor Ports GroupUKChamber of ShippingBritishMarineSocietyof Maritime IndustriesMerseyMaritimeCornwallMarine NetworkSolentLEPInstituteof Chartered ShipbrokersDepartmentfor TransportDepartmentfor Business, Energy and Industrial StrategyDepartmentfor International Trade Sea News, March 27 ​95% of goods – including medicine, food and fuel – come to the UK through ports Many members of Maritime UK are struggling to access Government fundingthat has been made available to businesses been impacted by the virus.Worryingly, companies are also finding it near-impossible to access PPEequipment – masks, gloves and hand sanitizer – that are essential to ensure thecontinuous flow of goods into the UK. Without funding and safety equipment, itwill become increasingly challenging to bring the goods that are needed most tocombat coronavirus. “Our coastal communities and maritime workers are on the frontlinein keeping freight flowing but are also massively exposed to the downturn. TheSolent region, for instance, is estimating a £3.5bn economic hit from the lossof cruise line business alone. We’ve got to make sure support gets to the frontlineso that we can survive and rebuild. At the moment, that’s not happening. Its initial focus will be: Members of the Maritime Business ContinuityTaskforce: Toensure that companies across the sector can and are accessing the financialsupport being made available by government.Tomonitor the adoption of support and report barriers to access.To makerecommendations on the necessary provision of industry and/or governmentsupport beyond existing measures. Tocoordinate the delivery of any activity that might be necessary in support ofthe above aims, such as provision of webinars to aid individual companies inaccessing funding.center_img “The maritime sector brings in 95% of all goods into the UK. Thatincludes the food, medical supplies and fuel required to see us through this nationalmission. (Image Courtesy: Maritime UK) The Taskforce will be chaired by Maritime UK Vice Chair and BMT CEO,Sarah Kenny. Commenting on the Taskforce’s establishment, she said: “However, the ability for our sector to maintain the flow of thesesupplies is at risk. Trade is enabled in and out of our country by an ecosystemof companies, many of which are SMEs. We’re hearing of far too many of thesecritically important companies being unable to access the support announced bythe Chancellor. Or where they can, of delays that threaten the survival of thecompany. The Taskforce includes industry representatives from across the UK’s£46.1bn maritime industries as well as officials from the Department forTransport, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy andDepartment for International Trade. Maritime UK is today establishing the Maritime Business ContinuityTaskforce in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The MaritimeSector facilitates 95% of trade into the UK, including medicine, food and fuel.A fully functioning Maritime Sector is therefore essential to ‘Keep FreightFlowing’ into the UK at this unprecedented time in history. The Taskforce will provide cross-sector leadership to ensure businesscontinuity activity during the coronavirus pandemic for the UK’s maritimeindustries (shipping, ports, engineering services and leisure marine) byMaritime UK, the collective voice for the maritime sector. Yet companies cannot access funding or safety equipment to ensure a flow of goods Maritime Business Continuity Taskforce established to ‘Keep Freight Flowing’ into the UKlast_img

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