On 21st December, the Transport Committee announced an inquiry into the Maritime Growth Study (MGS), a report on the UK’s maritime sector, published by the Department for Transport in September 2015.
The inquiry will examine progress towards implementation of the Study’s recommendations since publication and consider the Government and industry’s overall plan for the maritime and marine sector, including in the context of Brexit negotiations. It received a number of helpful written submissions from a range of key stakeholder groups by the original deadline on 24th February.
As key stakeholders will be aware, the Department for Transport is itself reviewing progress on the MGS. In the light of the ongoing work within the Department, the Committee has decided to extend the deadline for written submissions to its inquiry until Friday 2nd June, before starting a series of evidence sessions.
The Committee is particularly keen to receive submissions from individuals and companies engaged in the range of maritime and marine businesses—shipping, ports and manufacturing, and associated services, including education and training, consultancy, law, and financial services. Organisations that have already submitted written evidence to the inquiry are welcome to send supplementary submissions by the new deadline of 2 June.
The Committee invites 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 careers;
Industry 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 industry; and
The 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 extended deadline for written submissions is Friday 2nd June 2017.