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Right Honourable MP Stephen Hammond, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport addresses the marine industry at the annual SSA HOC Lunch

Mon, 28 October 2013

The SSA annual House of Commons Lunch was yet another accomplishment for the Association, the event co-sponsored by Bureau Veritas saw some of the key UK and International maritime organisations come together, including BMT, IMO, DNV, MCA, Gardline Group, International Paint, UKTI, Fendercare,  ADS, BV, ship owners, operators and marine cluster from Brazil.

Speaking at the event Right Honourable MP Stephen Hammond, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, the key note speaker for the event said 

“The government is now taking a more cohesive and collaborative approach to the maritime sector covering the shipping, ports, maritime business services the marine engineering and manufacturing sector. This is to ensure the sector maximises its full potential, I have established - and personally chair - a body of ministers and leaders from across government and industry with a clear focus on maximising growth and opportunities.  This partnership is already bearing fruit, fostering a closer and more coordinated approach across the maritime sector and joining up with the marine sector to propel forward the UK’s position in the global race.”

“The Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association is playing its part and is do sterling work to support its membership through effective engagement with government. It has been a busy year for the Association with its continuing support into the key markets, such as Brazil and Russia. Both of which offer significant opportunities for a wide range of companies.”

“The Associations’ SME membership is important to the UK.  You form the backbone of the UK economy and it is from companies like yours that we will see growth through expansion into new products and new markets.”

Following on the newly elected co-chair of the Marine Industry Leadership Council Gregory Darling gave an overview of the industry and emphasised that collectively the UK marine industry is bigger than the aerospace sector and underlined the key role the UK marine sector plays for the British economy.

Alan Dickinson the president of the Association thanked the ministers and reaffirmed “The UK Marine sector is a key strategic sector” to the British economy and more needs to be done to support it further.

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