Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin hails shipping industry as driver of UK growth
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill celebrated the start of the 2015 London International Shipping Week, at a major reception hosted by Associated British Ports earlier this week.
The event was held at Westminster Abbey and was attended by more than 200 guests from across the shipping and maritime industry.
Speaking after the event, Mr McLoughlin said: “London International Shipping Week is an opportunity to remind the world of the benefits Britain offers, whether it’s our world-leading ports, maritime business services or skilled workforce. We are determined to grow our share of the global maritime sector, helping talented people find careers in its industries and attracting companies to do business in the UK.
“Our maritime history is something Britain can be proud of, but the sector is taking us into the future. I want Britain to feel the benefit of its international reputation by driving economic growth and increasing jobs. We have already seen millions invested in the UK, demonstrating the central place Britain already holds in the industry.”
ABP Chief Executive James Cooper, who addressed attendees, praised the Government for its support of London International Shipping Week.
He said: “ABP is proud to continue to support an initiative that showcases Britain’s expertise in the maritime sector to a global audience. The Department for Transport deserves great credit for its commitment to London International Shipping Week.”
Mr Cooper also welcomed the Government’s Maritime Growth Study: “Over the longer term, ports and maritime should be at the heart of the Government’s productivity and growth agenda.
“It is vital that we build on this study, and build a momentum that makes sure ports and maritime remain a driving force in boosting productivity and growth across the UK.”
The event also saw the launch of Maritime Nation by Brian Johnson, Solent LEP Director.
He told guests: "Britain has a great history as a Maritime Nation. For years our maritime industries have had a central role in delivering the nation’s trade and prosperity. They are an important part of our history, but they are also an essential part of our future.
“Through a shared platform, the ambition of Maritime Nation is to strengthen the UK’s position as a global leader in marine and maritime, maximising investment in the sector to increase productivity and growth across our entire economy."
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