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Monday, December 11, 2017

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Dr. Stelios Kyriacou (Photo: De Nora)

Kyriacou to Lead De Nora's BWMS Unit

at Hatlapa Marine Equipment. Dr. Kyriacou has also leant his extensive expertise in ballast water and maritime issues to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) Ballast Water Working Group, IMarEST Ballast Water Expert Group and to U.K. Government and European committees on maritime strategy, innovation and regulation.      

John McDonald (Photo: OPITO)

O&G Seeks Clarity on New Skills Tax

The oil and gas industry, led by its skill organization OPITO, is calling for immediate clarity on how the money from the new tax, raised through the Apprenticeship Levy, will be redistributed.   OPITO is concerned that no decision has been made by the Scottish government on this, despite the UK government confirming the amount the Scottish government will receive and clarifying how the money will be spent in England.    John McDonald, UK managing director of OPITO, said, “The apprenticeship levy will be introduced on April 1, 2017. This is essentially a new skills tax to be collected

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How Can the Marine Industry Counteract Its Aging Workforce?

personnel who are in short supply: related shore-based roles in ports, engineering and development are similarly affected, partly because experienced shore-based positions depend on a supply of ex-seafarers, of whom there are now fewer as they are having to plug the skills gap themselves. A U.K. government report in 2011 predicted that the shortage of 1,100 ex seafarers would to rise to 1,600 by 2021.   This shortage of personnel is caused by a wide number of factors, including: A lack of awareness in the general population where regards seafarers: both in terms of the maritime industry

Matt Corbin (Photo: Sparrows)

Corbin Joins Sparrows Group as European Director

more than 20 years’ experience working in the oil and gas industry, has held several leadership positions including UK managing director for the subsea division of Aker Solutions and UK regional general manger for GE Oil & Gas.  Most recently, he was supply chain consultant to the UK Government’s regulatory body, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and contributed to Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force. Corbin, who has been a board member of industry body Subsea UK since 2014, has also been supporting Scottish Enterprise’s ‘Grey Matters’ program in an

Mott MacDonald Signs Up to The 5% Club

focused on creating career opportunities for apprentices and graduates in the United Kingdom. Members of the club commit to ensuring that at least 5% of their UK workforces are on a formalized apprentice, sponsored student and/or graduate program. With the growth in infrastructure investment, the UK Government’s National Infrastructure Plan for Skills has identified the need for more than 250,000 construction and over 150,000 engineering construction workers by 2020, driving a need to recruit and train nearly 100,000 additional workers by the end of the decade. The 5% Club is focused on creating

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UK Shipping Industry Broadly Welcomes Commons' Committee Report

The UK government’s new maritime strategy “poses the right questions” about the country's shipping industry but “does not yet provide compelling answers on a range of key points that will have a major impact on this valuable sector of our economy” according to Louise Ellman, chairman of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee. The report here is from shipping trade association 'Maritime London'. Ms Ellman’s remarks launched the publication of a review into the UK shipping industry which was undertaken after the government and industry entered into a

OPITO CEO John McDonald (Photo: OPITO)

O&G Market Study to Examine UKCS Skills

UK businesses will take part in the data gathering exercise. The review will assess the current number of jobs directly supporting the sector in the UK, identify common roles and categorise these into broad job families.   OPITO will work with the Scottish Government through SDS and with the UK Government through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to ensure alignment with government objectives.   OPITO chief executive and Energy Jobs Taskforce member John McDonald said: “My discussions with industry stakeholders and within the Energy Jobs Taskforce

Subsea Industries Opens UK Office

and to provide color stability,” Woods said.   “The U.K. is one of the world’s leading investors in renewable energy, with wind power its second largest energy source. There are already more than 300 commercial wind farms in operation and this is set to increase now the UK government has given the go-ahead to the 300-turbine Hornsea project. All of these turbine towers would benefit immensely from the Ecolast coating.”   Woods began his marine coatings career 25years ago following a stint as an apprentice professional footballer playing for Fulham Football Club

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UK Shipping Seeks to Double Seafarer Training Fund

 The UK Chamber of Shipping, with backing from 40 shipping companies, has this week written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, asking the Government to double the amount of funding available for seafarer training as soon as possible.    The letter was also sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond and the Minister of State, Department for Transport, John Hayes.    The UK Chamber, in conjunction with Nautilus International, has submitted a proposal for the Government's existing Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) scheme to be extended.

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Action Must be Taken If We are to Address UK Seafarer Shortfall

 UK Chamber CEO Guy Platten has responded to the publication of the Department for Transport Seafarer Projections Review by calling on government to back its SMarT Plus proposal.   The Department for Transport has this week published a study to assess the UK supply and demand for trained seafarers to fulfill roles at sea and onshore over the coming decade.   The UK Seafarer Projections study identified a shortage of 3,000- 4,000 UK deck and engine officers, and 2,000 UK ratings by 2026. The report suggests that in order to avoid the shortfall the annual intake of UK officer trainees

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UK to Create Shipping Jobs through New SMarT+

 The UK shipping industry will create thousands of jobs for young people if Government increases funding for seafarer training, the UK Chamber of Shipping has said.   The industry trains around 800 new cadets each year, but this could increase to 1200 under a new industry proposal that would see shipowners commit to employing cadets after their training is completed.   Major employers including Shell and Carnival have already committed to the scheme.   The scheme, documented in a business case presented to the Department for Transport and developed by the UK Chamber of

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UK Chamber of Shipping Lobbies for SMarT Plus

 The UK Chamber of Shipping has contacted over 800 parliamentary candidates from around the country, asking them to back its campaign for enhanced support for maritime training.   The proposal, called SMarT Plus, would see a doubling in government support to GBP 30 million a year. In return, many leading shipowners will increase the number of seafarers they train and guarantee them their first job.   The benefits of this would be significant: British seafarers are among the most productive workers in the UK economy, contributing GBP 17,500 per year more to UK GDP than the average

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Clyde Marine Training Looks To Close Skills Gap

A  provider of maritime training in the UK, Clyde Marine Training, have welcomed the statement from the House of Commons Transport Committee that urged the government to address the “looming skills gap” in the UK maritime sector. Launching the report the committee’s chairwoman Louise Ellman said: “The government’s new maritime strategy poses the right questions about UK shipping but does not yet provide compelling answers on a range of key points that will have a major impact on this valuable sector of our economy. In particular, it is unclear how the government

Nigel Hopkins (Photo: Harris Pye)

Hopkins Named Managing Director at Harris Pye UK

Nigel Hopkins has been appointed Managing Director of Harris Pye UK Ltd based at the company’s headquarters in Llandow in Wales. He joined Harris Pye on May 1 this year working alongside Dave Hayden, the company’s retiring Managing Director at the Harris Pye UK headquarters in Llandow, South Wales before officially taking over from Dave Hayden on October  1, 2017.   Nigel Hopkins started his engineering career in the merchant navy spending 13 years sailing on a variety of vessels including oil tankers, gas tankers and cruise ships working for companies including BP, Mobil

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UK Chamber for Including Marines in New T-Level Qualification

 The UK Chamber of Shipping has welcomed Government’s plans to introduce new technical qualifications, but raised questions as to why marine engineering is absent from the plans.    As part of the 2017 Budget, Government outlined its plans to introduce recommendations made by Lord Sainsbury on the development of T-Level qualifications, in what has been described as “the most ambitious post-16 education reforms since the introduction of A-levels 70 years ago.”    But whilst provisions have been made in the plans for specialised vehicle and aircraft engineeri

Guy Platten, CEO UK Chamber of Shipping (left), and Mark Charman, CEO Faststream Recruitment Group (right) (Photo: Faststream)

Faststream Opens New Global Headquarters

of the U.K. Chambers current initiatives.    Platten spoke about his focus on training a new generation of seafarers, saying, “Support for maritime training in the U.K. was introduced in the late 1990s at a time where 50 percent of the cost of training a seafarer was provided by the government. Now it is just 36 percent. We are asking the government to double SMarT funding to £30 million a year, as part of a proposal we call SMarT Plus. This will help us train more seafarers and our proposal will see ship owning companies guarantee the cadets they are training their first job on

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BAE Systems Seeks 710 Apprentices for 2015

intake in the company’s history.   Next year's intake surpasses the record set in the previous year by 142 places and includes 45 places for apprentices who will eventually join companies in BAE Systems' supply chain or work in local engineering companies. The latter are funded under the government's Employer Ownership Program.   The new recruits - two-thirds of whom will be employed in engineering-related roles - will work across 14 of BAE Systems’ aerospace, security and defense sites around the U.K. and join the company in September 2015. A significant portion of the apprentices

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