Since the publication of the Maritime Growth Study, Maritime UK has become the promotional body for the UK maritime sector, bringing together for the first time the UK shipping, ports, marine and business service sectors.
Trinity House becomes Maritime UK's 15th member.
Maritime UK has brought together existing organisational bodies from across the whole maritime sector to drive growth; setting up working groups to address all the important issues facing the sector, including skills, marketing, exports and maritime strategy.
As the engine of British trade and with a world leading marine manufacturing sector, the UK maritime industry supports over 500,000 jobs, contributes £22.2bn to UK GDP and drives exports and inward investment.
Captain Ian McNaught, Deputy Master of Trinity House said:
"Trinity House is very proud to add its name to the roster of organisations already comprising Maritime UK. Both as a trainer of cadets in our role as a charity and as a provider of aids to navigation for the mariner as a General Lighthouse Authority, we hope that our contribution to our island nation’s shipping infrastructure will help further Maritime UK’s goals."
Welcoming Trinity House to Maritime UK, Chairman David Dingle CBE said:
"We are delighted to welcome Trinity House into Maritime UK membership. Very few play a more active role in the life of our maritime nation. We're looking forward to working with Trinity House to promote the UK's maritime sector, an even more important task in the context of Brexit."
NOTES TO EDITORS
Trinity House is a charity dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers, providing education, support and welfare to the seafaring community with a statutory duty as a General Lighthouse Authority to deliver a reliable, efficient and cost-effective aids to navigation service for the benefit and safety of all mariners.
The Corporation of Trinity House was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1514 to regulate pilotage on the River Thames and provide for aged mariners.
With a mandate that has expanded considerably since then, we are today the UK’s largest-endowed maritime charity, the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar and a fraternity of men and women selected from across the nation’s maritime sector.
Our long-standing familiarity with the channels, hazards, currents and markings of our coastline also qualify us to inspect and audit almost 11,000 local aids to navigation, license Deep Sea Pilots and provide Elder Brethren as Nautical Assessors to the Admiralty Court.
Per annum the charity donates around £5m to the charities we support. These include the provision of cadet training schemes, welfare provision for retired mariners and educational programmes teaching safety at sea skills.
Please visit www.trinityhouse.co.uk for more information.
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