Nautilus has welcomed the re-election of Shell Shipping & Maritime vice-president Dr Grahaeme Henderson for a second spell leading the UK Chamber of Shipping.
Dr Henderson was reappointed as president of the trade body at its annual general meeting today, and said it was ‘a very special honour’ to retain the post for a second year at a time of significant challenges and opportunities for British shipping.
He urged the industry to be more proactive in raising its profile with politicians and the public. ‘For too long, the shipping industry has underestimated its ability and role to shape decisions. The responsibility to influence our future lies not with government or the media; instead the responsibility to influence our future sits squarely with this industry… squarely with us. We must be more ambitious — embracing the opportunity to impact and create the future for shipping and the UK.
‘Almost as many people work in UK shipping as in car manufacturing and we support more jobs than all of the British airlines put together,’ Dr Henderson stressed. ‘Yet shipping has remained nervous about embracing its power to advocate, rarely willing to speak out on issues of national importance, and rarely developing new policy proposals that will both support and transform our industry for the better.
‘So, I would like this year to mark the start of a cultural shift in the shipping industry. A shift that sees us more engaged — with the wider business community and government – driving change that will enable our future.’
Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson commented: ‘We congratulate Dr Henderson on his re-election and welcome the stability that it brings. It will allow the president to steer through his priorities — which include improved safety and the need for more job opportunities for British seafarers.’
Thursday, March 16, 2017