UPDATE: Spring 2018
Jacqueline Foster MEP attends the fourth annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards
The Liverpool City Region’s £4bn maritime sector confirmed its global status with the fourth annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards on Thursday 8th March 2018. A sell-out audience of 450 people gathered for the awards ceremony held at Liverpool FC’s Anfield stadium, hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin, to see accolades handed out to the very best performers in the sector.
Commenting, Jacqueline Foster MEP said: "I was delighted to attend the fourth annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards in Liverpool. It was fantastic to catch up with many colleagues from across the industry at what is the most prestigious awards event of its kind in the UK! Many congratulations to all the finalists and winners in this thriving sector here in my North West constituency.
"The success of the evening demonstrated Mersey Maritime’s status as the leading cluster in Europe, representing a sector that employs 28,000 people across the city region. Long may it continue to thrive and develop!"
Key developments in the European Parliament, 2014-2019
Fuel - Sulphur levels
A EU Directive affecting the level of sulphur in marine fuels entered into force in January 2015. Conservative MEPs vehemently opposed this Directive which requires ships arriving in port to switch to fuels with lower sulphur content, an anti-competitive move as it only applied in the North Sea. Jacqueline has been working with the British shipping industry and other bodies to mitigate the Directive's effects and to create a more realistic timeframe for its introduction.
In the UK, 2000 miles of waterways and canals are now seeing the benefits of being run by the Canal & River Trust. Jacqueline continues to ensure that any EU action on inland waterways does not hinder their success.
Conservatives privatised British ports more than 20 years ago and believe that fairer competition between ports, and not greater regulation, is the best way to increase efficiency across Europe and strengthen the Single Market. The European Commission has once again attempted to introduce legislation which would undermine the interests of British ports. Jacqueline led the way in amending the Commission’s proposals so that smaller British ports will be exempt from the regulation and that tougher rules will be applied to large state-run continental ports. It is currently being discussed at Member State level.
The United Kingdom: a proud and vibrant maritime history and future
International Festival for Business
The importance of our maritime industries was once again recognised at the International Festival for Business in Liverpool which saw more than 30,000 delegates from 100 countries in attendance. The IFB is global marketplace for making connections and doing deals and follows the inaugural event which took place in 2014 and resulted in £280 million of trade and investment deals being done. The event was delivered by Liverpool Vision in partnership with UK Trade and Investment, the government department that helps UK-based companies export and international companies establish and expand in the UK. The event had the full support of former Prime Minister, David Cameron MP who launched the festival in 2014 and former Chancellor, George Osborne who did so in 2016.
Promoting our long maritime heritage and the future ahead
Britain has a long and proud history as a maritime nation, not least in the North West region which Jacqueline represents. She has built a close working relationship with Mersey Maritime, the representative body for the Maritime Sector in the Liverpool City Region. Jacqueline backs their efforts to work with businesses of all sizes and in all locations to develop strong, market-responsive supply chains and promote Liverpool's maritime industry as a world class centre of excellence.
Mersey Maritime Industry Awards, 2017
Jacqueline was the guest speaker at the Third Annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards held at Liverpool Football Club in March 2017. The event saw more than four hundred guests attend what has become a significant event in the UK’s maritime industry calendar.
Commenting, Jacqueline said: “Once again this event showcased our thriving local maritime sector which has such a proud history and a dynamic future ahead of it. Well done to all the finalists and huge congratulations to the winners. The theme for the 2017 awards was ‘Liverpool is Back’ - and we certainly are! There has been global coverage of the launch of Liverpool2; the christening by the Princess Royal of Atlantic Cruise Line’s Atlantic Sea; and the Cammell Laird keel-laying for the RRS Sir David Attenborough, the UK’s new £200m polar research ship.”