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Thursday, January 7, 2021 

CEO of Marine design and consultancy group BMT Sarah Kenny has been appointed as new chair of Maritime UK, the umbrella body for the UK maritime sector, bringing together the shipping, ports, services, engineering, and leisure marine industries.

The organisation's purpose is to champion and enable a thriving maritime sector. Supporting over 1 million jobs and adding £46.1bn to the UK economy, in which the maritime sector facilitates 95% of UK global trade, worth over £500bn per year. The UK maritime workforce is 42% more productive than the average UK worker.

Vice-chair is Robin Mortimer, CEO of the Port of London Authority. Kenny and Mortimer will be working with members of the UK maritime coalition to help steer the sector through the next four years having left the EU, as it seeks to build back better from COVID-19, attract new investment and accelerates its work to meet its net zero commitments with the key COP26 summit being held in the UK in 2021.

Kenny said: “I am honoured to be taking the Chair of Maritime UK and be given the opportunity to serve the UK’s maritime industries at such a crucial time. Together with Robin Mortimer, I am looking forward to continuing the excellent work of Harry Theochari, the secretariat and all members of Maritime UK. As an island, maritime nation, this sector has a long history in the UK, but it also has a significant role to play today. Not only has maritime played a significant role in keeping the country supplied during the pandemic, but it is this sector that will facilitate 95% of trade following the exit of the UK from the European Union. There is no greater challenge facing humanity than the need to decarbonise our economy. We are committed to working with government to decarbonise our own sector and equally to explore how we move more freight onto the water to reduce emissions. The UK is one of the world-leader’s and partner’s to maritime businesses around the globe. Through Maritime 2050 we are forging a renewed role for our sector globally – as a high-quality, innovative, and thought-leading maritime centre. We are already working closely with government to enhance the attractiveness and global proposition of the UK and look forward to that work accelerating following agreement of the UK’s new relationship with the EU.”

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