Understanding UK Shipping
This publication provides the reader with a detailed introduction to the UK shipping industry. It will benefit those entering the industry, those looking to update their knowledge of the regulatory framework and those simply with an interest in how the shipping industry keeps the UK economy moving.
Understanding UK Shipping gives an overview of the legal and administrative processes of shipping within the UK, as well as the numerous regulations that govern ships, ports, crew, trading and operations.
It has been written by the UK Chamber of Shipping’s team of experts who, as well as having a deep understanding of the regulations, participated in the formulation of many of them.
To an island nation such as the United Kingdom, the importance of shipping is easy to see and difficult to overstate. 95% of our visible international trade is moved by sea.
We depend on shipping to bring finished goods to our shops, whilst the manufacturers of those goods need ships to take raw materials and components to their factories. Lifeline ferries bring isolated communities to the mainland and back, whilst ships carry millions of British holidaymakers to overseas destinations each year.
The United Kingdom shipping industry does much more than move trade and people from one place to the next by sea. It boasts a fleet of advanced ships that support the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, along with world-leading oceanographic and seismic research vessels, cable-layers and, increasingly, luxury superyachts.
Over 85,000 merchant ships trade internationally, each following rules set at global, regional and national levels. These rules and standards cover almost every area of public policy; from environmental protection to safety, taxation to defence, customs to employment. The United Kingdom has been, and remains, a respected voice at the forefront of the development of the rules under which the industry operates.
This book offers an understanding of those rules for UK shipping; how they are made, how to comply with them and how they affect the industry. It has been written by the UK Chamber of Shipping’s team of experts who, as well as having a deep understanding of the regulations, participated in the formulation of many of them. The regulatory framework is continuously evolving and this book considers the regulatory position as it currently stands in spring 2017.
The UK Chamber of Shipping is pleased to present this comprehensive introduction to our vital national industry.
Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – International Regulation
Chapter 3 – Regulation of UK Ships
Chapter 4 – Crewing and Employment
Chapter 5 – Running a Shipping Business in the UK
Chapter 6 – The UK Shipping Market
Chapter 7 – Trading and Operating a Ship
Chapter 8 – Ports and their Customers
Chapter 9 – Customs Rules
Chapter 10 – Passenger Shipping
Annex 1 – Requirement of Certification
- Number of Pages:
- Published Date:
- October 2017
- Binding Format:
- Book Height:
- 304 mm
- Book Width:
- 216 mm
- 1.1 kg
UK Chamber of Shipping