Maritime Minister chooses Seawork to announce a new initiative in the maritime sector. The Minister, Nusrat Ghani, who is responsible for Maritime, Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), Maritime Security, Skills and Apprenticeships, Accessibility and the Year of Engineering will tour the exhibition to meet key exhibitors.
She will also visit THV ALERT, the largest vessel to be exhibited on the water at Seawork International.
The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State will then make a speech focusing on the importance of the maritime sector, seafarer training and Maritime 2050, a long-term strategy for the future of the UK maritime industries. As the engine of British trade, the maritime sector supports nearly 1 million jobs, contributes tens of billions to the UK GDP and drives exports as well as inward investment. Half a trillion pounds worth of goods passes through UK ports each year.
Nusrat Ghani is the first Muslim woman to speak from the House of Commons despatch box, the first female Muslim minister for the Department for Transport and only the second woman to hold the DfT’s portfolio for the UK’s £40bn maritime sector. During her speech she will also make a key announcement about a new initiative in the marine industry.
The ceremony is open to all exhibitors and visitors to the exhibition and will take place at 1000 on the first day of Seawork (Tuesday 3 July).