UK Chamber of Shipping

The UK Chamber of Shipping is the trade body for shipping in the United Kingdom, representing over 140 shipping companies. They are one of the principal members of the International Chamber of Shipping.[1] Their headquarters are in Park Street, London. The Chamber promotes British shipping around the world and often acts a source of maritime knowledge to the media; for example in 2015 the Chamber worked with ITV in the production of a Maritime Nation Television Programme and in 2016 reported on various matters concerning the training of Merchant Navy Officers.[2][3] The body is also responsible for working closely with the UK government and Maritime and Coastguard Agency; in 2014 the UK government's national Maritime Security strategy was unveiled at the Chamber.[4] The official publisher of the UK Chamber of Shipping is Witherby Seamanship.[5] The Merchant Navy Training Board is based at the UK Chamber's offices in London.[6]


The Chamber has its origins in 1878 when a national trade body for shipping was formed. The Chamber was granted a Royal Charter in 1920 and went through several names, being known as the General Council of British Shipping until 1992 when its current name was adopted.[7]


The current President of the Chamber is Grahaeme Henderson.[12]


  1. ^ "UK Chamber of Shipping – About". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  2. ^ "BIFA – UK Chamber Launches Maritime Nation". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Telegraph Newspaper – Maritime Careers". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  4. ^ "UK Government – Maritime Security Strategy". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Chamber of Shipping and Witherby". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  6. ^ "MNTB – Location". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  7. ^ " – British Chamber of Shipping". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  8. ^ a b "The Chamber of Shipping". The Times (36066). London. 15 February 1900. p. 8.
  9. ^ "Shipping Subsidies". The Times (36907). London. 24 October 1902. p. 3.
  10. ^ "Interferry – Deeble elected President of the UK CofS". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Motorship – New President for the CofS, 2013". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Chamber of Shipping – Dr Grahaeme Henderson – President". Retrieved 3 July 2016.

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