About Us

Maritime UK brings together the UK’s shipping, ports, services, engineering and leisure marine industries to drive growth by promoting the sector, influencing government and fostering collaboration. 

The maritime sector is the fundamental enabler of British global trade and exports its own innovative products and services. With cutting-edge technology, high-quality design & manufacturing, unparalleled expertise in services and major investment opportunities, the UK is the natural home for global maritime business.

We support just under 1 million jobs and contribute around £40bn to UK GDP, making maritime one of Britain’s biggest industries.

The sector is a vital part of our island nation's heritage and of our modern economy – supporting jobs, driving innovation and enabling trade. The sector also enables millions of people to enjoy the recreational benefits of the UK's coastal and inland waterways.

Our members are: British Marine, British Ports Association, CLIA UK & Ireland, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London International Shipping Week, Maritime London, Mersey Maritime, Nautilus International, Seafarers UK, Society of Maritime Industries, Solent LEP. The Baltic Exchange, Trinity House, UK Chamber of Shipping and the UK Major Ports Group.

Strategic Objectives

  • Act as “One Voice” for the common concerns of the sector – amplifying its profile, identifying common issues and promoting joint policy positions through industry campaigns and messaging.
  • Promote the UK as the world-leading maritime nation by coordinating promotional campaigns to deliver growth for the sector, addressing the outside world and serving the interests of the wider economy by enabling trade.
  • Work in partnership with government and other sectors to build a business and regulatory environment which reinforces the UK’s world leadership.
  • Deliver an industry-wide skills strategy which ensures that increased numbers of people enter and build their careers in the sector, at sea and on shore, thus meeting the future labour needs of the sector.
  • Deliver a programme of regional cluster development to drive sector growth across the UK.
  • Provide the highest level of member service through engagement, communication and measurable delivery.