The Princess Royal becomes patron of Maritime UK
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has become Patron of
Maritime UK, the promotional body for the nation’s maritime sector.
Maritime UK brings together the UK’s shipping, ports, marine
and business services industries to promote the sector, influence government
and drive growth. It is also focussed on promoting career opportunities
across the maritime sector, both at sea and onshore.
Chairman of Maritime UK, David Dingle CBE, says: “We are
honoured that The Princess Royal, a longstanding advocate of the UK’s maritime
industries, has agreed to become Patron of Maritime UK. Her Royal Highness’s
commitment to growing and strengthening our sector is well known and respected.
Becoming our Patron underlines the importance of Maritime UK’s work in
supporting the nation’s maritime sector, which contributes just under £40
billion a year to the economy and supports nearly 1 million jobs. By
bringing the entire sector together to collaborate, we can ensure that UK
maritime has a future that is as bright as its well-known past.”
The influential endorsement of Her Royal Highness will help
Maritime UK to engage its supporters, raise its profile and deepen
relationships with friends and partners across the world.
Last month saw thousands of global maritime leaders in the
UK for London International Shipping Week, where Maritime UK and its members
promoted the very best of the UK’s maritime offer, including cutting-edge
technology, high-quality design and manufacturing, unparalleled expertise in
services and major investment opportunities.
The maritime sector is the fundamental enabler of UK global trade. Some 95% of goods arrive in the UK having been carried on ships and through ports.
Her Royal Highness was previously Patron of Seavision, which
has been integrated into Maritime UK, where organisations from across the
sector now collaborate to promote career opportunities across the country.
The Princess Royal was elected Master of The Corporation of
Trinity House in May 2011 and
was Master of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners from 2005-2007.