03rd September 2019

UK Chamber of Shipping CEO Visits South Harbour

The UK Chamber of Shipping’s Chief Executive, Bob Sanguinetti, visited the South Harbour expansion to see how the £350 million project will provide increased capacity for vessels coming into the North East of Scotland.

Speaking after his visit, Bob Sanguinetti, said: “It was a privilege to see first-hand the amazing work taking place at Aberdeen’s South Harbour.  The £350 million development is the largest marine construction project under way in the UK and the new development will not only provide a huge increase in capacity for vessels coming into the North East of Scotland, it will also boost both the local and national economy.

“At the UK Chamber of Shipping, we know just how vital the maritime industry is to Scotland.  From ship management, to maritime lawyers, ship builders and training colleges, Scotland is a world leader, and Aberdeen is at the beating heart of this.”

During his visit to Aberdeen, Bob Sanguinetti also gave the keynote speech at Aberdeen Harbour’s stakeholder event at the Maritime Museum.  During the evening, he spoke about the success of the Scottish maritime industry and the importance the UK Chamber puts on ensuring that the UK shipping industry is at the forefront of tackling climate change.

In his speech, Bob Sanguinetti said: “The energy transition in shipping is right at the top of our priority list. This is not just a policy issue. The pressure is mounting for shipping to equip itself and make significant progress in decarbonisation.

“The target set means massive investment in research for new technologies. This will include things like batteries, wind-assisted propulsion, investing in energy infrastructure and replacing our energy dependency on fossil fuels through introduction of zero-carbon energies, such as hydrogen.

“Of course, that subsequently raises the question of how vessels built today can be future-proofed, given they may well be operating in 2050. To ensure a smooth transition, zero-emission commercial ships need to enter the fleet sooner rather than later and form a signification portion of the fleet by 2050. Therefore, over the next decade these zero-emission options need to evolve rapidly to overcome barriers around cost, safety, global availability, recycling and subsequently to be commercially viable compared with conventional ships. Otherwise, given the challenge, the policies will damage the competitiveness of the industry.”

During the event, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board, said: “As our development progresses, so our thinking must continue to evolve, and we are constantly reappraising how we can play our part in supporting business in Scotland, as the country makes the transition from traditional to renewable energy sources.

“I believe that no other place in the UK has the skill-base and the expertise required to lead the way in this field, in the way that Aberdeen can, and we are now creating a world-class marine support infrastructure that truly underpins this unique opportunity for our customers.

“We believe that the harbour expansion is a visionary project, but its true value lies in its ability to unlock a world of potential and possibility for our customers, who, as we know from the development of the north sea oil and gas industry in one of the harshest environments on earth,  have the knowledge, drive and vision, to achieve the unimaginable.”

UK Chamber of Shipping CEO Visits South Harbour