The UK is a leading modern maritime centre with many global businesses already based here and annually contributes around £11 billion to the economy. The Department for Transport Shipping and Ports Minister Robert Goodwill is joined by key industry figures to showcase our one-stop-shop maritime professional and business services sectors on which the global industry relies. The Maritime Growth Study demonstrates our willingness to examine the challenges we face, our commitment to listen to partners and our ambition to act. Find out more about the publication of the Maritime Growth Study at the launch of London International Shipping 2015 here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-maritime-report-launched-as-london-international-shipping-week-gets-underway Video Transcript: Robert Goodwill MP A thriving maritime sector is fundamental to this government’s vision for a prosperous Britain. A vision with our maritime industries at the heart of our economy, driving growth and innovation. Michael Parker The maritime industry contributes around £11 billion a year to the UK economy, and we employ, as an industry, around a quarter of a million people in this country. Guy Platten The UK maritime sector is composed of so many different parts of the cluster. We have it all here. We’ve got the ship managers, we’ve got the ship owners, we’ve got law firms, accountancy firms, finance houses, consultancies, training providers, we’ve got a highly skilled workforce, we’ve got an adaptable economic policy, we’ve got stable democracy and a good rule of law. So it’s so many good reasons to come to the UK to set up a maritime business. Robert Mortimer The biggest challenge I think is to stay looking long term, to look ahead. To look ahead, to look at the increasing, the growth in global trade, and therefore the opportunities available for the UK to capture more of that trade, whether it’s in the port sector or shipping or services. And to invest to be prepared for that trade. Lord Mountevans What we have done recently under government leadership, a Maritime Growth Study was commissioned which I have been privileged to chair. This is the first time for some 20 years that a major review has been made of both how government is organised in this sector and also how business promotes itself. Doug Barrow And that’s an opportunity to see where we can be more competitive as a country and to contribute more to the economy, and that’s very important that we get that right. Robert Goodwill MP Sea trade will double by 2030 and the UK’s maritime and marine sectors are ready to seize the opportunities this creates.