The Scandinavian countries are not the only ones betting on shipping as a growth engine. On Thursday the British government launched a new comprehensive study aimed at mapping the British shipping cluster, evaluate challenges and possibilities for the various sectors as well as locating present barriers for continued growth. The study will conclude with recommendations for the government as well as the industry, aimed at increasing the British cluster's global competitiveness.
"The UK maritime sector is a great success story, contributing billions each year to the economy and employing up to 260,000 people across the country (...). But we should not be complacent. I want to explore all we can do to grow the sector," said John Hayes, shipping and ports minister, according to website safety4sea.com.