As a former Minister for Maritime, I remain deeply committed to the sector. During my time as a Minister, I oversaw the launch of our Maritime 2050 strategy, launched the Women in Maritime Pledge, landed the world’s first Transport and Accessibility programme, and secured significant funding for the Maritime and Me campaign. As a Minister for the Year of Engineering, I ensured that Government focussed on young girls, especially those from deprived backgrounds, making sure they were encouraged to consider careers in rail, road, aviation and maritime. We exceeded our goal and reached over a million young people. As the pandemic spread across the globe, I called for all seafarers to be vaccinated and treated as essential workers.
I also launched Maritime Safety Week in 2019, which focuses on a number of different elements of safety on the water, including fishing vessel safety. I am fortunate to be a Trustee of the wonderful Seafarers' Charity, and as a Fellow of the influential think tank Policy Exchange, I have published a report championing the sector and suggesting policy.
- Global Britain must not miss the boat to establish itself as an environmental leader in the maritime sector. PoliticsHome
- Global Britain should be leading the effort to vaccinate all seafarers. PoliticsHome
- A Global Maritime Power - Building a Better Future For Post-Brexit Britain. Policy Exchange
- Shopping on Black Friday? Remember the stranded seafarers who make it possible. Nusrat Ghani and Guy Platten, secretary general of the International Chamber of Shipping, in The Guardian
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