Maritime Britain

For two hundred years Britain has been one of the great maritime nations of the world. While its shipping and shipbuilding industry no longer hold first place, its maritime financial and legal shipping services do, with London the world?s undisputed maritime capital.

  • In Maritime London, shipowners from all over the world find a one stop shop where they can buy services such as insurance and brokering, ship finance and legal services. Click here
  • Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, for example, is the leading classification society, which gave the world the phrase A1 at Lloyd’s and ensures that ships are built and maintained to an acceptable standard.
  • The Baltic Exchange is the world’s largest institution matching ships to cargoes and is also the largest market for the buying and selling of ships.
  • Shipowners who require arbitration, wherever in the world the incident occurs, favour London as the place to settle.
  • Maritime London is worth almost A?1bn to the UK economy, in addition to the shipping contribution.
  • In other parts of the country, marine equipment manufacturers and shipbuilders are buoyant and also make an important contribution.
  • Even if a ship is built abroad, UK manufacturers may supply the fittings, from stabilisers to the night club on a cruise ship. Some of Britain’s shipyards, no longer competing directly with Asian yards, have carved out a niche as leading ship repairers.
  • Britain has four world renowned nautical colleges at Glasgow, Fleetwood, South Tyneside and Warash near Southampton.
  • Click here In addition to training British seafarers to the highest standard, these colleges receive hundreds of overseas students every year.
  • Other universities, such as John Moores in Liverpool, the University of Wales in Cardiff, Plymouth, Southampton and London’s Guildhall and City Universities supply nautical expertise in particular fields.

‘The UK owned merchant fleet is one of the most efficient and diverse in the world’

July 2000 saw the historic enactment of a new taxation regime for British shipping, as part of a new, long-term strategy for this core national industry. It is not an exaggeration to say that, without this new policy, the millennium would have seen the demise of Britain as a world-class maritime nation.

The introduction of the tonnage tax has been vital to the recovery of the shipping industry. Since its introduction there has been a 250% increase in the UK registered fleet and a doubling of the UK based fleet. These changes have reversed a quarter of a century of decline and placed Britain at the forefront of international shipping. It is worth noting that the British flagged fleet is now second only to Greece within the EU.

The British Shipping industry is at the threshold of a new era. A comprehensive policy from the Government has put in place new taxation options which could transform the viability of many shipping companies.

The UK owned merchant fleet is one of the most efficient and diverse in the world.

  • It takes over 4% of the world’s shipping business with only 1.7% of the fleet
  • Is the fifth largest earner in the UK services sector ? ahead of telecommunications, film and television, and computer services
  • Has a core highly competent British seafarers respected worldwide
  • Provides essential skills and core business for marine related business ashore
  • Provides over half the business of British shipbuilders and marine equipment suppliers.

Auto Shipping – In order to insure your vehicle marine insurance must be purchased. Marine insurance is designed to cover goods and vehicles as well as other commodities while they sail on the ocean. Please check with your normal insurance carrier to see if the vehicle will be covered while it sails to avoid unnecessary charges prior to making you booking. Auto Shipping.


Freight Shipping – Freight Forwarding is a vital part of international trade activity. A company will face many difficulties if it does not take into account how the goods will be delivered to the market. Freight Shipping.


Shipping Boxes – Be sure to tape all of the seams of the cartons (top, bottom and side) So that products or items do not collapse, be sure they are filled to the top, using packing materials to fill any unused space. Shipping Boxes.


Shipping Containers – Containers are manufactured to a very high specification out of high tensile steel, as such they are not only strong and very secure, but also capable of surviving in extreme conditions. These design qualities ensure our containers are ideal for use for shipping. Shipping Containers.


Vehicle Shipping – With many vehicle relocation companies, hidden fees and taxes can arise that are not quoted in the original price. With many auto transport companies, your deposit is not refundable. It is critically important to read the terms and conditions of the company you select for your auto shipping needs.Vehicle Shipping.


International Shipping – The density of your freight is an important factor to all carriers in determining your pricing and the level of your discount. Click here for more tips on International Shipping.


Shipping Services – A full range of key logistics shipping services that support daily business operations as well as high priority shipments for special situations. A/LM manages services and facilities for shipping, warehousing, consolidation. Shipping Services.


Shipping Rates – Here you will find links to and basic shipping rates. Look through our provided external links for further information,dont forget the wide variety of internal links to all related to the shipping industry.


Truckload Shipping – Here you will find information and links on Truckload shipping. Dont forget to browse our internal links on subjects related to shipping bith internal links and external. Truckload Shipping.


Shipping 2 – Shipping. Whether you need to move a few small items to France, or your entire household contents to Australia, here you will find the right solution. Browse internal and external links. Shipping.