UK maritime and business bodies call for calm after Brexit vote

With the dust still to settle a week after the UK’s unexpected referendum vote to leave the EU, several of the country’s maritime and business bodies have moved to try and restore a sense of normality.

Seafarers’ union Nautilus International called for “calm” among British shipowners and warned against any “rash statements or pre-emptive measures.” This followed reports that Sweden’s Stena Line, which operates some ferries on the Irish Sea, is considering the possibility of re-registering its UK-flagged vessels.

Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson has written to the UK Chamber of Shipping asking it to “provide a clear message on behalf of British shipowners that the UK maritime industry remains open for business – with a continued commitment to… growing the national flag and regenerating the pool of British seafarers.”

Meanwhile, recently elected Mayor of London Sadiq Khan Wednesday appointed successful businessman Rajesh Agrawal Deputy Mayor for business. He is tasked with safeguarding the interests of the city.

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