New UK Maritime Minister

A new Maritime Minister has been appointed in the UK as a result of a mini-reshuffle.

Robert Courts, MP for David Cameron’s old constituency of Witney, replaces Kelly Tolhurst MP, who has been moved to the ministry of housing, communities and local government. Tolhurst spent just seven months in the role.

UK Chamber of Shipping CEO Bob Sanguinetti said that he would like to place on record his thanks to Kelly Tolhurst for her dedication as Shipping Minister. “She worked incredibly closely with the industry during Covid-19 and ensured freight could continue to flow into the country, and understood the plight of seafarers, helping convene an international summit on crew change. I wish her the very best for her new role and I look forward to working with Robert Courts as we look to take advantage of future opportunities for the UK shipping industry including tackling climate change and the Covid-19 recovery”, he said