Choose London and the UK
Why are London and the UK home to more international
shipowners, operators and managers than any other city in the
world? Why do the world's shipowners come to London and the
UK to do business?
Could it be the unparalleled range of shipping expertise available? A business friendly tax regime? The advantage of doing business in an international city at the heart of the global financial system? A legal system which specialises in maritime matters?
Or is it just because there is simply no better place for
shipping to do business?
Shipowners, operators and managers find London an easy place
to do business. Whether it is finding an office location, hiring
expert staff, or just booking a world-renowned restaurant for
a business lunch, London offers the international shipping community
the best possible choices.
The one stop shop
The UK is home to thousands of firms providing specialist maritime
services. Basing your shipping operation in the UK plugs you
into a network of the world's best shipping experts. More ships
are fixed, insurance placed, finance obtained and disputes solved
here than any other shipping centre. London is home to the IMO
and a host of international maritime associations.
Robust legal system
The long-held worldwide regard for the fairness and expertise
of the English Admiralty and Commercial court system and the
barristers and solicitors who practice before them, means that
the global maritime community will either readily contractually
submit, or later agree to, English jurisdiction to determine
their disputes. London is also the world's leading centre for
maritime arbitration, based on English law.
Residence in the leading global financial city enables shipping
companies to take advantage of the expertise available from
the world's leading financial providers. From arranging ship
mortgages to putting together complex financial deals, London's
financial community has a long standing connection with shipping.
The UK has a highly motivated and educated workforce with skills relevant to the shipowning sector. There is a large pool of experienced ex- seafaring officers working in a range of shipping sectors.
Being based in the UK gives the shipping executive countless
opportunities to further his or her professional development.
World class universities and professional organisations based
across the country offer a huge array of education services.
Gateway to the world
Basing your operation in the UK enables you to do business with
all parts of the world at different times of the day. London,
Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and Southampton have excellent
international connections and the shipping centres of Piraeus,
Hamburg, Rotterdam, Oslo and Monaco are all a short hop away.
Ease of relocation
The UK offers companies a huge choice of both prestigious and
low key locations from which to run a shipping business. Free
and confidential help is available from a range of government
and private organisations to ensure that your move to London
can be smoothly undertaken.
In a fast changing world, the UK has always to new ways of doing
business. The multinational mix of London's maritime community
in particular ensures that global ideas are quickly assimilated
into the London scene.
London has a unique international outlook and heritage and is
many foreign nationals' first choice location for a posting.
Over 300 languages are spoken in London, and the capital is
home to resident communities from more than 90 countries. London
has unparalleled shopping, entertainment and cultural facilities.
UK Ship Register
Corporation of London
London & Partners
UK Trade & Investment
Department for Transport
Chamber of Shipping
London Chamber of Commerce
Financial Services Authority
British Tourist Authority