Trade Bodies

The marine sector is highly diverse and includes a range of specialisms that have led to the creation of a number of trade bodies, each providing a range of members' services and acting as the industry voice for particular areas of the marine sector.  The key trade bodies are listed here.  Most of these trade bodies are part of the UK Marine Industries Alliance and many of them are members of the Marine Industries Leadership Council.  Trade bodies will continue to be the primary focus for the provision of member services, for lobbying activity and the development of events that are designed to help further the business interests of their members.



ADS is the premier trade organisation advancing the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries.  Farnborough International Limited (FIL), which runs the Farnborough International Airshow, is a wholly-owned subsidiary.  ADS has offices in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, France and India with new offices planned in China and the Middle East. ADS was formed from the merger of the Association of Police and Public Security Suppliers (APPSS), the Defence Manufacturers Association (DMA) and the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) in October 2009. ADS also encompasses the British Aviation Group (BAG).


Baltic Exchange

The Baltic Exchange is a membership organisation at the heart of the global maritime marketplace.  The Baltic Exchange provide independent daily shipping market information; maintain professional shipbroking standards and resolve disputes.  


British Marine 

British Marine  represents a wide range of businesses in the leisure, superyacht and small  commercial marine industry.  The 1400+ membership base is diverse and represents the UK marine supply chain. Examples include major world players in superyacht sector, chandlers, leading suppliers of equipment for yachts and motorboats, boatbuilders, marine consultants, boat cleaning services, brokers, flag makers, Sail Training and operators of marinas both coastal and inland. The UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry total turnover is £2.963 billion (2009/10). There are around 32,500 employees in c. 4,200 businesses in the UK. In terms of revenue, a large proportion is builders and distributors of boats - big and small. But we represent all other major marine sectors and services - equally.


British Ports Association

Created in 1992, the British Ports Association represents the interests of its 86 full members, and numerous associate members, to the United Kingdom and devolved Governments, the European Union and national and international bodies.  As the British Ports Association membership comprises many ports, terminal operators and port facilities, all of varying size, location and nature, the Association is able to draw upon a wide range of experience and knowledge to represent its members' interests.


Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers 

As a major provider of education and training, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) sets and examines the syllabus for membership, providing the shipping industry with highly qualified professionals. ICS is the only internationally recognised professional body in the maritime arena and it represents shipbrokers, ship managers and agents throughout the world.  With 24 branches in key shipping areas, 4000 individuals and 120 company members, the Institute's membership represents a commitment to maintaining the highest professional standards across the shipping industry.


Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology

The international membership body and learned society for all marine professionals. The IMarEST has registered charity status and is the first professional institution to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body. It is the largest marine organisation of its kind with a worldwide membership of over 21,000 individuals based in over 120 countries.


Maritime London

Maritime London is a not for profit promotional body for UK based companies which provide professional services to the international shipping industry. Funded by around 100 companies and organisations from a wide range of disciplines, Maritime London is here to help ensure that the UK remains a world beating location to base a maritime related business.


Maritime UK

Maritime UK brings together the shipping, ports and maritime business services sectors in the UK to speak with a single voice on key strategic and practical issues of joint interest.  Its intention is to create "joined-up" industry positions between these sectors so that the maritime message can be heard clearly and with greater weight by legislators and other audiences. Maritime UK represents a substantial part of the British economy.  Together we: contribute £26.5bn to UK GDP, Support £26.5bn to UK jobs and provide £7.8bn in tax receipts to the UK exchequer.


Oil & Gas UK

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. It is a not-for-profit organisation, established in April 2007 but with a pedigree stretching back over 30 years.   Oil & Gas UK aim is to strengthen the long-term health of the offshore oil and gas industry in the United Kingdom by working closely with companies across the sector, governments and all other stakeholders to address the issues that affect your business.



RenewableUK is the UK's leading not for profit renewable energy trade association. RenewableUK's vision is for renewable energy to play a leading role in powering the UK.


Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association

SSA diverse membership includes manufacturers with a 99% share of UK Ship Production and equipment manufacturers, service providers, research institutes, and of course Shipyards and Commercial boat builders.  SSA supports the marine industry with the aim of improving performance and company profile, creating business opportunities, providing access to funding and industry expertise.  SSA organise numerous industry events and networking opportunities as well as holding national pavilions at several key industry exhibitions worldwide. SSA works alongside the Ministry of Defence dealing with their naval procurement and research programmes, the Department of Energy and Climate Change which is taking forward the UK Renewable Energy Strategy.  SSA also work with Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS), which influences the sector’s development through its facilitation of the Marine Industries Leadership Council (MILC).


Society of Maritime Industries

The Society of Maritime Industries is the voice of the UK’s maritime engineering and business sector promoting and supporting companies which design, build, refit and modernise ships, and supply equipment and services for all types of commercial and naval ships, ports and terminals infrastructure, offshore oil & gas, maritime security & safety, marine science and technology and marine renewable energy. The main aims of the society are delivered through its seven sector councils: ABOI (offshore industries), AMSI (marine science and technology), BMEA (commerical maritime operations), BNEA (naval and maritime defence), MAS (maritime autonomous systems), MSSG (maritime safety and security) and PTG (ports and terminals).


Subsea UK 

Subsea UK is the industry body and focal point for the entire British subsea industry and aims to increase business opportunities at home and abroad for the sector.  Subsea UK act for the whole supply chain bringing together operators, contractors, suppliers and people in the industry and was established by the industry and acts on behalf of the industry.   Subsea UK champion Britain’s subsea sector, which leads the way globally in terms of market size, experience and technology development. Subsea UK now has over 200 member companies and continues to grow.  Key priorities for Subsea UK are: Ensuring that the UK maintains its world leading position in subsea; Creating a Centre of Subsea Excellence in the UK; Facilitating programmes that address the key skills shortages in the industry; Bringing industry, academia and government together to accelerate the development of the next generation of subsea technologies; Helping member companies diversify into other sectors and other geographical markets.



UK NEST is the United Kingdom Naval Engineering, Science and Technology Forum.  Concern amongst the UK naval defence community about the lack of focus on the sustainability and development of the UK’s naval design and engineering intellectual and knowledge base has led to the launch of UK NEST. UK NEST will perform its role by providing a professionally-based forum for addressing issues of common concern, fostering specific professional development needs, and giving a focal point for interaction with, and influencing the wider Government and industrial community. The initial UK NEST agenda includes a focus on training and development needs; provision of an interface to the UK Maritime Industry Strategy; examining the issues relating to pull-through of science and technology into defence procurement projects; and tackling the standardisation of language used to describe design phases and design maturity definition.


UK Chamber of Shipping

The UK Chamber of Shipping’s mission is to champion and protect the UK shipping industry on behalf of its members.  The UK Chamber of Shipping are passionate about UK shipping and work to champion its future success and London’s status as the premier global maritime centre.  The UK Chamber of Shipping work closely with Government, Parliament, policy makers and other parties to; gain recognition of shipping’s contribution to the UK economy and employment, make clear the impact of upcoming and existing legislation on the future of shipping in the UK, bring them together to work with the UK bring them together to work with the UK shipping industry and the related national, European and international maritime organisations.


United Kingdom Major Ports Group Limited

The United Kingdom Major Ports Group Limited (UKMPG) is the trade association representing most of the larger commercial ports in the United Kingdom. It has nine members who, between them, own and operate 41 ports and 2 terminals which account for over 70% of the tonnage handled in UK ports.