Maersk clarifies UK stance

Maersk has clarified its position on UK cadets and its commitment to the UK’s flag system. As per a report carried on Splash on Friday it will stop taking cadets from the UK, as well as South Africa.

“All cadets will be given the opportunity to complete their contractual training period to qualify as an Officer of the Watch, enabling them to meet international employment terms,” a spokesperson for Maersk told Splash.

Regarding the UK flag, contrary to reports carried by Splash and trade union Nautilus International, the Maersk official that there were no changes on the cards.

“We will continue to fulfil our statutory commitment under UK tonnage tax (UKTT),” the spokesperson said.

Maersk Line has not had any owned container vessels flying the UK Flag since December 2015, however there is currently one Maersk Line container vessel, Maersk Kimi that is subject to the UKTT – however it flies a Dutch flag, the official pointed out.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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