Secretary of State for Transport appointed Christopher Rodrigues CBE as the new non-executive chairman of the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA), the government agency tasked with further strengthening the UK’s position at the forefront of global shipping.
Mr. Rodrigues brings extensive international experience as Chairman of public, private and government sector organizations in tourism, the arts and public diplomacy and since 2016 as Chairman of the Port of London, the largest port in Grande -Brittany.
His leadership will contribute to the MCAOngoing plans to transform the agency in its work on innovation and regulation, while seeking to develop the British flag and help boost the maritime economy.
The Secretary of State for Transport made the appointment, which is the second since the role was first mentioned as a key recommendation in Lord Mountevans’ Maritime Growth Study published during London International Shipping Week ISW 2015.
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said:
I would like to welcome and congratulate Christopher, who is joining the Maritime and Coastguard agency at an exciting time for the agency and an extremely important time for the UK as we consider our recovery from COVID-19.
I am very grateful to Michael Parker, the first MCA President for the work he has done in establishing his responsibilities, but also for the direction he has given to the organization over the past 4 years.
This appointment is part of a wider commitment to generate growth in the maritime sector, encourage greater investment in the UK and promote the UK flag as a world-class registry that attracts quality shipowners .
This announcement coincides with the start of the countdown to London International Navigation Week 2021 which will bring together world leaders in the maritime industry and showcase the best of the industry in the UK.
Christophe Rodrigues CBE noted:
I am delighted to take on this role and look forward to supporting the Coastguard Agency”>MCA team as they adapt to the changing needs and business demands of international shipping and uphold the great traditions of HM Coastguard.
The United Kingdom is a leading maritime nation. Make sure that the MCA Providing efficient and responsive service is essential to retaining this position.
MCA Managing Director Brian Johnson said:
I look forward to this meeting very much. Christopher will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and we all look forward to working with him.
The maritime sector contributed at least Â£ 17 billion to the UK economy in 2017 and supports at least 220,100 jobs across the country.