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decarbonisation, automation and digitalisation. During the week, numerous seminars and conferences will focus on innovation in all three areas.
If any single event were to symbolise international trade, it would have to be the traditional ‘market open ceremony’ at the London Stock Exchange, the  rst of cial event of LISW19, where at 8 am precisely on Monday 9 September, the bell is rung and the exchange’s electronic screens explode into a frenzy of colour as the week’s trading begins. And with it, LISW19 also explodes into frenzied activity as some 200 events of every conceivable variety are rolled out over the week.
Many of the week’s of cial events address trade issues head-on including Maritime London’s seminar on London’s competitiveness as a shipping cluster and HM Government’s multiple events focusing on the Global Britain agenda outlining that the UK is open for maritime business. The British government is also offering seminars and workshops on free trade agreements and maritime trade policy as the UK leaves the European Union, and how this will impact the maritime sector.
One government stakeholder workshop, The Future of International Trade Policy, is aimed at understanding the global issues and opportunities
for international maritime stakeholders and discussing potential solutions: understanding
UK barriers to trade for international stakeholders and the value of free
trade agreements in facilitating international maritime trade.
The UK Chamber of Shipping is also focusing on trade, hosting a breakfast discussion entitled Partnering for Stronger Trade – Leveraging Trade Agreements for the Bene t of International Shipping, which will examine how ‘maritime’ can be considered in the formation of future trade agreements and explore the challenges and opportunities in promoting better regulation
of shipping through bilateral, multilateral and plurilateral trade agreements.
The UK Major Ports Group’s roundtable on Ports and Trade: Global Gateways Today and Tomorrow, aims to promote discussion of both the geopolitical aspects of ports and trade as well as key future shaping in uences on maritime trade, such as the digitisation of supply trades and the imperative for sustainability.
Decarbonisation and the green economy are also prominent features
of LISW19, as is discussion about the imminent implementation of the
International Maritime Organization’s 0.50% global sulphur cap and the
impact this will have on the entire industry, from bunker supply and
pricing to freight rates, building and retro tting ships and innovation and
development of alternative fuels. The UK’s Department for
Transport (DfT) and Maritime London are running an event
promoting green  nance within the maritime sector, focusing on how
green  nance can be harnessed to respond to the ambitious
decarbonisation challenge the UK
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