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discussion of both the geopolitical aspects of ports and trade as well as key future shaping in uences on maritime trade, such as the digitalisation of supply chains and the imperative for sustainability.
Decarbonisation, the green economy, new fuels and the International Maritime Organization’s 0.50% global sulphur cap featured prominently during LISW19. The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) and Maritime London held an event focused on how green  nance can be harnessed to respond to the ambitious decarbonisation challenge the UK government has set
and how the UK can position itself to be a leader in this  eld.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) conference, Setting Course for 2050: Powering Global Trade, examined the critical drivers that will impact our industry and identify the solutions to set a course for 2050.
The UK Chamber of Shipping also ran a brie ng entitled Offshore Energy – The Second Revolution, which examined the UK regions as a new frontier for offshore energy production and discussed the second revolution for the North Sea basin and rest of the UK’s waters in harnessing green technology.
Automation, digitalisation, connectivity, crew well-being, blockchain technology
and cyber security were among the most frequently discussed topics of the week, as were training, education, recruitment, gender
balance and diversity. One special new event, the Maritime UK Careers Hub, brought excited school children onto the NLV Pharos to meet and hear  rst-hand from those working across Britain’s £40 billion maritime sector with a view to sparking an interest in working in the maritime sector. The unannounced arrival of the Prime Minister ensured they enjoyed an experience to remember.
Given the general lack of women in shipping, many found it highly encouraging to see a number of women- /speci c and gender-speci c events on the calendar, including a Women in Shipping Summit, an Empowering Women in Shipping debate, a Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) conference and a Diversity in Shipping seminar.
London is committed to maintaining
and growing its position as the world’s
top professional services cluster for the maritime sector by working and partnering with other international clusters to develop an innovative, sustainable and environmentally aware shipping and maritime sector for the future.
With every sector of the maritime industry represented, debating a vast array of key issues in some of the most iconic historic and ultra-modern buildings in London, there can be no doubt that LISW19 was a spectacular success. Once again, LISW has shown
that London – and the entire UK maritime industry – is open for business. Trade is shipping and shipping is LISW.
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