LISW21’s international credentials underlined as its Headline Conference is to be held at the heart of global maritime regulation 

London International Shipping Week’s Headline Conference is to be held next year at the impressive headquarters of the International Maritime Organization – the heart of global maritime regulation.

Taking place on Wednesday September 15, the LISW21 Conference will feature a unique blend of in-person and online attendance who will come together to debate the most important issues facing the world’s shipping industry. Drawing on the week’s tagline of ‘Propelling World Trade’ and its overarching theme of “Driving growth and recovery in a disrupted world”, the conference will explore the fundamental role that the ESG agenda has in shaping the future of the global shipping industry.

Jos Standerwick, CEO of Maritime London and Chairman of the LISW21 Conference Working Group, said: “We thank the IMO for giving us the exciting opportunity to bring this important international forum to the heart of maritime legislation. This partnership with the IMO underlines the important and strategic role London plays within the international maritime community.

Welcoming the move to host LISW21 during the week, LISW21 Steering Group Chairman John Hulmes, said: “Although the Grosvenor House Hotel has been a wonderful host for the headline Conference at previous LISWs, the opportunity to work with the IMO and use their wonderful facilities helps cement the international reach and reputation of LISW.”

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations which is responsible for measures to improve the safety and security of international shipping and to prevent pollution from ships. Through its regulatory framework, IMO facilitates a global maritime transportation system that connects markets and moves 80% of world trade It is also the only UN organisation headquartered in the UK.

Its purpose-built building on London’s Albert Embankment overlooks the River Thames and was formally opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 17 May 1983.

In addition to office accommodation for some 300 international civil servants, the building features a state-of-the-art 700-seat conference hall, where the Organization’s 174 Member States meet to discuss issues of importance to international shipping, as well as further smaller conference rooms and a range of other meeting facilities. It boasts an outstanding view of the Houses of Parliament.

LISW21 will see a switch in the timing of the headline conference from the traditional Thursday event to Wednesday, enabling delegates to continue their discussions and networking after the conference closes.

The iconic LISW Gala Dinner will go ahead on the Thursday evening (September 16th) as usual.

With key speakers already being lined up, the LISW21 Headline Conference will feature Government Ministers, Shipping industry experts and leaders of influential maritime companies.

UK Maritime Minister praises the relationship between the UK and Greek maritime clusters

UK Maritime Minister Robert Courts has heralded the opening of the UK Ship Register’s first overseas support office in Piraeus by saying its new presence in the region will foster further cooperation between two proud maritime nations.

Addressing a special webinar announcing the flag’s expansion into the Greek and Cypriot markets, Minister Courts said: “Maritime is a truly global sector. We recognise the importance and influence of Greek and Cypriot ship owners and the long-held Anglo-Greek relationship. As the UK exists the EU at the end of 2020, we are excited by the new opportunities for new partnerships,” he stressed.

“We have focused on building global links and maximising new trade deals which will help build a brighter future for the sector. We are here to bring the maritime community together and provide opportunities for a responsible and sustainable development to UK flag bearers,” he told delegates.

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Hill Dickinson confirmed as platinum sponsor of London International Shipping Week 2021

 

 

 

 

International maritime law specialist Hill Dickinson is once again confirmed as a platinum sponsor of London International Shipping Week 2021 (LISW21).

In confirming its support of LISW21, the firm, which has a significant London presence as well as international offices in some of the world’s leading maritime hubs, will be prominently featured during the week-long premier global shipping event, which will be held during the week of 13-17 September 2021.

Tony Goldsmith, head of Hill Dickinson’s Marine and Trade group, said: “As a leading maritime law firm with strong, 200-year old roots in the maritime world, we are delighted to show our ongoing commitment to the shipping industry. With visitor numbers expected to surpass the 20,000 who attended last year, we look forward to connecting with both current and prospective clients.”

The 12-month countdown to what promises to be the largest and most important London International Shipping Week to date, started on 13 October 2020 with the virtual launch of the event that brought together HRH The Princess Royal, as well as political figures and industry leaders from the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Over 800 delegates attending the launch were told that LISW21 will progress on its charge of propelling world trade with an exploration of its overarching theme of ‘Driving growth and recovery in a disrupted world’.

While COVID-19 has created worldwide disruption it is only one of many challenges already facing a global shipping industry in flux. LISW21 will explore how the shipping industry can balance its post-COVID recovery against the mounting pressures and opportunities of deglobalisation, decarbonisation, and digitalisation, for the agile, sustainable progression of international trade.

For the first time, the biennial maritime event will include both face-to-face and virtual events throughout the five days, and this year promises to exceed the 220 events held during LISW19.

Lord Mountevans, chairman of the LISW21 board of advisers, told the launch event: “By including a strong virtual element to what will also be a face-to-face event, it means that we can open up LISW21 and its myriad of excellent industry events to the younger generation joining or wishing to join this fabulous industry. These are young people who, because of the COVID pandemic, may have missed out on much needed office-based mentoring. We will be welcoming them on board during the week.

“London is a major international maritime centre and the role it plays internationally in making shipping and trade work cannot be understated. Which is why we are delighted we have forged the type of strong relationship we have with Her Majesty’s government, as well as other international governments and regulators and the international and UK domestic maritime industries.”

Further information about LISW21, as well as the official launch video reel, can be found on the dedicated event website. You can also follow along on Twitter @LISWOfficial or the dedicated hashtag #LISW21.

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INDUSTRY LAUNCHES LISW21 WITH ‘DRIVING GROWTH AND RECOVERY IN A DISRUPTED WORLD’ AS THE CENTRAL THEME

LONDON: OCTOBER 13th, 2020:  The 12-month countdown to what promises to be the largest and most important London International Shipping Week to date, has started with the virtual launch of the event that brought together HRH The Princess Royal, as well as political figures and industry leaders from the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Over 800 delegates attending the launch were told that London International Shipping Week 2021 (LISW21) will progress on its charge of propelling world trade with an exploration of its overarching theme of ‘Driving growth and recovery in a disrupted world’.

The key drivers of Trade, Finance, Technology and People will be evident throughout the week’s events including the headline LISW21 Conference backed up by the important principles of Environment, Social, and Governance.

COVID-19 has taken the world by storm, yet it is only one of many challenges facing a global shipping industry already in flux. LISW21 will explore how the shipping industry can balance its post-COVID recovery against the mounting pressures and opportunities of de-globalisation, decarbonisation, and digitalisation, for the agile, sustainable progression of international trade.

For the first time ever, LISW21 will be both face-to-face and virtual, opening its doors to thousands of visitors who are expected to attend the physical events during the week while also utilising online conferencing technology to open up LISW21 to an even wider and more varied global audience. Operating as a hybrid event, combining the best in class of physical and virtual experiences, LISW21 expects to draw not only the thousands of visitors to London who joined us in 2019, but also thousands more online who may be otherwise prohibited from attending in person by resource or distance.

Speaking at the virtual launch of LISW21, Robert Courts, UK Maritime Minister, said: “Our world-leading maritime sector is crucial to the economic success of the UK, especially as we build back from COVID-19.

“I am very much looking forward to London International Shipping Week 2021 where we will once again showcase the very best of our industry, drive progress on the issues that matter, and create new partnerships that will drive growth and innovation.”

Lord Mountevans, Chairman of the LISW21 Board of Advisors, told the launch event: “By including a strong virtual element to what will also be a face-to-face event, it means that we can open up LISW21 and its myriad of excellent industry events to the younger generation joining or wishing to join this fabulous industry. These are young people who, because of the COVID pandemic, may have missed out on much needed office-based mentoring. We will be welcoming them onboard during the week.

“London is a major international maritime centre and the role it plays internationally in making shipping and trade work cannot be understated. Which is why we are delighted we have forged the type of strong relationship we have with Her Majesty’s Government, as well as other international Governments and regulators and the international and UK domestic maritime industries,” he added.

Over 90 international trade associations have signed on as Supporting Organisations for LISW21 to date, and Sponsors are coming forward to support what is the maritime industry’s must-attend and thought leadership event.

Further information about LISW21, as well as the official launch video reel, can be found on the dedicated event website: http://londoninternationalshippingweek.com/

@LISWOfficial  /  #LISW21

IFAN WELCOMED AS A SUPPORTING ORGANISATION OF LISW21

LONDON: July 8th, 2020:  The organisers of London International Shipping Week are delighted to welcome the International Foundation for Aids to Navigation (IFAN) onboard as a Supporting Organisation of London International Shipping Week 2021 (LISW21).

Support for LISW21 from the domestic UK and international shipping and maritime communities as well as Government has been overwhelming and IFAN will use the week-long event as a platform to promote the importance of navigational safety in the Middle East.

The Middle East Navigation Aids Service (MENAS), a subsidiary of IFAN, has been providing navigational services since 1911 as no state owns the Aids to Navigation in the joint waters of the Gulf. This service is funded exclusively via ‘nav dues’ and the sustainability of the existing service on which the shipping industry depends is totally reliant on receipt of these payments.

Operating from its main base in Bahrain and a support base in Abu Dhabi, MENAS owns and maintains an extensive network of 58 buoys, lighthouses and DGPS transmitters, mostly located in remote areas more than 12 nautical miles from the shore, and generally in hazardous areas such as narrow waterways leading to main ports.

Peter Stanley, CEO of IFAN, said: “We’re delighted to be a Supporting Organisation for LISW21 and IFAN is looking forward to discussing navigational safety in the Middle East with ship owners and the wider industry to highlight its importance.”

LISW21, which will be held in the week of September 13-17, 2021, has already received the support of over 100 international shipping trade associations together with the UK Government, Royal Navy and the UK domestic shipping and maritime sectors.

It promises to be an occasion of major proportions, with the number of events expected to exceed the 220 held during LISW19, meaning visitor numbers are expected to be higher than the 20,000 who attended last year. For the first time, LISW21 will run industry events throughout the five days of the week as opposed to keeping the Thursday free just for the headline LISW Conference and Gala Dinner. This will give Supporting Organisations and Sponsors more freedom of choice when it comes to planning their events

Further information about LISW21 can be found on the dedicated event website: www.londoninternationalshippingweek.com or you can follow us on Twitter @LISWOfficial or #LISW21.

Peter Stanley, CEO of IFAN
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