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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INCE CONFIRMED AS PLATINUM SPONSORS OF LISW21

LONDON: OCTOBER 21st, 2020: The organisers of London International Shipping Week are proud to announce that the international legal and professional services firm Ince, has signed up as a Platinum Sponsor of London International Shipping Week 2021 (LISW21).

With a heritage reaching back nearly 150 years, Ince is a dynamic international legal and professional services firm, with offices in nine countries across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. With over 500 people, including over 100 partners worldwide, Ince provides legal advice, strategic guidance and business solutions to clients ranging from sector leading businesses operating across numerous industries to ultra-high net worth individuals.

Julian Clark, Global Senior Partner at Ince, welcomed the announcement, saying he was delighted that Ince would once again be supporting this important global maritime event.

Commenting on Ince’s support for the event, Julian Clark said: “Over the years LISW has grown to become the largest global week for the maritime industry, with LISW21 promising to be even bigger and better than before. As a leader in maritime law, Ince is once again looking forward to showing its commitment to the shipping industry and connecting with both current and prospective clients alike.”

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 and international shipping and maritime sectors.

It promises to be an occasion of global 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, LISW will be both face-to-face and virtual and 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.

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

Maritime Skills Commissioners announced

Maritime UK, the umbrella body for the maritime sector, is today announcing the inaugural Commissioners to serve on the Maritime Skills Commission.

Government and industry, working through Maritime UK, has established the Maritime Skills Commission (MSC) to lead the sector’s work in ensuring the maritime sector has a pipeline of talented people to serve all parts of the sector covering shipping, ports, leisure marine, engineering, science and professional services.

The MSC is a core element of delivering the Department for Transport’s Maritime 2050 strategy and reports jointly to the Maritime Minister and to Maritime UK’s National Council.

Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice Chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire, was appointed Chair of the Commission in January.

It has been formed to:
1. Understand the skills needs of the sector, including the effects of technological change, and to make recommendations for action
2. Ensure that no part of the sector suffers from serious skills shortages or skills gaps
3. Ensure that the sector has the apprenticeships and qualifications it needs
4. Ensure the sector has the training provision it needs, (including the use of technology to engage learners and keep costs down)
5. Provide employers and individuals with clear information about career paths and re-training options
6. Ensure that employers have good quality recruits for their vacancies through effective promotion of maritime careers
7. Increase exports of maritime education and training.
The following Commissioners have been appointed to serve on the Commission:
• Graham Baldwin, Vice Chancellor, University of Central Lancashire (Chair)
• Lucy Armstrong, Chair, Port of Tyne
• Mark Dickinson, General Secretary, Nautilus International
• Kerry Hourihan, Head of Maritime Skills and Training, Department for Transport
• Guy Mason, SVP Global Head of Shipping, BP
• Brian Johnson, Chief Executive, Maritime and Coastguard Agency
• Monica Kohli, Senior Lawyer, FD&D, Gard (UK) Lawyers
• Douglas Lang, Group Managing Director, Anglo-Eastern (Offshore)
• Iain Mackinnon, Secretary, Maritime Skills Alliance
• Sam McBriar, Director Maritime Strategy and Marketing, Thales UK
• Colin McMurray, Director, Scottish Maritime Cluster
• Kathryn Neilson, Director, Merchant Navy Training Board
• Linton Roberts, Director Operations, Cammell Laird
• Alison Rumsey, Chief HR Officer, Associated British Ports
• Helen Sampson, Director, Seafarers International Research Centre, Cardiff University
• Nikki Sayer, Associate Director, Casper Shipping
• Alison Thompson, Head Learning and Development, Princess Yachts
• Karen Waltham, Karen Waltham Consulting
Maritime UK’s Diversity in Maritime Taskforce and Careers Taskforce will work closely with the Commission to ensure their work programmes reflect the latest labour market intelligence produced by the MSC.

The inaugural meeting of the Commission is being held this afternoon (2 July).

Graham Baldwin, Chair, Maritime Skills Commission said: “I am delighted to Chair the Maritime Skills Commission and lead this group of highly skilled, diverse Commissioners to ensure the sector is equipped with a continuous pipeline of talented people and resources. Over the past few months, I have undertaken a robust mapping exercise to ensure the MSC has coverage across the five maritime sectors covered by Maritime UK.

“I have also ensured it has the right balance of geographical coverage, seniority, diversity, knowledge of HR and current skills systems, as well as people who understand the impact of technical changes such as automation and digitisation.”

Kelly Tolhurst, Maritime Minister said: “Our maritime sector thrives because of the well trained, highly skilled makeup of our workers. These commissioners will play a vital role in ensuring employees have the skills they need to keep the industry growing as we navigate our way out of Covid-19.”

Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK said: “The Commission was always a critical element of Maritime 2050, but now, following coronavirus, its role is even more pivotal, and urgent. It has pressing work to get on with to understand what impact the pandemic has had, and will have, on the labour market. I am delighted to welcome the new Commissioners to post and know that they want to get down to work straight away. The Commission is a true embodiment of the kind of partnership between industry and government that we need to enhance the UK’s position as a world-class maritime nation.”

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