SHIPPING INNOVATION, owner and manager of London International Shipping Week (LISW), is delighted to announce the appointment of Karen Martin as Commercial Director.

Karen will be responsible for all sales and commercial activities related to London International Shipping Week and will be the point of contact for sponsors and advertisers for the next instalment of LISW in September 2023. Karen, who combined sales on previous LISWs with her position as Sales Director at Elaborate Communications and its flagship magazine Ship Management International, will leave Elaborate and be fully employed by Shipping Innovation.

Welcoming Karen’s appointments, Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, Director of Shipping Innovation, said: “The huge success of LISW21 proves beyond any doubt that London International Shipping Week is not only one of the world’s biggest and most respected maritime events, but after five editions, can look forward to an even greater future ahead.

“Such success is entirely dependent on the team behind it and, with this in mind, I am delighted to welcome Karen onboard. She has worked tirelessly on LISW since its inception in 2013 and as Shipping Innovation’s first Commercial Director, will be charged with taking LISW to the next level. Karen is a very well-known personality in the international maritime sector where, I am sure, she will continue to make her mark.”

Karen added: “I am really excited at the challenge ahead and am looking forward to continuing to be part of the growth and success of LISW in 2023 and beyond.”

Organised with the full backing of the UK Government as well as the international and domestic UK maritime industries, LISW23 will attract the world’s shipping industry leaders and thought leaders to London in September 2023 to network and debate key issues facing the industry.

Further information about all aspects of the recently held LISW21 as well as information relating to the LISW2023 week can be found on the dedicated event website:

Also follow us on social media: @LISWOfficial / #LISW23

You can read all about LISW21 by clicking on this link to download the Post Event Report.


UK calls for zero global shipping emissions by 2050 as greenest ever London International Shipping Week begins

Cleaner and greener channel crossings expected in the next decade as International Shipping Week launches.


Department for TransportRobert Courts MP, and The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP


  • UK to push for international shipping emissions to reach absolute zero by 2050
  • Transport Secretary sets out ambitious global 2050 target as UK government launches greenest ever International Shipping Week
  • vision of zero emission vessels entering into commercial service by 2025 opening the possibility for cleaner and greener channel crossings in the next decade

Marking the start of the greenest London International Shipping Week yet, the UK backs a world-leading absolute zero target for international shipping emissions by 2050, as announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today (13 September 2021).

This target, which would need to be agreed through the International Maritime Organization, would be a significant increase of ambition for the sector, which is currently accountable for 3% of global emissions.

This announcement comes as the government launches the greenest ever London International Shipping Week, building on a string of initiatives aimed at slashing emissions and establishing the UK as international leaders in green maritime.

At a speech on 15 September, the Transport Secretary will announce the winners of the multimillion-pound Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition. Focused on innovative green maritime solutions, the competition was launched as part of the Prime Minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution last November.

The Transport Secretary is also expected to reassert the importance of building a thriving maritime sector focused on innovation, highlighting his ambition to have zero emission vessels entering into commercial service by 2025, which opens the possibility for cleaner and greener channel crossings in the next decade.

These initiatives follow on from commitments outlined in the world-leading Transport decarbonisation plan to explore the establishment of a UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions (UK SHORE), a dedicated unit within the Department for Transport (DfT) focused on decarbonising the maritime sector.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

As a maritime nation with a rich history, and host of COP26 this year, we are proud to be at the forefront of the greener era for maritime, charting an international course for the future of clean shipping.

I’m incredibly excited by the changes happening in this sector, with the speed of progress highlighted by the prospect of zero emission commercial vessels in UK waters in the next few years and green Channel crossings within a decade.

Taking action now allows us to lead the charge on this global shift, creating highly skilled jobs for British workers and shaping the landscape for what clean shipping and trade will look like for future generations.

As the greenest shipping week to date, the UK is focused on working in collaboration with the sector to build a strong sustainable future for UK maritime. As recently published in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report, warming is happening quicker than previously estimated. Therefore action is needed across all sectors and the UK will do all it can to slash emissions from shipping.

Maritime UK chair Sarah Kenny said:

“The government’s leadership on global shipping targets will be welcomed across the sector.

The UK is the natural home for maritime business and will play a pivotal role in helping this most global of sectors to decarbonise. There are already fantastic technologies being developed and deployed here, and the industry is determined that these accelerate in close partnership with government.

The UK will rise to the challenge and, in doing so, create tens of thousands of green jobs in coastal communities across the UK.

International challenges require international solutions and it’s right government seeks to lead regulatory action here in London. We can play a leading role in driving change globally and this starts at London International Shipping Week.”

Throughout the week, ministers and industry will be leading a host of events taking stock of the sector’s progress.

Kicking off with a ministerial roundtable at the Foreign Office on 13 September, leaders from across the sector will discuss how to level up all parts of the UK with a focus on decarbonisation, coastal communities and port towns and industries.

DfT will publish its Maritime Biennial Report on 14 September, outlining the strength of the sector, the next phase for its recovery from the pandemic and progress on our ambitious Maritime 2050 strategy.

On 15 September, the Transport Secretary will announce the winners of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, while the Maritime Minister, Robert Courts will be at Port of Southampton opening the newest cruise terminal, which is the greenest one yet.

Minister Courts is also set to take centre stage on 16 September at the coveted gala dinner in the iconic National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, the heart of British maritime, where he will outline the future for UK maritime and the opportunities that exist as we build global trading networks.

The week will be rounded off with the Maritime Minister joining Mersey Maritime on 17 September for its annual awards event, where he will present the DfT Maritime 2050 Award – celebrating industry action towards our shared Maritime 2050 ambitions.

ABL to develop green hydrogen production barge concept for Harbour use

AqualisBraemar LOC Group (ABL Group) has been awarded an innovative research and development (R&D) project to develop a green hydrogen production barge under the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC).

The CMDC is funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.

ABL Group, including group company Longitude Engineering, will work in a consortium with Green Hydrogen Solutions and Poole Harbour Commissioners on the concept development and feasibility study for a moored barge to generate, store and provide hydrogen to vessels bunkering at the same port.  The port will store hydrogen produced via electrolysis using onshore renewables. Poole harbour will be used as a case study for demonstrating the environmental and commercial viability of the concept.

“We are really excited to embark on this innovative project. The maritime industry contributes to three percent of all greenhouse gas emissions and is a hard to abate sector. Technical demonstration of CO2-free powering of ships, when combined with scale, will blaze a trail for the net zero future,” says Dr RV Ahilan, chief energy transition officer at ABL Group.

The work will make a techno-economic analysis of the feasibility of green hydrogen as an alternative fuel to power ships, as well as establishing the commercial viability for such an application and its potential for expansion to other ports.

“This project is aimed at providing rapid infrastructure for hydrogen production at the point of requirement. Providing ready availability of hydrogen will support its adoption as a viable alternative marine fuel and contribute to the reduction of the sectors’ emissions,” says Dean Goves, Longitude Engineering’s managing director for marine vessel design, defence and small craft.

Announced in March 2020, and part of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan to position the UK at the forefront of green shipbuilding and maritime technology, the CMDC is a £20m investment from government alongside a further c.£10m from industry to reduce emissions from the maritime sector.

The programme is supporting 55 projects across the UK, including projects in Scotland, Northern Ireland and from the South West to the North East of England, including ABL Group’s project

As set out in the Clean Maritime Plan (2019), Government funding has been used to support early stage research relating to clean maritime. The programme will be used to support the research, design and development of zero emission technology and infrastructure solutions for maritime and to accelerate decarbonisation in the sector.

This award follows the appointment of ABL operations in Aberdeen, Scotland this year to a project with Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd. (CMAL) to design and emission-free fuel-cell sea-going passenger and car ferry

Maritime’s £56bn UK economic impact revealed at the start of London International Shipping Week

  • New analysis reveals maritime’s significant impact on UK economy at £56.4 billion per annum
  • Comes as global industry converges on Britain as part of London International Shipping Week, promoting status as a world maritime leader
  • Coincides with new government shipping concierge service to attract international maritime businesses to the UK


A new study has revealed the significant economic contribution of the maritime industry, contributing more than £56.4 billion per annum.

These 2019 figures represent a 19% increase from the last time statistics were produced for the industry in 2017, which put the annual figure at £47.4bn, higher than aviation and rail combined at the time.

The preliminary Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) findings, commissioned by Maritime UK, come as global industry leaders converge on Britain for the start of London International Shipping Week (LISW), marking the first time the global sector has come together since coronavirus.

The biannual event, backed by Government, is the biggest in the global industry’s calendar, designed to convene industry leaders to chart the sector’s future as well promote Britain’s place as the world’s natural home for maritime.

LISW also coincides with the launch of a new UK Shipping Concierge Service. This new government service will provide a dedicated support service for international maritime businesses thinking of moving to, and growing their business in, the UK. It will link companies to officials across government, representing a step-change in proactive government support for the sector.

The service is the first of its kind in government, set-up to open doors for the global industry to do business in the UK. And through regular contact with these firms, the service will try to identify areas of support currently missing and make recommendations to government to maintain the country’s competitive advantage. 

Maritime UK is one of LISW’s biggest sponsors, hosting events on each day of the week, including jobs and careers fairs to promote the sector to the next generation, with an expected 170,000 jobs bonanza over the next five years because of freeports announced earlier this year.


Sarah Kenny, chair of Maritime UK, said:

“On the week global maritime returns to its natural home in London, this new economic analysis shows just how much maritime affects all of our lives.

“We are an island nation and it’s all around us, keeping us supplied throughout the pandemic, creating jobs from our cities to our shores, and in the years to come, becoming the engine room for our green industrial revolution.

“This week we will see how far we have come, alongside the challenges that still remain, from the co-investment required to steer our ships in a green direction, to reaching our full potential of becoming a modern competitive shipbuilding nation.”

LISW kicks off at the London Stock Exchange during the opening of the markets on Monday, at a ceremony led by maritime minister Robert Courts.

It’s the first of more than one hundred events across the City and beyond, which will see HMS Albion, described as the Royal Navy’s ‘Swiss Army Knife’, sail down The Thames, and WWII warship, HQS Wellington, converted into a careers fair for students, kitted with virtual reality displays.

Industry leaders will also join government ministers in an industry roundtable, discussing how to grow from a disrupted economy and decarbonise maritime. And the headline conference will take place on Wednesday, featuring the COP26 High Level Champion, Nigel Topping. 




ATPI Marine & Energy and Qatar Airways open London International Shipping Week

As the industry looks ahead to its recovery, specialist travel management company, ATPI Marine & Energy, in partnership with Qatar Airways, has today kicked off this year’s London International Shipping Week (LISW21) by opening the London Stock Exchange.

The week-long event will be the largest and most important LISW to date, hosting up to 160 in-person, hybrid and virtual functions. This year’s theme of ‘Driving Growth and Recovery in a Disrupted World’ will explore how the shipping industry can balance its post-Covid recovery with its desire for growth.

Now is the time to look to the future and assess how companies can remain relevant in tomorrow’s world of shipping as it begins to live with Covid. The industry is changing, with the global pandemic pushing environmental factors front-of-mind, and with 2030 just around the corner – now is the most important time to be planning for the future of the industry.

ATPI’s Nikos Gazelidis, chief commercial officer marine division, said of the event: “London International Shipping Week continues to be the most prestigious event in the global shipping and maritime industry calendar and we are honoured to be opening the London Stock Exchange with Qatar Airways today. Following a difficult year for the industry, we’re excited to be looking to the future and how we can continue to navigate the challenges of modern-day shipping. Ensuring cost, efficiency, and more importantly – safety and environmental impact, are at the forefront of every decision”.

Thierry Antinori, chief commercial officer at Qatar Airways added: “We are proud to partner with ATPI Marine & Energy to open the London Stock Exchange at the beginning of London International Shipping Week 2021. Throughout the pandemic, we have worked closely with ATPI and the maritime industry to operate as many flights as possible to facilitate crew changes and to reunite seafarers with their families and loved ones. We look forward to further strengthening our partnerships with the maritime industry and supporting the recovery of this vital industry.”

As a global leading expert in travel for the marine, energy and resource industries, ATPI is continuously investing and seeking solutions to improve the human logistics of the crew change cycle. With deep-rooted expertise in crew rotation supported by 24/7 service and innovative technology, ATPI Marine & Energy is actively engaged to develop a more proactive, fully integrated, seamless crew change ecosystem, to ensure the safe passage of seafarers for years to come.

Further information about LISW21 can be found on the dedicated event website:

For more information on ATPI, see

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