Maritime UK response to the government’s inclusion of international shipping emissions within UK net-zero targets

The UK’s maritime sector is committed to decarbonisation and is excited about the opportunities the transition is creating. We recognise the government’s intention to include international shipping emissions within UK net-zero targets and reiterate the need to work in partnership with industry to get this right, both in terms of administration and creating an enabling environment.

Such significant commitment to combatting climate change will demand robust action from government to help industry develop the solutions necessary, and to support the deployment of low emission vessels and infrastructure to meet ambitious trajectories for net zero goals.

Regulation alone is not going to be sufficient: building on the automotive experience, capital investment in maritime decarbonisation is needed to unlock the potential of industry and to kick-start the whole scale transition to zero emission maritime. This includes investment for green infrastructure, funding for R&D and incentive support for owners and operators to manage the transition to low emission vessels and alternative fuels.

The renewed commitment to combatting climate change provides opportunity for the UK to position itself as a world-leader in developing green solutions and alternatives for the global maritime sector, and to show thought leadership through extensive funding for innovation and development of new technology. With the Prime Minister having declared his ambition for the UK to become a green shipping superpower, and with clean maritime given a prominent role in the Government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, significant investment into maritime decarbonisation would be a clear statement of intent ahead of COP26 in Glasgow in November.

Failure to match regulation with support will mean that the UK misses out on the opportunity to become a world leader in a greener, cleaner future for maritime, as well as missing the chance to create tens of thousands of green collar jobs, particularly in coastal towns and cities.

The government has an opportunity to flesh out its plans and provide important detail on how it will support transition in the Transport Decarbonisation Plan and National Shipbuilding Strategy, both due in the coming weeks and months.

Maritime UK is the umbrella body for the maritime sector in the UK, representing the shipping, ports, engineering and marine science, professional services and leisure marine industries. Our purpose is to champion and enable a thriving maritime sector.


The UK Ship Register (UKSR) has pledged its support for London International Shipping Week 2021 (LISW21) by becoming a Platinum Sponsor.

LISW21 is scheduled to take place from September 13 to 17 in a blended format, expertly combining in-person events with a strong online presence to create a seamless integration of real and virtual attendance and thereby enabling a far wider international audience to take part.

The involvement of UKSR will facilitate an important focus on maritime growth during the week-long LISW21. The UKSR offers international ship registration, wide ranging integrated services and 24/hour support to ship owners across the world.

As part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency it provides world class surveyors and regulation, and the UK Red Ensign is recognised globally for the maintenance of high standards, maritime safety and the welfare of seafarers.

Announcing UKSR’s support of LISW21, Dan Vivian, Commercial Director said: “London International Shipping Week is one of the most respected and valued maritime events in the world. The UK Ship Register is an important part of the UK maritime offer and the week gives us the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the many fiscal advantages, world class expertise and personalised service the UK Flag has to offer.”

Sean Moloney, Director of Shipping Innovation, said the UKSR’s support of LISW demonstrates how the week-long event spans all aspects of shipping and maritime sectors across all maritime clusters.

“We are delighted the UKSR is taking an active part in this year’s much-anticipated London International Shipping Week which will showcase all aspects of Britain’s varied maritime sectors as well as focusing on London and the UK’s central role at the heart of the international shipping industry,” he said.

LISW21 is on track to host some 200 events and activities as well as holding its influential Headline Conference which this year will take place at the London headquarters of the International Maritime Organisation on the banks of the River Thames.

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

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.



LONDON: MAY 4, 2020: Preparatory work to deliver a London International Shipping Week in 2021 that will be even more relevant and internationally-focused than ever before is well underway as London and the UK look to a trading future outside of the EU and an industry free of the economic constraints imposed by this year’s Coronavirus pandemic.

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 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.

John Hulmes, Chairman of the LISW21 Steering Group, said: “This year’s international shipping events calendar has been adversely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic with many shipping weeks cancelled or postponed. LISW21 will be one of the first major opportunities shipping industry leaders will have to meet and network again in safety.

“That is why the LISW21 Steering Group and Board of Advisors are pulling out all the stops to ensure that LISW21 is more relevant and international that ever before,” he added.

For the first time, LISW 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,” he added.

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


London International Shipping Week 2019 (LISW19) once again exceeded all expectations by welcoming thousands of global shipping industry leaders to more than 200 official events throughout the week.

Initial estimates placed the number of UK and international visitors at approaching 20,000 but this figure could rise even further when the number of ‘unofficial’ events are considered.

The UK government used the week to host bilateral meetings with government delegations and senior industry figures to explore partnerships, future opportunities outside the European Union and examine how to help significantly boost maritime exports.

It really was a week of business with event organisers reporting very strong attendances at their events. Such was the interest of the varied subject matter under discussion and the high quality of the venues, that the opinion was that LISW19 was truly a global must-attend event.

Charities associated with this year’s event also declared the week a tour de force with £11,000 raised at the headline LISW19 Gala Dinner alone and the £155,000 collected at the Sixth Annual Dragon Boat Race taking total contributions for that event to over the £2 million mark.

LISW19 prides itself in the close association it has with the four maritime charities – Apostleship of the Sea; Sailors’ Society; Seafarers UK; and The Mission to Seafarers. And the OSCAR Campaign’s Dragon Boat Race has proved to be a highly popular end-of-week event during LISW.

Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes and Sean Moloney, founders of LISW and Directors of Shipping Innovation, organisers of the event, said LISW19 exceeded all expectations with industry leaders rubbing shoulders with politicians and regulators from the UK and abroad.

“We were delighted to enjoy the support of 13 UK Government Departments and even welcomed the Prime Minister Boris Johnson onto the PHAROS, a lighthouse tender that visited London as part of London International Shipping Week along with two naval vessels.

“The number of international trade associations and individual companies wishing to become part of this amazing week of events continues to grow and underlines London and the UK’s important role in helping to mould the international shipping and maritime sphere,” they said.

“The energy, enthusiasm and hard work demonstrated throughout the week by Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP, who must have attended at least half of the 200 events taking place, raised the level of discourse between Government and Industry and added kudos to the week” said Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes.

He added “The presence of the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP; HRH The Princess Royal; and the drums and bugles of the Royal Marines at Banqueting House, lifted the week to even greater heights.”

Further information about LISW19 can be found on the dedicated event website: or you can follow us on Twitter @LISWOfficial or #LISW19.

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