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.

Videotel Wins Best Crew Wellbeing Programme at Safety at Sea Awards

Leading maritime training provider Videotel has won the Best Crew Wellbeing Programme at the Safety at Sea Awards held during London International Shipping Week.

The category was for the best standout wellbeing initiative which, in the judges’ opinion, has helped protect crew mental health and wellbeing.

Launched during the 5th Annual International Shipowning & Shipmanagement Summit in London last year, the programme was produced in association with the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and comprises a video, facilitator notes, and information booklets from ISWAN on mental health issues at sea.

Due to the critical importance of the topic it was decided that the package would be made available free of charge and it can be downloaded by accessing

“We are thrilled that this programme has been recognized by an independent panel of judges as an important contribution to help seafarers who may be struggling when at sea, away from family and friends. Mental health issues can effect anyone, but Seafarers face unique working and living conditions that pose additional challenges and require further consideration.” said Raal Harris, MD of Videotel.

“I would like to thank my colleagues who made a very insightful and instructive programme with the help of the team at ISWAN and the other organisations that gave their time and energy in support of this worthwhile production.”

Digital shoppers must understand the vital role shipping plays in delivering their goods, Princess Royal tells industry leaders

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Patron of Maritime UK, demonstrated the importance of London International Shipping Week (LISW) by attending a VIP reception at Banqueting House on Tuesday evening (September 10).

With her usual wit, charm and insight, Princess Anne spoke knowledgeably about the international maritime sector, the role of the seafarer, and modern global trade.

Addressing those among the 500 guests “with real faith in the digital world,” The Princess Royal raised a laugh by saying: “Feel free – I think we need a backup!”

Outlining the important role LISW plays in raising awareness of the depth and breadth of the maritime sector, she said: “The digital world is an interesting one and it’s quite ‘press button’. Somehow we’ve got to get across to those online shoppers that it doesn’t arrive from so far through the ether – it has to find slightly more prosaic ways of getting there.”

“You represent the vast majority of the method by which they receive the things that they press the button for,” she told LISW grandees, “This week is a really important part of understanding where our investments need to go.”

Her Royal Highness, a great supporter of the maritime sector, seafarers and the Royal Navy, said: “As an island we definitely need to understand the critical value of the sea to us and, as an island nation how to deal with it, and what it means to us in a much wider capacity.”

She advised: “If we want our trade to travel at sea, then the people who do that and the ships that they’re in, need to be as good as they can, so the people that back them up, the skills that they need, and the innovations that need to go with that to develop safer ways of transporting our goods by sea will remain a key to all of your interests.”

To the audience of shipping industry leaders, she said: “It is hugely encouraging to know that there are so many of you who have accepted the invitation to come and raise the profile of the maritime sector globally. I’m delighted that you are making this week what it is – an international event.”

The reception at Banqueting House, hosted by Her Majesty’s Government and Maritime UK, formally welcomed the many industry leaders and overseas Ambassadors to London for this premier shipping industry event, which features more than 200 meetings, seminars, conferences and round tables. Speeches were also given by the Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps MP; Rt. Hon. Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Maritime; Lord Mountevans, Chair of the LISW Board of Advisors, and Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK.

Further images can be found by visiting the LISW flickr page.


Fourth Propulsion Revolution: ICS Reaches Beyond the Shipping Community

A packed house of delegates was confronted yesterday with the reality of powering global trade without the use of fossil fuels. At the International Chamber of Shipping’s 2019 Conference – Setting Course for 2050 : Powering Global Trade, more than 30 influential speakers from around the world challenged the shipping community to fully explore the options open to the industry and the decisions it faces – decisions which will have implications beyond the sector’s own boardrooms.

Speakers included the Rt. Hon. Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Maritime, Department for Transport; Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Turner of Ecchinswell, Chair, Energy Transitions Commission, Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas OBE, CEO of the Green Finance Institute and Emanuele Grimaldi, President and Managing Director, Grimaldi Group S.p.A.

One of the most sobering statements came at the beginning of the day from Professor Anders Hammer Strømman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change who reminded the audience that “Depending on the amount of CO2 released, between 15 to 40% of emitted CO2 will remain in the atmosphere for up to 2,000 years.”

In his opening remarks on behalf of ICS Emanuele Grimaldi reflected on the challenge ahead and the ground-breaking agreement on CO2 emissions concluded in April last year, known as ‘The Paris Agreement for Shipping’. He reminded the audience that we are embarking on the most important transformation to face the maritime sector since the transition from sail to steam saying: “We all know that change is coming and as in all business the winners will be those who identify the opportunities and make the right decisions.”

He added: “It represents a fundamental transformation in the business of shipping, something that we at ICS call the Fourth Propulsion Revolution.”

Acknowledging the panel of speakers he concluded: “What is also clear is that we can’t do it alone. Without the support of consumers, policymakers, the finance community and suppliers the Fourth Propulsion Revolution will be stifled. We must all work together to mitigate the risk of transformation. Risk is our common language. And we need to reach beyond our own community to ensure that the risk is equitably allocated and priced.”

The packed agenda covered climate science, research and development, finance, policy instruments and the role of the Global Maritime Value Chain.

For more pictures on the event visit the LISW19 website.

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