The UK-China Maritime Services Exchange event will bring together leading representatives from the Chinese shipping sector and UK experts from the maritime services sector to discuss two of the most topical issues affecting the maritime industries today. It will also offer an opportunity for UK and Chinese companies to discuss potential collaboration in a scheduled face-to-face meeting at a dedicated venue, with translating services available on request, and over a networking lunch at the end of the event.
The first session – ‘Sulphur Cap and beyond: the need for collaboration in addressing the climate change challenge in shipping’ – will focus on the implementation of the IMO’s global 2020 sulphur cap regulation and also will provide an opportunity to explore a new generation of technologies, future fuels and other innovative solutions to provide answers to the question of how to decarbonise shipping. This panel will cover how Chinese ship owners and operators are preparing to meet the IMO’s 2020 deadline. It will also identify and discuss the potential for collaboration between the UK and China in working on a pathway to a greener shipping industry.
During the second session – ‘Digitalisation of shipping: how the UK expertise can support the adoption of new technologies within the Chinese shipping sector’ – leaders in the marine tech, consultancy, legal and insurance industries from the London market and China will explore blockchain, big data, virtual reality, AI and automation, all of which are revolutionising the way the shipping industry operates. Blockchain is speeding up and automating time intensive transactional processes. The utilisation of big data is providing underwriters and claim handlers with more information to accurately understand the nature of risk and analyse vessel data when assessing a casualty, in an increasingly complex market. Virtual reconstructions can replay events leading up to a marine casualty, speeding up the claims and dispute resolution process. The panel will also consider the challenges and opportunities of operating an increasingly automated global fleet.