The Steering Group and Board of Advisors would like to thank all the speakers, delegates, sponsors, event organisers, charities and the thousands of shipping industry professionals who joined us to make London International Shipping Week 2015 (LISW15) a hugely successful event.
The amazing diversity and volume of events taking place and high calibre of speakers coupled with the superb quality of venues, has once again propelled London to the forefront of global shipping.
The event organisers were honoured to have the patronage of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, who attended the LISW15 Welcome Reception at Lancaster House with some of the maritime industry’s leading figures.
LISW15 also had the backing of the British Government which demonstrated its commitment to the maritime industry with an international round table meeting at 10 Downing Street hosted by the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport.
Ten government ministers cleared their diaries during LISW15 to make themselves available to participate and speak at some of the 120 conferences, panel discussions, and seminars that took place during the week.
To kick-start the week, key members of the steering committee and representatives of LISW’s main sponsors joined Robert Goodwill MP, Minister for Shipping & Ports, as he opened the London Stock Exchange. Also during Monday, a charity golf day at the Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey took place with proceeds going to LISW’s five nominated charities.
Some of the other key highlights included:
• The publication of a Maritime Growth Study which recommended the formation of a Ministerial Working Group which the UK Government has taken on board and revealed that the Secretary of State will chair its first meeting.
• The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) conference which covered the implications of major environmental regulations, the migrant rescue crisis and the employment of women in shipping;
• A reception, jointly hosted by the Department of Transport and the Ministry of Defence, onboard HMS Portland to celebrate international maritime partnership
• The second International Shipowning and Shipmanagement Summit (ISSS) and panel debates that discussed issues affecting global ship owners and ship managers
• ‘Mersey–on-the-Thames’ event which announced major investment in the Liverpool City region enabling this regional maritime cluster to compete in a global market
• The LISW15 Conference, moderated by the BBC’s Emily Maitlis, which covered a wide range of topics ranging from world trade, global governance, innovation and investment
• The Ship Efficiency conference & exhibition – reviewing trends in energy efficiency
• 4.7 million tweets were recorded during the first few days of LISW15
• The Gala dinner which was a celebration of the week’s events and a chance for the industry to let its hair down
“I am immensely proud that LISW15 has been such a tremendous success and would like to thank everyone that took part, hosted and attended the numerous events. The maritime sector is an integral part of the global economy providing the means of transport to deliver in the region of 95% of the world’s products,” said Jeremy Penn, Chairman of the LISW Steering Group.
“It’s great to know that events like LISW15 help to put shipping at the forefront of the minds of global policy makers and legislators,” he added.
At least 15,000 industry leaders attended the week of events which gained extensive press coverage for the industry and highlighted key initiatives for maritime companies and regulators to focus on and work together in partnership to resolve.