LISW15 was the ‘must attend’ event of 2015, offering over 80 industry functions and unique networking opportunities for leaders across all sectors of the international shipping industry – regulators, charterers, ship owners, ship managers, bunker suppliers, lawyers, ship brokers, bankers, insurers, insurance brokers, commodity traders and brokers, ship suppliers, port operators, shipping service providers and many more.
The sell-out one-day LISW15 Conference and Gala Dinner, both on Thursday 10 September, attracted the very highest level government and shipping leaders from the UK and around the world to crown what was another amazing week. The Conference was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, one of most luxurious five-star hotels in London, where industry leaders and top government speakers focused on London at the heart of maritime. Later in the evening, the Gala Dinner (preceded by a Champagne Reception) also took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
The UK is the leading centre worldwide in the supply of a broad range of professional and business services to the international maritime community, accounting for 21% of premiums in international marine insurance, over $64bn in committed ship finance (or 15% of the world loan book) and it has the largest concentration of legal service firms specialising in the sector.
London is also the predominant supplier of shipbroking services worldwide and is the major player when it comes to maritime dispute resolution. London continues to be a major port and trading hub too. The second biggest port in the UK it is also home to the UK’s busiest inland waterway for freight, passengers and a centre for sporting events.
London International Shipping Week is organised by Shipping Innovation – a joint venture between Elaborate Communications and Petrospot – in association with the Department for Transport, The Baltic Exchange, Maritime London, Maritime UK, the UK Chamber of Shipping, UK Major Ports Group, and TheCityUK, the independent promotional body for UK financial and professional services.