The Netherlands will showcase all it has to offer as a maritime cluster and reinforce its strong and close relationship with the UK when it becomes the first ever pavilion partner for London International Shipping Week 2023 (LISW23), taking place from 11-15 September.
One of the most important international shipping and maritime events in the world, it has already attracted a variety of Dutch maritime companies who have signed up to represent the nation under the government-backed Pavilion partnership.
The maritime sector in the Netherlands includes world class knowledge institutes, an interconnected shipbuilding industry and vibrant smart ports with excellent maritime services, as well as a highly skilled workforce.
On either side of the North Sea, the Netherlands and the UK are among each other’s main trade and investment partners with both sharing the drive to shape a sustainable and smart maritime sector. The Dutch maritime sector wants to collaborate with the UK to develop zero-emission and smart shipping, create green, vibrant and connected port cities, provide legal and regulatory services as a first alternative in Europe, advance the sustainable blue economy with clean and productive oceans.
During LISW23, a Netherlands Day will take place on 14 September in which a delegation of Dutch government, stakeholders and companies will visit London to share knowledge, best practices and create new collaboration opportunities with UK partners.
The Maritime Future is Now! Exhibition & Conference will offer a varied programme around three main themes: Decarbonisation; Business & Technology Innovation; and Compliance, in partnership with the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community and Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe.
The day will include a Technology & Innovation Exchange where pioneering companies will showcase their latest innovations for use in ports, maritime services professionals will present on the legal aspects of pressing themes such as autonomous shipping and sustainability, while panel discussions on the topic of Decarbonisation will look to further the UK and Netherlands’ understanding of how the sharing of research, funding and infrastructure and will benefit global net-zero goals.
“By joining London International Shipping Week, we are affirming our ambitions to work with the UK to address global challenges together,” said Els Steiger, Chief Representative for NBSO Manchester, one of the main organisers of the Netherlands Day, together with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. “The United Kingdom and the Netherlands can pave the way and form international partnerships in order to realise smart and zero-emission shipping and develop green and connected port cities. Together we can change course towards a sustainable blue economy.”
Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, Director of Shipping Innovation and co-founder of LISW, welcomed The Netherlands as LISW’s first ever National Pavilion Partner stating: “LISW is all about collaboration, between every sector of the maritime industry and government, and therefore provides the perfect environment to enable international clusters to come together to share information, build new business relationships and grow stronger. We are delighted that the Netherlands has become the first maritime hub to become a National Pavilion Partner at LISW23.”
LISW23 will play host to the maritime world with hundreds of events attracting thousands of international industry decision makers into London during the week. The headline LISW23 Conference will be held on 13 September, while the LISW23 Gala Dinner will be held on 14 September.
For details on the Netherlands Pavilion click here