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London International Shipping Week

09 September 2013 - 13 September 2013
Venue: The Willis Building, 51 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7DQ      
Propelling World Trade

‘London International Shipping Week – Propelling World Trade’ is a new and important industry event focusing on London’s vital role in the positive development of global shipping. 

Seen as the ‘must attend’ event in 2013 for the global shipping industry, London International Shipping Week will bring world shipping together for one week. 

With a wealth of industry functions planned for the week, London International Shipping Week will be the high level networking opportunity of the year for leaders across all sectors of the international shipping industry – regulators, charterers, ship owners, ship managers, lawyers, brokers, bankers, insurers, ship suppliers, ports and shipping service providers and all involved in the shipping world. 

A major event of the week will be the one-day LISW Conference and Gala Dinner, to be held on Thursday 12 September. The Conference will be held at the spectacular Willis Building in the heart of the City of London, where industry leaders and top government speakers will focus on London at the heart of maritime. Later in the evening, the Gala Dinner (preceded by a Champagne Reception) will take place at the iconic and internationally-renowned Lloyd’s Building. 

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 International Shipping Week is organised by Shipping Innovation – a joint venture between Elaborate Communications and Petrospot – in association with Maritime UK partners The Baltic Exchange, Maritime London, and the UK Chamber of Shipping, and with TheCityUK, the independent promotional body for UK financial and professional services. 

Welcoming the announcement of London International Shipping Week, Jeremy Penn, CEO of the Baltic Exchange and Vice Chairman of Maritime UK, said: "London has a wide range of influential international shipping trade associations headquartered here as well as being a centre of excellence for shipbroking, maritime insurance and finance. 

"We look forward to welcoming all sectors of the international maritime community to London during the week. The industry is undergoing difficult times but we hope that this week will provide real impetus in propelling world trade and driving the recovery of world shipping.” 

Doug Barrow, Chief Executive of Maritime London, said London International Shipping Week was the right vehicle to underline London’s role in maritime services and to promote London’s position as a maritime leader. It is an opportunity for great networking with representatives across all maritime sectors, he said. 

Mark Brownrigg, Director General of the UK Chamber of Shipping, echoed these sentiments, saying the week of events would showcase the crucial role London plays in promoting and growing world trade. "It will offer high level networking opportunities for leaders across all sectors of the international shipping industry – from regulators to charterers, ship owners, ship managers, lawyers, ship brokers, bankers, insurers, ship suppliers, marine surveyors, bunker suppliers as well as ports and shipping service providers. It is set to become a firm fixture in the international shipping calendar,” he said. 


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