London International Shipping Week 2021: The countdown begins

LISW 21 will explore how the shipping industry can balance its post-COVID recovery against the mounting pressures and opportunities of de-globalisation, decarbonisation, and digitalisation, for the agile, sustainable progression of international trade.

The central theme of the next London International Shipping Week (LISW), to be held on 13-17 September 2021, will be ‘Driving Growth and Recovery in a disrupted world’, it was announced today at a virtual launch event.

The countdown to LISW 21, which will be both a face-to-face and a virtual event, began with an online event which featured speeches by HRH The Princess Royal, as well as political figures and industry leaders from the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The near 1,000 delegates attending the launch were told that LISW 21 will progress on its charge of propelling world trade with an exploration of its overarching theme of ‘Driving growth and recovery in a disrupted world’.

The key drivers of Trade, Finance, Technology and People will be evident throughout the week’s events including the headline LISW21 Conference backed up by the principles of Environment, Social, and Governance.

Speaking at the virtual launch of LISW21, Robert Courts, UK Maritime Minister, said: ‘Our world-leading maritime sector is crucial to the economic success of the UK, especially as we build back from COVID-19.

‘I am very much looking forward to London International Shipping Week 2021 where we will once again showcase the very best of our industry, drive progress on the issues that matter, and create new partnerships that will drive growth and innovation.’

Lord Mountevans, Chairman of the LISW21 Board of Advisors, told the launch event: ‘By including a strong virtual element to what will also be a face-to-face event, it means that we can open up LISW21 and its myriad of excellent industry events to the younger generation joining or wishing to join this fabulous industry. These are young people who, because of the COVID pandemic, may have missed out on much needed office-based mentoring. We will be welcoming them onboard during the week.

‘London is a major international maritime centre and the role it plays internationally in making shipping and trade work cannot be understated. Which is why we are delighted we have forged the type of strong relationship we have with Her Majesty’s Government, as well as other international Governments and regulators and the international and UK domestic maritime industries,’ he added.

Further information about LISW21, as well as the official launch video reel, can be found on the dedicated event website.

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes