The world’s shipping industry will converge on London this week for London International Shipping Week (LISW) from September 7-11 to herald the city’s position as the world’s leading maritime services centre.
More than 100 events, ranging from flagship conferences and industry seminars to board meetings and receptions, will be attended by delegates from at least 50 countries. Events throughout the week will amount to more than 300 hours of discussions.
HRH The Princess Royal is Patron of this year’s LISW, the second running of this week of events designed to celebrate London’s key role at the centre of the shipping industry and highlight the maritime sector’s vital contribution to the UK economy.
She will also attend a welcome reception hosted by the government at Lancaster House which will be attended by 350 international ambassadors, shipping industry leaders and VIP guests.
LISW15 will officially open on Monday September 7, 2015 with the ringing of the Stock Exchange bell. This will be followed by a Round Table Summit of maritime leaders at 10 Downing Street, hosted by the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP.
BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis will moderate the official LISW15 flagship conference, taking place at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Thursday September 10.
Keynote speakers include The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Robert Goodwill MP all from the UK government. Minister for Shipping & Ports, and Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will also attend.