Friday, August 25, 2017

London Shipping Week 2017 Has Packed Programme for Freight Transport and Logistics Interests

Major Conferences Bring Heavy Hitters to the Stage to Discuss the Big Issues
Shipping News Feature
UK – It can be more than a little confusing when one is faced with how to approach an industry event as comprehensive as the forthcoming London International Shipping Week (LISW) 2017. With unrivalled opportunities for networking within the freight and logistics sectors and understanding the current state of play in the domain of shipping in general, attendees will want to make the most of their precious time.

Rather like choosing which stage at a festival when two of your favourite bands are playing simultaneously, one needs to take a hard look at what is available and this can be easily accomplished by studying the Events Guide, a chronological list of what’s on where between September 11-15. The Calendar Guide is in easy to read form to allow you to plan your day’s movements effectively.

This year’s programme contains over 140 different events held by international shipping and marine trade associations and UK Government, and sponsorship from numerous trade stakeholders, with an estimated 15,000 industry leaders expected to attend over the five days. Top themes will be debated during the official LISW17 Conference on Thursday 14 September and later that evening there will be the LISW Gala Dinner, both held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. A crowd of 500 is expected at the Conference and double that amount at the evening’s event.

The Conference will bring together some well-known faces as it is moderated by Broadcaster, Journalist and Presenter of BBC Newsnight, Emily Maitlis and will feature presentations from the likes of another face familiar to television watchers, Joshua Rozenberg, Legal Commentator and Honorary QC, who will question the legalities of the changing face of global shipping and give his assessment of the realities of the law when faced with the unravelling world of artificial intelligence.

Also on the bill is the Transformation Director at Microsoft, Vladimir Kim with a keynote speech entitled ‘How tomorrow may surprise us all’ intended to illustrate how other industries are introducing digital transformations and how this can be achieved in shipping and logistics to place those utilising these modern technologies at the industry forefront.

The first day of LISW 2017 will feature another important conference, this one at City Hall and organised by the UK branch of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA). Expert speakers from the maritime, shipping and logistics world including cargo owners will take on the issues and lead the debates focusing on growing concerns in the supply chain world about automation; the ‘Internet of Things’; shipping and ports 4.0 and the impact automation and robotics will play in supply chains and the human work environment.

Speakers include: Dr Martin Stopford, President, Clarkson Research; Troels Støvring CEO of Twill/DAMCO; Argyris Stasinakis from Marine Traffic; David Smith of PwC; Tim Baker of Traxens, and Michael Dempsey of Orbcomm. The legal, security and IMO regulatory issues will be explored by Ewan Duncan of ABP; David Patraiko of The Nautical Institute; Luis Benito, Director for Innovation, Strategy and Research for Lloyd’s Register Marine and Offshore; Mike Rebeiro, Global Head of Technology and Innovation with Norton Rose Fulbright and Katy Ware, UK representative to the IMO and Director of Maritime Safety and Standards, Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

Completing the speakers will be Phil Parry of Spinnaker and Debbie Cavaldoro, Head of Strategic Campaigning at Nautilus International examining what the industry expects for career progression and gender imbalances. The panels and presentations begin at 14:00 and end at 17:45 and Sue Terpilowski OBE, President of WISTA UK, who will open the conference, says this is one of the strongest groups of experts brought together for a WISTA UK conference which illustrates how vital it is that there is greater cooperation in the development of technology throughout the industry. She continues:

“Not content with tackling one big problem the conference will also end by taking a look at the other vital part – the human element. There seems to be a fear of increasing technology in the workplace and yet in shipping and industries associated with international trade it is almost inevitable that technology will become the driving force.”

“WISTA UK is at the forefront of trying to change attitudes and views in the new technology-driven world of freight and we are calling on people to recognise that working independently is not the way forward. The different initiatives happening in the various sectors are not being tackled as a supply chain entity. This conference wants to start the process by bringing together the major players to provide a platform for collaboration. By working together the cargo owner will be in the centre of the system which will provide true open value to world trade.”