Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Women’s Group Asks - Green Shipping is it So Much Hot Air?

Debate Will Doubtless Stimulate Heated Discussion as to the Relevance and Extent of Environmental Problems
Shipping News Feature

UK – During this, the latest London International Shipping Week, the subject of environmental concerns was bound to be at the forefront and, never ones to shy away from a hot topic, the members of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA), and anyone else who cares to attend, will tomorrow see a debate, “This House believes that the demands for ever-greener shipping are so much hot air” thrashed out between various senior maritime personalities during the evening session of the WISTA-UK Forum.

WISTA-UK is the oldest established national branch of the international organisation for women in management positions involved in maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide and the debate, moderated by Jim Davis, Chairman of the International Maritime Industries Forum and a WISTA-UK Ambassador, will highlight the huge impact which environmental regulations, both existing and proposed, will have, not only on ship owners and operators, but also on the wider maritime industry and indeed on every member of the public who buys or uses goods sourced from overseas.

This, the latest in a series of annual debates hosted by WISTA that have attracted widespread attention in maritime circles, will follow the usual full day of lively discussions at other sessions during the Forum and the panellists for the evening debate are well known figures worldwide within their speciality: Katharina Stanzel, Managing Director of INTERTANKO and WISTA Personality of the Year 2012; Dr Anne-Marie Warris, a top expert in sustainability, environmental and climate change questions, and the distinguished shipping journalists Michael Grey and John Faraclas.

The opening session of the WISTA-UK Forum will aim to help conference delegates make the most of networking opportunities, with specific reference to the value of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) techniques. Other sessions will tackle the topic of safety of seafarers in West Africa at a time of growing piracy, and will ask what can be done to guarantee more progress in ensuring that women have a fair share of top jobs.

The panellists at the session ‘How safe are our seafarers and ships in West Africa?’ include a chief engineer who was held by Somali pirates for eight months. Chirag Bahri, now the India and South Asia regional representative for the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP), will give a unique personal insight into his experiences. All sessions at the Forum are open to everyone, WISTA and non-WISTA, women and men. The event will be held in Portcullis House, Westminster on Wednesday 11 September 2013.

The programme is:

Session 1 (11am -12.30hrs) The Art of Networking

Session 2 (13.20 – 15.00hrs) Women in Top Jobs

Session 3 (15.15 – 17.30hrs) How safe are our seafarers and ships in West Africa?

Session 4 (18.00 – 20.00hrs) Grand Debate on the motion: “This House believes that the demands for ever-greener shipping are so much hot air.”

To close the evening there will be a Vin d’Honour when the winner of WISTA-UK Personality of the year will be announced. For more information please contact Maria Dixon, President, WISTA-UK maria@ismshipping.com  

London International Shipping Week runs until the 13th September and a full calendar of events can be seen HERE.

Photo: London International Shipping Week saw UK Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond, together with various VIP’s and a who’s who of shipping delegates open trading at the London Stock Exchange today. It was a fitting start to the second day of London International Shipping Week which has seen the global shipping industry descend on London to attend over 60 events including the official LISW conference and gala dinner on Thursday Sept 12.