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LISW23 Conference Programme and Speakers Announced

IMO headquarters in London
The LISW23 Headline Conference is held under the banner Reframing Risk in a Complex Market.

The LISW23 Headline Conference, always one of the key highlights of London International Shipping Week, takes place in the Plenary Hall of the IMO, scene of the momentous greenhouse gas emission reduction strategy agreement reached earlier this month. Under the banner Reframing Risk in a Complex Market, some of the industry’s highest level speakers will examine how the shipping industry reframes risk and will ask what external and internal factors are putting pressure on the market and what opportunities and solutions may lie ahead.

The Conference will seek to examine how shipping can meet and exceed its ESG targets, considering the commercial cost of regulatory compliance across the decarbonisation timeline, as well as contemplating how best to navigate the regulatory landscape in the short, medium and longer term.

The first panel will discuss the key external factors that are reframing risk for shipping, asking which high-level macro risks are evolving. Leaders from outside and within the industry will examine the changing geopolitical and societal landscape, and how this is affecting foreign policy, external commercial decisions, and consumer expectations on the essential cog in the global supply chain – the shipping industry.

The second panel will examine the key internal industry factors that are reframing risk for shipping. In the wake of MEPC80, it will explore the market response to environmental regulation, a fragmented and complex trading environment and continued call for greater transparency in the market. It will ask how the relationship between charterers and the providers of ocean freight services must evolve, what contractual limitations exist, and what innovations will be required to deliver compliance, decarbonisation and improved security.

The final session will aim to provide a vision for the future of the industry. It will discuss what business and technological innovations the market will have to adopt to address the external and internal pressure being placed on the shipping industry and examine the role of London and the UK in the industry’s future.