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LISW23 headline conference set to "explore, inform and suggest solutions" accross entire shipping spectrum

LISW23 Headline Conference
Session moderators and conference working group chair give a preview of what to expect during the LISW23 Headline Conference

London International Shipping Week’s Headline Conference will take a unique approach to scrutinising industry issues by encompassing the entire shipping spectrum and including other trade sectors.

Speaking in a LISW23 London Interviews video presentation, Jos Standerwick, Chief Executive of Maritime London and chair of the Conference Working Group, declared: “We want to explore and inform and, importantly, suggest solutions in regards to some of the biggest issues that are facing the international market at the moment.”

“We want to explore and inform and, importantly, suggest solutions in regards to some of the biggest issues that are facing the international market at the moment” 

Being held in the Plenary Hall of the London headquarters of the International Maritime Organization, the Headline Conference on September 13th takes the theme of Reframing Risk in a Complex Market. Mr Standerwick commented: “Where there is risk there is also opportunity – the opportunity to reshape a risk, provide solutions, and to collaborate.” Collaboration, he added, should be through choice not as a consequence of regulation.

Chaired for the second time by shipping veteran Paddy Rodgers, Director, Royal Museums Greenwich, the Headline Conference will centre on three core sessions. The first will examine how the shipping industry is adapting and changing as a consequence of external factors which are putting pressure on the market.

Session one moderator Steve Davies, CEO, Anglo International, promised the opportunity to hear from “a group of people who really represent a significantly important part of the industry.” Following an introductory global geopolitical overview, this session will seek information from industry stakeholders on how they are addressing macro risks, influencing decision makers, and engaging with global compliance. “What element of collaboration is, should, or isn’t, happening in the supply chain?” he questioned.

The second session will scrutinise the relationship between the primary counterparties in the market and consider the way regulation and the wider environment is changing the conversation, and the relationships within the shipping value chain.

Martin Crawford-Brunt, Council Member, Baltic Exchange and moderator of session two, quipped that at present “shipping’s report card reads, ‘should do better, can do better’.” This panel will consider how shipping could ‘do better’ now and examine the degrees of freedom within which different market participants can act. “The stage is set for a great conversation,” he predicted.

The third session will encapsulate the two earlier debates and examine what they mean for the shipping industry moving forward. This session will identify what solutions can be deployed to mitigate the risks shipping faces, mapping out the future with a particular emphasis on technological and business innovation.

Session three moderator Siiri Duddington, Partner and Deputy Head of London Office, Hill Dickinson, emphasised: “We really need to drill down into the detail”. Drawing on their individual areas of expertise, this panel of thought leaders from diverse sectors will assess measures such as risk mitigation, strategic planning, management protocols and hedging risk. She noted: “It’s one thing to say we’re at the forefront of technological advancement but what does that actually look like practically speaking?”

Anticipating a challenging day of debates, Mr Standerwick observed: “We are trying to achieve all this in a single day with no soundbites!”

The conference speakers are drawn from a varied mix of global disciplines and represent diverse industry perspectives. To see who’s taking part and view the whole conference agenda, or to book a delegate place, click here.