International Maritime Forum: Great speakers and valuable debate
Question: What do you get when you mix a past Deputy Prime Minister; a Panamanian Ambassador; leaders from the British, European and global port sectors; the heads of some of Britain’s most forward thinking maritime clusters and ambassadors for the growth of Women in Maritime together with over 140 representatives from the northern maritime supply chain?
Answer: a highly dynamic day’s conference that shouts innovation, thought leadership and strong networking.
Shipping Innovation, the events business which brings you London International Shipping Week, European Shipping Week and the soon to be launched Portugal Shipping Week, was asked by Liverpool Vision to put together an industry-leading maritime conference that would be part of the UK Government’s three week-long event initiative in the city called the International Business Festival.
We were happy to oblige and delivered an International Maritime Forum which drew together movers and shakers in politics and UK ports and maritime to produce an event all who attended are proclaiming was nothing short of a substantial success.
But we know that these things are only possible with the help and cooperation of those attending and those supporting it so massive thanks to the Isle of Man Maritime and the Port of Antwerp for sponsoring the event and thanks to the delegates who came along, made the event a highly charged and interactive affair. And very good panel and speaker questions too.
Caption: Lord Prescott and Dr Patrick Verhoeven
The Northern Maritime Powerhouse: Driving Global Trade Post-Brexit
This unique shipping conference will focus on the Northern Maritime Powerhouse and its role in driving global trade in a post-Brexit Britain. It will look at how digitalisation and increased connectivity can enhance port processes and how innovative solutions can transform maritime transport by ensuring maximum transparency. It will discuss blockchain technologies and Big Data in the context of streamlining shipping and port operations to the lasting benefit of the end-users: the importers and exporters. Organised by Shipping Innovation, creator of London International Shipping Week, this high-level forum is designed to spark lively debate among key ports, shippers and supply chain leaders.
The International Maritime Forum brings together key thought leaders in ports and shipping to discuss what Britain must do to boost trading activity as it is forced reach out to the East and to the West to develop new trading partners, exploit new capacities and learn new ideas from world-leading ports and maritime authorities.
It will examine the role of the international shipping community. Looking West, it will examine the importance of Panama in the growth of world trade, while looking East, it will debate China’s growing influence and its all-embracing One Belt, One Road concept, applying it to the international shipping sector and seeing what implications is has for global shipping markets?
The conference will discuss enhancing supply chain efficiency and transparency through digitalisation, and take a hard look at what the shipper actually wants.
This session will look at how enhanced connectivity and increased cooperation between ports, regions and countries will lead to growth and prosperity.
Looking to the future, the conference will debate what makes maritime clusters work and will look at the importance of public-private partnerships. It will end with a refection from one of Britain’s leaders in shipping and logistics on how to forge a supply chain with no weak links.
Shipping Innovation is delighted to count among its top-level line up of speakers H.E. Daniel Fábrega, the Republic of Panama’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization.
- Lord (John) Prescott
- Baroness Fairhead, Minister for Export and Trade Promotion, DIT
- Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director of Policy and Strategy, International Association of Ports and Harbors
- Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive, British Ports Association
- Mark Woodhead, Senior Vice-President, KVH Industries
- Luc Arnouts, Director International Networks, Port of Antwerp
- Dr. Martin Stopford, President, Clarkson Research
- Bruce McGregor, Director, Isle of Man Maritime
- Andrew Byrne, Managing Director, DFDS Seaways
- Dick Welsh, Director, Isle of Man Ship Registry
- Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO, Mersey Maritime
- Mark O’ Reilly, CEO & Chairman, Team Humber Marine Alliance
- Colin Lavelle, Legal Director, Hill Dickinson Liverpool
- Wim Dillen, Regional Development Manager, Port of Antwerp
- Frank Robotham, Consultant, ABP
- Helen Kelly, Senior Editor, Lloyd’s List
- Ben Murray, Director, Maritime UK
- Sarah Thompson, Chevron
- Nicola Good, Executive Editor, Fairplay
- Susan Cloggie-Holden, Royal Fleet Auxiliary
- Camilla Carlbom, Carlbom Shipping