London Stock Exchange marks the start of London International Shipping Week

London International Shipping Week (LISW) is now established as one of the biggest maritime events in the world. Focusing on the UK’s vital role in the positive development of global shipping and trade, LISW 2015 comprises over 100 separate events, taking place in some of the most prestigious venues in London, including 10 Downing St, Lancaster House and the Grosvenor House.

The biennial LISW is considered the pinnacle of maritime networking for leaders across all sectors of the international shipping industry – regulators, charterers, ship owners, ship managers, lawyers, bunker suppliers, marine surveyors, brokers, bankers, insurers, ship suppliers, ports and shipping service providers and all involved in the shipping world.

The UK is still the leading centre worldwide in the supply of a broad range of professional and business services to the international maritime community, and it has the largest concentration of financial and legal service firms specialising in the sector.

‘London is the predominant supplier of shipbroking services worldwide and is the major player when it comes to maritime dispute resolution. The city continues to be a major port and trading hub too, so is the natural choice to host a world-class event like London International Shipping Week’, says Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, co-creator of LISW and Director of Shipping Innovation Ltd, the event organiser.

‘The importance of the maritime sector is not lost on Her Majesty’s Government. As a world class maritime centre, the UK’s shipping, ports, marine engineering and maritime business services are central to our prosperity and the growth of our economy, contributing at least £11.8 billion each year’ says UK Shipping & Ports Minister, The Rt Hon. Robert Goodwill MP.

LISW was created and is organised by Shipping Innovation – a joint venture between Elaborate Communications and Petrospot – in association with the Department for Transport, The Baltic Exchange, Maritime London, Maritime UK, the UK Chamber of Shipping, UK Major Ports Group, and TheCityUK.