Packed house for LISW 2019 Conference

The main business of LISW2019 was rounded off with the flagship Conference, where a packed audience of delegates listened to the views of many high level Government and industry speakers.

The Conference, at Grovesnor House Hotel, was moderated by Paddy Rogers, Director, Royal Museums Greenwich and former Euronav CEO, and focused on a central theme of ‘International Trade in a Changing World’ with sub-themes of Growing, Innovating and Partnering.

The packed programme of plenary sessions covered growing new markets and new business, innovation and sustainability, and innovation in trade and shipping finance. Speakers included the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of The Commonwealth; Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd CBE, Royal Navy Fleet Commander; Baroness Worthington, Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund Europe and Michael Parker, Global Industry Head, Shipping & Logistics, Citigroup along with familiar faces from the shipping industry including Mariella Bottiglieri, of Guiseppe Bottiglieri Shipping Company and Randy Chen, of Wan Hai Lines.

The main point to come through was the need to meet the IMO target to at least halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, which many felt was achievable. Alistair Marsh, CEO Lloyd’s Register, told the Conference: “I’m particularly convinced that the shipping industry can do this.”

However, Mariella Bottiglieri said: “I feel a duty to do my part for the environment but I have to be put in the position to comply.”

Rupert Stuart-Smith, Co-ordinator, UK Youth Climate Coalition and also of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Post-Carbon Transition, University of Oxford warned that economic repercussions would be felt across the shipping industry if it ignored a net zero target.

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