Grant Shapps to speak at UK Chamber of Shipping Virtual Conference

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The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will be one of the morning speakers at the UK Chamber of Shipping’s Virtual Conference, it has been confirmed today (5 February).

The Secretary of State will join Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Chamber President John Denholm and Shipping Minister Robert Courts in the morning session of speakers. Following this, Dr Grahaeme Henderson OBE, Global Head of Shipping and Maritime at Shell and Nikolas Tsakos, Founder, President and CEO of Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited will deliver the morning’s debate, sponsored by Lloyd’s Register and moderated by Paddy Rodgers.

It has also been confirmed that International Chamber of Shipping Secretary General Guy Platten will moderate the International Trade Panel debate, part of the afternoon programme. This will follow the afternoon keynote speeches from Graham Westgrath, V.Group Chairman, and Stephen Gordon, Managing Director of Clarksons.

Commenting on the news, UK Chamber of Shipping Chief Executive Bob Sanguinetti said:

“As momentum builds towards our first ever Virtual Conference, I am absolutely delighted that both the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Guy Platten from the ICS have agreed to be part of the event. Shipping has played a vital role in keeping Britain supplied in the last 12 months and having the Secretary of State for Transport speak at the Conference is a clear demonstration of the importance the government attaches to the UK shipping sector.”

The Chamber’s first ever Virtual Conference: Creating Pathways to 2030, will see industry leaders come together and look at the key challenges facing the UK shipping industry in the short-to-mid-term. Its aim is to generate pathways for the next decade which will enable progress to be measured towards safer and cleaner shipping.

Tickets can still be purchased here.