HRH The Princess Royal hails resilience of industry during LISW21 launch

“Maritime is nothing if not resilient and London International Shipping Week 2021 will focus sharply on what should turn out to be a very bright future,” said HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of Maritime UK, when officially launching what promises to be the largest and most important LISW to date earlier today (Tuesday).

Her Royal Highness, was joined in the virtual launch by political figures including UK Maritime Minister Robert Courts and key industry leaders from the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong to launch the event which will see the global maritime attend both face to face and virtual events from 13th to 17th September 2021.

The near 1,000 delegates attending the launch were told LISW21 will progress on its charge of propelling world trade with an exploration of its overarching theme of ‘Driving growth and recovery in a disrupted world’.

The key drivers of Trade, Finance, Technology and People will be evident throughout the week’s events including the headline LISW21 Conference backed up by the important principles of Environment, Social, and Governance.

COVID-19 is a huge issue for the industry at this time yet it is only one of many challenges facing a global shipping industry already in flux. LISW21 will explore how the shipping industry can balance its post-COVID recovery against the mounting pressures and opportunities of de-globalisation, decarbonisation, and digitalisation, for the agile, sustainable progression of international trade.

Speaking about the way British companies are leading the way with new technologies that are already helping to create a greener, safer and more efficient industry, and the maritime training in Britain which is “second to none”, HRH The Princess Royal said it was important to remember the people – the seafarers that crew the global shipping and UK fishing fleets and also the port and essential infrastructure workers who work in all weather.

“We should celebrate what is so good about this extraordinary industry,” she said.

For the first time ever, LISW21 will be both face-to-face and virtual, opening its doors to thousands of visitors who are expected to attend the physical events during the week while also utilising online conferencing technology to open up LISW21 to an even wider and more varied global audience.

John Hulmes, Chairman of the LISW Steering Group, said despite the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, LISW21 would go ahead as cancellation or postponement is “not an option” while Bjorn Hojgaard, CEO, Anglo-Eastern Univan talked about the industry’s resilience and its ability to “build back better”.

Over 90 international trade associations have signed on as Supporting Organisations for LISW21 to date, and Sponsors are coming forward to support what is the maritime industry’s must-attend and thought leadership event.

Further information about LISW21, as well as the official launch video reel, can be found on the dedicated event website: