New UK Maritime Minister Baroness Vere unveils her key priorities at LISW23 launch event

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London International Shipping Week 2023 (LISW23) was delighted to welcome the new Maritime Minister Baroness Charlotte Vere to its launch event held at the London offices of Norton Rose Fulbright last week, attended by some 220 guests from across all UK and international maritime sectors.

In one of her first public speeches in her new role, Baroness Vere pledged to put maritime “front and centre” in Government, highlighting her three key priorities for UK maritime as: economic prosperity, decarbonisation and seafarer protection.

Maritime Minister Baroness Vere said: “British leadership in maritime matters, and London International Shipping Week is a unique opportunity to put our talents in the spotlight and show the world just how much the UK has to offer.

“I look forward to 2023’s 10-year anniversary event which marks a renewed and reinvigorated effort to champion our world class maritime sector to the world, along with a commitment to promote the boundless opportunities for UK wide growth and investment that come with it.”

Denis Petropoulos, chair of the LISW23 Board of Advisors, said LISW is “where the United Kingdom, together with its traditional maritime institutions, with their rich history and long experience in maritime and offshore services, will showcase many of their world-leading maritime offerings.”

Outlining the themes for this year’s events he said: “LISW23 will focus on ‘Reframing Risk in a Complex Market’, covering the topical issues of compliance, decarbonisation, security, human resources, business and technology – to name but a few. And with this comes the commercial realities of managing and operating daily global seaborne trade of essential commodities which cannot simply be reset to suit social and political demands. Actually it cannot stop at any time as shipping services billions of customers on our planet every day.”

Welcoming guess on behalf of host Norton Rose Fulbright, Simon Hartley, global co-head of NRF’s shipping group, noted how important LISW has become in the international maritime calendar. “LISW has discouraged complacency in UK maritime and enabled it to meet the challenges from other spheres,” he said. “We are extremely grateful for the LISW initiative. It keeps the UK maritime sector on the front foot.”

Joining via satellite link from Greece where he declared the blustery day to be “London weather”, ship owner Dr Nikolas Tsakos, described how he has been an “enthusiastic supporter of London International Shipping Week, since its start in 2013.

Dr Tsakos, CEO of Tsakos Energy Navigation, stressed it was important for London to “maintain its dominance as a major shipping hub”.

London International Shipping Week 2023 will take place from September 11 to 15 throughout various locations in London and the UK. The LISW23 Headline Conference will be held at the London headquarters of the International Maritime Organization on Wednesday 13 Sept, while the glittering gala dinner on Thursday 14 Sept is hosted for the first time beside the River Thames at ‘Evolution London’ in Battersea Park and is scheduled to go on late into the night. For further information about LISW23, including event details, sponsorship opportunities and delegate guidance please see the dedicated website: www.londoninternationalshippingweek.com

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