‘Ted Talk’ style maritime presentations scheduled for LISW25


It’s good to talk, and challenging and engaging discussion is a core element of London International Shipping Week 2025 (LISW25). The biennial event, which takes place 15-19 September 2025, has revealed a new and exciting element to its programme – London Talks Live, sponsored by global marine insurer NorthStandard.

Internationally renowned maritime leaders, known for their expertise and influence in the industry, will deliver a series of hour-long ‘Ted Talks’ style presentations over the first two days of LISW25 – Monday 15 September, and Tuesday 16 September 2025.

London Talks Live will be an in-person series of lectures taking place in front of live audiences during LISW25 at The Steel Yard, a unique Victorian railway arch venue below Cannon Street Station. The Steel Yard will also host some of LISW25’s most prestigious VIP receptions.

The London Talks Live sessions will be filmed and later made available via the LISW25 website and with links via social media.

The marine environment and its commercial operations are in constant motion, presenting many opportunities and challenges for shipowners, managers, charterers and the international maritime community. Regulation, technology and innovation, climate and changing geo-politics all have far-reaching implications at sea and onshore – as has been underscored by recent events impacting global shipping. 

NorthStandard, one of the world’s largest marine insurers, is sponsoring London Talks Live 2025 as part of its commitment to helping navigate these opportunities and challenges. As the exclusive London Talks Live partner, NorthStandard will offer a risk management perspective on the key safety, security, and environmental challenges facing shipping, with senior executives delivering two of the presentations.

Rob McInally (pictured), Global Director – Marketing and Communications, NorthStandard, commented: “As a global marine insurer and a foundation member of Maritime London, NorthStandard is a strong advocate of London International Shipping Week. We are excited about the opportunity to work closely with the LISW25 team on this innovative initiative and to contribute compelling and challenging content for London Talks Live.”

Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, CEO and co-founder of LISW said: “We’re very excited about the London Talks Live plans which build on our popular video series, London Talks, also continuing for the 2025 event. This live and in-person series of presentations provides a dedicated platform to enable our high-level speakers to address their chosen subjects in far more depth than would be possible in a standard conference or seminar. We’re looking forward to some fascinating presentations.”