The Swedish Club Celebrates 35 Years in Hong Kong

Brian Png 2The Swedish Club has celebrated the 35th Anniversary of its office in Hong Kong. Since the office was established, the Club has seen steady and consistent growth in its business in the area – both in terms of its full service product offerings and the tonnage insured.

The Swedish Club is also pleased to announce that Brian Png has been promoted to Deputy Managing Director for The Swedish Club in Hong Kong, as of 1 January 2018. Brian is well known to the Asian shipping community and joined The Swedish Club in 2009.

Lars Rhodin, Managing Director of The Swedish Club said: “When we established The Swedish Club in Hong Kong in 1982 we saw a great opportunity to establish a foothold in Asia. At that time Hong Kong had one of the busiest container ports in the world with sophisticated communications and an advanced banking infrastructure.

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Columbia Marlow wins top industry award

Columbia Marlow Tanker Shipping & Trade AwardColumbia Marlow has won the Tanker Shipping & Trade Operational Excellence Award for 2017 for its work in pushing the boundaries in innovation and digitalisation in the global maritime industry.

Receiving the award at an Awards Dinner in London’s West End, Mark O’Neil, Columbia Marlow CEO, described the partnership with Lufthansa Industry Solutions as “industry disruptive” and ‘transformational’. He praised the expertise and focus of Lufthansa and Columbia Marlow’s inhouse IT/Digitalisation specialists Blue Dynamics enabling Columbia Marlow to formulate its Digital Vision and Digital Agenda and embark upon its objective to provide the highest standards of information technology and performance monitoring in the industry.

Blue Dynamics – a cutting edge software company previously set up by Columbia and Marlow – and Lufthansa Industry Solutions announced they would work together in partnership with Columbia Marlow in May of this year in what was described as a new era for blue sky thinking in the maritime sector.

The partnership was formed to create a fully digital environment consisting of integrated applications and services which enable clients to be fully integrated into the management and vessel operation process, and render the vessels more employable by being compatible with the digital environment of the big charterers and shippers. Such a new digital environment will not only empower staff with more information to assist them in their decision-making processes, ensure optimisation of vessel maintenance and performance, allow for better monitoring of crew training and pastoral needs, but will also help immeasurably in achieving economies and efficacies of scale. All this tailored to the specific needs of each individual client, large and small.

Mark O’Neil concluded his acceptance speech by confirming that Columbia Marlow considered the digitalisation process as being of “existential importance for shipping” and that Columbia Marlow was determined to take the lead in this process for the benefit of its clients and future clients. “This is Partnership Redefined” he said.

Photo caption: From L-R: Ralf Struckmeier (Lufthansa), Mark O’Neil (Columbia Marlow), Timothy Scheller (Blue Dynamics), Dr. Carsten Boehle (Lufthansa)

CARGO CARE SOLUTIONS LAUNCHES NEW HYDRAULICS WORKSHOP TO SERVE AS EUROPEAN NERVE CENTRE FOR REPAIRS

Cargo Care Solutions (CCS), the hatch cover and Ro-Ro equipment specialists has opened a hydraulics workshop in response to the growing demand by ship owners for maintenance and repair of their hydraulic deck equipment.

The company’s first workshop, which is near its Rotterdam headquarters, will serve as the hydraulic nerve centre for CCS’ European operations, offering specialist services, including repair and service for hatch covers, RoRo-equipment, watertight doors, winches and deck cranes.

Cargo Care Hydraulics also offers its services for port cranes and hydraulic equipment and offshore platforms and workboats. Aside to having facilities for offsite repairs, Cargo Care Hydraulics also offers its clients onsite repairs and troubleshooting. . It can assist clients in the entire process from dismantling the equipment to building it back in and make the hydraulic system operational again.

CCS’ CEO Peter Peltenburg says: “We are delighted to open this hydraulics workshop as part of CCS’ continued commitment to ensuring that vessels are safe and cargo is secure through its transportation. Our close partnership with ship owners has allowed us to directly invest in sustainability initiatives, guaranteeing a vessel’s performance.

“The workshop will offer unique inspection, service and repair facilities for hydraulic equipment such as cylinders, pumps, motors and valves.  It is designed to make full and efficient use of modern technologies, as even minor problems with a hydraulic system can trigger a chain reaction through the entire system. By using this facility our customers can be sure of the level of service they expect from us.”

ICS encouraged by EU faith in UN IMO to further reduce shipping’s carbon emissions

Simon BennettSpeaking from the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, ICS Director of Policy, Simon Bennett, has commented on the provisional decision by the European Union not to include shipping within the full scope of the regional EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). 

“We think that this demonstrates confidence within the EU institutions in the current progress being made at the UN IMO to develop an ambitious strategy that will deliver additional CO2 reduction measures, consistent with the shipping industry’s own vision of zero emissions, as soon as possible.”

Mr Bennett added: “We understand that the date which the EU has agreed for when the European Commission will next closely examine the progress that has been made globally is consistent with those time lines agreed by all IMO Member States.”

ICS – the global trade association for shipowners – believes the decision also shows a welcome recognition within the EU, including the European Commission, that ETS, is an inappropriate tool for application to an industry like shipping. This is because of the huge risk of creating serious market distortions and the administrative challenge of incorporating tens of thousands of ships operated by thousands of SMEs into a discredited system which the EU is already struggling to reform.

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Hill Dickinson announces new partner appointment for Singapore office

Malhotra_Sumeet_imageInternational law firm Hill Dickinson is pleased to announce that partner Sumeet Malhotra has joined its Singapore office.

Sumeet is qualified as an advocate in India and as a solicitor in England & Wales. He began his career as an advocate at the Mumbai Bar, practicing at a Chambers which specialised in shipping and commodity trading matters.

He went on to occupy an in-house position at Bernhard Schulte Shipping in Hong Kong, where he dealt with charterparty disputes, marine casualties, crew compensation claims, piracy matters and ship manager’s liability claims.

More recently, Sumeet has worked at senior in-house positions at Cargill, and at Noble Group in Singapore, where he has dealt with dry shipping matters, commodity trade disputes and transactional matters involving commodity trading and commodity-backed structured trade finance.

Commenting on Sumeet’s appointment Tony Goldsmith, partner, master mariner and Singapore office head, said: “Given his affiliation with the region, Sumeet will be working with our dry shipping and trade sub-team to build our commodity trading and trade finance advisory and disputes practice across Singapore and South/South-East Asia.”

The sub-team now comprises six senior lawyers including Andrew Lee (partner) and Shanna Ghose (legal director) as well as a growing team of associates.

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KVH Videotel SVP Urges Maritime Industry to Aim for Excellence, not Minimum Training Standards

Mark Woodhead, KVH Videotel senior vice president (SVP) EMEA, speaks at CrewConnect Global, in Manila, a leading forum for seafarer recruitment and training

 

Ship owners, managers, and operators should aim for training excellence, rather than just attaining the minimum standards required, and use training as a key tool for attracting and retaining high-calibre seafarers in a competitive market, according to Mark Woodhead, KVH Videotel senior vice president EMEA, who spoke at CrewConnect Global, in Manila, today.

“Training needs to be part of a shipping company’s DNA,” Mr. Woodhead said, “and as our seafarers embrace the shift towards continuous learning, we need to develop cultures that support and demand it.”

In the ever-changing and highly regulated shipping industry, continuous learning is needed to avoid incidents and accidents that could lead to costly delays, fines for non-compliance, asset damage, or, more seriously, loss of life. “Talk is cheap but accidents aren’t,” Mr. Woodhead said. “With new training techniques and technologies, seafarers are engaged and motivated to learn.”

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KVH TracPhone V7-HTS System Delivers Maritime Broadband at Triple Previous Speeds for a New Era of Digital Life at Sea

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The new 60 cm, Ku-band satellite antenna system enables leisure boaters and commercial mariners to stream HD content and conduct video calls at sea while simultaneously supporting a free, unlimited use data channel

 

MIDDLETOWN, RI – October 31, 2017 – An advanced, 60 cm marine satellite antenna system designed to consistently deliver the fastest data speeds globally to the maritime market will be unveiled tomorrow by KVH Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: KVHI), at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, in Florida. The TracPhone® V7-HTS achieves data download speeds of up to 10 Mbps, three times faster than current 60 cm models on the market, including KVH’s own system, and fast enough to enable the streaming of HD-quality content at sea. In addition, to further meet the demands of increased data usage at sea, KVH is offering the TracPhone V7-HTS with new hybrid airtime plans that deliver a free, lower-speed unlimited use data channel that runs at the same time as the high-speed data channel. The faster data speeds of the TracPhone V7-HTS are accomplished by a combination of KVH’s proprietary antenna system design and industry-leading mini-VSAT Broadbandsm network, which recently began using advanced Intelsat Epic satellites for high throughput satellite (HTS) capabilities, and additional capacity from SKY Perfect JSAT satellites. With the HTS network, KVH added 25 million square miles to its global maritime Ku-band high-speed connectivity footprint. With the combination of fast data streaming and global coverage, the TracPhone V7-HTS is poised to transform the use of broadband at sea. For the leisure market, the system is designed to enable yacht owners and their guests to enjoy HD streaming, popular social apps, and other benefits of connectivity for a new era of digital life at sea. The captain of a 44.8-meter superyacht, who is one of the first to use the system, reports: “We just voyaged from Florida to Panama with the new TracPhone V7-HTS onboard, and enjoyed excellent speeds of 10 Mbps. This is a great service for a superyacht demanding higher data speeds than a traditional VSAT can provide,” says Bryan Antill, captain of the M/Y Surina.

For the commercial maritime market, the TracPhone V7-HTS is designed to enable merchant fleets to take advantage of cloud-based software programs, remote system monitoring, and data analytics in the pursuit of digitalization. With applications such as remote system monitoring requiring frequent data uploads, the TracPhone V7-HTS provides upload speeds of up to 3 Mbps, six times faster than KVH’s current 60 cm system. “We are thrilled to offer the streaming fast TracPhone V7-HTS to boaters and mariners around the world, so they can experience the benefits of connectivity even while at sea. Ship managers can improve their operational efficiency by taking advantage of data-driven tools and decision-making, while yacht captains can offer guests onboard the faster connectivity they desire,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, co-founder and chief executive officer of KVH. “We continue to bring innovative solutions to the marine market, including a network configuration able to provide high-speed data as well as unlimited use data all from the same system. What other services are offering as their airtime plans is a free value-added bonus from KVH.”

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KVH Launches New High-speed Maritime Network on Intelsat EpicNG Satellites

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MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LUXEMBOURG, October 31, 2017 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), today announced the launch of its next-generation, advanced maritime broadband network, joined by service partner, Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I). Slated for commercial availability next month, KVH’s high-speed overlay to its current mini-VSAT BroadbandSM service is expected to triple, and in some cases increase by a multiple of six, the data speeds for its maritime customers. At the core of its capabilities, KVH’s advanced maritime broadband network will incorporate Intelsat Epic satellite services and the award-winning IntelsatOne Flex platform, a global managed service designed to optimize bandwidth allocations and provide flexible coverage where it is needed. KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network is also expected to benefit from increased Asian satellite capacity from SKY Perfect JSAT.

At launch, KVH will have the largest maritime Ku-band network offering speeds as fast as 10 Mbps to each terminal. Each Intelsat Epic satellite has 25-60 Gbps of capacity, which is expected to deliver a major performance enhancement for KVH subscribers. KVH’s enhanced service is designed to enable significant improvements in business productivity in the commercial maritime world, and enrich the onboard experience for superyachts and recreational boats.

“Intelsat has been instrumental in helping us develop the advances to our mini-VSAT Broadband service, continuing the positive working relationship we’ve had for many years,” says Brent Bruun, KVH chief operating officer. “We expect to provide our maritime customers with increased data speeds at the same price points as our current service, while offering unparalleled coverage on a global basis. We just celebrated the 10th anniversary of our market-leading VSAT solution, and, with this new evolution of our mini-VSAT Broadband network, we believe KVH is continuing to set the pace for maritime satellite communications.”

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New Collision Recovery Insurance from The Swedish Club Assists Shipowners’ Cash Flow

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‘Cash is King’, and all too frequently shipowners can find themselves struggling to maintain cash flow following a serious incident, despite having a sound business and a comprehensive set of insurances. The Swedish Club has now designed an insurance solution, Collision Recovery Insurance (CRI), which provides upfront cover for the uninsured losses that are expected to be recovered from a third party following a collision.

“Collisions between vessels can prove to be costly and time consuming, leaving owners out of pocket for substantial amounts over a long period of time,” explains Lars A Malm, The Swedish Club’s Director, Strategic Business Development & Client Relations. “These losses consist mainly of deductibles and loss of earnings, and can have significant cash flow implications.”

CRI is available to any member entered for H&M Lead with the Club, and the Club’s expert team of claims handlers will manage and adjust the claim in-house. Under CRI, the cover is designed to pay the owner the amount expected to be recovered, and this then becomes subrogated to the recovery which will normally be finalised a considerable time after the collision.

KVH Videotel Introduces ‘Cyber Security at Sea’ Training Programme for Seafarers

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Produced with BIMCO, the new programme is designed to help seafarers recognise and respond to cyber threats

KVH VideotelTM has launched a cyber security training programme, produced in association with global shipping association BIMCO, to address the threat of ransomware and other computer system breaches that could severely affect the safety of ships’ crew, systems, and operations.

The maritime industry is in the midst of a focus on cyber security, and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently announced that it will soon be mandatory for companies to ensure that cyber security procedures are properly addressed in their ship’s Safety Management System (SMS). To create the training programme, KVH Videotel partnered with BIMCO, which has been active in recent years in researching maritime cyber security; BIMCO published guidelines in 2016 that have become an industry reference on the subject, and released an updated version in July of this year.

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ICS ‘Deeply Concerned’ by Canadian Legislation that will Interfere with International Maritime Trade  

Simon BennettThe Canadian Parliament is giving consideration to legislation that would have the effect of establishing a moratorium on the shipment of crude oil in the waters of Northern British Columbia (Bill C-48: An Act respecting the regulation of vessels that transport crude oil or persistent oil to or from ports or marine installations located along British Columbia’s north coast). The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing the world’s national shipowners’ associations and 80% of the world merchant fleet, has voiced deep concern about this proposed legislation which it says will interfere with international maritime trade.

“Such a draconian step could lead to serious concerns being raised by Canada’s international trading partners” said ICS Director of Policy and External Relations, Simon Bennett.

ICS asserts that the proposals have not been developed through an evidence-based process, and believes that it would establish an unwelcome precedent that might be emulated elsewhere, including by individual U.S. States, with the potential to impact greatly on the efficiency of world trade, as well as that of Canada.

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Take Your Seat for the ICS International Shipping Conference

Esben at ConferenceEmissions, green shipping, manpower – the debate at the International Chamber of Shipping’s (ICS) conference last month was fast paced and at times controversial. With a capacity crowd, and a full LISW schedule there were some who were disappointed when they found this annual highlight clashing with other commitments.

Those who couldn’t make the event can now experience what they missed at this year’s International Shipping Conference. ICS has produced a video of the conference, and today the shipping community can share in the debate first hand.

For many years members and supporters have requested that ICS record the Conference, and this LISW year, with such a strong line up of participants, provided the ideal opportunity.

During the Conference ICS had many positive comments from visitors to the event, who enjoyed watching the high quality moderators challenge the expert panel members. Shipowners and NGOs grappled with the practical steps needed to reduce carbon emissions, panel members pondered whether zero emission vessels were in the realm of fantasy, and there was much debate over the role of crewless ships in our future.

This is all now delivered online through four videos, produced in conjunction with KVH Videotel. Each covers one of the four panel sessions:

• CO2 Reduction: Developing the IMO Road Map
• New Environmental Regulation: Costs of Compliance
• Maintaining Free Trade: Dusk or New Dawn?
• Decent Work for Seafarers: Are We Delivering

For your seat at this year’s ICS Conference click here and choose your debate.

KVH Videotel Announces Sales Director in Middle East for Maritime Focus

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Capt. Milind Karkhanis, an experienced maritime industry professional, will head efforts in Middle East and India

KVH VideotelTM has named Capt. Milind Karkhanis as sales director for the Middle East to develop business in this strategically important maritime location. Capt. Karkhanis has more than 40 years’ experience in the maritime industry, including 15 years at sea on tankers, bulk carriers, and containerships; on shore, he worked in Mumbai and Hong Kong in ship manning and operations roles. Capt. Karkhanis has recently relocated to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

“I am looking forward to servicing our current clients in the region and expanding our operations to new clients who are based in this part of the world,” says Capt. Karkhanis. “With the launch of Videotel Performance Manager earlier this month, we have an exciting platform for optimizing crew training, designed to help ship owners and managers effectively train their seafarers and maintain records as required by the IMO and ILO.”

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National Marine Electronics Association Recognizes KVH Marine Satellite Systems with 2017 Product Excellence Awards

KVH’s TracPhone® V3-IP and TracVision® TV3 systems win awards at the annual NMEA conference

MIDDLETOWN, RI – October 3, 2017 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) is pleased to announce that the top marine electronics professionals in the country have honored two of KVH’s marine satellite antenna systems for their outstanding performance and reliability. KVH’s TracPhone V3-IP received the National Marine Electronics Association’s (NMEA) 2017 Product of Excellence Award in the satellite communications antenna category, while the TracVision TV3 received the 2017 Product of Excellence Award in the satellite TV antenna category.

This is the 20th consecutive year that KVH has achieved the NMEA distinction for its TracVision satellite television antenna systems and the 15th time that KVH’s TracPhone satellite communications antenna systems have been recognized. The NMEA awards are presented annually to recognize excellence in design, performance, and reliability in marine electronics products. The winners are selected by a vote of the members of NMEA, an industry group made up of more than 600 companies, including manufacturers, dealers, and boat builders.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from NMEA knowing that it represents the opinion of skilled professionals who have firsthand experience with the installation and performance of our products, as well as those of our competitors,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH chief executive officer. “They work with our TracVision and TracPhone systems every day, and we consider their recognition as the highest honor.”

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Hello Nautilus Crew, You’re Connected

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KVH and Ocean Exploration Trust announce partnership enabling Nautilus research crew to have Internet and daily news content while at sea

MIDDLETOWN, RI – October 4, 2017 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), today announced a partnership with Ocean Exploration Trust (OET), the international scientific research organization founded by RMS Titanic discoverer and renowned oceanographer Dr. Bob Ballard, to provide services and products to enhance the onboard experience for OET’s research team. In exchange, the team will provide firsthand feedback on various products that KVH develops.

“I am thrilled to be working with KVH, a leader in satellite communications headquartered right across the bay from the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography,” says Dr. Ballard. A professor of oceanography at URI, Dr. Ballard is known for his ocean exploration efforts and his longtime commitment to providing real-time data and video from the vessel to land. “It’s been a dream of mine to have super high-speed data capabilities right from our vessel to reach the next generation of scientists and engineers and keep our own research team as connected as possible.”

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The Swedish Club: Don’t overlook the risk of cargo fires

Cover - TSC Fire GuideCargo fires occur so infrequently that awareness of the risk can slip under the radar. Yet such an incident on board a vessel can have disastrous consequences including loss of life or catastrophic loss of the vessel involved. With the average cost of a cargo fire at several million USD, cargo fires are not a risk to be overlooked.The Swedish Club, working in conjunction with Burgoynes, experts specialising in the investigation of fires, explosions and other major incidents, has produced a handbook, ‘Fire! A guide to the causes and prevention of cargo fires’, which can be used alongside the regulations to assist seafarers in their daily loss prevention efforts.

‘Fire!’ offers loss prevention advice on a number of incidents – focusing specifically on self-heating cargoes, but also examining those vessel fires caused by other sources such as cargo hold lights, fumigation, movement of cargo and of course smoking and hot work.  It also highlights how different vessel types fare when the frequency of cargo fires is compared. Tanker figures are found to be relatively low, a testament to the tight regulation and safety culture that exists in this industry. On the other hand ro-ro figures are surprisingly high due to the non-homogeneous nature of the cargo they carry.

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ICS Appoints New Marine Committee Chairman

Martin CresswellThe Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has appointed Mr Martin Cresswell, Technical Director of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, as the new Chairman of the ICS Marine Committee.

He succeeds Peter Bond (Cyprus Shipping Chamber) who recently stood down following four years of service as Chairman of ICS’s principal technical committee.

“The Marine Committee is very much the engine room of ICS, overseeing the work of the many ICS technical committees and the development of policy positions which we represent at IMO meetings, on behalf of the global industry as represented by our member national shipowner associations” said ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe. “We are very fortunate to have signed up Martin as Marine Committee Chairman with his tremendous experience of commercial ship operations and his understanding of the great importance of ensuring that regulators make sensible and practical decisions, as part of our collective effort to further improve maritime safety and the industry’s environmental performance.”

Shaping the Future of Shipping: ICS Launches New Brand

Shaping the future....The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has used London International Shipping Week to launch a new brand identity, to better serve its important role as the global trade association for shipowners, representing national shipowners’ associations from 37 countries and over 80% of the world merchant fleet.

Speaking from the British Library in London at the brand launch today, ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson explained:

“Over the next 30 years, new technologies and environmental challenges will completely transform shipping: a vital industry that moves the essentials of life and around 90% of global trade.

“Together with our member national associations, we are working to help shape a vision for the future, in which shipping will become ever more efficient and environmentally sustainable.  Our contemporary new brand seeks to reflect what we do with a refreshed and vibrant colour palette, appropriate to a modern global trade association that represents one of the world’s most dynamic industries.”

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Braemar Gives LNG Shipping Market Analysis at LISW

Experts from Braemar LNG Group gave a full audience a truncated overview relating the technical, commercial and market trends of the often very complex world of LNG shipping.

Andy Bright, Director, (Braemar Engineering) concentrated on the advanced technology and very precise engineering requirements around containment systems and propulsion options. Bright also said that the group was in advanced stages of approval for a new containment system designed by Braemar, particularly suited to small scale LNG including bunkering although not size limited.

Andrew Selby Bennett, (Commercial LNG Shipping, Braemar ACM London) focused on the relevance of the technical specifications to the commercial decisions, demonstrating the importance to the value of the speed and consumption on the differing types of 125-175,000 cubic metre vessels.

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Liverpool in Limelight at Global Shipping Event

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Liverpool’s potential for inward investment will be showcased at a conference next month being held as part of London International Shipping Week.

The city region is one of the fastest growing in England and the UK’s second largest regional economy worth, more than £156.8 billion. The event aims to build on the momentum generated by recent major developments in the city, such as, the regeneration of the waterfront, the opening of the Liverpool2 container terminal, the expansion of the Knowledge Quarter innovation district and the creation of a centre for maritime skills and entrepreneurship.

Hosted by industry body Mersey Maritime and chaired by TV presenter Louise Minchin, ‘Investing in a connected future’ will take place in the Willis Building on 12th September during one of the global maritime industry’s biggest trade events.

 

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