London International Shipping Week

London International Shipping Week

 14 Sep 2017

For us, London Shipping Week started at 7am on Tuesday and ended exactly 36 hours later back in Glasgow and involved probably a gallon of coffee.
 
We had planned out the seminars that we wanted to attend and even threw in an extra curricular seminar at Google's Campus London. To be honest, it would be hard to have a bad word to say about any point of the trip. The hospitality, organisation and presentations were all excellent from Braemar Engineering, Inmarsat, Google's Campus London, MBNA and Port of London Authority.
 
Braemar offered excellent market insight into the LNG industry as a whole and the innovations / causes of change to the LNG spot and term market's. You might ask the question "why would recruiters want to go to a Seminar called the LNG Deal?" and that could be fair but it is important for us to better understand the needs of our clients in the LNG industry and to be able to assess the experience of applicants for our LNG positions through a better understanding of the differences in the vessel propulsion systems and storage systems that they have been exposed to in their career.
 
Inmarsat pulled out all the stops in their presentation about Digital Disruption – What Really Happens Next in Shipping? An excellent presentation from Gerd Leonhard (photo above) inspired the room and hopefully will lead to even more innovation throughout the industry. Gerd put across the importance of being responsible with the new technology and not to only try cause disruption in the industry but to attempt to disrupt and construct. Building the systems and eco communities within the Marine Industry.
 
MBNA and the Port of London Authority treated a group to a presentation from 10 different speakers representing various companies at the heart of the development and growth of the Thames River on a four hour trip on board the Thames Clipper. This was, ashamedly, the first time I had been down the river so as well as enjoying each of the presentations I went into full on tourist mode. 
 
Our trip ended with a Starbucks and a stroll through the city reflecting on what we had learned, the interesting and amazing people we had met and the potential opportunities that the event had created.
 
Until next year, thank you LISW17.

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