Virtual Shipping Conference 2021

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Thursday 11th February 2021, 9am – 5pm

Tickets – Free Members, £50 Non-Members

Register for the conference here.


The conference will see industry leaders come together and look at the key challenges facing the UK shipping industry. Its aim is to generate pathways for the next decade which will enable progress to be measured towards safer and cleaner shipping.

Speakers include:

  • Keynote speech from Shipping Minister Robert Courts MP
  • Opening address from John Denholm, sponsored by Denholm Shipping
  • The event’s business will be moderated by industry expert Paddy Rodgers 

Morning sessions:

Environment Panel Debate & Breakout Session - SPONSORED BY FRAZER-NASH

Panel includes - Tom Strang (Carnival), Dr Tristan Smith (UMAS), Nick Brown (Lloyd's Register) & Bud Darr (MSC) 

People Panel Debate & Breakout Session - SPONSORED BY NORTHERN MARINE

Panel includes - Mark Stagg (GCNS) , Brian Johnson (MCA), Gemma Griffin (DFDS), Philip Fullerton (Northern Marine) and Colin McMurray (Stream Marine Training)

Safety Panel Debate & Breakout Session - SPONSORED BY V.GROUP

Panel includes - Mike Bradshaw (V Group), Katy Ware (MCA) and Chris McDade (Teekay Shipping)

Technology Panel & Breakout Session - SPONSORED BY UK SHIP REGISTER

Panel includes - Nick Chubb (Thetius), Mark Seastron (MCA), Sarah Kenny (BMT) and Mark Warner (Inmarsat)

Afternoon sessions:

The afternoon will host a Keynote speech looking at the international aspect of the shipping industry. The speaker for this will be announced shortly.

Following this speech, the afternoon will have Breakout sessions focussed on

  • Ferry - sponsored by Condor Ferries
  • Cruise
  • Offshore
  • International trade
  • Towage

 These sessions will assess how these sectors will change in the next 10 years, what fleets will look like in 2030 and what the key challenges are.

At the end of the day, the panel of chairs of the breakout sessions will report their outcomes and there will be a question and answer session.


If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities please contact Head of Membership and Business Development Tony Jerome. There are a variety of packages on offer that include Virtual Booths at the event that offer companies the chance to share content and enhanced networking opportunities.

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