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Mersey Maritime will once again put the Liverpool City Region in the spotlight

By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime will once again put the Liverpool City Region in the spotlight at London International Shipping Week 2019 (LISW)

Taking place between Monday 9th and Friday 13th September, London International Shipping Week will see the leaders from every sector of the global maritime industry gather to take part in more than 200 meetings, seminars and functions. Over 150 global maritime organisations and 65 commercial partners have pledged their support for LISW19 by hosting events during the week.

Leading regional maritime cluster organisation, Mersey Maritime, will play a key role at a number of events across the course of the week, including:

  • The Maritime UK Regional Spotlight Conference
  • Their own ‘Mersey on the Thames’ Reception
  • A Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons to launch the ‘State of the Maritime Nation’ report

Commenting, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, Chris Shirling-Rooke said:

“London International Shipping Week is always a huge event in the international maritime calendar and 2019 is no exception. This year will be our biggest yet and we intend to maximise the opportunity to raise the profile of the Liverpool City Region and the greater North West.

“Recently the Prime Minister committed to serious investment in our regional transport infrastructure and the wider vision of a Northern Powerhouse. Our involvement in LISW gives us the perfect opportunity to showcase and celebrate the strength of our North West coastal powerhouse to a national and international audience, as well as lobbying for further investment in our industry and the region as a whole.”

Key events with Mersey Maritime involvement over the course of the week:

Regional Spotlight Showcase Conference – Monday 09 September

Recognised as the country’s leading maritime cluster, Mersey Maritime Chief Executive, Chris Shirling-Rooke, will chair an afternoon conference to highlight the dynamism of the UK’s maritime cluster offer with presentations from the South West, Solent and Scotland within the Department for International Trade and Maritime UK’s ‘Global Trade Hub’ based in the iconic Leadenhall Building.

As part of the session, Mersey Maritime will join with Team Humber Marine Alliance to host a debate on the importance of ‘east/west connectivity’ across the north of England with a panel of expert speakers from the Institute of Export, P&O Ferries, Associated British Ports and Peel Ports Group. Read more here

Mersey on the Thames Reception – Monday 09 September

Mersey Maritime will take the opportunity to celebrate and showcase the Liverpool City Region and its vibrant maritime sector at its infamous LISW reception, Mersey on the Thames, with a guest list ranging from its own members to government ministers, leading national and international maritime figures. Read more here.

Parliamentary Reception and launch of the ‘State of the Maritime Nation’ report

On Wednesday 11th September, Mersey Maritime will lead a delegation of its members to the launch of the ‘State of the Maritime Nation’ report at the Palace of Westminster. This detailed analysis of the maritime sector will present findings that show the importance of the sector to the British economy both in terms of value and jobs. Mersey Maritime commissioned a spotlight on the Liverpool City Region as part of this report, with the results released during the overall launch.

More information about LISW can be found here:

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Mersey Maritime will once again put the Liverpool City Region in the spotlight