London & South East Branch members recently enjoyed numerous informative and stimulating conferences and seminars in London.
Our L&SE branch organised one of the key events during London International Shipping Week, which ran from 11th to 15th September. An evening seminar entitled ‘Market Vulnerabilities’, hosted by consultants Moore Stephens, attracted a large audience. Three dynamic speakers shared their ideas – Prof Amir Alizadeh-Masoodian of Cass Business School, Martin Dixon of consultants Drewrys, and Mark Williams of shipbrokers Affinity. The presentations provided valuable overviews and thoughts about several shipping markets, and the imponderables facing these sectors.
An afternoon conference organised by WISTA, the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association took place in the council chamber at the Mayor of London’s iconic riverside headquarters, City Hall. Speakers and panellists provided useful insights into the theme of ‘Autonomous ships, robotics and the internet of things’ and how the maritime world is being affected. The internet of things (interconnected household appliances) is relevant, as it has implications for manufacturing and in turn also trade.
Another enlightening LISW week conference was entitled ‘China Shipping in London’, organised by the Chinese Shipping Association of London, and held at the Baltic Exchange. Presentations were given about trends in China’s economy, and the impact of China within the global dry bulk and tanker markets. There was a focus on various legal issues and related UK services. Finally, talks and a panel discussion explored potential for the freight derivatives market in China and the UK’s involvement.017
Some branch members not suffering from presentation exhaustion then attended a further event in the following week, on 21st September. The ‘Think Asia, Think Hong Kong’ conference organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and supported by our Institute took place at the impressive Queen Elizabeth II Centre at Westminster. Well over one thousand delegates learned much of interest. Although there was no specific maritime focus, China’s Belt & Road Initiative (with its implications for global shipping activities) was extensively discussed.
by Richard Scott FICS, London & South East Branch Committee, 28 September 2017
Well done to every London Student who passed their exams.
We are delighted to offer our Congratulations to those who have won prizes, and also to those who have completed their Foundation Diploma or their Advanced Diploma or their PQE.
Prize winner 2017:
William Packard Memorial Award
Denholm Wilhelmsen Award
Shell Int'l Trading and Shipping Award
E A Gibson Shipbrokers Award
Braemar ACM Shipbroking Award
Cory Brothers Award
Port of London Authority Award
Shipbrokers' Register Award
Tutorship Pieter van Gelder Award
Tom Bassett Tanker Chartering
Maria Kaperoni Ship Sale and Purchase
Vasileios Katsoulas Dry Cargo Chartering
Thomas Kealy Shipping Finance
Hannah Kimani-Blanco Ship Operations and Management with DISTINCTION
Thomas Nash Ship Sale and Purchase
Simone Piredda Port Agency
Eleftheria Stampoulidou Ship Sale and Purchase
Styliani Terezaki Ship Operations and Management
Melodie Dewitte Ship Operations and Management with DISTINCTION
Joseph Dicastiglione Dry Cargo Chartering
Joseph Foy Tanker Chartering
Donika Paskova Ship Operations and Management
Nicholas Pugh Tanker Chartering
Simon Walsh Dry Cargo Chartering
Professional Qualifying Exams Completed