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08/01/18 10:42

Maritime London to merge with International Maritime Industries Forum

Meanwhile, London International Shipping Week appoints new senior officers as it announces the dates for the 2019 edition

Members of UK maritime trade promotional body Maritime London have unanimously approved a proposal to incorporate, during 2018, into the association The International Maritime Industries Forum (IMIF), established in 1975 which runs a program of highly informative talks featuring high level speakers in London and organises a popular annual dinner. 

“Given the overlap in objectives and members, Maritime London was a natural partner when IMIF began to consider its future last year. I believe that this merger will benefit greatly the members of both Maritime London and IMIF, providing a wider platform and creating a stronger voice for the members of both organisations, not least in ensuring that the UK and London remain the leading international maritime professional services centre” commented Maritime London CEO, Jos Standerwick.

In a separate move, at its Annual General Meeting on 18 December 2017 the appointment of 4 new Directors to join the Maritime London Board was approved - Ian Gaunt (London Maritime Arbitrators Association), Richard Greiner (Moore Stephens), Mark Jackson (Baltic Exchange) and Britt Pickering (The Shipowners' Club) – while Rodney Lenthall, David Moorhouse and Jeremy Penn have stepped down from the Board.

Founded in 2000, Maritime London is a not for profit promotional body for UK based companies which provide professional services to the international shipping industry, funded by over 100 companies and organisations from a wide range of disciplines, and helps ensure that the UK remains a world beating location to base a maritime related business. Maritime London organises trade missions; connects its members with an extensive network of governmental and company contacts; undertakes research and liaises with government and other industry representative bodies.

Membership of Maritime London is open to any UK based business which provides services to the international shipping sector.

The IMIF was founded at the end of 1975 following the publication of a report on the problems of the Tanker industry commissioned by tanker owners, banks, shipbuilders and oil companies who were equally concerned at the devastating effects the surplus of tanker capacity was having on the world’s markets. Leaders were Jorgen Jahre (Director of Anders Jahre and then Chairman of INTERTANKO), L.A. Vemede (Managing Director of A G Weser), R B Horton (Director and General Manager of BP Tanker Co Limited) and Otto Norland (Executive Director of Hambros Bank). Sir James Dunnett GCB, CMG was invited to chair the Forum; initially the membership comprised some 40 members from 14 nations led by an Advisory Committee of distinguished figures from the four interests. The first aim of the Forum was identified as being the need to liaise with existing agencies, such as the EEC, and the OECD, in order to impress upon them, and on governments worldwide, the views of those concerned at the extreme gravity of the situation, together with suggested ways not only of remedying the crisis but, equally important, where possible to forestall similar developments in other market sectors.

It quickly became apparent, however, that the forum would need to extend its area of concern beyond the tanker industry and over the ensuing years IMIF has confronted problems involving the Banks, the Shipowners (all categories), the Shipbuilders, the Oil companies, the Insurers and Classification Societies and, last but not least, the Governments who stand behind all the sectors.

At the end of 1979 Sir James Dunnett retired and the Forum re-organised following a report by a group led by Professor Stoedter.

In 1980 the Advisory Committee was replaced by a smaller annually selected Steering Committee.

In a parallel announcement, the appointment of a new Chairman and two Vice Chairs of the London International Shipping Week 2019 Steering Group was made: John Hulmes, Chairman of Mersey Maritime, will take over from Jeremy Penn as Chairman of the LISW19 Steering Group, while Mark Jackson, CEO of the Baltic Exchange and Denis Petropoulos, Director of Braemar, will assume the new role of Vice Chair.

The date of LISW 2019 has also been announced as the week of September 9th to 13th, 2019.

“John, Denis and Mark are highly respected internationally in their fields and their understanding and knowledge of shipping and the maritime industry, and the importance it plays in world trade, will be significant in helping LISW maintain its position as the must attend event in the international shipping calendar” said Sean Moloney, Director of Shipping Innovation.

LISW17 exceeded expectations with more than 160 industry functions and unique networking opportunities taking place; the event attracted over 15,000 global shipping decision makers and achieved a global twitter reach of 11.3 million.

Angelo Scorza

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