Ahead of next month’s London international Shipping Week (LISW) Harland & Wolff is delighted to announce Its involvement with several events taking place throughout the week. It is the first time that the company has delivered a programme during LISW and reflects a strong focus on each of the group’s target markets as well as the company’s central role in delivering key sector strategies like Maritime 2050 and the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

Taking place from 11 – 15 September, LISW is now one of the most important international shipping and maritime events in the world. Having grown consistently – and rapidly – since its conception in September 2013.

H&W will have a packed programme across the week – sharing its expertise and capability across Commercial Maritime, Cruise & Ferry and Renewables.

The week provides an opportunity to shine a light on the UK maritime and shipbuilding industries and H&W has partnered with Maritime UK to sponsor the Global Maritime Hub, a focal point for industry and government activity. The hub is designed to provide a one-stop-shop for those visiting the UK for the week. Additionally, H&W will be sponsoring several key events as well as organising its own activity to showcase capability across its target markets.

John Wood, Group Chief Executive Officer at Harland and Wolff, said:

“Harland & Wolff is delighted to be partnering with Maritime UK to support the Global Maritime Hub at London International Shipping Week. For us, the week is a fantastic opportunity to shine a light on the UK’s maritime capability and offer – to customers, the public and politicians. As a company, we are looking forward to delivering events focused on three of our five markets: commercial, renewables and ferry and cruise. LISW is all about partnership and the hub is the embodiment of that. We’re pleased to support an initiative bringing colleagues from across the country and wider global maritime sector together throughout the week”.

H&W supported events

On Monday 11 September H&W is pleased to be sponsoring Maritime UK’s Parliamentary Cruise. This headline LISW event will see MPs and Peers from across Parliament join industry leaders for a cruise along the river Thames. The cruise will take place as government works to publish its refresh to the Clean Maritime Plan and ahead of the King’s Speech later in the year where government will set out its legislative programme for the period up to the general election.

Also on Monday, H&W will be supporting the launch of the UK Shipbuilding Skills Taskforce report and will then join Maritime UK’s Careers Fair to promote the many career opportunities available across the group and its four delivery centres in Belfast, Methil, Arnish and Appledore.

On Wednesday H&W is sponsoring the British Ports Association (BPA) and British Tug owners Association (BTA) event ‘Great British Green Tugs – how do we get there?’. The seminar will explore themes around vessel ownership, port infrastructure and finance. The event follows the recent news of H&W’s consortia to design and build UK green tugs.

Wednesday will also play host to a roundtable to launch a H&W-led initiative to establish a Global Centre of Excellence for Cruise Fitout, Refit and Repair. At this event, the UK’s cruise refit and repair supply chain will come together with cruise lines and government partners to agree an action plan for future investment and initiatives to enhance the competitiveness of the UK cruise industry.

That evening will see H&W’s LISW Reception being held at the Global Maritime Hub. Key partners from across H&W’s markets and colleagues in government will gather to mark LISW and celebrate the UK’s maritime and shipbuilding industries.

Finally, H&W is pleased to be supporting a range of Maritime UK’s Diversity in Maritime events, including the STEM Roadshow for Girls, which the company looks forward to welcoming to Belfast next year. The roadshows are being held across all nations and regions of the UK, and offer students the chance to take part in speed networking with a Maritime UK Industry Ambassador and feature a series of hands-on STEM activities. Students receive information about the maritime sector and schools are supported with follow-up activities to increase the impact of the event. The events are designed to support schools with their careers education, information, and guidance (CEIAG) programmes. Maritime UK’s roadshow builds upon the previous activity by the 1851 Trust, who ran a similar roadshow. The series saw 1,400 girls from 90 schools taking part. An impressive 70% of whom said that they felt inspired to think differently about their future careers.

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