As the industry looks ahead to its recovery, specialist travel management company, ATPI Marine & Energy, in partnership with Qatar Airways, yesterday, kicked off this year’s London International Shipping Week (LISW21) by opening the London Stock Exchange.

The week-long event will be the largest and most important LISW to date, hosting up to 160 in-person, hybrid and virtual functions. This year’s theme of ‘Driving Growth and Recovery in a Disrupted World’ will explore how the shipping industry can balance its post-Covid recovery with its desire for growth.

Now is the time to look to the future and assess how companies can remain relevant in tomorrow’s world of shipping as it begins to live with Covid. The industry is changing, with the global pandemic pushing environmental factors front-of-mind, and with 2030 just around the corner – now is the most important time to be planning for the future of the industry.

ATPI’s Nikos Gazelidis, chief commercial officer marine division, said of the event: “London International Shipping Week continues to be the most prestigious event in the global shipping and maritime industry calendar and we are honoured to be opening the London Stock Exchange with Qatar Airways today. Following a difficult year for the industry, we’re excited to be looking to the future and how we can continue to navigate the challenges of modern-day shipping. Ensuring cost, efficiency, and more importantly – safety and environmental impact, are at the forefront of every decision”.

Thierry Antinori, chief commercial officer at Qatar Airways added: “We are proud to partner with ATPI Marine & Energy to open the London Stock Exchange at the beginning of London International Shipping Week 2021. Throughout the pandemic, we have worked closely with ATPI and the maritime industry to operate as many flights as possible to facilitate crew changes and to reunite seafarers with their families and loved ones. We look forward to further strengthening our partnerships with the maritime industry and supporting the recovery of this vital industry.”

As a global leading expert in travel for the marine, energy and resource industries, ATPI is continuously investing and seeking solutions to improve the human logistics of the crew change cycle. With deep-rooted expertise in crew rotation supported by 24/7 service and innovative technology, ATPI Marine & Energy is actively engaged to develop a more proactive, fully integrated, seamless crew change ecosystem, to ensure the safe passage of seafarers for years to come.




London International Shipping Week kicked off in style on Sunday night with a VIP reception at the Rebecca Hossack art gallery in Fitzrovia. Lord Mountevans, Chairman of the LISW Board of Advisors, the Honourable Dame Elizabeth Gloster DBE PC, and Vijay Daryanani MP, Gibraltar’s Minister of Business, Tourism and The Port, enjoyed a spectacular evening of art and conversation courtesy of Champagne PIAFF.







Shipping’s central role within the global economy will come under the spotlight in a keynote speech delivered by Soren Toft, CEO of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), a leading international shipping and logistics company.

Raising the question of how world shipping is evolving to deliver world trade in a more consistent, smart and sustainable manner, Mr Toft will discuss the current state of the market, question how we have reached this point, and consider what happens next for the global supply chain. His comments are made from the perspective of overseeing MSC’s worldwide cargo operations in more than 150 countries and a fleet of some 600 ships, since he took the helm at the company last December.

Mr Toft is set to deliver his address during the high-level London International Shipping Week (LISW21) Conference, being held at the London headquarters of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on Wednesday 15 September. He joins other influential speakers including IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim; UK Government Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, who is the UK’s International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency; and the Lord Mayor of London, The Rt Hon William Russell.







HMS Albion arrives in London for the start of LISW21!






Tune in at 7:00 am every morning during London International Shipping Week to hear the daily LISW21 Breakfast Morning News podcasts.

In the first podcast on Monday morning, shipping leaders discussed the state of the sector following the Covid-19 pandemic and the key issues affecting maritime markets around the globe.

The guest speakers for Episode One are:

  • Lord Jeffrey Mountevans, Chairman of the LISW21 Board of Advisors and Chair of Maritime London
  • John Hulmes, Chair of the LISW21 Steering Group and Chair of Mersey Maritime Ltd
  • Ben Murray, Chief Excecutive of Maritime UK.
  • Guy Platten, Secretary General of International Chamber of Shipping
  • Mark O’Neil, President and CEO of Columbia Shipmanagement

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