News: Maritime 2050 conference to be held in Liverpool

The Mersey Maritime Exchange will take place on Thursday 23rd June 2022, both online and in the magnificent surroundings of Liverpool Town Hall, a Grade-I-listed building in the heart of the city.

The conference is being organised by Mersey Maritime in partnership with Maritime UK and will discuss the progress of the UK Government’s Maritime 2050 report, which sets out the future of the sector over the next three decades. 

The conference comes three-and-a-half years into Maritime 2050’s short-term recommendations and will feature a number of major announcements, keynote speeches, report launches, including attendance from senior Government officials and key industry representatives from across the sector.

Key note speeches and panel discussions will focus upon the themes of people and skills, innovation and technology, environment, competitiveness, and regional growth.

Maritime UK will publish its latest update report at the conference, describing progress over the past twelve months. There has been significant activity for the maritime sector over the past year, on freeports, the launch of the new National Shipbuilding Strategy, securing an extension to the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, a successful London International Shipping Week, major contributions to COP26, and at last October's Budget and Spending Review, where the Chancellor announced reforms to Tonnage Tax. The conference will enable the sector to come together, discuss developments and crucially explore where focus is needed to accelerate progress toward the goal of becoming the world’s most competitive maritime centre by 2050.

Companies will hear about specific opportunities to get involved in key projects and initiatives as well as network with colleagues from across the breadth and depth of the UK’s maritime industries.

Sarah Kenny, Chair of Maritime UK, and Mersey Maritime Exchange Co-Chair commented: “I’m delighted that this conference is returning for a fourth year and that it’s being hosted in the great maritime capital of Liverpool. It’s an incredibly important fixture in the maritime calendar and helps ensure we’re all on the same page in terms of our progress in delivering Maritime 2050. Great progress is being made, but given the scale of the challenge we’ve set ourselves; we need to do more. To make that happen, we need greater collaboration and the conference will provide specific opportunities for companies and individuals to get involved, and I know plenty of new ideas will come out too.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive Officer at Mersey Maritime and Co-Chair of the event commented: “We are delighted and honoured to host the UK’s premier Maritime Exchange Conference again in Liverpool for the fourth year running. The conference shows the real confidence that industry and government have in both Mersey Maritime and our wider eco-system. We will be hearing from some of the most influential maritime stakeholders not just from the UK but globally too as well as a number of key industry announcements. Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for further announcements on speakers, sponsors and how to book tickets. Get in early to avoid any disappointment!”

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