5th September 2019

Brexit, trade wars and forever escalating tariffs. Now, perhaps more than ever before, the world of business is fixated on global trade. Getting goods from A-B and beyond is of critical importance to any nation’s economic stability and success.

It will surprise no one, that shipping is the no 1 way to move products across the globe, with thousands of liners crossing oceans every day to keep international commerce forever moving forward.

The UK’s London Shipping Week is one of the most important annual events for this vital sector. Read on to discover more about the event, Liverpool City Region’s presence and how you can connect with Invest Liverpool during the week, to discover more about Liverpool’s incredible maritime and logistics opportunity.



London shipping week exists to promote the strength and breadth of the UK’s maritime offering and highlight London’s key role within the sector.

Strongly supported by the UK Government’s Department for Transport, the event features more than 150 global maritime organisations and 65 commercial partners, each helping to cement the UK’s reputation as a global leader in all matters maritime.



Top-tier talent from every sector of the global maritime industry will gather across London to take part in more than 200 meetings, seminars and functions.

This year’s London Shipping Week will focus on port and logistics, technical and commercial services, shipping business services, the future of global trade and trading with China.

The jam-packed week caters to sub-sectors and professionals including; charterers, shipowners, ship managers, shipbrokers, lawyers, regulators, bankers, ship and bunker suppliers, commodity traders, port authorities and operators, insurers, maritime service providers, ship builders, engineering and technology companies.



London Shipping Week attracts maritime professionals right across the industry, skewing towards senior level decision makers.

Facts about Liverpool City Region's maritime sector

Facts about Liverpool City Region’s maritime sector



Download our Maritime brochure

Download our Maritime brochure

Liverpool City Region’s role in the national and global economy has never been more relevant. International manufacturers all over the world are making use of our modern and efficient ports and logistics infrastructure, which delivers faster, greener, global market access to companies moving goods to and from northern UK and Ireland.

Our region is now home to an enlarged post-Panamax container port, Liverpool2, accommodating the world’s largest vessels. We have a maritime economy of £3.47 billion and we are home to the Headquarters of four of the world’s top five shipping lines.

Over the past decade, Liverpool City Region has invested more than £1 billion in new intermodal ports and logistics infrastructure and is home to the logistics, warehousing and supply-chain operations of some of the world’s leading companies such as: ACL, Bibby Group, Cammell Laird, Cargill, Orsted, General Motors, Iberdrola, Ineos, Jaguar Land Rover, Maersk, NSG Pilkington, QVC, Stobart, TJ Morris, Unipart and Unilever.

Add to this the fact that 35 million people live closer to Liverpool than to Southern ports and that our region is within ten miles of ten motorways and ten rail-linked terminals, you start to see why Liverpool City Region is often the best choice for many international shipping freight operators and logistics companies.

We attend London Shipping Week to ensure Liverpool City Region is represented at the event, connecting with companies and delegates that could likely experience incredible growth, thanks to our thriving maritime industry. To put it simply, Liverpool City Region’s maritime offer is truly world-class and international shipping events are a fantastic way for us to connect with the market.



MERSEY ON THE THAMES -9 September 2019. 15:20 – 16:50

‘Mersey on the Thames’ is an exclusive event hosted by Mersey Maritime, as part of London International Shipping Week 2019.

The drinks and canapé reception will celebrate and showcase the world-class maritime businesses, expertise and services within the Liverpool City Region, to maritime leaders from across the globe.

Sponsored by Kays Medical, Peel Ports Group and Western Union Business Solutions, the event will highlight all the above and much more.

(By invitation only.)


REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT – 9 September. 11:50 – 17:00


Showcasing a selection of the UK’s leading maritime regions, Liverpool City Region will present its latest major developments, plans and opportunities for investment and growth.

Specifically investigating the region’s desire to connect and turbo-charge the Humber and Mersey coastal powerhouses to unleash regional growth from east to west.

Delegates will also learn more about how clustering is being used to create a unique and attractive business environment, amongst businesses large and small, academia and government.

Mersey Maritime and Team Humber will present on behalf of the Liverpool City Region during the fourth session, from 15:20 – 16:50:

The Liverpool City Region session is sponsored by Peel Ports Group and will include updates from senior representatives of Mersey Maritime and Team Humber, as well as an expert panel of speakers from across the maritime industry and government to debate the imperative of east west connectivity, including:

  • Lesley Batchelor OBE, Director General of the Institute of Export
  • Gary Hodgson, Strategic Projects Director – Peel Ports Group
  • Stephen Weaver, Head of Corporate Development, P&O Ferries
  • Dafydd Williams, Head of Communications & Corporate Affairs, Associated British Ports

To register to attend this event click HERE.



If you trade internationally, particularly with the north of England, Liverpool City Region has an exceptional maritime, port and logistics offer that could significantly support your business growth. Meet us to discuss the Liverpool City Region maritime and logistics opportunity at London Shipping Week, from 9-13 September.

The following members of the Liverpool City Region Investment team will be attending London International Shipping Week. Contact them for further information or to arrange a meeting.

Alan Evans
Strategic Commissioner for Growth, Wirral
T. +44(0)151 691 8319

Ben Lavell
Economic Development Lead at Wirral Borough Council
T. +44(0)151 650 6940

[Further team member attendees to be confirmed]

5th September 2019