Women bring reality to London Shipping Week

One of the few conferences taking place during LISW 2017 to focus on the big issues facing current global trading and the search for solutions including the human element and how it fits into the new world of technology.

Expert speakers from the maritime, shipping and logistics world including cargo owners will take on the issues and lead the debates in a conference organised by WISTA UK – the founding country of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association) an international organisation for women in management positions involved in the maritime sector and related trades worldwide.

Opening the conference with a keynote speech will be John Hayes MP, UK Minister for Shipping, who has a background in transportation and is a keen supporter of the shipping industry.

The conference will focus on growing concerns in the supply chain world about automation; the IoT (Internet of Things); shipping and ports 4.0 and the impact automation and robotics will play in supply chains and the human work environment. A host of leading experts and commentators will be speaking at the conference. They will be debating the current state of the maritime industry as it will affect ships, ports, supply chain collaboration platforms and land logistics; examining open source platforms and blockchains and how to make the break from silo mentality.

Speakers include: Dr Martin Stopford, President, Clarkson Research; Troels Støvring CEO of Twill/DAMCO; Argyris Stasinakis from Marine Traffic; David Smith of PwC; Tim Baker of Traxens, and Michael Dempsey of Orbcomm. The legal, security and IMO regulatory issues will be explored by Ewan Duncan of ABP; David Patraiko of The Nautical Institute; Luis Benito, Director for Innovation, Strategy and Research for Lloyd’s Register Marine and Offshore; Mike Rebeiro, Global Head of Technology and Innovation with Norton Rose Fulbright and Katy Ware, UK representative to the IMO and Director of Maritime Safety and Standards, Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

With so many companies and services operating independently in the logistics industry there is a real danger of silo mentality stifling opportunities, according to Sue Terpilowski OBE, President of WISTA UK, who will open the conference.

“Not content with tackling one big problem the conference will also end by taking a look at the other vital part – the human element” she explained. “There seems to be a fear of increasing technology in the workplace and yet in shipping and industries associated with international trade it is almost inevitable that technology will become the driving force.”
Completing the speakers will be Phil Parry of Spinnaker, Anderson Chaplow, Lead Specialist – Naval, Lloyd’s Register and Debbie Cavaldoro, Head of Strategic Campaigning at Nautilus International examining what the industry expects for career progression and gender imbalances.

“WISTA UK is at the forefront of trying to change attitudes and views in the new technology-driven world of freight and we are calling on people to recognise that working independently is not the way forward,” continued Mrs Terpilowski. “The different initiatives happening in the various sectors are not being tackled as a supply chain entity. As the enabler of global trade, silo mentality in the supply chain needs to end and a new, transparent way of working needs to start. This conference wants to start the process by bringing together the major players to provide a platform for collaboration. By working together the cargo owner will be in the centre of the system which will provide true open value to world trade.”

The panels and presentations begin at 14:00 and end at 17:45 and added Mrs Terpilowski: “this is one of the strongest groups of experts brought together for a WISTA UK conference which will illustrate how vital it is that there is greater cooperation in the development of technology throughout the industry.

“There will be a gradual transition with different timelines for individual sectors and the work we demand if people will change. There will be less demand in the near future for repetitive and often hard manual work,” she added. “The old adages that ‘hard work never killed anyone’ and a ‘hard day’s work’ will be things of the past. New ways of working will affect the environment and the human reactions to work and leisure time. Life-long jobs will give way to life-long learning and flexibility. The only real equality that will matter will be on an intellectual and educational basis. The real issue is how we adapt to these technologies and we at WISTA UK believe that women will have an important role to play in this new work environment. Ends