All aboard for Humber showcase at London International Shipping Week

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 3 Aug 2017

THE Humber is to be showcased for the first time at the highlight of the UK’s maritime calendar, London International Shipping Week.

A special event is to be held in the capital on September 12, with Team Humber Marine Alliance working in collaboration with Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, University of Hull and key regional stakeholders. 

Mark O’Reilly, chief executive and chairman of THMA, said: “This is an outstanding opportunity for the Humber to highlight its strengths as a leading international maritime hub, home to the busiest ports complex by tonnage in the UK and fourth busiest in Europe. 

“As the UK’s Energy Estuary the Humber has in recent years seen hundreds of millions of pounds invested in new transformative port infrastructure to support the burgeoning renewables and automotive logistics industries.

“It is the first time the Humber has been represented at the conference which attracts 15,000 global industry leaders from all sectors of the maritime industry.

“The showcase will bring together leading business leaders and government officials to discuss key topics, investment opportunities and skills, as well as to heighten the profile of our region.  

“Key note speakers from industry and government are contributing including Lord Prescott.” 

The former Hull MP remains a strong ambassador for the region, and he will be joined by Simon Bird, Humber director for Associated British Ports, Kishor Tailor, chief executive of Humber LEP, Simon Weaver of P&O and others. 

Across London International Shipping Week more than 160 industry functions are taking place across all sectors.

The Humber showcase follows a delegation to Westminster at the start of the year to flag up the Energy Estuary credentials and comes as container traffic soars in Hull and Immingham, and training facilities reach international standards at Modal. DFDS has also invested millions in two new state-of-the-art ferries to serve a Humber route.

The event takes place from 9.30am to 12.30pm at The Willis Building. There is no charge but delegates must register here: Humber Showcase at London International Shipping Week 2017.

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