LONDON – Global law firm Reed Smith yesterday hosted a panel of shipping experts to discuss the issues having the biggest impact on the maritime industry.
Hamburg Harbor at night. Photo shows the container terminal with container ships.

As part of London International Shipping Week, representatives from a cross-section of the industry took part in a lively debate on international trade and the wider industry including technology, environmental issues, sanctions and geopolitical uncertainty.

The panel members who took part in the event at Reed Smith’s Broadgate Tower offices in Shoreditch comprised:

  • Nick Shaw, executive officer of International Group P&I and former global head of shipping at Reed Smith.
  • Dr. Martin Stopford, president of Clarkson Research Services Limited and director of MarEcon Ltd.
  • Admiral Sir George Zambellas GCB DSC DL, former First Sea Lord and apprentice and engineer by training, with transformation leadership expertise, especially in the delivery of breakthrough innovation performance.
  • Leigh Hansson, Global Regulatory Enforcement group partner and a leading lawyer in Reed Smith’s International Trade and National Security team.

Panel moderator and Reed Smith partner Sally-Ann Underhill introduced the first topic of discussion – technology. The panel’s consensus was that technology has the potential to significantly change the shipping industry but it is still some way from the ‘inflection point’ i.e new technology is not yet transforming the industry.