On 12 September Reed Smith hosted a panel for London International Shipping Week to discuss ‘Tomorrow’s Maritime World, Today’. Representatives from a cross-section of the industry (ship managers, financiers, lawyers, insurance specialists and marine technical specialists) each brought their unique experience to the discussion, making for a lively debate on three pressing topics in the industry:

  1. Cyber risks and technical advancements, including crewless vessels;
  2. Current trends in financing; and
  3. The environmental impact of the industry.

While each topic might present a different challenge, the overwhelming advice from our panellists was that there are going to be disruptive changes ahead caused by ever more sophisticated technology and incremental regulation which will change the shipping world as we know it today.  There will also be an ever increasing focus on risk management.

You can read more about the discussion in our press release here.