Danish maritime summit goes global

The team behind the Danish Maritime Forum, a high level gathering that met for three consecutive years in Copenhagen to debate shipping’s future, has regrouped and gone global.

Rebranded as the Global Maritime Forum, the event has tapped 14 industry leaders as founding partners, including Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav and Peter Livanos, the chairman of GasLog.

The summit, which will be run as a not-for-profit organisation, will be hosted in cities around the world on a rotational basis with the first one expected to take place in October 2018.

The rebranded forum describes itself as a “global platform for high-level leaders from the entire maritime spectrum” which aims to effect positive long term change for the industry and for society.

“As a fragmented and siloed industry in an otherwise interconnected world the maritime industry needs a shared platform to tackle collective challenges. The industry is the lifeblood of the global economy but needs to take up the challenge of leadership in its unique position to contribute to sustainable growth that benefits all,” commented Euronav’s Rodgers.

The annual summit will bring together high-level leaders from across the maritime industry with policymakers, NGOs, experts and other influential decision-makers and opinion shapers to discuss industry-wide, long term challenges.

“As a capital-intensive industry with protracted investment horizons, the maritime value chain requires a long term outlook. The Global Maritime Forum will provide new perspectives from inside and outside the industry to better understand the long term forces shaping our decision-making,” GasLog’s Livanos said.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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