Influencers and thought leaders from across the maritime industry convened in Naples to take part in the 8th edition of Shipping & The Law.
Held in the 17th century splendour of the Court Theatre at the Royal Palace of Naples and organised by Studio Legale Lauro the event was hosted by Managing Partner Francesco S Lauro, the conference saw participation of a number of leading figures from shipowning, finance, law, insurance from Naples and around the world.
A series of panels and interviews interspersed with keynotes from leading industry practitioners saw discussion of the threats and opportunities in shipping, including the rise of China, the effects of climate change as well as free trade and protectionism in the era of Brexit and the Trump administration.
“Through its eight editions, Shipping and the Law has become much more than a maritime conference, it is a forum for the Naples shipping community to exchange ideas and debate with the industry at large,” said Managing Partner Francesco S Lauro. “Once again, some of the leading thinkers and practitioners shared their views on the critical topics affecting the entire shipping cluster and I thank them for their participation.”
Speakers included ECSA President elect Panos Laskaridis, Confitarma President elect Mario Mattioli, ICS Chairman Esben Poulsson, President of the Antwerp Port Authority, Marc Van Peel and Magda Kopczynska, Director of Waterborne Transport, European Commission Former Director of the IOPC Funds Måns Jacobsson spoke on the impending review to the Fund’s policy on economic loss from oil spills and President, Associazione Italiana di Diritto Marittimo Giorgio Berlingieri shared the main outcomes of the CMI 2017 in Genoa.
The conference also included keynote interviews, which saw Tradewinds’ columnist Terry Macalister in conversation with Banchero Costa founder Lorenzo Banchero and Bianco D’Antonio interview local shipping legend Peppino D’Amato.
The two-day proceedings included sessions focussing on ports and ship finance as well as legal and arbitration issues, the future for family-owned Italian shipping companies and the path towards a more digital, smart shipping future.