Promoting & Connecting the Next Generation

SPNL Membership

Membership Benefits:

  • Access bi-monthly events held at prestigious venues in central London
  • Meet like-minded young professionals who share your maritime interest
  • Develop business contacts and increase your network
  • Build lasting relationships with tomorrow's industry leaders
  • Exposure to the maritime industry's leaders
  • Attend presentations on current hot topical issues
  • With over 900 professionals on our active database, networking opportunities abound!

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As a member you will receive invitations to attend free networking events organised by SPNL or our partners.To become a member we require that you are a young professional working in the London based shipping industry.
As a member you will receive invitations to the events organised by SPNL or our partners. Our events are usually "Speaker and Networking events" where we draw on the best companies and most knowledgeable people in the shipping industry to talk about their specialist fields. The events are followed by hugely popular networking drinks where you will have the opportunity to meet other young shipping professionals in the London shipping industry.

These events are free to attend for members (they have been so far, and we intend to keep it this way), with refreshments at the formal part of the event tyically also provided free of charge.

To apply for membership, there are two simple steps to follow.
Step 1: Simply submit the Membership Application Form* in the 'Apply for membership' section to apply for membership.
Step 2: Once you have submitted the Membership Application Form, upon approval, the payment details for the small annual membership fee of £35 p.a. will be sent to you. There is no joining fee (TO SEE IF YOU QUALIFY, PLEASE SEE BELOW 'QUALIFYING CRITERIA' SECTION).

*Please allow for a maximum 14 day response time to allow for the administrative processing and approval of your application. If after 14 days, you have still not heard back from us, you may enquire as to the status of your application by emailing member@shippingnetwork.co.uk

Guarantee To New Members: For new members who are not sure whether to become a member as they have not yet had the opportunity to attend one of our events. If you would like to resign after attending your FIRST event as a member, we will provide you with a full refund.

MEMBERSHIP Q&A
Q. What is the qualifying criteria?
A. To become a member we require that you are a young professional working in the London based shipping industry. The above membership application procedure only applies to the target group (i.e. young shipping professionals).

Q. What is a young shipping professional?
A. The target group are London-based young professionals working in the commercial shipping & marine industry, typically the being in their twenties and/or thirties (age group).

Q. Why focus primarily on the younger generation? 
A. SPNL was established to give shipping professionals in an early stage of their careers a platform for networking knowledge expansion and professional development. The target age group being from early twenties (university graduates) to thirties. We have focussed on this group, being the 'next generation', as the more established professionals will tend to already have an established network and have sufficient access to various specialist industry organisations and networking events. These young shipping professionals are the "ordinary" members (i.e. full membership).

Q. Why is membership to students controlled?
This is best answered considering two distinct type of students: Full-time vs Part-time,
A. FOR FULL-TIME STUDENTS
As this is a network for young professionals, membership numbers for full-time students are limited. Should you regard yourself as a professional based on your shipping background, you are encouraged to provide details of your shipping background as motivation for membership. If successful, a decision will be made whether this is as an "ordinary member" or "extraordinary member".

A. FOR PART-TIME STUDENTS not currently working in a shipping-related field, applicants would need to motivate their eligibility (i.e. previous shipping background) to be regarded as a shipping professional, in order to be eligible for membership.

Note to students: The final decision on whether an applicant qualifies as being eligible rests with the Board. As full-time students would not automatically qualify, and would need to motivate their application to be considered for membership, motivation e-mails are to be sent to member@shippingnetwork.co.uk. Please allow for a maximum 14 day response time to allow for the administrative processing and approval of your application. If after 14 days, you have still not heard back from us, you may enquire as to the status of your application by emailing member@shippingnetwork.co.uk

Once we have approved your request, you will then be directed to the formal membership application procedure.

Please note:

  • For the purposes of applying to become a Member, you will need to confirm having read and agree to be bound by the SPNL's Articles of Association and any Rules or Byelaws adopted by SPNL in accordance with the Articles of Association, CLICK HERE to go to page and download under "Articles and Annual Reviews".
  • As per Articles of Association, membership applies only to a named individual, therefore may not be awarded to a company per se nor is it transferable.
  • By signing up you agree to be contacted by email by the SPNL.
  • We will not sell or otherwise pass on your contact details to third parties.
  • Please note that acceptance of membership is entirely at the discretion of the SPNL.
  • In certain cases due to venue capacity constraints, we may restrict the number of attendees at individual events, therefore we encourage you to sign early to avoid disappointment.

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