The Shipping Professional Network in London (SPNL) was founded in 2007 as a meeting place for young shipping professionals in London.
- Promote and enhance London as a maritime financial centre
- Be the ‘voice’ of young shipping professionals in London by engaging with the broader shipping community
Our strategic Objectives are as follows:
- To organise and provide on a regular basis a forum where young professionals who work within the Shipping Industry in London can meet to build social and professional networks.
- To provide a competence and expertise-developing educational forum for young professionals who work within the Shipping Industry in London, and the fields related to these industries.
- To function as a recognised and respected representative of the Shipping Industry in London and work towards its advancement.
Today the SPNL enjoys a significant broad based support from the industry from companies and individuals alike (now numbering over 1,000), having official backing from the UK Chamber of Shipping. Through regularly organised events, young professionals from all aspects of the industry are brought together to network, socialise and learn more about the industry we proudly form part of. Our intention was to get people together from all areas of London shipping, and the idea was that by introducing a friend to the group everybody would have at least one direct link to the network.
The SPNL was founded in November 2007, starting out in what could be described as “humble beginnings” – where close to 30 people attended the first networking drinks (mostly from recent graduate groups related to London Business School, RINA and CASS Business School). From there the SPNL has gone from strength to strength.
SPNL’s inclusion in the Lloyd’s List London Maritime Map – all London’s significant organisations which make up the London maritime cluster represented as a tube map – is testimony of this. SPNL is proud to be recognised and feature alongside organisations with a history dating back over 100 years.
SPNL serves as a platform for networking from which to create relevant contacts and establish long-lasting relationships with tomorrow’s industry leaders whilst being exposed to current industry leaders. This has been warmly welcomed by the greater London shipping community for the favourable impact on the London maritime cluster.
A noteworthy example was SPNL’s support of the inaugural London International Shipping Week, with the SPNL event coinciding with the launch of the first ever Next Generation Confidence Index. The Index conducted by SPNL in conjunction with Moore Stephens canvasses the opinions of young professionals working primarily in the shipowning, shipbroking, ship management, chartering, advisory and associated industries in London . Respondents were asked for views on the current state of the market, and how they believed it would perform in the next twelve months. The Index formed part of the SPNL Future-London Report (Click here to view the report) – a report to which has the central theme to brainstorm how we can make London more attractive to both talent and investment. Shipping sector directly employs 263,000 people and contributes £32bn to the UK economy, with the City being an essential part of the wider UK industry.
UK Minister for Shipping and Ports Stephen Hammond MP, who was not able to attend due to the Welcome reception at Lancaster House, sent the following message: “London International Shipping Week was a great opportunity for London and the whole of the UK to showcase the wealth of talent in the maritime sector and the range of maritime services we have to offer. I am keen to ensure that we nurture the skills and expertise of our young professionals and the extra 25% funding to support maritime training for sea cadets, demonstrates this commitment. I would like to thank SPNL for the support and encouragement their network provides for young professionals in the shipping industry”
With over 70 official events, SPNL was proud to feature in the official London International Shipping Week video.
Events offer members the opportunity to hear expert opinions on topical issues by industry respected leaders, from various fields in the maritime industry. These fields range from the bunker industry, ship valuation, maritime law, ports, piracy, ship classification, shipping finance, maritime economics, research and much more. SPNL not only provides members access to these informative presentations from industry leaders, but also a multitude of networking opportunities.
Although organising events is the core of what we do, it is not the only thing SPNL is involved in. SPNL is involved in supporting tomorrow’s young shipping professionals by way of the recently launched SPNL prize for the top Institute of Chartered Shipbroker student (London-based first year studies) and Plymouth University (best maritime-business related dissertation for the Bachelor degree programme). Also raising awareness within our industry itself, by educational port visits, at the same time supporting our host maritime centre of London (by the SPNL FutureLondon project) and selected charities.
The SPNL is managed by an elected executive board consisting of members from companies across the shipping industry in London. The executive board manage SPNL in their ‘spare’ time, as they all have full time professional careers (so called ‘dayjob’s).
Our active database contains over 1,500 names of people that have signed up for our events. Our events are regularly attended by circa 100+ shipping professionals, of which almost 20% tends to be new participants.
The SPNL also hosts a group on Linked-In, which is free and open to anybody in the shipping industry with a particular interest in London shipping. We find it provides an excellent way of staying in touch with people you have meet at our events. In addition to giving you access to over 5,500 Linked-in members, the group also provides access to a job board and a lively discussion forum. For more details, please click the link to Linked-In.
Being connected to the Linked-In group is free, but SPNL event invitations are usually not distributed via this channel. To receive these you must be a paying member of the SPNL.
- Annual Review 2015:Download here (PDF)
- Annual Review 2014:Download here (PDF)
- Annual Review 2013:Download here (PDF)
- Annual Review 2012:Download here (PDF)
- Annual Review 2011:Download here (PDF)
- Annual Review 2010:Download here (PDF)
- Annual Review 2009:Download here (PDF)
Articles of Association
Our Members work for the following companies
Adam Chartering Ltd
AET UK Limited
Agelef Shipping Co. (London) Ltd
Alibra Shipping Ltd
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
Anchor Marine Transport
Andros Maritime Agencies Ltd
Ansbacher & Co Ltd
Aspen Insurance UK Ltd
Athenian Sea Carriers Ltd
Bahamas Maritime Authority
Banca IMI (part of Intesa Sanpaolo banking group)
Berwin Leighton Paisner
Bibby Ship Management
Big Horizon shipping
BP Oil International Ltd
BP Shipping Ltd
BPP Law School
Braemar Seascope Ltd
Calyon – Crédit Agricole CIB
Cass Business School
Cayman Island Registry
Charles Taylor & Co. Ltd (Standard P&I Club)
Charles Taylor Consulting
Chevron Global Marine Products
Clarksons Dry Cargo – London
Clarksons Valuations Limited
Clyde & Co LLP
CMA Ships UK Ltd
Containerisation International Magazine
Curtis Davis Garrard LLP
Delta Tankers/Marmaras Navigation
Det Norske Veritas
DLA Piper LLP
DnBNOR Bank ASA
DNV Business Assurance
Dreamtech Software Ltd
Drewry Shipping Consultants Ltd
DSB Offshore Ltd.
EA Gibson Shipbrokers Ltd
Energy Market Consultants
ENI Trading Shiping
Faststream Recruitment Ltd
Femis Limited (ED&F Man Sugar)
Freight Investor Services
Gazprom Marketing & Trading
Gearbulk (UK) Ltd
Global Career Company
Guangdong Higher People’s Court
Hawkpoint Partners Limited
Hill Dickinson LLP
Holman Fenwick Willan LLP
Howe Robinson Shipbrokers
HSBC Shipping Services Limited
Ince & Co
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
Investec Bank plc
James Fisher Everard
John Samonas and Sons Ltd
Kaplan Law School
KBC Energy Consultants
Kingfish Services Ltd. for Itochu Petroleum Japan Ltd.
K-Line LNG Shipping (UK) Limited
Lloyds Banking Group
Lloyd’s Register – Fairplay
London & Overseas Maritime Services Ltd.
London Business School
London Metropolitan University
London Offshore Consultants Limited
M2M Management limited
Maples and Calder
Mar Risk Services
Marine Capital Ltd
Marine Consultancy Services
Maritime Strategies International (MSI)
Mays Brown Solicitors
Mitsui O.S.K Lines
Mitsui O.S.K. Bulk Shipping (Europe) Ltd
Moffatt / Nichol
Norton Rose LLP
Oil Recruitment Ltd
Patron Saint Associates Ltd
Pelican Shipping Limited
Peninsula Petroleum (Brokers) Ltd
Perella Weinberg Partners UK LLP
Reed Smith LLP
Riviera Maritime Media Ltd
Royal Bank of Scotland
Royal Bank of Scotland Sempra Commodities
Shearwater Shipping & Chartering Ltd.
Shell Tankers (UK)
Spinnaker Consulting Ltd
SPS London Ltd
Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited
Suez Global LNG
Tankers (UK) Agencies Ltd
Tankers International LLC
The Meeting House
Tianjin Higher People’s Court
Tokyo Marine Europe Ltd
Van Traa Advocaten
W K Webster & Co. Ltd.
Warsash Maritme Academy/ Southampton Solent University
Watson, Farley & Williams LLP
Wikborg, Rein & Co
Zodiac Maritime Agencies