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November 2021
Hamburg, Germany


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We are currently in the process of developing the 2021 conference program. If you would like to get involved we welcome your content ideas and speaking applications. Deadline to apply - Monday 31 May 2021.

2021 Key Themes

A new generation of sustainability in shipping is unfolding and you are a part of it. At Global Liner Shipping, leaders of change meet to answer questions about the structure of supply chain strategy, the nature of strategic alignment, and the logic of future visioning exercises.

The post-pandemic landscape
The post-pandemic landscape
  • Analysing financial performance, market, and capacity fluctuations
  • A critical look at the supply chain - how much resilience do we want to build in?
  • The essential 5-10 year outlook for the liner business
The next phase of digital transformation
The next phase of digital transformation
  • Check-in on implementation and wider impact on traditional industry players
  • Update on standardisation and next steps 
  • Digitalisation at ports and terminals

The Decarbonisation agenda and liner shipping
The Decarbonisation agenda and liner shipping
  • Mapping out the process – where are we vs where we should and want to be?
  • Planning for the carbon tax – what lessons should we learn from the sulphur tax?
  • Rebuilding trust and collaboration
Apply to speak
Apply to speak

We are currently accepting abstracts for speaking sessions and content ideas. All abstracts must be submitted by Monday 31 May 2021. Send your abstract(s) to Joanna Crisan -

Please note that submitting an abstract does not guarantee a speaking slot at the conference. What do I need to include?

  • Paper title
  • Authors and co-authors
  • Paper outline (abstract should be no more than 150 words)

Apply here

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Global Liner Shipping is now a CPD certified event. Attendees can request a CPD certificate after attending the event. 

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A. Touzot

Senior Consultant

Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH

This year, GLS Europe was remarkable by opening a new mature area for the maritime segment of the transport industry. This was reflected by its content on critical  IMO 2020, block exemption discussions, market reports, and Digital standardisation. A new paradigm is slowly but surely emerging whereby size performance might not matter as much as your service, value creation and dexterity to make it easy for the client to book your services. GLS definitely to attend now and tomorrow.

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2021 Key Media Partners