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Welcome to SPNL - Shipping Professional Network in London

FOR young professionals BY young shipping professionals

"The Shipping Professional Network in London (SPNL) is London's own meeting place for young shipping professionals. The SPNL enjoys significant industry support, with industry backing from the UK Chamber of Shipping. Through our regularly organised events, we aim to bring together young professionals from all aspects of the industry to network, socialise and learn more about the industry we proudly form part of.

Our 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. Being a member of SPNL not only provides you with a ticket to these informative presentations from industry leaders, but also a multitude of networking opportunities.
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LATEST NEWS - Announcements & Press Coverage

  • Published by the Singapore Shipping Association, Q2 2016 (issue 50)
    Published by the Singapore Shipping Association, Q2 2016 (issue 50)

    Youth in MaritimeWorldwide Encouraging the next generation into the maritime industry is vital in a recent speech at the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) conference Esben Poulsson, President of the Singapore Shipping Association stated how important he felt it was to attract new blood into the industry.

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    Written on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 Read more...
  • SPNL at the Baltic Exchange Chairman’s Cocktail Party 2016
    SPNL at the Baltic Exchange Chairman’s Cocktail Party 2016

    This year's Baltic Exchange Chairman's Cocktail Party was given on Wednesday 11th May at Christ Church Spitafields attracting over 600 members and guests. SPNL were present in this spectacular event and had the chance to meet with a wide range of professionals across the maritime community.

    Written on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 Read more...
  • SPNL Congratulates the 2016 Seatrade Awards winners
    SPNL Congratulates the 2016 Seatrade Awards winners
    Held at the Guildhall, London on 6th May the evening was billed as "The Pinnacle of Maritime Success"... The evening did not disappoint! 
    Thank you to Maritime London for this invitation.
     
    Congratulations to all the winners! Click Read More for more photos.
    Written on Monday, 09 May 2016 Read more...
  • EU Breakfast Briefings
    EU Breakfast Briefings

    The UK Chamber of Shipping, Our Honourable Affiliate, will be hosting two breakfast briefings on the EU referendum, with senior speakers from both sides of the debate. SPNL members are welcome to attend this breakfast, to register CLICK HERE.

    Written on Friday, 06 May 2016 Read more...
  • Go on – we dare you! The Mission to Seafarers cyclists and runners challenge
    Go on – we dare you! The Mission to Seafarers cyclists and runners  challenge

    Go on – we dare you! The Mission to Seafarers challenges cyclists and runners to take to the road in support of seafarers this summer.

    Have you just taken up cycling and feel it is time to put your pedal power to the test? Are you a seasoned club cyclist or weekender who can push yourself to the limit and need a fresh challenge? Is distance running something you could do? If any of these descriptions fits you, then why not take up an endurance challenge and raise money for The Mission to Seafarers at the same time?

    Written on Friday, 11 March 2016 Read more...
  • SPNL excited to be recognised as ‘Best Shipping Network’
    SPNL excited to be recognised as ‘Best Shipping Network’

    The SPNL is the proud winner of the 'Best Shipping Network' category at this year's Trade Finance Global Shipping Awards.

    The TFG Shipping Awards recognise exceptional candidates driving the global maritime, shipping and transport sector. SPNL received particular acknowledgement for their work in promoting London to the world and nurturing young talent. Commendation was also given to the SPNL FutureLondon report and the network's contribution to other important maritime industry studies.

    Claudio Chiste, Chairman of Shipping Professional Network London (SPNL) said:

    "It's a huge honour for SPNL to be recognised as the Best Shipping Network. We are very proud that our passion and dedication to connecting and promoting London's young shipping professionals has been acknowledged in the prestigious TFG Excellence Awards."

    Each category was judged by a panel of professional judges with 2016 being the biggest awards to date, 50 companies competed across 7 sectors.

    To read more on SPNL's achievement, Click Here

    To see all the category winners of this year's Trade Finance Global Shipping Awards, Click Here.

    Written on Friday, 26 February 2016 Read more...
  • Spinnaker-SPNL continued recruitment partnership
    Spinnaker-SPNL continued recruitment partnership

    SPNL is pleased to announce that Spinnaker has renewed their support as SPNL's Recruitment Partner. The Spinnaker-SPNL tie up has resulted in a number of successful placements for our members via our networking platform. We are delighted with their continued support, which in turn supports the next generation in their career growth. This reaffirms SPNL's position as the UK's leading networking forum for young shipping professionals.

    Written on Monday, 01 February 2016 Read more...
  • SPNL End of Year Drinks Raises Money for Mission To Seafarers
    SPNL End of Year Drinks Raises Money for Mission To Seafarers

    SPNL used the informal End of Year Drinks to muster up some energy – just before the Christmas break – to raise some funds for a worthy cause. SPNL members contributed to a collection putting them in line to win a prize generously donated by Dion St Pauls wine bar, with all funds collected donated to the Mission To Seafarers. The Mission to Seafarers provides help and support to the 1.5 million men and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat. For more info: Click Here

    Written on Thursday, 17 December 2015 Read more...
  • The Marine Money Annual London Ship Finance Forum
    The Marine Money Annual London Ship Finance Forum

    SPNL's Supporting Organisation, Marine Money, to hold their 7th Annual London Ship Finance Forum at the Dorchester, Park Lane on Wednesday 27th January 2016.
    For more info Click Here

    Written on Wednesday, 16 December 2015 Read more...
  • SPNL Graduation Award to the top Plymouth University Student 2015
    SPNL Graduation Award to the top Plymouth University Student 2015

    The SPNL is proud to announce this year's " SPNL Graduation Award " to the top Plymouth University Student.

    The ceremony was held at Plymouth University September 22rd in recognition of the top dissertation in the field of maritime-related business.

    The accolade was awarded to Hui Ting Chong, BSc (Hons) Maritime Business & Maritime Law.

    (SPNSW Chairman, Christian Freuling (pictured), was on hand to represent SPNL and offered to accept the prize on Hui Ting's behalf)

    Plymouth University was admitted to "Maritime London" in 2013, serving as recognition of their contribution to – as well as being part of the "London Maritime Cluster". Since then, SPNL has initiated this award to support the "Young shipping professionals of tomorrow".

    Written on Sunday, 13 December 2015 Read more...
  • SPNL Bribery, Corruption and Valuations in the shipping industry ~ All About Shipping
    SPNL Bribery, Corruption and Valuations in the shipping industry ~ All About Shipping

    The Shipping Professional Network London (SPNL) hosted another great networking event recently courtesy of MAZARS, who kindly acted as both host and sponsor. Members of SPNL were once again afforded access to leading industry speakers, akin to those usually only found at high-level conferences.

    The MAZARS event combined the expertise of 4 speakers, all of whom offered fascinating insights into anti-bribery, corruption and valuations within the shipping sector.

    Written on Wednesday, 09 December 2015 Read more...
  • The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) - SPNL Prize-winner 2015
    The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) - SPNL Prize-winner 2015

    The SPNL Prize to the ICS student with the highest mark average achieved in London was awarded to Christopher Dodds, shipbroker from Clarksons Platou

    Written on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 Read more...
  • Lord Mayor of the City of London Presented with SPNL LISW Plaque
    Lord Mayor of the City of London Presented with SPNL LISW Plaque

    SPNL presented Lord Mountevans of Chelsea with the London International Shipping Week-SPNL plaque, depicting Tower Bridge with drawbridge in the open position. As the Thames River was the historical key trade route for the nation's capital, symbolically representing that London is "Open For Business".

    Written on Thursday, 05 November 2015 Read more...
  • Promoting the UK as a one-stop-shop for world-class maritime business services
    Promoting the UK as a one-stop-shop for world-class maritime business services

    SPNL is proud to have done its part in promoting the UK as a world-class maritime centre. The official London International Shipping Week (LISW15) maritime business services promo video, which is hosted by the UK Shipping Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, also features Jeremy Penn (CEO Baltic Exchange), Marcus Bowman (President UK Chamber of Shipping) and Claudio Chiste (SPNL Chairman)

    Written on Sunday, 18 October 2015 Read more...
  • Shipping shouldn’t be the ‘international industry of mystery’!
    Shipping shouldn’t be the ‘international industry of mystery’!

    A need for greater visibility, not only for the activities of the maritime industry but also the routes of access for young professionals wanting to enter the business, was the message of panellists at last week's Shipping Professional Network London (SPNL) event "Showcasing the Next Generation in Shipping".
    The evening attracted some 250 professionals from across the international maritime community who were in London for LISW15. The formal part of the evening drew together attendees for an impassioned discussion focusing on the next generation of the shipping industry, this was followed by networking of a distinctly British-flavour.

    Austin Powers 'International Man of Mystery' was among the entertainment line-up delighting guests, a George Michael look-a-like featured on the mic, injecting a sense of fun and 'British-ness' into the event, undoubtedly LISW15's 'grooviest, baby'!

    Read the full article Online on AllAboutShipping.co.uk

    Written on Wednesday, 23 September 2015 Read more...
  • Moore Stephens and SPNL confidence survey targeted at the next generation – 2015 edition
    Moore Stephens and SPNL confidence survey targeted at the next generation – 2015 edition

    Investment decisions are frequently determined on how upbeat or downbeat an investor is, John Maynard Keynes called this "Animal Spirits". Moore Stephens has tried to capture this by way of a quarterly survey to produce a confidence index. There are numerous such indices produced, but the Moore Stephens Confidence Index has become to be regarded as the industry benchmark. For the only survey of its kind aimed specifically at the next generation, Moore Stephens in conjunction with SPNL, has targeted the future of the shipping industry to hear their views.

    Written on Tuesday, 15 September 2015 Read more...
  • Competitiveness Key to London Shipping's Future ~ MarineLink.com

    A new survey by The Shipping Professional Network in London (SPNL) has identified key ways in which London can remain competitive as a relevant maritime global center, and revealed a broad consensus that London’s credentials in this respect would be strengthened by the U.K. remaining part of the European Union.

    The survey, organized in conjunction with international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens, canvassed the opinions of young professionals working primarily in the shipowning, shipbroking, ship management, chartering, advisory and associated industries in London. Respondents were asked for their views of the current state of the market, and how they believed it would perform over the next 12 months.

    Read the full article Online on MarineLink.com

    Written on Tuesday, 15 September 2015 Read more...
  • SPNL flagship event of 2015 celebrates the next generation of shipping
    SPNL flagship event of 2015 celebrates the next generation of shipping

    Tuesday 8th September will see representatives from young shipping professionals' groups from across the world come together in London to debate what lies ahead for the next generation of the industry.

    The Shipping Professional Network London (SPNL), London's own meeting place for young shipping professionals, is holding its biggest event of 2015 in conjunction with London International Shipping Week (LISW). The event is open to all in the industry and in the true spirit of LISW, SPNL has invited speakers from well-established international partner networking groups to join them for this special evening. With representatives invited from Athens, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Hong Kong and Mumbai, discussion will centre on the challenges and opportunities arising within the industry and how these differ across the world's maritime centres. Moderated by the Baltic Exchange and attracting attendance from across the breadth of industry sectors, the event promises to be thought provoking and truly insightful.

    Written on Friday, 04 September 2015 Read more...
  • With LISW 2015 Days Away... Don't miss out on the main LISW Conference
    With LISW 2015 Days Away... Don't miss out on the main LISW Conference

    With London International Shipping Week (LISW) 2015 now only days away and deadlines fast approaching, we want to make sure that everyone coming to London for the week has the information available. Besides our SPNL event (which by now you have probably already registered for our SPNL event on the 8th September as part of LISW 2015 (for those "last minuters", make sure you are registered: CLICK HERE ), there will be other events throughout the week, not to mention the main conference.

    It is important you are aware of the main LISW Conference on 10th September to be able to make an informed decision about attending before registration closes and missing the chance to attend. For further details on the LISW Conference featuring the industry's leading figures see here

    Written on Monday, 31 August 2015 Read more...
  • TradeWinds - Young London shipping crowd toasts summer
    TradeWinds - Young London shipping crowd toasts summer

    Young London shipping crowd toasts summer formalities of the AGM and election of a new board, talk centred on the forthcoming London International Shipping Week when SPNL will host a reception for similar networks from overseas.Investec Bank's Claudio Chiste, who is SPNL'senergetic chairman, said: "Now SPNL has grown to be an integral part of London...the world."Others elected to SPNL'sboard were Valentina Nikiforova from Stephenson Harwood, Chris Davie of Bibby Ship Management, Nicholas Mavrommatis.

    Download ArticleRead Online on tradewindsnews.com

    Written on Friday, 21 August 2015 Read more...
  • New Board elected at 2015 AGM

    New Board elected at AGM
    This year's AGM saw the biggest change in the Board of SPNL since its inception, with more than half the Board changing as fresh blood joined and some long-standing members standing down.

    The newly elected 2015/6 Board is as follows:

    Written on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 Read more...
  • SPNL Event weighs in on Maritime Claims -
    SPNL Event weighs in on Maritime Claims -

    The next generation keep abreast with the latest developments in maritime claims aspect of insurance.
    The Shipping Professional Network London (SPNL) treated guests to another fascinating evening as it held one of its many networking events on Tuesday 30th June. Hosted by Moore Stephens LLP, the evening gave an insight into the legal and financial aspects of the maritime industry with presentations on maritime claims and expert witness workfrom Jack Hatcher (Senior Associate & Mariner at Hill Dickinson LLP), Nicholas King (Director Accountant at Moore Stephens LLP) and Paris Mangriotis (Naval Architect at London Offshore Consultants Ltd (LOC)).

    CLICK HERE to read the full article.

    Written on Monday, 13 July 2015 Read more...
  • Mazars renews support as Corporate Sponsor
    Mazars renews support as Corporate Sponsor

    SPNL is pleased to announce that Mazars has decided to renew their support of as SPNL as Corporate Sponsors. Mazars first sponsored our second AGM back in 2012 and has been supporting us since. We are delighted with their continued support.

    Written on Monday, 29 June 2015 Read more...
  • ICS 18th June – Branch BBQ
    ICS 18th June – Branch BBQ

    Overlooking the River Thames from the terrace at The Doggett’s Coat and Badge public house, our annual London and South East Branch Barbeque will be held on 18th June.

    Now a traditional part of the London maritime social calendar, Fellows, Members and students can enjoy an evening of catching up with old friends and networking with new acquaintances over some cold drinks and barbeque food.

    Start time: 6.30pm

    Cost- £25.00 per person includes a free drink and BBQ

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    Written on Thursday, 04 June 2015 Read more...
  • SPNL Supporting Organisation of 'London International Shipping Week' 2015
    SPNL Supporting Organisation of 'London International Shipping Week' 2015

    SPNL is once again proud to be the Supporting Organisation of 'London International Shipping Week' 7-11 September 2015.
    London International Shipping Week - Propelling World Trade is a new and important industry event focusing on London's Vital role in the positive development of global shipping.

    For the event website Click Here

    Written on Thursday, 16 April 2015 Read more...
  • Moore Stephens Renews as Accounting Partner
    Moore Stephens Renews as Accounting Partner

    We are delighted that Moore Stephens have renewed their sponsorship of SPNL. Moore Stephens have also confirmed that they will be sponsoring one of the exciting events we have lined up this year!

    Written on Monday, 13 April 2015 Read more...
  • SPN expands its reach to South West England
    SPN expands its reach to South West England

    England’s South-West region has added SPNL’s south-west mentee-branch, the Shipping Professional Network South West (SPNSW) to its rich maritime heritage, which is embodied in both the great marine industry and Plymouth University’s world-class teaching.

    Written on Saturday, 28 March 2015 Read more...
  • The Sixth Way Ahead Transport Survey is underway

    Here is your chance to participate in the sixth annual Norton Rose Fulbright Way Ahead Transport Survey. The survey aims to identify the emerging trends and chart future developments within the aviation, rail and shipping industries. To partcicpate in this short questionnaire, CLICK HERE

    Written on Sunday, 15 March 2015 Read more...
  • SPNL expands its reach to South-West England
    SPNL expands its reach to South-West England

    England's South-West region has added SPNL's south-west mentee-branch, the Shipping Professional Network South West (SPNSW) to its rich maritime heritage, which is embodied in both the great marine industry and Plymouth University's world-class teaching.
    SPNSW aims to create a networking platform throughout the next year where students, lecturers and industry professionals can build beneficial relationships for the future, which will position the industry's next generation as young shipping professionals of tomorrow.
    It was launched during the inauguration conference and networking event of Plymouth University's shipping society (PIMSSS), which will be working in close partnership with SPNSW. Several professionals, lecturers and many students enjoyed presentations from Commander Jacqueline Sherriff MBE who presented on the EU Naval Force counter-piracy actions in Somalia and SPNL's Chairman Claudio Chistè, who works at Investec Bank plc, who spoke about Ship Finance.

    CLICK HERE to read the full article.

    Written on Friday, 06 March 2015 Read more...
  • DNVGL Renews as Classification Partner
    DNVGL Renews as Classification Partner

    We are delighted that DNVGL have renewed their sponsorship of SPNL. We look forward to working together for the next year!

    Written on Friday, 06 March 2015 Read more...
  • Jeremy Penn of Baltic Exchange kicks off the first SPNL event for 2015
    Jeremy Penn of Baltic Exchange kicks off the first SPNL event for 2015

    'Our Word, Our Bond' still an important part of the London shipping community

    The first Shipping Professional Network of London (SPNL) event for the year, which took place on 25th February 2015, featured a keynote by Jeremy Penn, CEO of the Baltic Exchange.

    The theme of Jeremy's session was how the Baltic Exchange has served the shipping industry since 1744 and how it continues to play an important role today.

    CLICK HERE to read the full article.

    Written on Friday, 06 March 2015 Read more...
  • Seafarers Awareness Week 20-28 June 2015 - ‘Opportunities to Work at Sea’
    Seafarers Awareness Week 20-28 June 2015 - ‘Opportunities to Work at Sea’

    'Opportunities to Work at Sea' will be the theme for this year's Seafarers Awareness Week (20-28 June 2015), aiming to not only raise awareness of Britain's dependence on seafarers but also to highlight the many career possibilities the maritime world offers young people.

    Written on Friday, 27 February 2015 Read more...
  • Findings from Maritime Skills Gap Roundtable released
    Findings from Maritime Skills Gap Roundtable released

    In addition to running high quality and educational events 'for and by' young maritime professionals in London, the SPNL is also proud to be the representatives and a forum for the young shipping professionals in the challenging issues they face in early stages of their professional careers.

    Written on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 Read more...
  • End of Year Message From the SPNL Board

    The SPNL wishes to thank all our supporters, members and sponsors for an excellent 2014. Thank you!

    This has been a fantastic and incredibly busy year for us, having arranged 7 well attended events and released the much awaited SPNL FutureLondon report.

    We are committed to the next generation of our maritime centre; although we will be taking a break now until Q1 2015, we promise to get back to you with a lot of interesting events and networking opportunities.

    Yours sincerely,
    Claudio, Magda, Valentina, Marc, Nicholas, Aleksandra, Nancy, Rahul and Chris
    -The board of the Shipping Professional Network in London-

    Written on Saturday, 29 November 2014 Read more...
  • MeteoGroup renews support as Corporate Sponsor
    MeteoGroup renews support as Corporate Sponsor

    SPNL is pleased to announce that MeteoGroup has decided to renew their support of as SPNL as Corporate Sponsors. MeteoGroup sponsored our very first AGM back in 2011, we are delighted to still have them as a strong supporter.

    Written on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 Read more...
  • Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Event Invitation: 19th November
    Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Event Invitation: 19th November

    We are pleased to share this invitation to the Institute of Chartered Shipbroker's (ICS) latest seminar which is being held at The Grange Hotel on November 19th. You are welcome to come along and support the London ICS branch, a small charge is being made. Learn the latest news on the drive for greater use of electronic documentation and enjoy an early start to Christmas festivities.

    To book your place contact Michael J. Harrison FICS, Branch Secretary, his e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    For further details on the event Click Here.

    Written on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 Read more...
  • SPNL event focuses on new generation of young professionals and communication technology
    SPNL event focuses on new generation of young professionals and communication technology

    New generation: Technology: First though were the event sponsors, with Sebastian Moore CEO of SETEL informing attendees of a new generation product just launched in partnership with a company called FGM Marine. Specifically in regards to power line communications, which provide networks on- board ship. "When we came across the power line solution with FGM Marine it was a no brainer – we had to get involved. It is a simple technology with disproportional benefits. It distributes digital signals to the existing electrical systems. It was only two years ago it was developed for shipping. There is an increased demand from the owners to have real – time fees on engine mentoring performance and OFID checking. The crew are demanding more and more to have internet activity. They want to be able to walk around with their mobile and get access to social media and communicate."

    CLICK HERE to read the full article.

    Written on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 Read more...
  • Jeanius Consulting - SPNL event focuses on new generation of young professionals and communication technology
    Jeanius Consulting - SPNL event focuses on new generation of young professionals and communication technology

    SPNL held their sixth networking event since April –making it an average of one event every month – with almost 100 attendees at October's event kindly sponsored by SETEL – the leading telecommunications company. The evening promised a strong focus on the "new generation", both in terms of young shipping professionals and technology!

    Gearbulk (UK) Ltd (the world's largest operator of open hatch gantry crane handy size ships) presented on their Graduate Training Programme (for the recent graduates who have started their lives as young shipping professionals, being the new generation of young shipping professionals), and SETEL presenting on the new generation of power line communication technology, which provide communication networks on- board ship. To add to this theme for the evening, John Collins, Private Client Director at Metro Bank, the event hosts (also known as being the first bank to get a banking license in over 100 years), shared the "Metro Bank story" on how they have rewritten the high street bank rules to become the revolutionary 'new' high street bank, managing to buck the trend of high street bank consolidation since the global financial crisis by continuing to expand (opening an average one branch per month).

    To read the full article CLICK HERE.

    Written on Sunday, 02 November 2014 Read more...
  • All About Shipping 28/10/2014
    All About Shipping 28/10/2014

    Claudio Chiste, SPNL Chairman who works at Investec Shipping & Marine Finance, welcomed the members informing them that two key backers had agreed to renew their support; Gearbulk as SPNL's Ship-owner Partner and London Offshore Consultants (LOC) as corporate sponsor.

    Written on Sunday, 02 November 2014 Read more...
  • The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) - SPNL Prize-winner 2014
    The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) - SPNL Prize-winner 2014

    The SPNL Prize to the ICS student with the highest mark average achieved in London was awarded to Jason Taylor, an aspiring shipbroker.

    Written on Sunday, 02 November 2014 Read more...