The IOM Maritime Group will be returning to London International Shipping Week in September to host a unique reception at Tower Bridge. The Group is now inviting maritime businesses to participate as hosts.

The Isle of Man Maritime Group is an entrepreneurial group of Isle of Man based organisations in the maritime sector who work closely together to promote the Isle of Man as a leading international maritime centre of excellence.

London International Shipping Week (LISW) ( has quickly become a must attend bi-annual event in the maritime calendar. It attracts business leaders from around the globe and all sectors of international shipping from regulators, to charterers, ship owners, ship managers, bunker suppliers, lawyers, ship brokers, bankers, insurers, insurance brokers, commodity traders and brokers, ship suppliers, port operators, and to shipping service providers.

The Group will next be attending LISW 2017 for another 'dare to be different' event, this time at Tower Bridge. This is one of London's most iconic and internationally recognisable landmarks with stunning views over the River Thames. It will be an immense attraction to business leaders who come far and wide to attend in the week-long festival - in fact guests are already registering to attend!

Our event during LISW 2015, set in the historic Trinity House, centred on a "Nautical by Nature" theme. Through entertainment with live Manx Music and creative Manx Actors performing sketches about Manx maritime history, we showcased the Isle of Man's deep maritime culture and why it continues to be a leading centre of maritime excellence.

This year's theme, 'Raising the bar at Tower Bridge' will build on this momentum. With the venue, canapés and fine wines confirmed, the Group is continuing to finalise the details of the entertainment, so there's plenty of opportunity for new members to help shape the event! More than a drinks reception, our events provide an excellent networking opportunity and are remembered and talked about for years to come.

Expected to attract between 150-180 luminaries from the international maritime community, as well as London itself, the event takes place from 19:00-22:00, Wednesday 13th September 2017. Each participating organisation will be able to invite a proportion of the total guests, as well as network with prominent figures invited by other organisations. The Isle of Man Maritime Group is also a Bronze Sponsor of LISW.

There are a number of local businesses participating, including the Isle of Man Ship Registry, KPMG, InterManager, MHG Insurance, Bernhard Schulte Ship Management and PDMS Maritime. Through pooling resources and sharing responsibility for different tasks, the Group is able to deliver spectacular events at an exceptionally reasonable cost.

Get involved!

If you would like to find out more or express an interest in participating as a hosting organisation, you can do so by calling Bruce or Cameron on 01624 664000. Alternatively, email [email protected] or visit the website here.