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Get along to the launch party of the London Shipping Law Centre Maritime Business Forum's new venture to encourage the younger people in the business to become the backbone of the industry's future. The event is taking place at Holman Fenwick Willan's offices and kicks off at 1800hrs on June 2.

As everyone spends a lot of time wondering what is going to happen when the current crop of leading shipping professionals retires, encouraging the younger generation is a no brainer.

The idea behind the new formation is to "to cultivate multidisciplinary knowledge among the younger generation in maritime affairs through inter-sector interaction, to provide its members with a platform to advance their talents and hone the future leaders who will contribute to the industry's progression."

Working in law, ship owning and management, broking, insurance, finance, regulatory bodies, class societies, technical institutions and marine societies, the Association's members will offer their perspectives through peer-panel discussions on legal, commercial and technical issues including market developments.

They will question established law, regulations and practices, which may require reform in the interests of maritime commerce. Membership is open to those under 40 who are working in any maritime related sector.

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