The Shipping 2015 festivities began at 11:30 Monday morning with a luncheon hosted by the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA).

Both men and women attended the gathering, which was capped by a presentation from the organisation’s president, MF Shipping Group chief executive Karin Orsel.

The conference itself began at 2:00 pm with opening remarks and a keynote address led by Admiral Paul Thomas, the US Coast Guard’s assistant commandant for prevention policy.