On 13th December 2016 the official inaugural meeting of the Global Shipping Think Tank Alliance took place in Shanghai. The Alliance is formed by currently 12 research institutions from Asia, Europe and North America. The ISL is a founding member and was represented in the signing ceremony for the agreement by one of its managing directors, Prof. Dr. Burkhard Lemper.
The Global Shipping Think Tank Alliance was founded to set up a platform for exchange and cooperation and promoting solid interactions between shipping think tanks and the shipping industry. The Alliance aims to provide more valuable consultation services to the shipping and related maritime industry as well as to respective organizations and administrations.