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The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference 2024

The ninth annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will take place in November 2024 and will once again be staged at the iconic The Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, which has proved to be a popular and successful base for this event.

The 2024 TMS Tanker Conference will feature a packed programme of expert presentations and lively panel discussions addressing key short- and long-term commercial and technical trends in the crude, products, chemicals and gas tanker markets. Attendees will get the chance to hear from leading figures in the tanker shipping business who will be presenting their assessments of the key issues. As well as topics relating to tanker owning and operating, the event will also look at essential support sectors, such as classification, bunker supply, law, ship agency and supplies, ship technology, logistics and terminal handling and storage.

As well as providing a chance to get invaluable information and discuss topical concerns, the conference will once again offer an opportunity for speakers and attendees to network informally at a special evening reception afterwards.

In 2023 the Tanker Conference attracted over 300 delegates, and an even higher figure is forecast for the 2024 event. Following an established and successful formula, The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference takes place the day after the market leading TMS Awards, to maximise attendance and ensure high profile participants.

The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference 2023 took place on November 7th at The Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, and was structured around the theme “Net Zero -Tanker Shipping Setting the Global Decarbonisation Agenda.” The event set out to highlight the ways in which this sector of the industry and its various components are in the vanguard of change.

The opening session, on “Setting Green Shipping Strategy – Policy Choices for the Tanker Sector” was preceded by a keynote speech from Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO of ADNOC Logistics and Service, who stressed the need for a proactive approach to climate change. Nobody was exempt from tackling climate change and sustainability had to be integrated into all elements of the tanker shipping business, with broad stakeholder involvement, he pointed out. Other speakers in this key session, which laid the foundations for the day-long discussions, included Emile Hoogsteden; CEO Sohar Port & Freezone; Shehab Al Rahma, Manager-Oil Terminals, Commercial, DP World; Mark Darley, COO, Lloyds Register; Capt. B K Tyagi, Chairman and Managing Director, Shipping Corporation of India; and Stephen Kunzer, CEO, Lila Global. Key themes highlighted included the dilemma over whether to retrofit or replace; the range of future fuels options, and the likelihood that there would be no one dominant fuel by 2050; the lack of shipyard capacity to carry out retrofits; the important role of ports and terminals in supporting the tanker industry in transition, particularly thorough flexible bunkering arrangements; and the important of seafarer training in managing the transition to cleaner fuels.

Session 2, on “Tanker Operations in an Era of Change’, complemented the first session and looked at some of the technical solutions that can be used to respond to the core strategic environmental imperatives in an efficient and financially viable manner. It also explored some of the constraints that could be imposed both by the market conditions and legal and financial uncertainty. A wide ranging session featured presentations from Rajiv Agarwal, Managing Director and CEO of Essar Ports; Morten Lero, Managing Director, DNV Advisory; Jamil al Ali, Middle East Regional Commercial & Business Development Director, Bureau Veritas; June Manoharan, Managing Director, Lenol DMCC; Katherine Yakunchenkova; Regional Director, Middle East, Blue Ocean Maritime Management; Rajiv Sarin, Managing Director, Alfa Laval, OceanGlide Air Lubrication; Ian Chung, Partner, HFW; Chris Peters, Head of Sales and Purchasing, Montfort Investments; and Stam Achilles, Head of Business Development, Wartsila. One of the main conclusions of this group was that, not only is there no ‘one size fits all’ alternative fuel choice, but there are a range of technology retrofit options that could play a key role in coming years. Consequently there is likely to be a broad divergence according to vessel type, size and trade lane, with high newbuilding prices for tankers and scarce shipyard capacity becoming increasingly important influences.

The final session on support services proved highly engaging with speakers from the worlds of ship registry, digitalisation, surveying and training highlighting the important role their respective sectors can and will play in meeting the evolving needs of tanker shipping. Moderated by Ali Shehab, Global Director of Special Projects and Services, DNV, panelists included Capt. Amarjit Kauchur, Vice President Middle East/Regional Director, International Registries, Dubai; Meera Kumar, President and CEO of Diablo Global; Frederick Haentjens, COO, TankSkills; Cris Partridge, Managing Director, Myrcator Marine & Cargo Services; and Nikeel Idani, Honorary Secretary, IMarEST, UAE Branch.

A similarly experienced, high quality and knowledgeable panel of speakers is being assembled for the TMS Tanker Conference 2024. The aim is to build further on its established track record for being the best specialist event focussing on this sector of the shipping business anywhere in the world.


Mr. Simon Bonnett

Chief Maritime Officer, IRI

Mr. Nikos Michas

Global Tanker Segment Director, Lloyd’s Register

Mr. Ian Edwards

Area Manager for Middle East and Africa, DNV

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