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TMS Tanker conference highlights challenges ahead on the road to industry decarbonisation

Opening the conference, TMS Editor, Clive Woodbridge, said, “The primary focus of the conference this year is the drive to meet tough new climate change targets, and recently implemented environmental regulations, and this will be a ‘golden thread’ running through all our discussions. Not so long ago EEXI and CII were just letters in the alphabet; now they are firmly established parts of the shipping industry vocabulary. Tanker shipping is in many respects leading the way in embracing new ideas and concepts in response to the strategic imperative of tackling climate change, as well as the new regulatory context, and this conference will shine a light on that reality.”

The opening session, on “Setting Green Shipping Strategy – Policy Choices for the Tanker Sector” was preceded by a keynote speech from Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO of ADNOC Logistics and Services, 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 Dr Ibrahim Al Nadhairi, CEO, ASYAD Shipping and Drydocks; 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, The 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 Maritime 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 Kauchhur, Vice President Middle East/Regional Director, International Registries (U.K) Limited – Dubai Branch; 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.

Clive Woodbridge concluded: “This was a perfectly timed conference as there is no doubt that environmental issues have risen right to the top of the corporate agendas of tanker shipping owners and operators, with charterers also having a growing influence. Fuel and technology choices will be critical and if the conference did not have all the answers, at least attendees will have left with a much better understanding of the questions that need to be asked.” trades.

More info action about the TMS Tanker Conference, the programme and how to register to attend can be found by going to: www.tmstankerconference.com

Green shipping strategies feature in TMS Tanker Conference opening session

3rd August 2023, Dubai, UAE: The eighth annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference, which takes place on Wednesday 8th November at the Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai, will feature a stimulating and thought-provoking program that will this year focus heavily on issues around environmental protection and sustainability.

The topic is high on the news agenda, following the historic IMO MEPC meeting in London last month, which agreed to accelerate moves towards decarbonising shipping and maritime. As a result   this is a pivotal time for the tanker sector, as it not only faces up to the impact of geopolitical challenges with uncertain consequences, but it has to implement measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

One of the highlights of the TMS Tanker Conference is sure to be the opening Session 1, which has the theme ‘Setting green shipping strategy – policy choices  for the tanker sector in uncertain markets.’  Clive Woodbridge, Conference Editor, says, “The first session  inevitably sets the tone  and direction for the conference as a whole and this one will feature some really high level speakers in the industry. People will want to hear how they are grappling with the strategic  challenges of moving to net zero and I fully expect the presentations in this session  will trigger plenty of discussion and debate, and create learning opportunities that attendees will take away with them into their day jobs.”

These speakers will give their assessments of the environmental challenges and opportunities presented to the tanker shipping business, against a backdrop of volatile market trends in the crude, chemical and product tanker trades, as well as the gas carrier segment.

A wide range of topics are proposed to be covered by the keynote speakers in this session. This will include discussions as to how best to meet challenging IMO and other environmental targets; alternative fuels; the impact of CII and EEXI; and the role of ship managers in charting a course to net zero. There will also be presentations on green ship recycling, what to look for at the COP28 conference in Dubai later this year from a tanker perspective, and the contribution of classification societies.

Additionally, speakers will look at key trends shaping demand in the tanker market both in the short and long term, and hot topics such as the shortage of newbuilding activity and the importance of port and landside infrastructure projects will feature. There will also be a look at the value of end-to-end logistics strategies in the liquid bulk trades.

More info action about the TMS Tanker Conference, the programme and how to register to attend can be found by going to: www.tmstankerconference.com

TMS Tanker Conference programme taking shape

17th July 2023, Dubai, UAE: Work is well underway on the programme for the TMS Tanker Conference 2023 which takes place on 8th November at the Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai. The event, due to be attended by all the region’s leading tanker owners and operators, will feature an exciting and high profile range of speakers and panellists that will be announced shortly.

This year the primary focus of the three conference sessions will be on environmental protection and sustainability, assessing how tanker shipping can take a lead in achieving demanding greenhouse gas reduction targets. This is reflected in the overall theme for this year’s event, “Net zero – tanker shipping setting the global decarbonisation agenda,” which is particularly appropriate given the fact that the UAE will be hosting the COP28 Climate Conference later this year. The conference will, for example, assess the regulatory impact of environmental regulations like CII and EEXI and the race to develop alternative fuels, including LNG, methanol, ammonia and wind power.

Additionally, the TMS Tanker Conference will highlight some of the key underlying trends impacting the operation of tankers, in the crude oil, product, chemical and gas sector. Other key topics such as digitalisation, safety and security, support services, vessel technology and shiprepair and maintenance will also feature prominently.

Session 1 of the TMS tanker Conference in the morning of November 8th will have the theme of “Setting green shipping strategy – policy choices for the tanker sector in uncertain markets.” High level speakers will give their assessments of the environmental challenges and opportunities presented to the tanker shipping business, against a backdrop of volatile market trends in the crude, chemical and product tanker trades, as well as the gas carrier segment.

After lunch, Session 2 will cover “Tanker operations in an era of change” and this will focus on key operational issues facing tanker shipowners and operators, and the solutions available to them, both as a result of environmental regulatory changes, but also technology advances in areas such as digitalisation and AI. The final Session 3 will look at “Support services stepping up” and will feature speakers from a range of business sectors, including shiprepair, maritime insurance, law, bunker supply and classification societies, assessing how support services are enhancing their offerings to meet the emerging needs of the tanker shipping segment.

The event will end with networking cocktails and a chance to exchange ideas with conference participants. For more information about the programme and how to attend, please go to: www.tmstankerconference.com

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Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi

Dr. Ibrahim Al Nadhairi

Shehab Al Rahma

Emile Hoogsteden

Mark Darley

Capt. BK Tyagi

Stephen Kunzer

Rajiv Agarwal

Morten Lerø

Jamil Al Ali

June Manoharan

Katherine Yakunchenkova

Rajiv Sarin

Ian Chung

Chris Peters

Stam Achillas

Capt. Amarjit Kauchhur

Meera Kumar

Frederik Haentjens

Cris Partridge

Christos G Papanicolaou

Nikeel Idnani


Panel Discussion Session 1

Panel Discussion Session 2

Panel Discussion Session 3

TMS TANKER CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Emile Hoogsteden

Chris Peters

Stam Achillas

Capt. BK Tyagi

Shehab Al Rahma

Dr. Ibrahim Al Nadhairi

Ananda Senanayake

June Manhoharan

Meena Kumar

Anastasia Kuzmenko

Hisham Allan Ali

Hesham Moustafa

Stephen Kunzer

Katherine Yakunchenkova

Jamil Al Ali

Frederik Haentjens

Nikeel Idnani

Rajiv Sarin

Christos G Papanicolaou

Morten Lerø


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