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TMS TANKER CONFERENCE SESSION HIGHLIGHTS ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES FACING TANKER SHIPPING

The seventh annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference takes place on 16th November at the Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai. A stimulating and thought-provoking program is rapidly taking shape that reflects the extraordinary circumstances facing tanker shipping after two years of pandemic, and now unprecedented geo-political shockwaves.

In addition, tanker operators face the ongoing challenge of gearing their fleets to meet tough new environmental regulations and the drive to decarbonise operations. This will be the focus on an exciting Session 2, with the theme of “Tanker Shipping Facing up to Environmental Challenges.”

Clive Woodbridge, Conference Editor, says, “Tanker shipping is having to reassess all aspects of its operations and the technology deployed on its vessels to meet challenging new environmental targets. The journey to carbon neutral will be challenging, but opens up a host of opportunities, which is why we have placed this topic so high on this year’s agenda.”

Topics proposed for inclusion in this session include a discussion about EEXI and CII regulations and their impact on tanker shipping; dual fuel operations; LNG fuel retrofits; the role of classification societies and flag stages in keeping tanker environmentally compliant; and developing environmentally friendly fuel bunker networks.

To date speakers confirmed for Session 2, which will be chaired by Nijoe Joseph of Stephenson Harwood, include: Pawan Sahni, Business Development Director, Middle East and Africa, DNV; Simon Bonnett, Chief Maritime Officer, International Registries (UK) Limited; Anders Ostergaard, Group CEO, Monjasa; Chris Peters, CEO, Tristar Maritime Logistics; Rajeev Agarwal, CEO & MD, Essar Ports; Emad AlHumam, Senior Vice President Corporate services, International Maritime Industries; Franck J Kayser, COO, Asyad Shipping Company; and Amir Mosadeghi, CEO, Islamic P&I Club.

Clive adds, “There are a host of key issues that tanker owners and operators need to address in the environmental compliance space. Matching services to the evolving needs of the tanker shipping business in this context will be a key challenge and this session will give some important pointers as to the way forward.”

For more information about the conference and how to register please go to: www.tmstankerconference.com

TMS TANKER CONFERENCE – OPENING SESSION FOCUSES ON TANKER SHIPPING POST-PANDEMIC

The seventh annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference takes place on 16th November at the Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai. A stimulating and thought-provoking program is rapidly taking shape that reflects the fact that this is a pivotal time for the tanker sector, as it not only emerges from the pandemic, but as other geopolitical challenges arise with uncertain consequences.

Many aspects of the business have been changed forever by two years of lockdowns and disruption to economic activity and trade. Now the world is wrestling with the impact of the conflict in Ukraine and what that means for the global economy as well as the specific patterns of oil and gas trades. In addition, tanker operators face the ongoing challenge of gearing their fleets to meet tough new environmental regulations in force now and in decades to come, and the drive to decarbonise operations.

One of the highlights of the TMS Tanker Conference is sure to be the opening Session 1 which has the theme ‘Tanker trades – recalibrating after the pandemic.’ Clive Woodbridge, Conference Editor, says, “The first main session in the morning sets the tone for what is going to be a really informative and energising day. After two difficult years caused by economic and trade upheavals during the pandemic, there remains a lot of uncertainty about the short and longer term outlook for tankers. We have been able to gather together a really top class set of speakers for the opening session who will get proceedings off to a strong, thought-provoking start with a series of presentations certain to trigger plenty of discussion and debate.”

Assessing the likely supply and demand balance will be a key task for Session 1 panellists, who will also assess changes to regional oil and petrochemical trade flows as well as likely tanker fleet growth projections. Other topics in this session include the effects of climate change actions on tanker shipping; the importance of scrapping older tonnage; the impact of digitalisation and the specific prospects of the gas carrier trades. Speakers will look at markets both from a global perspective and also at the specific characteristics of the Middle East and Subcontinent trades.

To date speakers confirmed for the main Session 1 include: Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO ADNOC Logistics & Services; Dr Ibrahim Al Nadhairi, CEO of ASYAD Shipping and Drydock Services; Esam Khoori, Executive Director, Container Terminals, DP World UAE; Capt. Ammar Al Shaiba, Acting CEO – Maritime Cluster and Safeen Group, AD Ports; Nikos Michas, Global Tanker Segment Director, Lloyd’s Register; Petros Doukas, Mayor of Sparta, President of Capital Partners and former Deputy Minister of finance & foreign affairs, Greece; Navin Kumar, Director Maritime Research, Drewry Shipping Consultants.

Clive adds, “We have speakers who can provide a macro economic background, and who can analyse in detail the key market trends, as well as executives at the front line in the ports, shipping and shipyard business sectors who can present a real-life assessment of how the market is evolving post-pandemic.

For more information about the conference and how to register please go to: www.tmstankerconference.com

TOP QUALITY SPEAKERS LINED UP FOR TMS TANKER CONFERENCE

A host of top quality speakers have been lined up for the seventh annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference, which this year takes place on 16th November at the Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai. Confirmed speakers include executives from leading tanker operators, finance companies, ports and terminals, classification societies and both technical and operational service providers based not only across the region but globally as well.

Conference Chairman & Editor, Clive Woodbridge, says, “The tanker market is beset with great uncertainty and fears of sustained volatility at the present time. The speakers we have been fortunate enough to secure will shine a light on this complex and hazy market scenario and will as a result bring greater clarity to those attending as to future prospects.”

Proceedings will start with keynote addresses and will be followed by the highlight speakers in Session 1. Those confirmed for this all-important session, which will set the tone for proceedings, include Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO of ADNOC L&S; Dr Ibrahim Al Nadhairi, CEO of ASYAD Shipping and Drydock Services; Mr Esam Khoori, Executive Director, Container Terminals, DP World UAE; Capt. Ammar Al Shaiba, CEO, Maritime Cluster & SAFEEN Group, AD Ports Group; Nikos Michas, Global Tanker Segment Director, Lloyd’s Register; Petros Doukas, Mayor of Sparta and President, Capital Partners; Navin Kumar, Director, Maritime Research, Drewry Shipping Consultants.

Thereafter, confirmed speakers for Session 2 will be chaired by Nijoe Joseph of Stephenson Harwood and will feature Pawan Sahni, Business Development Director, Middle East and Africa, DNV; Simon Bonnett, Chief Maritime Officer, IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry; Anders Ostergaard, Group CEO, Monjasa; Chris Peters, CEO, Tristar Maritime Logistics; Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & MD, Essar Ports; Emad AlHumam, Senior Vice President- Corporate Services; Franck J Kayser, COO, ASYAD Shipping and Amir Mosadeghi, CEO, Islamic P&I club.

Other confirmed speakers in the afternoon session, which is sure to keep attendees engaged right to the end of the conference, which will be chaired by Ali Shehab of DNV, include Meera Kumar, President and CEO of Diabos Global; Katherine Yakunchenkova, General Manager, Al Safina Security; Jamil Al Ali, Head of Regional Commercial & Business Development for the Middle East Region, Bureau Veritas; Vijay Kamath, Head of Southeast Asia, South Asia and Middle East, Transport Capital; Vishavdeep Gautam, CEO, Fast Freight; and Ramee Rashid, Director, Seamaster Maritime.

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TMS TANKER CONFERENCE SET TO RETURN TO THE ATLANTIS

The Maritime Standard is pleased to confirm that the seventh annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will take place on Wednesday 16th November 2022. The conference will, as last year, be an in-person event and will be held at the iconic Atlantis Hotel, where it was successfully staged a number of times pre-pandemic. The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference is also the only event of its type that has continued to be held face to face throughout the pandemic, supporting the industry during difficult times.

Trevor Pereira, Managing Director, The Maritime Standard, says, “It will be great to be back at The Atlantis which is such a fantastic venue. The night before, the Ballroom will be packed with executives from across the shipping industry, but in particular leaders of all the region’s leading tanker owners and operators will be present. As in previous years, having these two stand-out events back to back in the same location makes sure we attract the key decision makers in this sector, making the conference a unique, must attend occasion for anyone connected with tanker shipping.”

This year the theme of the conference will be “Reshaping the market – tanker shipping post-pandemic”, reflecting the importance of recognising the significant challenges that still exist as a result of the impact of Covid and the long lasting effects it will have on so many aspects of this business.

Tanker shipping is going through a period of high uncertainty and volatility as world economies battle to recover from two years of stress and strain caused by lockdowns and associated supply chain disruptions. The ongoing conflict in Ukraine, continued Covid-related economic slowdowns in major economies, as well as changing structural shifts in energy use to meet climate change targets, makes the future of the tanker shipping business hard to predict with confidence.

Despite current uncertainties, many analysts still believe recovery is in reach as market fundamentals rebalance. There are reasons to be positive on several fronts. The acceleration of digitalisation and big data offers the opportunity to significantly lower operational costs for tanker shipping, while the use of alternative fuels and environmental technology is gathering momentum. The safety, security and health of crew has also risen up the agenda and will stay there. All of these are topics that will be covered at the conference alongside the central themes of market rebalancing and meeting environmental climate change regulations and targets.The 2022 Conference will focus on key short- and long-term commercial and technology trends in the crude, products, chemicals and gas tanker markets. Attendees will get the chance to hear from leading figures in the tanker business presenting their assessments of the key issues. As well as topics relating to tanker ship owning and operating, the event will also look at related support sectors, such as classification, bunker supply, law, ship agency and supplies, ship technology, logistics and terminal handling and storage. Clive Woodbridge, Conference editor, says, “The TMS Tanker Conference 2022 is vitally important for all companies active in, and providing products and services to, this important sector of the shipping industry. Our aim is to create a forum for informed dialogue and discussion about what the future holds and to support the market as it strives for sustained, and environmentally sustainable, rebalancing and growth in the wake of the pandemic.”

An impressive list of sponsors have to date also confirmed their backing for the event, they are: Abu Dhabi Ports; ADNOC Logistics & Services; ASCA Maritime; ASYAD Shipping and Drydock Services; DP World UAE Region; DNV; Fastfreight DMCC; International Shipping & Logistics; Saifee Ship Spare Parts & Chandlers; JOME Engineering;

Details of conference sessions, keynote speakers and panellists will be released in coming weeks. For more information go to https://www.tmstankerconference.com

Topical TMS Tanker Shipping Conference highlights climate change contribution

The Maritime Standard recently held its most successful Tanker Conference yet, as over 200 delegates registered to attend in person at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Tuesday 23rd November. In addition, the event, the sixth in the series, attracted a high number of guests who logged in online, with TMS building on the success of its trailblazing hybrid conference held despite the pandemic in November 2020.

Conference editor, Clive Woodbridge, said: “This conference is vitally important given the strategic significance of the tanker trades in this region. Moreover, it took place at a crucial time for the sector, as it faces up to a whole host of commercial, operational, environmental and human challenges, and this made it hugely topical and relevant.”

This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Ibrahim Al Nadhairi of ASYAD Shipping & Drydocks, who set the scene perfectly, highlighting the main strategic challenges confronting the tanker shipping business. Climate change was a particular priority for Dr. Al Nadhairi, as it was for many speakers throughout the day, and he urged owners to embrace the challenge of hitting a zero emissions target by 2050. “This is one of the most important game changers for the shipping industry,” he said. “And it will provide a great opportunity for additional value creation, through the necessary upgrades and investments in tanker fleets.”

The overall theme of this year’s conference was, ‘Charting a course back to market stability, reflecting the need for policies to build the sector back to commercial health after 18 months of unprecedented volatility. The opening session, moderated by industry veteran, Ali Shehab, assessed the short-, medium- and longer-term outlook for the tanker trades and what needs to happen to create a sound platform for recovery. The audience heard from several experienced and influential business leaders, including Captain Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO, ADNOC Logistics & Services; Mrs. HK Joshi, Chairperson and Managing Director of the Shipping Corporation of India; Captain Saif Almheiri, Managing Director Abu Dhabi Maritime; Captain Rado Antolovic, CEO, Drydocks World Dubai; Shehab Al Rahma Manager – Oil Terminals, DP World UAE; Panos Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Manager, LR; and Navin Kumar, Director, Drewry Maritime Research.

Captain Abdulkareem lead the way with a well-researched and comprehensive presentation, which struck an optimistic and positive note, pointing out that demand levels are now back to pre-covid levels and increased scrapping is helping to restrict the supply of vessels, boosting tanker earnings in 2022. He was followed by Mrs. Joshi, who described the regional tanker market scenario, the disruption caused by the pandemic, and recent recovery as well as an informed assessment of the way forward. Panos Mitrou provided an invaluable update on the use of LNG as fuel, future prospects, and risks, while Navin Kumar set out the outlook for LNG and LPG tankers and how this sector is adapting to the changes required by IMO 2030 regulations.

The importance of support services for the tanker segment was tackled in the second session by a panel of speakers coming from a broad spectrum of activities within the business. Moderated by Andrew Baird, a partner at WFW, speakers included Ian Edwards, Area Manager, Middle East & Africa, DNV; Saleem Kadernani, Vice President, Commercial for the Middle East, South Asia & Africa Region, Inchcape Shipping Services; Chris Peters. CEO, Emirates Ship Investment Company; Jonathan Hudson, Market Leader, Tanker owners and adjacent stakeholders, Bureau Veritas; Prof. Mustafa Amin Massad, Founder and President, Jordan Academy for Maritime Studies; and Petros Doukas, Mayor, Sparta & Former Deputy Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs, Greece.

Ian Edwards described the tectonic shifts that have taken place in the market and in particular the changes in regulation and digitalisation which are propelling tanker shipping to a cleaner and more connected future. Saleem Kadernani discussed the vexed issue of crew changes in the pandemic and proposed some interesting solutions, while Jonathan Hudson underlined how class can support tanker shipping in the digital age. Professor Massad underscored the importance of education and training and suggested that even when the battle with covid is over, distance learning courses would continue to be a highly effect means of delivering maritime education and training, while Petros Doukas rounded off the session with a rousing presentation that put tanker shipping in its macroeconomic and geopolitical context.

The tanker industry has a pressing need to harness new ideas and fresh technology to meet its environmental and commercial goals and the third session focussed how initiatives and innovations might shape the tanker business of the future. Expertly moderated by Jesper Kjaedegaard from Marcura Group, speakers in this session included June Manoharan, Director, Lukoil Marine Lubricants; Amit Singh, Sales Director, Gulf Oil Marine Limited; Morten Langthjem, Managing Director- Dubai, Glander International Bunkering; Capt. Zarir Irani, Managing Director, Constellation Marine Services; Ramee Rashid, Director, Seamaster Maritime; and Manuel Calzada, Director, International Business Development, JMP Ingenieros-Drone Hopper.

June Manoharan shared Lukoil’s experience with lubricants on vessels operating on VLSO, illustrating this with two fascinating case studies, and Amit Singh charted his company’s product development journey for the new CAT II 40BN cylinder oil over the past year, leading to successful trials and no objection letter support in recent weeks. Capt. Zarir Irani focussed on the topical subject of cybercrime and pointed out that cyber-attacks on shipping had jumped 300%, showing the industry remains vulnerable due to inadequate cyber awareness.

Reflecting on the positive impact of this year’s Tanker Conference, TMS Managing Director, Trevor Pereira, added, “It was great to have a packed house and to see so much interaction with, and appreciation of our high-quality speakers and presentations. With COP26 fresh in everyone’s minds, tanker shipping’s contribution to reducing climate change pressures was inevitably a key theme and the willingness of the industry to embrace change to achieve tough carbon emissions targets was encouraging.”

TMS Tanker Shipping Conference Session 1: Assessing the short and long term picture

15th September 2021, Dubai, UAE: The sixth annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference takes place on 23 November in person at the Dubai World Trade Centre, and one of the highlights of the programme is sure to be the opening Session 1, which has the theme ‘Tanker trades – assessing the short and long term picture.’

Clive Woodbridge, Conference Editor, says, “The opening part of the Conference sets the tone for what is going to be a really informative and stimulating day. There is a lot of uncertainty about the immediate and longer term outlook for tankers and the top quality speakers we have lined up for this session will get proceedings off to a high tempo start.”

Kicking off the initial session, conference attendees will hear a keynote speech by Dr Ibrahim Al Nadhairi, CEO of ASYAD Shipping and Drydock Services. This presentation will provide a unique perspective on tanker markets, as the company is both a leading tanker operator and a provider of drydocking services. Clive says, “We are delighted and very fortunate to have someone of Dr Ibrahim’s calibre and experience to be our keynote speaker this year. I am sure his observations on overarching market trends will be of great interest.”

Moving onto the main part of Session 1, panellists will reflect on recent changes to regional oil and petrochemical trade flows, future market prospects as well as tanker fleet growth projections. Speakers will look at markets both from a global perspective and also at the specific characteristics of the Middle East and Subcontinent trades.

Shipowner executives confirmed to speak in Session 1 include Captain Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO of ADNOC Logistics & Services, and Mrs H.K Joshi, Chairperson and Managing Director of the Shipping Corporation of India. They will assess likely tanker shipping trends over the short and longer terms, and how their companies are adjusting priorities, plans and strategies to reflect these trends. This will include initiatives underway to strengthen their respective tanker fleets.

The ports and terminals perspective will be provided by DP World’s Captain Nasser Sabt, Director of Marine at Jebel Ali Port, and Captain Maktoum Al Houqani, Chief Corporate Authority Officer, Abu Dhabi Ports. They will reflect on the liquid bulk trade patterns that the two leading UAE ports are seeing and their plans to facilitate tanker trade growth over the coming years.

Leading the biggest tanker repair yard in the region, Captain Rado Antolovic, Chief Executive of Drydocks World, will describe demand scenarios for repair and upgrade services from the sector, and will highlight the master plan the yard is preparing to ensure it can continue to provide high levels of service to tanker owners and operators as their requirements evolve.

Session 1 will also include a presentation by Andy McKeran, Business Director, Maritime Performance Services, Lloyds Register, who will describe some of the ways that the leading classification society is helping tanker shipping companies improve their operational efficiency. In addition, Navin Kumar, Director, Maritime Research at Drewry Shipping Consultants, will draw on his deep interest in cost modelling for shipping and what is described as a “natural affinity for number crunching” to present an overarching review of prospects for all tanker shipping sectors.

Clive, who will chair Session 1, adds, “Many market analysts believe that short term pain will give way to significant longer term gains as the market fundamentals rebalance. Ultimately it seems there is no reason why the rest of the 2020s should not be years of growth for those active in tanker shipping and I expect that speakers in this first session will underscore the opportunities that exist in the short, medium and long term, while not downplaying the very real challenges.”

For more information about the conference and how to register please go to: https://tmstankerconference.com/

Tanker Shipping Conference returns to World Trade Centre Dubai

The Maritime Standard, the Dubai-based specialist events organiser and publisher, has announced that the sixth edition of the popular TMS Tanker Conference series will take place in Dubai on November 23rd, 2021. It will return to Dubai’s World Trade Centre where last year’s ‘hybrid’ event, seamlessly blending participation both in person and virtually online, offered up an exciting and fresh format, creating innovative, but safe, opportunities for engagement and participation.

Trevor Pereira, Managing Director of The Maritime Standard, says, “Last year we were the only company able to hold a maritime conference in person, with 150 people in the ballroom and another 100 online, and we plan to build on that positive experience again in 2021. As the only tanker trade event that took place physically in 2020 it undoubtedly helped sustain the momentum of the market and we believe it will do so again. There is a clear sentiment as we recover from the depths of the pandemic that people want to go back to face to face meetings and this event will certainly be the one for people in the tanker shipping business to attend and meet up with friends and clients as they did in the past.”

The conference programme that is being put together will feature three separate sessions packed with top quality and influential leaders from the regional and global tanker business and support sectors. The event will take stock of the effects of the global pandemic and assess likely trends in the crude oil chemicals, and products trades. It will also spotlight the key operational, technical, and environmental issues facing the tanker shipping business and possible solutions. The Conference will further look at new technology developments, including digitalisation, regulatory factors, and the development of support services, amongst other topics.

Top quality presentations from leading figures in the tanker shipping business will give participants a privileged insight into what the future holds for the regional tanker trades as well as a global perspective. TMS is putting together an informative, thought-provoking and insightful programme that will draw on the expertise of industry leaders who will lead inclusive discussion and debate. Further details of the programme will be released in the near future. To keep updated go to: https://tmstankerconference.com/

TMS Tanker Conference programme to focus on return to market stability

The sixth annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference, which takes place on 23 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre, will adopt the theme Tanker shipping: Charting a course back to market stability. This year’s event is being held following something of a roller coaster ride for the tanker shipping business over the past 18 months or so, with unexpected highs followed by lengthy periods of extreme difficulty in many markets.

Clive Woodbridge, Conference Chairman and Editor of The Maritime Standard, says, “The impact of coronavirus and the knock-on effects on the global economy, as well as ongoing political and trade tensions, has made tanker shipping markets very volatile and difficult to predict. Nonetheless, there seems no reason why the tanker shipping business should not quickly return to stability early in 2022 and the aim of the TMS Tanker Conference will be to explore ways of achieving and preparing for that goal.”

While the pandemic, and its associated economic impact, represents perhaps the dominant challenge facing the tanker shipping segment, there are other issues too. The global battle against climate change has ushered in new rules and regulations which will continue to impact tanker shipping, while the acceleration of digitalisation offers significant new opportunities. The safety, security and health of crew has risen up the agenda, and cybercrime is another topic of growing concern.

All of these and more will be covered in the programme which will have three main sessions. Session 1 in the morning will assess the short and long term prospects for the tanker shipping business; Session 2 in the afternoon will highlight the importance of support businesses and services for tanker trade growth and development; while the final Session 3 will look at how the business can harness new technology and fresh ideas to shape the future course of the tanker shipping business.

Clive adds, “After a period of extreme volatility the emphasis now is on how to bring the market back first to stability, and then growth, so decisions taken now could have hugely important and enduring effects. Attendees at this year’s Conference will get a unique and privileged insight into the thinking and strategies of influential executives and key companies in this sector, and as a result will leave better placed to take decisions that will facilitate business recovery and growth within their organisations.”

For more information about the conference and how to register please go to: https://tmstankerconference.com/

TMS Tanker Conference speakers shine spotlight on support infrastructure and services

Dubai, UAE: The fourth annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference, which is taking place on Tuesday 22nd October at The Atlantis, the Palm, in Dubai, has assembled a high-quality cast of speakers and panelists. Nowhere is this more evident than in Session 2, which looks at the need to invest in, and adapt, support infrastructure and services to ensure market success.

Speakers confirmed for this part of the conference include Anders Østergaard, Group CEO of Monjasa; Capt. Mohammed Al Ali, Senior Vice President Ship Management, ADNOC L&S; Capt. Rado Antolovic, CEO and Managing Director of DP World’s Maritime Services Division; Rajiv Agarwal, CEO and Managing Director of Essar Ports; Said Al Maawali, CEO of Oman Drydock Company and Eng. Waleed Altamimi, General Manager, Tasneef.

Speakers will assess the role of classification and other technical services in supporting the growth of tanker shipping activities in the region. The investments in tanker repair, maintenance and conversion services required will feature as will an assessment of the types and sizes of tanker that will be ordered over the next few years and the impact of this spending on market fundamentals. Bunker demand and in particular the impact of scrubbers, and low sulphur fuel availability, on tanker shipping requirements, will be a key topic in this session, along with a discussion around ship management and chartering tools. Port facilities, and the requirement for investment in both ship-to-shore and storage facilities, will be covered in this session as well.

Aimed at influential decision makers and opinion formers in the tanker shipping and related business sectors, the one-day Conference will highlight regional and global trends in the crude, products and chemicals trades. This year there will also be coverage of several new areas, including the bunker trades and petrochemical markets. The majority of the leading owners and operators in the regional tanker trades will be present in the audience with over 300 delegates expected to attend.

Clive Woodbridge, conference editor, says, “We are delighted to have such a top quality panel of speakers in this session. They are all renowned experts in their specific sphere of operations with collectively many decades of experience in the business.”

Registration for the conference is now open. Sponsorship opportunities in connection with the event are also available. For more information, please call +971 4 380 5556 or visit the website: https://tmstankerconference.com/

Opening speakers to set the standard for TMS Tanker Conference

Dubai, UAE: The fourth annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference, which is taking place on Tuesday 22nd October at The Atlantis, the Palm, in Dubai, will be notable for the quality and status of the speakers right from the outset.

Keynote speakers, as well as speakers for the opening first session in the morning, have now been confirmed. These presentations will set the standard for what promises to be an enlightening day of discussion and debate around the future of the tanker shipping business.

The conference will get underway by hearing from two keynote speakers, Captain Abdulkareem Al Masabi, Chief Executive of ADNOC Logistics and Services, and Abdulla Bin Damithan, Chief Commercial Officer of DP World. Captain Abdulkareem will focus on some of the key issues facing shipowners in the tanker sector and how the integration of such operations with other logistics and service functions can add value across the supply chain. Bin Damithan’s keynote will include a review of the petrochemical trades and how servicing this business is a core component of the UAE maritime cluster.

Session 1 will sustain the quality of the event and will concentrate on how tanker owners and operators can best adapt to fast moving market conditions. Speakers confirmed for this part of the conference include Ali Shehab, acting Chief Executive of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC); Michael Jorgensen, Chief Financial Officer and Acting CEO of Oman Shipping Company, and Captain Anoop Kumar Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director, Shipping Corporation of India. These speakers will reflect on the opportunities, and challenges shaping regional trade prospects in the Middle East region in the short and medium term, and how tanker service providers can help support national economic strategies. As well as crude oil tanker operations, there will be an assessment of prospects for the product and chemical tanker sectors, the impact of Indian economic growth for the regional tanker market and how tanker shipping can efficiently transition to a carbon neutral future.

Aimed at influential decision makers and opinion formers in the tanker shipping and related business sectors, the one-day Conference will highlight regional and global trends in the crude, products and chemicals trades. This year there will also be coverage of several new areas, including the bunker trades and petrochemical markets. The majority of the leading owners and operators in the regional tanker trades will be present in the audience with over 300 delegates expected to attend.

Clive Woodbridge, conference editor, says, “We are delighted to have such a prestigious, elite panel of speakers in these first two sessions. Each of them are high status leaders in their fields. They will I am sure provide unique insights into the issues facing tanker shipping today and will help delegates gain a clearer picture as to what the future holds.”

Registration for the conference is now open. Sponsorship opportunities in connection with the event are also available. For more information, please call +971 4 380 5556 or visit the website: https://tmstankerconference.com/

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