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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/

Speakers confirmed for TMS Tanker Conference 2019

16th June 2019; Dubai, UAE: Preparations for The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference, which takes place in Dubai, at The Atlantis, the Palm, on Tuesday October 22nd this year, are rapidly gathering momentum. A top-class line-up of speakers and panellists has been confirmed, ensuring the event will fully live up to the reputation for quality built up over the past three years.

The theme of this year’s Conference is ‘Opening Up New Horizons’, reflecting the cautious optimism that now exists within the tanker industry. Conference editor, Clive Woodbridge, says, “While there are for sure some significant challenges presented by the volatile politico-economic context, market fundamentals appear more positive than they have for some time. This is creating opportunities for fleet growth and trade development in the tanker shipping business, which the event aims to explore and highlight.”

Proceedings will commence in the morning of October 22nd with two keynote speeches, by Captain Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO of ADNOC Logistics and Services, and Abdulla Bin Damithan, CCO of DP World UAE Region. These two eminent maritime executives will set the scene, giving their unique perspective on trends and trade patterns in the oil, products and petrochemicals trades in the region.

Adapting to fast moving market conditions will be the theme of Session 1 which will follow that. Speakers confirmed to date include Captain Anoop Kumar Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director of The Shipping Corporation of India; Ali Shehab, Acting CEO of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company and Michael Jorgensen CFO, and acting CEO of Oman Shipping Company.

The importance to the tanker shipping sector of the development of support infrastructure and services in the region will be addressed in Session 2 in the afternoon. Speakers for this session include Capt. Mohammed Al Ali, Senior Vice President, Ship Management, ADNOC L&S; Rajiv Agarwal, CEO and Managing Director of Essar Ports; Capt. Rado Antolovic, CEO and Managing Director of DP World – Maritime Services Division; Said Al Mawali, CEO of Oman Drydock Company; Anders Ostergard, Group CEO, Monjasa and Eng. Waleed Al Tamimi, General Manager of Tasneef.

There are a number of notable technical, legal and regulatory challenges that the tanker market has to overcome if it is to achieve sustained growth over the next few years. The third and final session of the Conference will examine such issues, with confirmed speakers to date including Kirsty Cattanach, Senior Associate at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla; Rashid Isa Rishi Al Heddi, Group Managing Director at Seamaster Marine; Pawan Sahani, Business Development Manager, DNV GL; and Stephenson Harwood partner, Nijoe Joseph.

At the end of this session there will be a special networking drinks reception. This will offer a chance for speakers and attendees to discuss the key issues raised by proceedings in a more informal environment.

Registration for the conference is now open. Details about how to take part, and more information about the programme, can be found at: www.tmstankerconference.com

Speakers from The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference 2018

Editor’s Note:

The Maritime Standard (TMS), which is based in Dubai, publishes a regular e-newsletter aimed specifically at the shipping and maritime community. It is delivered fortnightly, on the 1st and 15th of every month, and provides accurate, up-to-date news about the market. Over the past few years the publication has built up the largest readership of any shipping-related online newsletter in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. It is also gaining popularity in other major shipping hubs, including Oslo, Hamburg, Singapore, London and Greece.

The newsletter includes news and analysis from the shipping and ports industries and related sectors in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. Topics that are covered include tanker shipping, container operations, dry and liquid bulk trades, ro-ro, and cruise shipping. In addition, there is up to date information about regional terminal operations; port development; classification; ship repair and conversion; shipbuilding; ship agency; finance and insurance; maritime law; and transportation & logistics. The newsletter, which celebrated the publication of its 100th edition in 2018, regularly carries exclusives, analysis and interviews with top executives, and there are plans to include a special section on recent and forthcoming events, the industry’s ‘movers and shakers’ and other personality-led news.

TMS publishes the very successful TMS UAE Yearbook. The third volume covering 2018/19 was launched in July last year and the 2019/20 edition is all set to be unveiled in June 2019 at NorShippinhg in Oslo. Around 5000 copies are printed and distributed worldwide and have a high profile at partner maritime events, such as Posidonia, SMM, Norshipping, Dubai International Boat Show, Offshore Arabia and many more. The UAE’s Federal Transport Authority also takes the Yearbook with them to the events that they take part in and host over the year, as well as having copies on display at its headquarter in Abu Dhabi.

Covering key developments across the country’s maritime sector, the annual publication aims to publicise the UAE’s achievements both locally and internationally, through in-depth articles, researched first hand. These cover all the major sectors of the shipping, ports and maritime industry in the UAE. The articles, on terminals, shipping companies, shipyards, maritime law firms, classification, regulators and inland transport firms, among others, have been well received by the industry as a year-round reference point. The Maritime Standard UAE Yearbook is a must-read publication for everyone interested in UAE maritime issues.

The not-to-be missed The Maritime Standard Awards recognise and celebrate success in the shipping, ports and related sectors across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. The sixth edition of TMS Awards will take place on Monday, 21st October 2019 at Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai.

These are the only Awards of their kind that represent all sectors within the maritime and shipping industries, a factor that has been evident since their inception. They are in particular the only Awards where all the major shipowners and operators from across the region are represented, something that TMS is extremely proud of.

The Awards are now firmly positioned as one of the world’s leading shipping and maritime Awards gala dinners and are the premier event of their kind in the region. All of the five events to date have been held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and have each attracted close to 700 of the region’s elite shipping and maritime professionals, as well as a number of leading figures from overseas. These guests have come from a variety of industry segments, ranging from ports and terminal operators to ship owners and managers. Top executives from the worlds of maritime law and finance, classification, ship building and repair and maritime education and training are also in attendance, creating unrivalled networking opportunities.

All of the events have had distinguished master of ceremonies. Past MCs have included Alastair Campbell, Ruud Gullit, Jim Clancy, Lara Dutta and Tim Wilcox. The 2019 event will be hosted by a personality of equivalent caliber.

The 2018 TMS Awards saw 20 general awards presented, in line with the recommendations of an elite, independent judging panel, as well as a number for special individual awards recognising the contributions made by high profile industry leaders and innovators. The Awards have set a benchmark within the industry and have become an eagerly anticipated meeting place for top executives from across the market, as well as an opportunity to reward and recognise achievement at the highest level. The fourth Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will be held on the 22nd October 2019 at the Taj Hotel, Dubai. Attendees will include key decision makers and opinion formers who will be able to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist, not just for ship owners and operators active in the tanker markets, but those delivering products and services to this sector of the shipping industry. The third TMS Tanker Conference took place on 16th October 2018 and was held for the first time at the Atlantis. The larger venue allowed for a record-breaking attendance of over 250 delegates. Presentations were given by many of the region’s leading tanker owners and operators, as well as experts in related fields. High level delegations from ADNOC Logistics & Services, Bahri, KOTC, Oman Shipping, E-Ships, Shipping Corporation of India, Emarat Maritime and other leading players were present which include Dubai Maritime City Authority, Saifee Trading Est, JOME Engineering, DP World, DNV GL, Maritime Strategies International, LUKOIL Marine Lubricants, Marlink, Department of Seaports & Customs, Sharjah, Essar Ports, Dubai Trading Agency Group, Dubai Maritime City, etc. The event for the first time also received support from the leading industry body Intertanko, with chairman Nikolas Tsakos giving a keynote presentation.

Website: https://www.tmsawards.com/

The fourth Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will be held on the 22nd October 2019 at the Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai. Attendees will include key decision makers and opinion formers who will be able to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist, not just for ship owners and operators active in the tanker markets, but those delivering products and services to this sector of the shipping industry. The third TMS Tanker Conference took place on 16th October 2018 and was held for the first time at the Atlantis. The larger venue allowed for a record-breaking attendance of over 250 delegates. Presentations were given by many of the region’s leading tanker owners and operators, as well as experts in related fields. High level delegations from ADNOC Logistics & Services, Bahri, KOTC, Oman Shipping, E-Ships, Shipping Corporation of India, Emarat Maritime and other leading players were present which include Dubai Maritime City Authority, Saifee Trading Est, JOME Engineering, DP World, DNV GL, Maritime Strategies International, LUKOIL Marine Lubricants, Marlink, Department of Seaports & Customs, Sharjah, Essar Ports, Dubai Trading Agency Group, Dubai Maritime City, etc. The event for the first time also received support from the leading industry body Intertanko, with chairman Nikolas Tsakos giving a keynote presentation.

Website: https://tmstankerconference.com/

The fifth The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference will be held on the 6th November 2019 at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. The Conference brings together experts from the fields of shipping, ports, banking, finance, trade and maritime law, among others, to discuss and debate the key issues and trends facing the shipping business, and trade, in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. The fourth TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference took place at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, on November 6th, 2018, building on the success of the previous three events. Speakers from various sectors shared their insights and knowledge through a series of presentations and panel discussions, illuminating the way forward. One of the highlights was a special ‘up close’ interview session with Hyperloop Transportation chairman, Bibop Gresta, and Sanjay Mehta who heads up S One Capital.

Website: https://www.tms-shipfinanceandtrade.com/

 

TMS Tanker Conference set to address the issues that matter

The fourth annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will take place on Tuesday 22nd October at the Atlantis hotel, the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. The event aims to build on the success of the first three events, which have helped raise the profile of the tanker shipping business, by providing a high-level forum at which to discuss the key issues that this sector of the shipping industry faces.

The 2019 event, which adds some new topics, including petrochemicals trading and bunker operations, will aim to raise the bar higher still. The Conference programme is rapidly taking shape and a number of top-level speakers have already confirmed their attendance.

The three sessions of the conference will assess how tanker operators can adapt to fast moving and volatile market conditions; the need to adapt support infrastructure and services to deliver market success; and how to overcome technical, legal and regulatory challenges to tanker trade development. Clive Woodbridge, conference editor, says, “We are excited about the quality of the keynote and session speakers that we will be announcing in the next few weeks and we are working hard to build a programme that will address all the key issues that matter. With all the region’s leading tanker owners and operators in the room, the Tanker Conference is an unrivalled opportunity to learn, to debate and to network.”

For more information about the Maritime Standard Tanker Conference go to https://tmstankerconference.com/conference-programme-2019. This gives details about how to register, including early bird discounts, and an outline of the conference. The programme will be updated regularly as speakers are confirmed.

TMS Tanker Conference date and location confirmed

Dubai, UAE: The Maritime Standard, the Dubai-based publisher and events organisers, has announced that the fourth annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will be held on Tuesday 22nd October at The Atlantis, the Palm, in Dubai. This follows a successful move to this high-quality venue last year, which facilitated a significant increase in attendance.

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 and a top-quality panel of speakers is being lined up.

Clive Woodbridge, conference editor, says, “Attending the event will give all participants an insight into the challenges and opportunities that exist within the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent tanker trades. The aim of the Conference is to ensure that participants get to focus on the opportunities for business growth and discuss how to overcome challenges and obstacles to successful tanker trade development.”

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: www.tmstankerconference.com

(from left to right) Ray Girvan, The Maritime Standard; Clive Woodbridge, The Maritime Standard; Roger Harfouch, Marlink; Petros Doukas, Former Deputy Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs, Greece; Eng. Ali Al Suwaidi, Dubai Maritime City; June Manoharan, Lukoil Marine Lubricants; Dr. Nikolas Tsakos, INTERTANKO; Ali Shehab, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company; Eng. Waleed Altamimi, Tasneef; Capt. Anoop Kumar Sharma, The Shipping Corporation of India; Tarik Al Junaidi, Oman Shipping Company; Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi, ADNOC Logistics & Services; Khamis Juma Buamim; Salem Al Zaabi, Federal Transport Authority-Land & Maritime; Ibrahim Fahmy, ADNOC Offshore; Chris Peters, Eships; Capt. David Stockley, Oman Shipping Company; Trevor Pereira, The Maritime Standard; Capt. Jitendra Misra, Emarat Maritime; Capt. Stephen Bligh, DNV GL; Gaurav Moolwaney, Standard Chartered; Tim Smith, Maritime Strategies International; Capt. Tony Fields, Lloyds Register; Peter Sahlén, Alfa Laval
Editor’s Note:

The Maritime Standard (TMS), which is based in Dubai, publishes a regular e-newsletter aimed specifically at the shipping and maritime community. It is delivered fortnightly, on the 1st and 15th of every month, and provides accurate, up-to-date news about the market. Over the past few years the publication has built up the largest readership of any shipping-related online newsletter in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. It is also gaining popularity in other major shipping hubs, including Oslo, Hamburg, Singapore, London and Greece.

The newsletter includes news and analysis from the shipping and ports industries and related sectors in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. Topics that are covered include tanker shipping, container operations, dry and liquid bulk trades, ro-ro, and cruise shipping. In addition, there is up to date information about regional terminal operations; port development; classification; ship repair and conversion; shipbuilding; ship agency; finance and insurance; maritime law; and transportation & logistics. The newsletter, which celebrated the publication of its 100th edition in 2018, regularly carries exclusives, analysis and interviews with top executives, and there are plans to include a special section on recent and forthcoming events, the industry’s ‘movers and shakers’ and other personality-led news.

TMS publishes the very successful TMS UAE Yearbook. The third volume covering 2018/19 was launched in July last year and the 2019/20 edition is all set to be unveiled in June 2019 at NorShippinhg in Oslo. Around 5000 copies are printed and distributed worldwide and have a high profile at partner maritime events, such as Posidonia, SMM, Norshipping, Dubai International Boat Show, Offshore Arabia and many more. The UAE’s Federal Transport Authority also takes the Yearbook with them to the events that they take part in and host over the year, as well as having copies on display at its headquarter in Abu Dhabi.

Covering key developments across the country’s maritime sector, the annual publication aims to publicise the UAE’s achievements both locally and internationally, through in-depth articles, researched first hand. These cover all the major sectors of the shipping, ports and maritime industry in the UAE. The articles, on terminals, shipping companies, shipyards, maritime law firms, classification, regulators and inland transport firms, among others, have been well received by the industry as a year-round reference point. The Maritime Standard UAE Yearbook is a must-read publication for everyone interested in UAE maritime issues.

The not-to-be missed The Maritime Standard Awards recognise and celebrate success in the shipping, ports and related sectors across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. The sixth edition of TMS Awards will take place on Monday, 21st October 2019 at Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai.

These are the only Awards of their kind that represent all sectors within the maritime and shipping industries, a factor that has been evident since their inception. They are in particular the only Awards where all the major shipowners and operators from across the region are represented, something that TMS is extremely proud of.

The Awards are now firmly positioned as one of the world’s leading shipping and maritime Awards gala dinners and are the premier event of their kind in the region. All of the five events to date have been held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and have each attracted close to 700 of the region’s elite shipping and maritime professionals, as well as a number of leading figures from overseas. These guests have come from a variety of industry segments, ranging from ports and terminal operators to ship owners and managers. Top executives from the worlds of maritime law and finance, classification, ship building and repair and maritime education and training are also in attendance, creating unrivalled networking opportunities.

All of the events have had distinguished master of ceremonies. Past MCs have included Alastair Campbell, Ruud Gullit, Jim Clancy, Lara Dutta and Tim Wilcox. The 2019 event will be hosted by a personality of equivalent caliber.

The 2018 TMS Awards saw 20 general awards presented, in line with the recommendations of an elite, independent judging panel, as well as a number for special individual awards recognising the contributions made by high profile industry leaders and innovators. The Awards have set a benchmark within the industry and have become an eagerly anticipated meeting place for top executives from across the market, as well as an opportunity to reward and recognise achievement at the highest level. The fourth Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will be held on the 22nd October 2019 at the Taj Hotel, Dubai. Attendees will include key decision makers and opinion formers who will be able to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist, not just for ship owners and operators active in the tanker markets, but those delivering products and services to this sector of the shipping industry. The third TMS Tanker Conference took place on 16th October 2018 and was held for the first time at the Atlantis. The larger venue allowed for a record-breaking attendance of over 250 delegates. Presentations were given by many of the region’s leading tanker owners and operators, as well as experts in related fields. High level delegations from ADNOC Logistics & Services, Bahri, KOTC, Oman Shipping, E-Ships, Shipping Corporation of India, Emarat Maritime and other leading players were present which include Dubai Maritime City Authority, Saifee Trading Est, JOME Engineering, DP World, DNV GL, Maritime Strategies International, LUKOIL Marine Lubricants, Marlink, Department of Seaports & Customs, Sharjah, Essar Ports, Dubai Trading Agency Group, Dubai Maritime City, etc. The event for the first time also received support from the leading industry body Intertanko, with chairman Nikolas Tsakos giving a keynote presentation.

Website: https://www.tmsawards.com/

The fourth Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will be held on the 22nd October 2019 at the Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai. Attendees will include key decision makers and opinion formers who will be able to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist, not just for ship owners and operators active in the tanker markets, but those delivering products and services to this sector of the shipping industry. The third TMS Tanker Conference took place on 16th October 2018 and was held for the first time at the Atlantis. The larger venue allowed for a record-breaking attendance of over 250 delegates. Presentations were given by many of the region’s leading tanker owners and operators, as well as experts in related fields. High level delegations from ADNOC Logistics & Services, Bahri, KOTC, Oman Shipping, E-Ships, Shipping Corporation of India, Emarat Maritime and other leading players were present which include Dubai Maritime City Authority, Saifee Trading Est, JOME Engineering, DP World, DNV GL, Maritime Strategies International, LUKOIL Marine Lubricants, Marlink, Department of Seaports & Customs, Sharjah, Essar Ports, Dubai Trading Agency Group, Dubai Maritime City, etc. The event for the first time also received support from the leading industry body Intertanko, with chairman Nikolas Tsakos giving a keynote presentation.

Website: https://tmstankerconference.com/

The fifth The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference will be held on the 6th November 2019 at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. The Conference brings together experts from the fields of shipping, ports, banking, finance, trade and maritime law, among others, to discuss and debate the key issues and trends facing the shipping business, and trade, in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. The fourth TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference took place at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, on November 6th, 2018, building on the success of the previous three events. Speakers from various sectors shared their insights and knowledge through a series of presentations and panel discussions, illuminating the way forward. One of the highlights was a special ‘up close’ interview session with Hyperloop Transportation chairman, Bibop Gresta, and Sanjay Mehta who heads up S One Capital.

Website: https://www.tms-shipfinanceandtrade.com/

 

Record numbers attend TMS Tanker Conference


The decision to move this year’s TMS Tanker Conference to The Atlantis Dubai payed off in a big way, with a more than 90% increase the number of attendees in the ballroom. The one-day event, held on Tuesday 16th October, attracted over 220 delegates, a record-breaking number.

Trevor Pereira, managing director, explains, “We moved the Conference to The Atlantis to ensure not only that we could meet growing demand from the market, but also that the venue was really upmarket as is befitting for such an elite group of tanker industry professionals. The big rise in delegate numbers shows this was the right strategy, but also how topical and relevant the topics on the agenda were in taking the event to a whole new level.”

This was the third annual tanker conference staged by The Maritime Standard and took as its theme ‘Getting the most out of more positive markets.’ Clive Woodbridge, Conference Editor, says. “Despite well-documented politico-economic concerns, there are some cautiously optimistic signs that the tanker trades are in recovery mode, and this sense of optimism was evident in many of the presentations. There were a number of critical issues, as well as opportunities, that were highlighted however, and in particular the concern about the 2020 sulphur cap and the problems associated with installing exhaust gas scrubbers was evident. There was general agreement that this was a refinery problem and not a shipping matter.”

Keynote addresses were given by Nikolas Tsakos, chairman of Intertanko, and Ali Shehab, deputy chief executive of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company. In addition, Shahab Al Jassmi of DP World stepped into give the keynote address for Abdullah Bin Damithan, chief commercial officer, DP World, UAE Region.

The case for a more optimistic assessment of the tanker business was persuasively made by some of the most influential and expert figures in the business. These included Captain Abdulkareem al Masabi, chief executive officer, ADNOC Logistics & Services; Captain Anoop Kumar Sharma, chairman and managing director, Shipping Corporation of India; Tarik Al Junaidi, chief executive, Oman Shipping Company; Khamis Juma Buamim, managing director and group chief executive, Gulf Navigation; and Chris Peters, chief executive, E Ships.

Other speakers who made a big impact, in discussing support infrastructure and services, included Petros Doukas, chairman, Capital Partners; Rajiv Agarwal, chief executive, Essar Ports, Tim Smith, director, Maritime Strategies International; and Gaurav Moolwaney, executive director, Standard Chartered. This session was chaired by Captain Jitendra Misra, from Emarat Maritime.

Environmental regulations, safety and security remain hot topics for the industry and the third and final session kept people in their seats. Chaired by Ibrahim Fahmy, ADNOC Offshore, speakers included Capt. Stephen Bligh, DNV GL; Waleed Al Tamimi, chief operating officer, Tasneef; June Manoharan, regional director, Lukoil Marine Lubricants; Captain Tony Field, Lloyds Register; Peter Sahlen, R&D manager, and Roger Harfouche, regional director, Marlink,

Clive Woodbridge, adds, “The feedback we received from this year’s conference was overwhelmingly favourable, and there was a great atmosphere in the ballroom with lot of interaction between panellists and audience. We are pleased that the Conference strengthened its reputation as the leading meeting place for senior figures from the tanker industry and provided such a vibrant opportunity to exchange information and market insights.”

The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference moves to new location

Dubai, UAE, 1st April 2018: In order to accommodate increased demand for delegate places, The Maritime Standard has decided to move this year’s TMS Tanker Conference to The Atlantis, Dubai. The one-day event will take place on Tuesday 16th October, the day after the hugely popular TMS Awards gala dinner, at this iconic, high quality venue on The Palm, Jumeirah.

Trevor Pereira, managing director, explains, “We have decided to move to a bigger venue that has around twice the capacity, to make sure we can meet growing demand from the market. What started out as a niche regional event now covers a much wider portfolio of tanker trades, and companies supporting those trades, taking it to a new level. There is more reason for delegates to attend and the new venue better matches the Tanker Conference’s enhanced profile.”

The third annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference 2018 will take as its theme “Getting the most out of more positive markets.” There are some cautiously optimistic signs that the tanker trades are in recovery mode, and delegates will hear from a host of top quality speakers and panellists, with expertise in different aspects of the tanker shipping market, to help signpost the way forward and ensure that no opportunities are missed. Keynote speakers will focus on overall regional and global trade patterns and service initiatives, as well as market challenges. In addition there will be presentations looking at many other aspects of the tanker business, including environmental protection, ship management, finance, crewing, security and digitalisation.

The opening keynote session will set the tone for the event and will feature insightful presentations from two global and regional heavyweights in the tanker shipping industry. Session one, in the morning, will include papers from senior executives in the fields of ship owning, operations and management, as well as shipbroking and finance. Collectively these will make the case that greater optimism about the future of the tanker shipping industry is justified, although significant hurdles remain to be overcome.

In the afternoon, session 2 will focus on support infrastructure and services and how these can provide a solid regional platform for regional tanker shipping development. This will be followed by session 3, during which speakers will seek to address the safety, security and environmental issues facing the tanker sector and how these can best be overcome.

This will be followed by the always popular networking reception at which attendees and speakers will get a chance to discuss the market in an informal and relaxed setting.

Benefitting from the fact that it is held in the same location and in close proximity to TMS Awards, The TMS Tanker Conference is sure to attract many senior executives from all of the region’s leading tanker owners and operators, as well as global players. The Tanker Conference is now firmly established as a key event for the trade, combining top quality speakers and senior executive participants from different segments, to create unrivalled learning and networking opportunities.

Clive Woodbridge, Conference Editor, says, “The feedback from last year’s event was extremely favourable and we aim to build further on that success. We are looking to attract some of the biggest names in the industry to speak this year, so watch this space for more details.”

For more information about how to attend the TMS Tanker Conference, and the sponsorship opportunities that are available, please go to: www.tmstankerconference.com

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Image Caption: (from left to right) Clive Woodbridge, The Maritime Standard; Ralph Becker, DNV GL; Dr. Ruanthi De Silva; SCM Plus (Pvt) Ltd; Waleed Al Tamimi; Emirates Classification (TASNEEF); Tarik Al Junaidi; Oman Shipping Company; Roger Harfouch, Marlink; Abdullah Bin Damithan, DP World; Chris Peters, Emirates Ship Investment Company; H.E. Sheikh Talal Al Khaled Al Sabah, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company, Ali Shehab, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company; Phillip Tinsley, BIMCO; Gaurav Moolwaney, Standard Chartered; Trevor Pereira, The Maritime Standard; Lakshmi Janarthanan, Drydocks World

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The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference 2017 – date and location confirmed

The-Maritime-Standard-Tanker-Conference-2017The second annual The Maritime Tanker Conference will take place on Tuesday 24th October 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai. The event is expected to attract over 150 top executives from across the regional tanker business, as well as global participants.

13th April, Dubai, UAE: A high level group of expert speakers and panelists is being assembled by The Maritime Standard, and will include representatives from leading tanker owners and managers, port operators, trade organisations, brokers and analysts, law firms, financiers and technology providers. The event has also secured sponsorship support from a number of high profile maritime companies and organisations, including. Kuwait Oil Tanker Company, DNV GL, Bahri and International Shipping and Logistics. Supporting Associations for the event include: Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries (DCMMI), UAE Shipping Association (UAESA), Organisation of the Islamic Shipowners Association (OISA), Indian National Shipowners’ Association (INSA), Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), Ceylon Association of Ship Agents (CASA), Pakistan Ship’s Agents Association (PSAA), Conqueror Freight Network, Globalia Logistics Network, Mission to seafarers, Specialist Freight Network, The Cooperative Logistics Network World Freight Network.

The one day Conference will focus on the challenges and opportunities that remain open to the tanker sector in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent today. Speakers and panelists will assess global and regional economic and trade trends that will affect the movement of crude oil, products and petrochemicals. After key note speakers, individual sessions will highlight key issues, and solutions, and will assess likely investment patterns in ships and terminal facilities, as well as the development of technology and other support services.

Trevor Pereira, managing director of The Maritime Standard says, “The inaugural event in 2016 was such a success that we have decided to return to the same venue and date, the day after The Maritime Standard Awards, to build on what proved to be a successful formula. We will have some big names from the industry speaking and the high quality audience of decision makers and influencers will make this a Conference that will add real value, in terms of information gathering and networking. The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference is certain to generate a high level of interest so I would urge people to book now, as spaces will be strictly limited.”

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Tanker conference focuses on environmental and human capital challenges and growth opportunities

IMG_9481The second The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference, which took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai, on 24th October, underlined the potential that exists for growth and development within the region’s tanker sector. To achieve this, however, speakers stressed there was a need not just for investment, but closer collaboration between different stakeholders, to create the foundations for sustainable success. Other key themes included environmental regulations and their impact on tanker shipping; crewing and the need to invest in human capital; and the implications of digitalization and ‘Big Data’ for this business.

The Conference was a sell-out this year, with a packed Conference hall hearing from a host of top speakers from different segments of the tanker business and support sectors. The event attracted a top quality audience of more than 150 people, including delegates from all the leading tanker owners and operators from across the region.

The high profile one day Conference, organised by The Maritime Standard, a division of Flagship Events, provided a unique insight into what is happening in the tanker market and the likely trends over the years ahead. The messages were relevant not just for tanker owners and operators, but all companies providing services to the tanker sector.

The keynote speeches set the tone for an enlightening day. H.E. Sheikh Talal Al Khaled Al Sabah, chief executive of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC), gave the audience the full benefit of his many years of experience with some unique insights into likely market patterns. He was followed by Abdullah Bin Damithan, commercial director, DP World, who outlined Dubai’s intention to invest to create a multi-faceted petrochemicals hub that will have significant implications for tanker and related trades.

Speakers in the first session who discussed the key political and economic factors affecting the tanker market, included Chris Peters, chief executive, Emirates Ship Investment Company; Gaurav Moolwaney, executive director, Standard Chartered; Ali Shehab, deputy CEO, KOTC; and Philip Tinsley, maritime security manager at BIMCO.

There then followed a session focusing on the challenges and opportunities facing the market, which contained some thought providing comments from Petros Doukas, chairman of Capital Partners and former Greek deputy minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs. The high quality panel in this session also included Tarik Al Junaidi, chief executive, Oman Shipping Company; Omar Abu Omar, president, maritime and operations, Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC; and Roger Harfouch, regional director, Marlink Communications, who offered some thoughts around the impact of digitalization on this sector.

A final session on the need to build maritime clusters of services and expertise, chaired by Richard Briggs, executive partner, Hadef & Partners; heard about the importance of the new Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre. There was also a chance to gain valuable insights from Dr Ruanthi De Silva, chief executive of SCM Plus; Thomas Kriwat, chief executive, Mercmarine; Lakshmi Janarthanan, commercial director of Drydocks World Dubai; Ralph Becker, head of business development-Middle East, DNV GL; and Katherine Yakunchenkova, general manager, Al Safina Security. The event rounded up with a chance for speakers and attendees to network informally at a special reception.

Trevor Pereira, managing director of The Maritime Standard, said: “This was our second Tanker Conference and it exceeded our expectations, as we completely sold out. Everyone who came left with some important messages to take back to their companies and the feedback about the quality of the presentations has been overwhelmingly positive. As well as getting unique insights from some of the top names in the industry, the networking opportunity was exceptional, with delegations from many different countries in the room.”

TMS is already planning the third Tanker Conference in 2018.Details will be available on the TMS website.

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