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Conference Programme 2017

Event Overview

Supporting Regional Growth Opportunities

The second annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will take place on Tuesday 24th October at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai. Given the tremendous success of the inaugural conference last year, it is an event that nobody with an involvement in the tanker shipping sector will want to miss. Aimed at key decision makers and high level opinion formers within the industry, the event will highlight the main global and regional trends in crude oil, petrochemical products, chemicals and gas tanker operations. Attendees will gain a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities that exist in the longer term, not just for tanker owners and operators, but to all companies which provide services to this sector. As last year, everyone who attends is guaranteed to leave the conference with a much clearer idea as to how their company can support, and benefit from, regional growth opportunities and worldwide trends, and how they can build a base for long term business development.

Tuesday, 24th October 2017

Conference Programme Outline


Registration and Welcome Refreshments


Welcome by

Clive Woodbridge
Conference Chairman & Editor, The Maritime Standard

Inaugural Address by

Trevor Pereira
Managing Director, The Maritime Standard

Keynote Address by

His Excellency Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al Sabah
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC)

Abdulla Bin Damithan
Director Commercial,
DP World – UAE Region



Sponsored by : DNV GL

Keynote Session/Session 1: Global and regional crude oil tanker market trends – a positive perspective?

  • How will global political and economic developments affect the crude oil tanker sector?
  • Where are the main growth opportunities and how best can these be accessed?
  • Oil tanker newbuilding trends and investment patterns over the next few years
  • The financial sector – its role in unblocking tanker trade growth
  • Flag states – what impact can selection have on tanker performance?
  • Which operational models are best suited for success?
Confirmed Speakers:


Ali Shehab
Deputy CEO
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
H.E. Eduardo Fonseca
Republic of Panama
Chris Peters
Emirates Ship Investment Company
Philip Tinsley
Manager, Maritime Security
Sanjay Mehta
S One Capital
Gaurav Moolwaney
Executive Director, Structured Finance
Standard Chartered Bank

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session


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Session 2: Chemicals, petrochemicals, products and gas tankers – challenges and opportunities

  • Creating hubs to support petrochemical trade growth
  • Investment in specialised tanker technology
  • How can owners and operators take advantage of the opportunities presented by regional refinery developments?
  • Port and terminal capacity – overcoming bottlenecks
  • Building long term relationships with customers
  • Gas carriers – a market with long term promise?
Confirmed Speakers:


Petros Doukas
Former Deputy Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs
Tarik Al Junaidi
Oman Shipping Company S.A.O.C
Omar Abu Omar
President, Maritime & Operations
Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC
Capt. Harihar Prasad
Managing Director
McQuilling Shipping Services DMCC, Dubai
Roger Harfouch
Regional Director – Middle East, Turkey & Africa
Marlink Communications FZ-LLC

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session


Coffee Break

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Session 3 – Building maritime clusters to support the tanker trades: infrastructure and services

  • Strategic governmental initiatives to encourage the emergence of maritime clusters to benefit tanker industry players
  • The growing importance of support services in encouraging tanker market growth and development
  • The role of shipyards in keeping the tanker fleet safe, efficiency and environmentally sound
  • Ship management – how to keep operational costs down
  • Legal frameworks for tanker investment and growth
  • Ship security – keeping tankers safe from cyber and piracy attacks
Session Chair:
Richard Briggs
Executive Partner
Hadef & Partners
Confirmed Speakers:
Dr Ruanthi De Silva
SCM Plus (Pvt) Ltd
Thomas Kriwat
MERCMARINE Group of Companies
Lakshmi Janarthanan
Commercial Director
Drydocks World Dubai
Ralph Becker
Head of Business Development-Middle East
Katherine Yakunchenkova
General Manager
Al Safina Security

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session


Networking Reception



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