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Conference Programme 2018

Event Overview

The third annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will take place on Tuesday 16th October at the Atlantis hotel, the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. The first two events were both extraordinarily successful and as a result a new, and much larger venue has been chosen to host the Conference, which is already established as one of the leading events on the tanker shipping calendar. Aimed at key decision makers and high level policy takers within the tanker shipping business, the event takes place at a time when there is growing optimism about the future of many sectors of the regional tanker shipping business. The Conference aims to focus on key market trends in the crude, products, chemicals and gas tanker markets, giving attendees a unique insight into the opportunities that exist and how to capitalise on them. This applies not only to tanker owners and operators, but all companies that provide products and services to this sector of the shipping industry. The intention is that attendees will leave the TMS Tanker Conference with a much clearer idea about future trade patterns, and market influences, so they are better placed build the foundations for longer term business growth.

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Conference Programme Outline



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Welcome Refreshments

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Welcome by

Clive Woodbridge
Conference Chairman & Editor, The Maritime Standard

Inaugural Address by

Trevor Pereira
Managing Director, The Maritime Standard


Keynote Addresses by

H.E. Sheikh Talal Al Khaled Al Sabah
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company

Dr Nikolas Tsakos
Tsakos Energy Navigation

Abdulla Bin Damithan
DP World – UAE Region


Session 1: Tanker trades – building a strong case for greater optimism?

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  • Major investments in the downstream petrochemicals sector in Gulf and Subcontinent are set to open up opportunities for tanker owners.
  • Supporting the growth of petrochemical logistics clusters through UAE hubs
  • Is the demand-supply balance shifting in favour of deep sea tanker specialists?
  • How can regional operators benefit from in-house tanker management?
  • Identifying investment opportunities in deep sea and coastal tanker trades.
  • Building a strong regional tanker brand


Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi
ADNOC Logistics & Services

Capt. Anoop Kumar Sharma
Chairman & MD
The Shipping Corporation of India Limited

Tarik Al Junaidi
Oman Shipping Company

Khamis Juma Buamim
MD & Group CEO
Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC

Chris Peters
Emirates Ship Investment Company

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session



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Session 2: Support infrastructure and services – providing a regional platform for tanker shipping growth

Sponsored by : MSI

  • Global political and economic trends – how should tanker sector prepare for the future?
  • Regional tanker players take the lead in going green
  • Assessing the benefits of integrating maritime logistics services.
  • Making sure tank storage capacity keeps pace with demand.
  • Human capital – should the tanker industry be investing more in training and onboard support programmes?
  • India’s economic growth creates opportunities for deep sea and tanker trades
  • As traditional banks withdraw from ship finance market, where will funding for new generation tankers come from?
  • Assessing the benefits of integrating tankers into a comprehensive shipping and logistics offer.

Capt. Jitendra Misra (Session Chair), MD, Emarat Maritime LLC


Ali Shehab
Deputy CEO
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company

Capt. David Stockley
Oman Shipping Company

Petros Doukas
former Deputy Minister
Finance and Foreign Affairs

Rajiv Agarwal
Essar Ports

Tim Smith
Maritime Strategies International Ltd

Gaurav Moolwaney
Executive Director
Standard Chartered

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session


Refreshment Break

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Session 3 – Addressing the environmental and regulatory agenda: charting a safe, secure and sustainable path to tanker shipping growth

  • Is the tanker industry ready for 2020 sulphur cap, and are low sulphur fuels or scrubber systems the answer?
  • The role of classification societies within the tanker sector
  • Shipyards and technology suppliers – making the Middle East a global centre for ballast water treatment convention compliance.
  • Developing solutions for greater maritime security.
  • Keeping digitalisation and advanced technology at the heart of tanker safety.
  • Is LNG a viable fuel for the tankers of the future?

Ibrahim Fahmy (Session Chair), Marine Advisor, ADNOC Offshore

Capt. Stephen Bligh
Senior Principal Consultant

Waleed Altamimi
Emirates Classification (TASNEEF)

June Manoharan
LUKOIL Marine Lubricants DMCC

Capt. Tony Fields
Marine & Offshore Manager
Middle East & Africa, Lloyds Register UAE

Peter Sahlén
R&D Manager
Alfa Laval Pure Ballast

Roger Harfouche
Regional Director

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session


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