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Conference Speakers 2020

Conference Chair

The Maritime Satandard Tanker Conference 2016- Conference Chairman- Clive Woodbridge
Clive Woodbridge
Conference Chairman & Editor
The Maritime Standard

Keynote Speakers

Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi
ADNOC Logistics & Services

Ali Shehab
Acting CEO
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC)

Abdulla Bin Damithan
DP World – UAE Region

Speakers & Panelists

Matthieu de TugnyExecutive Vice-President, Marine & Offshore Division
Bureau Veritas Group


Michael JorgensonCFO & Acting CEO
Oman Shipping Company


Petros DoukasMayor, Sparta & Former Deputy Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs


Jesper KjaedegaardSenior Advisor- Board Member
Marcura Group


Capt. Anoop Kumar SharmaChairman & MD
The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd (SCI)


Anders ØstergaardGroup CEO


Capt. Mohamed Al AliSenior Vice President, Ship Management
ADNOC Logistics & Services


Rajiv AgarwalMD & CEO
Essar Ports Ltd


Mr. Haitham Nasser Said Al TaieGeneral Manager-Finance & Corporate Support
Oman Drydock Company


Eng. Waleed AltamimiGeneral Manager
Emirates Classification Society (TASNEEF)


Nijoe JosephPartner
Stephenson Harwood


Rashid Isa Rishi Al HeddiGroup MD
Seamaster Maritime


Pawan SahniBusiness Development Director Middle East & Africa
DNV GL – Maritime


Kirsty CattanachSenior Associate
Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla


Capt. Zarir IraniPresident
International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS)


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Dr. Nikolas TsakosDr. Nikolas TsakosChairman, INTERTANKO & CEO,
Tsakos Energy Navigation
I was very impressed by the high caliber and quality of the speakers. It’s one of the very few times where you see so many people that have a real interest in this market, many of whom are senior executives of tanker shipping companies. I was pleasantly surprised with the optimism in this part of the world, where there is also a lot of dynamism.”

Pawan SahniPawan SahniBusiness Development Director Middle East & Africa DNV GL – Maritime
It is a real pleasure to have been asked to speak at the TMS Tanker Conference. There are so many new technological developments that can enhance ship surveys and repairs and now is the time for owners and operators to make themselves aware of the potential time and money savings.”

Rashid Isa Rishi Al HeddiRashid Isa Rishi Al HeddiGroup Managing Director
Seamaster Maritime
I am honoured to have been asked to be a speaker for the first time at the TMS Tanker Conference. The agenda is so relevant and interesting, and I am sure it will be a great experience.”

Kirsty CattanachKirsty CattanachSenior Associate
Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla
I am delighted to be taking part in the TMS Tanker Conference. The draft UAE maritime law is an important and hopefully welcome development for those engaged in tanker shipping and I look forward to discussing with the audience the opportunities that we hope will follow.”

Capt. Mohamed Al AliCapt. Mohamed Al AliSenior Vice President, Ship Management
ADNOC Logistics & Services
It is indeed a great honour to have been asked to be one of the speakers at The TMS Tanker Conference. It is an event that has a topical and relevant agenda and will provide an invaluable opportunity to debate and discuss current issues of common concern.”

Anders ØstergaardAnders ØstergaardGroup CEO
We welcome that The Tanker Conference this year covers bunker trading too. The oil and shipping industries are on the brink of a major changeover towards more environmental-friendly oil products, and as a global bunker supplier we are keen to share our ideas with such a top-quality audience.”

Said Al MaawaliSaid Al MaawaliCEO
Oman Drydock Company
This really is a not-to-be-missed Conference. So many big names in tanker shipping in the region will be there and I am looking forward to an engaging event with lots of interaction between audience and speakers.”

Capt. Abdulkareem Al MasabiCapt. Abdulkareem Al MasabiCEO
ADNOC Logistics & Services
“I am delighted to have been invited to speak at The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference. This is an important moment for the trade, with significant opportunities, and many challenges. I look forward to discussing how we move forward with other industry leaders.”

Michael JorgensenMichael JorgensenCFO & Acting CEO
Oman Shipping Company
I am looking forward to being part of the Maritime Standard Tanker Conference and sharing my views and opinions of the market with the audience. Everything that The Maritime Standard does is high-quality, and this is sure to be the same.”

Waleed AltamimiWaleed AltamimiGM,
Emirates Classification Society (TASNEEF)
“The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference presents an excellent mix of speakers, all of whom have expertise in their particular sector of the tanker industry. This makes it a very valuable occasion and I am excited to be part of it.”

Capt. Jitendra MisraCapt. Jitendra MisraMD,
Emarat Maritime LLC
Every year it gets better. It has been a tremendous event for networking, and I have enjoyed meeting up with old friends and new.”

Rajiv AgarwalRajiv AgarwalCEO & MD,
Essar Ports Ltd
I greatly enjoy speaking at the Tanker Conference. The audience is so knowledgeable and the programme so relevant. It is always a pleasure to be there.”

Tim SmithTim SmithDirector of
Oil & Tanker Markets, Maritime Strategies International
The conference was really well attended with some very high-level delegates and a range of participants from across the industry. This is my first time at the TMS Tanker Conference, but I have been very impressed. There were some good discussions on the issue of IMO 2020 and the decisions that a lot of players have got to make around that. We have also seen how tanker market dynamics are likely to evolve from some very experienced industry players.”

Ali ShehabAli ShehabDeputy CEO,
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
This conference comes at a time where we really need to sit together, voice our views and exchange our thoughts. As always, it is very valuable to be here in Dubai, because as well as tanker operators we have the financial cluster and the legal firms also with us here.”

Chris PetersChris PetersCEO,
Emirates Ship Investment Company
This conference has got a very good guest list and excellent speakers. People turn out because they want to listen to what the experts are saying. The information about the potential in the Indian market was in particular something that grabbed a lot of attention in the audience.”

Capt. Anoop Kumar SharmaCapt. Anoop Kumar SharmaChairman & MD,
The Shipping Corporation of India Limited
This is a speaking opportunity that I simply could not turn down. The Tanker Conference has a high-quality audience made up of top level executives all of whom are well experienced and experts in their respective fields. I am sure they will ask some challenging questions of all speakers and panellists allowing everyone to share knowledge and gain important insights.”

Capt. Stephen BlighCapt. Stephen BlighSenior Principal Consultant,
With 2020 on the horizon the Conference appropriately touched on the big scrubber debate. It’s interesting to see which way the industry is going. There are still a lot of different opinions, but there is a lot of positivity out there.”

Capt. David StockleyCapt. David StockleyCOO,
Oman Shipping Company
I thought the conference was very good, with a nice, broad range of speakers who were industry specialists. I am an optimist and it confirmed what I have been saying for a good few months now that the market is going to be positive.”


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