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Conference Programme 2016

Event Overview

Supporting Regional Growth Opportunities

The inaugural The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will take place on 25th October this year in Dubai and is an event that nobody with an involvement in this important sector of the shipping industry will want to miss. Aimed at key decision makers and opinion formers, the one day conference will highlight the main regional trends in crude, chemical and products tanker operations. Attendees will be given a unique insight in to the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead, not just for tanker owners and operators, but those who provide services to this sector. You will leave the conference with a clear idea as to how you and your company can support, and benefit from, regional growth opportunities.

Tuesday, 25th October 2016

Conference Programme Outline


Registration & Welcome Coffee


Welcome by
Clive Woodbridge, Editor, The Maritime Standard


Inaugural Address by
Trevor Pereira, Managing Director, The Maritime Standard


Key Note Session

The TMS Tanker Conference will kick off with a keynote session featuring leading figures active in the regional tanker market who will give expert insights into the state of the business and likely future trends.


Keynote Address by

His Excellency Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al Sabah
CEO, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) sets out plans to expand and upgrade its fleet.

His Excellency Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Al Khalifa
Chairman of the board of Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY)


Session 1 – The Middle East Tanker Market – present and future opportunities for growth

  • Energy price trends and their impact on regional tanker trade. What are the likely consequences?
  • India – What can the tanker market expect as a result of the country’s economic development over the next few years? What challenges and constraints have to be addressed?
  • How big an opportunity for growth within the market does Iran represent? How are Iranian-based companies themselves responding to opportunities?
  • The role of the financial sector in unlocking regional trade opportunities
  • Cyber security – What steps do tanker operators need to take to ensure they have robust contingencies in place.

Sponsored by : DNV GL

Confirmed Speakers:


Khamis Juma Buamim
Managing Director & Group CEO
Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC

Eng. Rashed Al Hebsi CEO Emirates Classification (TASNEEF)
Philip Tinsley Maritime Security Manager BIMCO
Naser M. Al-Abdulkareem President BAHRI


Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session




Session 2 – Investing to serve the market

  • What level of investment is needed, both in terms of vessels, and support infrastructure, to take advantage of tanker industry opportunities, in the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent?
  • A specific focus on the chemical and product sectors
  • Merger and acquisition activity in the marketplace
  • The legal framework for tanker investment and growth
  • Developing technical solutions to better serve customer needs
  • Port and terminal capacity – could there be bottlenecks?
  • What obstacles have to be overcome if the necessary investment is to be delivered in practice?
Confirmed Speakers:


Jasamin Fichte
Managing Partner
Fichte & Co., Session Chair
Ali Shehab
Deputy CEO
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
Petros Doukas
Former Deputy Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs
Thomas Kriwat
Mercmarine Group of Companies


Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session


Coffee Break

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Session 3 – Servicing the needs of the regional tanker market

  • The importance of support services if the tanker business in the region is to grow and flourish.
  • The role of shipyards in keeping the tanker fleet safe, efficient and environmentally sound.
  • Ship agency services – how are these evolving to meet tanker requirements
  • The importance of the expansion of local legal service expertise
  • Tanker storage – a key driver of tanker trade activity.
  • Strategic governmental initiatives to support the emergence of a cluster of related maritime services from which the tanker shipping industry will benefit.
Confirmed Speakers:

Capt. Harihar Prasad
Managing Director
McQuilling Shipping Services
Rania Tadros
Managing Partner
Amir Mosadeghi
Islamic P&I Club
Lakshmi Janarthanan
Commercial Director
Drydocks World Dubai


Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session


Networking Reception

Sponsored by : Ince-CO-Web_230x186

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