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Conference Programme 2020

Event Overview

The fifth annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will take place on Tuesday 24th November at the Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai. The first four events have been extremely successful in raising the profile of the tanker shipping business, both regionally and globally. Now well established as one of the leading events on the tanker shipping calendar, the Conference is aimed at key decision makers and high-level policy takers within this sector of the shipping industry. This year’s event takes place at a time of considerable short-term uncertainty and volatility on global markets, which was unexpected after an exceptionally strong last quarter of 2019. The impact of coronavirus and the knock-on effects on the global economy, alongside simmering political disputes, has curbed demand in a way that was hard to predict a short time ago. Nonetheless, in the medium to longer term, market fundamentals appear positive and there seems no reason why the 2020s should not be a decade of growth for the tanker shipping business. The global battle against climate change has ushered in tough new rules and regulations which will continue to impact and challenge tanker shipping. But the era of digitalisation and big data, as well as technical innovations such as 3D printing, offer the chance to lower operational costs for tanker shipping quite considerably.

The 2020 Conference will focus on key market trends in the crude, products, chemicals and gas tanker markets, over the short, medium and long term, giving attendees a unique and privileged insight into the opportunities that will emerge over coming years and how to take full advantage of them. While tanker ship owning and operating will be a primary focus, the event will also assess related support sectors, such as classification, bunker supply, law, ship agency and supplies, ship technology, logistics and terminal handling and storage. The event is a must-attend, not only for 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 likely future trade patterns over the coming decade, underlying market influences and regulatory and technical developments, so they are well placed to take decisions that will facilitate longer term business growth.

Tuesday 24th November 2020

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


Session 1: Tanker trades – assessing the longer-term picture

  • Supply and demand – what will be the underlying trade trends shaping the market in the 2020s?
  • Unexpected shocks – can lessons be learned from the impact of coronavirus on tanker shipping?
  • Climate change actions – what will be the cumulative impact on tanker shipping of global governmental environment initiatives?
  • Opportunities for growth and development in the Middle East and Subcontinent regions in the 2020
  • “All about politics” – are trade wars and sanctions a permanent reality for tanker owners and operators?
  • How can Big Data and digitalisation drive improved tanker market performance?
  • IMO 2020 – the impact so far and what lessons can be learned for the future
  • LNG and LPG – offering increased scope for diversification?


Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session




Session 2: Creating support structures and services to support long term market growth and development

  • Transforming tanker repair, maintenance and conversion services to meet evolving owner and operator requirements
  • What types and sizes of vessel will regional owners be investing in and what are the implications for the market?
  • Enhancing oil terminal handling and storage to keep pace with demand
  • Bunker requirements in the 2020s – what next steps are needed?
  • Developing smart ship management and chartering services
  • Maritime training and education – investing in human capital
  • Ship agency – meeting the requirements of emerging tanker markets.


Panel discussion/ Q&A Session


Refreshment Break


Session 3 – Embracing technical, legal and regulatory challenges:

  • Scrubbers – short term fix or long-term solution?
  • Can drones revolutionise tanker inspections?
  • Developing alternative fuels and propulsion systems for the tankers of the future
  • Ensuring tanker safety and security
  • Developing a maritime law framework
  • Coatings – technology developments benefit tankers
  • 3D printing – the solution to M&R logistics?


Panel Discussion/ Q&A Session


Networking Reception



Download the full conference schedule here

Gold Sponsor
Delegate Lunch
Conference Registration
Event Catalogue
Main Session
DNV GL- The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference
Lanyards & Badges
Notepads & Pens
Refreshment Break
General Sponsor
General Sponsor
General Sponsor
General Sponsor
Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
International Bulk Journal- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
Port News- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
Robban Assafina Magazine- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
Ship2Shore- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
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