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Conference Programme 2022

Event Overview

The seventh annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will take place on Wednesday 16th November 2022. The conference will, as last year, be an in-person event and will be held at the iconic Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai, where it was successfully staged a number of times pre-pandemic. The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference is also the only event of its type that has continued to be held face to face throughout the pandemic, supporting the industry during difficult times.

The format will be lively and engaging with plenty of opportunities for interaction, both with the many high-level speakers and the top-quality attendees. As in previous years all the region’s leading tanker owners and operators will be present.

The conference takes place at a pivotal time for the tanker sector as it not only emerges from the pandemic, but as other geopolitical challenges arise with uncertain consequences. The event is a chance to take stock of the current state of the crude oil, chemical, products and gas trades and to do some crystal ball gazing as to likely future patterns and trends.

Many aspects of the business have been changed for ever by two years of lockdowns and disruption to economic activity and trade. Now the world is wrestling with the impact of the conflict in Ukraine and what that means for the global economy as well as the specific patterns of oil and gas trades. In addition, tanker operators face the ongoing challenge of gearing their fleets to meet tough new environmental regulations in force now and in decades to come, and the drive to decarbonise operations.

Other topics that will be high on the agenda include the acceleration of digitalisation and big data; the safety, security, and health of crew; new digital technology; the role of offshore shipping in overall supply chains; ship management; bunkering and alternative fuels of the future.

Attendees will get the chance to hear from respected leaders in the tanker and related businesses presenting their assessments of the issues that matter. This will give those present a unique and privileged insight into what the future holds for this important sector of the global shipping market.

The event targets and engages with key decision makers and high-level policy takers within tanker shipping. The TMS Tanker Conference 2022 is vitally important, not only for tanker owners and operators, but all companies that provide products and services to this sector of the shipping industry. Our aim is to create a forum for informed dialogue and discussion about what the future holds and to support the market as it strives for sustained, and environmentally sustainable, recovery and growth.

Wednesday 16th November 2022

Conference Programme Outline


Registration and refreshments


Welcome by

Clive Woodbridge
Editor, The Maritime Standard

Inaugural Address by

Trevor Pereira
Managing Director, The Maritime Standard


Keynote Address


Session 1: Tanker shipping and trades – recalibrating after the pandemic

  • Supply and demand – underlying trends shaping the market in the short and long term in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and geopolitical tensions.
  • What changes in oil and petrochemical trade flows are likely and how long lasting will they be?
  • Sustaining the momentum towards decarbonisation in tanker shipping
  • Meeting IMO environmental targets in a changed market
  • Shipyard capacity – how to address the dry-docking squeeze as tanker patterns change
  • Tanker shipping in the Middle East and Subcontinent – highlighting regional trends
  • Using digitalisation, AI, and big data to best effect to strengthen tanker market resilience.
  • Managing LNG logistics at a time of global crisis
  • The human element – have lessons been learned from pandemic problems?

Session chair:

Clive Woodbridge, Editor, The Maritime Standard


Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi,
ADNOC Logistics & Services

Dr. Ibrahim Al Nadhairi,
ASYAD Shipping and Drydock Services

Mr. Essam Khoori,
Executive Director, Container Terminals,
DP World UAE Region

Capt. Ammar Al Shaiba,
Managing Director Zayed Port and Acting CEO of Ports Operating Company,
Abu Dhabi Ports

Mr. Nikos Michas,
Global Tanker Segment Director,
Lloyd’s Register

Mr. Petros Doukas,
Deputy Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs, Greece,

Mr. Navin Kumar,
Drewry Maritime Research

Panel Discussion/ Q&A Session




Session 2: Facing up to environmental challenges

  • EEXI and CII – shipping’s next environmental challenge
  • Dual fuel operations – experience to date
  • LNG fuel retrofits – the answer for tanker shipping?
  • Keeping vessels environmentally compliant – the role of class
  • Green ship finance in the post-pandemic era – funding the tankers of the future
  • Ballast water treatment – retrofit capacity squeeze looming?
  • Tanker shipping charting a course to net zero
  • What fuels are best for profits and environment?
  • Coatings, cleaning, and underwater maintenance – the path to lower emissions and greater efficiency


Session chair:

Mr. Nijoe Joseph, Partner, Stephenson Harwood


Mr. Pawan Sahni
Business Development Director Middle East & Africa,

Mr. Simon Bonnett
Chief Maritime Officer,
International Registries

Mr. Andres Ostegaard
Group CEO,

Mr. Chris Peters
Tristar Maritime Logistics

Mr. Nijoe Joseph
Stephenson Harwood


Panel discussion/ Q&A Session


Refreshment Break


Session 3: Support services and technology – helping shape the future of tanker shipping

  • Refining technology to support tanker remote surveys and inspections
  • How to ensure tanker cyber security
  • Ship management – harnessing expertise to better effect
  • Building up bunker supply networks to support operational and environmental requirements
  • Offshore support – strengthening the end-to-end supply chain
  • Retrofits and repairs
  • The changing post-pandemic role of ship agency
  • Crew training, screening, and selection – the case for a higher priority
  • Working patterns – supporting the transition to hybrid home/office working

Mrs. Meera Kumar,
President & CEO,

Mr. Jonathan Hudson,
Market Leader – Tanker Owners & Adjacent Stakeholders,
Bureau Veritas

Mrs. Katherine Yakunchenkova,
General Manager
Al Safina Security

Mr. Saleem Kadernani,
Vice President, Commercial for the Middle East, South Asia & Africa Region,
Inchcape Shipping Services

Mr. Vishwadeep Gautam,
Fast Freight

Ramee Rashid,
Director – Seamaster Maritime

Mr. Ali Shehab,
Global Director of Special Projects and Services,

Panel Discussion/ Q&A Session


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