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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
Chairman & Editor, The Maritime Standard

Inaugural Address by

Trevor Pereira
Managing Director, The Maritime Standard

Keynote Address

Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi
CEO, ADNOC Logistics & Services


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 as a result of the pandemic, and the Ukraine-Russia war, and how long lasting will they be?
  • Global macro-economic challenges: What strategies need to be adopted by tanker owners and operators to deal with current market scenarios?
  • Sustaining the momentum towards decarbonisation in tanker shipping
  • Meeting IMO environmental targets in a changed market
  • The impact of oil and gas supply and demand trends on liquid bulk ports and terminals
  • How can terminal operators meet specific environmental challenges?
  • What are the short- and medium-term commercial prospects for tanker operators in terms of revenue generation and profitability?
  • The likely impacts of current market trends on newbuilding tanker demand.
  • Classification societies – meeting the evolving needs of the tanker sector in terms of digitalisation and environmental compliance

Session chair:

Clive Woodbridge, Chairman & Editor, The Maritime Standard


Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi,
ADNOC Logistics & Services

Dr. Ibrahim Al Nadhairi,
ASYAD Shipping and Drydock Services

Mr Esam Khoori,
Executive Director, Container Terminals,
DP World UAE

Capt. Ammaar Al Shaiba,
CEO, Maritime Cluster & SAFEEN Group,
AD Ports Group

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

Mr. Petros Doukas,
Mayor of Sparta, President of Capital Partners and former Deputy Minister of finance & foreign affairs,

Mr. Navin Kumar,
Director Maritime Research,
Drewry Shipping Consultants

Panel Discussion/ Q&A Session




Session 2: Facing up to environmental challenges

  • Current environmental challenges facing tanker shipping – the order of priority
  • EEXI and CII – what will these mean for tanker shipping?
  • Dual fuel operations – experience to date
  • Keeping vessels environmentally compliant – the role of flag states and class
  • Tanker shipping charting a course to net zero – what next?
  • The impact of environmental retrofits and regulatory changes for marine insurance
  • The move to more environmentally friendly fuels – how is the bunker supply sector responding?
  • Shipyards – using digital tools to hit green targets
  • The scale of the investments needed in ships, ports and terminals to hit tough environmental targets


Session chair:

Mr. Nijoe Joseph, Partner, Stephenson Harwood


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

Mr. Simon Bonnett
Chief Maritime Officer,
IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry

Mr. Anders Ostergaard
Group CEO,

Mr. Chris Peters
Tristar Maritime Logistics

Mr. Rajiv Agarwal
Operating Partner (Infrastructure) Essar & Managing Director,
Essar Ports

Mr. Franck J Kayser
ASYAD Shipping Company

Mr. Amir Mosadeghi
Islamic P&I Club


Panel discussion/ Q&A Session


Refreshment Break


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

  • Scope for new service models for tanker shipping – what has changed and how can the new normal be better supported?
  • Steps to ensure tanker cyber security in a hazardous world.
  • Ship management – harnessing expertise to better effect
  • The changing post-pandemic role of ship agency
  • Crew training, screening, and selection – the case for a higher priority
  • Port call challenges – key issues and solutions
  • Managing the crew change function in a still volatile era
  • Ship finance – supporting the development of niche trades and decarbonisation
  • High Risk Areas – the effects of their removal on tanker shipping insurance

Session chair:

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

Ms. Meera Kumar,
President & CEO,

Ms. Katherine Yakunchenkova,
General Manager
Al Safina Security

Mr. Jamil Al Ali,
Head of Regional Commercial & Business Development for the Middle East Region,
Bureau Veritas

Mr. Vishavdeep Gautam,
Fast Freight, DMCC

Mr. Ramee Rashid,
Director – Seamaster Maritime


Panel Discussion/ Q&A Session


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