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Conference Programme 2024

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Sustainable Tanker Shipping: Accelerating the Journey to Net Zero

7th November 2024, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

The ninth annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference 2024 takes place on Thursday, November 7th at the iconic Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, one of the highest quality venues in the MiddleEast.

This year the main theme running through all three conference sessions will be ongoing efforts to achieve a sustainable tanker shipping sector, and how to press forward purposefully with initiatives and investments that will enable ambitious net zero carbon emissions targets to be reached. Aimed at key decision makers and influencers within the tanker shipping business, the event takes places at a time when there has never been a greater focus on environmental challenges, making the over-arching theme of this year’s conference – Sustainable Tanker Shipping: Accelerating the Journey to Net Zero – highly topical and relevant.

The shipping industry in general, and tanker shipping in particular, has a crucial role to play in the battle to address climate change harms worldwide. The pace of technological change in pursuit of this goal has been rapid, and the conference will be a chance to hear about the latest developments, as well as those being researched and developed. This will also be an opportunity to assess recent and planned regulatory developments, including the CII and EEXI frameworks, and the increasingly influential EU ETS scheme.

Alongside sustainability issues, the Conference will focus on key market trends in the crude, products, chemicals, and gas tanker markets. Market prospects are highly promising overall with high freight rates and strong global demand for oil and oil products. Tanker owners and operators seem well placed to take advantage of favourable market conditions. Offsetting that, continued geopolitical tensions, disruption to Red Sea trade lanes, and the uncertain outcomes of key national elections have combined to create a sense of uncertainty.

The newbuilding order book remains at a relatively low ebb, and, with an aging fleet, it will be a challenge to rejuvenate tanker shipping assets to meet long term demand for high quality, fuel efficient tonnage from cargo owners. Undertaking retrofits to in-service vessels is likely to be a key investment focus and is sure to be a recurrent theme at the conference.

As well as assessing environmental issues and market trends, a number of other hot topics will be discussed. These include: safety and security; digitalisation; support services, including maritime law and insurance; vessel technology; ship management; and shiprepair and maintenance. The Conference will feature well-researched presentations covering fresh ideas and concepts, and news about latest technology developments, to the advantage of the tanker shipping community.

Attendees at the Conference will get the opportunity to listen to respected business leaders and experts in the tanker shipping business and related fields. The format will be lively and engaging, and there will be plenty of opportunities for interacting with speakers and panelists as well as fellow participants. As in previous years all the region’s leading tanker owners and operators will be present, creating excellent opportunities for networking and engagement.

Conference Programme outline

Registration and refreshments

Welcome by

Clive Woodbridge
Editor, The Maritime Standard


Keynote Address


Session 1: Sustainable Shipping Strategies – Assessing Optimum Solutions

Speakers with high levels of responsibility and knowledge within
tanker shipping will reflect on their approaches to implementing sustainable shipping regimes.
They will draw on their own experiences to assess the best way to reach ambitious net zero
targets while maintaining optimum levels of profitability and operational efficiency.

Speakers will discuss the key environmental challenges and
opportunities presented to the tanker shipping business, in the context of contemporary market
trends in the crude, chemical and product tanker trades, as well as the gas carrier segment.

Topics will include:

  • Setting a course to meet IMO and other environmental targets
    in the context of uncertain tanker shipping markets
  • How are geopolitical trends influencing market
  • Assessing global demand for oil and oil products and
    impact on tonnes-mile tanker requirements
  • Newbuilding investment – what will it take to
    resurrect a strong order book?
  • Best practice strategies to sustain the momentum
    towards decarbonisation in tanker shipping
  • Targeting regional tanker trades – how best to add
    value and deliver on investment opportunities
  • Dual fuel – but which fuel? Assessing the options
  • The impact of EEXI and CII, and EU ETS, on strategic
    decision making
  • Classification societies – supporting tanker shipping in
  • The role of ship managers in charting a course to net
  • Supporting green ship recycling
  • Cargo owners demanding newer, more efficient vessels

Refreshment Break
Panel Discussion
Q&A Session




Session 2: Driving greater operational efficiency in tanker shipping

This session will focus on the key issues facing tanker shipowners
and operators in terms of day-to-day operations, and the solutions available to them. This will
look at how best to accommodate environmental regulatory changes, but also how to embrace
technology advances in areas such as digitalisation and AI to best effect. Topics will

  • Making the most of dual fuel capabilities
  • Optimising vessel performance with energy saving
  • Using digitalisation and AI to strengthen commercial and
    operational resilience
  • The human element – developing training and other
    strategies that enhance crew capabilities
  • Safety at sea – tackling cyber security and other
    challenges facing the industry
  • Wind power – the experience to date and lessons for the
  • Carbon capture as a viable future option for tanker
    shipping – the classification perspective
  • The importance of innovative management
  • Retrofit solutions – navigating the logistical challenges



Panel discussion/ Q&A Session


Refreshment Break


Session 3: Creating robust support systems infrastructure

This session will hear from a range of speakers from various
sectors, including shiprepair, maritime insurance, law, bunker supply, information technology
and classification societies. This will demonstrate how those supplying and supporting tanker
shipping are diversifying and strengthening their offerings to meet the evolving requirements of
tanker owners and operators, and the wider trades. This will include initiatives targeted at
helping tanker owners and operators meet sustainability objectives. Topics will include:

  • Developing financial frameworks to support sustainable fleet development
  • Creating new generation alternative fuel supply networks
  • Embracing drone technology to support tanker surveys and inspections
  • The changing role of ship agency
  • Assessing the latest advances in coatings, hull cleaning and related technology
  • Identifying the opportunities to tanker shipping presented by the new UAE Maritime Law
  • Shiprepair yards – creating the required retrofit capacity
  • Ship brokerage in an era of transition
  • Developing the shipboard technology needed to support dual fuel efficiency


Panel Discussion/ Q&A Session


Networking Cocktails

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Delegate Lunch
Conference Registration
Main Session
Notepads & Pens
Refreshment Break
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