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Conference Programme 2015

The event, held against the backdrop of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Abu Dhabi’s Park Hyatt hotel, will bring together experts from the fields of shipping, ports, banking, finance, trade and maritime law, among others, to discuss and debate the key issues and trends facing the market in the Middle East and Subcontinent. They will share their insights and knowledge through a series of presentations and panel discussions, which aim to signpost the way forward, identifying the key challenges as well as the significant opportunities that exist.

An unrivalled high level list of keynote speakers has been lined up and these will be followed by a series of senior executives with many years’ experience in their chosen fields. Conference sessions will deal with a number of themes including regional trade patterns, ship finance and ports and shipping. The event will be rounded off by presentations of a number of specific case studies illustrating how the financial sector has helped unlock the potential of regional shipping and ports operators to the benefit of trade and economic growth. It is a not to be missed event that will be extremely high profile and informative, with extensive opportunities for networking.

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Conference takes place on 26 November from 08:00 Hrs, and culminates with a cocktail reception on the same day at 17:30 Hrs.

An unrivalled high level list of keynote speakers has been lined up and these will be followed by a series of senior executives with many years’ experience in their chosen fields.

Conference Programme Outline

08:00

Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00

speaker-clive-woodbridge2Welcome by
Clive Woodbridge, Editor, The Maritime Standard

09:10

UntitledWelcome by Trevor Pereira, Managing Director, The Maritime Standard

00:00

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Address by H.E. Salem Al Zaabi, Director General, Federal Transport Authority-Land & Maritime

09:15

Keynote Session

Sponsored by : DNV GL

Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi
CEO
Abu Dhabi Ports
H.E. Dr. Abdullah Salem Alkatheeri
Director General
Federal Transport Authority-Land & Maritime

10:25

Round-up by Clive Woodbridge, Editor, The Maritime Standard

10:30

Coffee Break

11:00

Session 1 – Regional Trade Patterns & Ship Finance

  • Energy price trends and their impact on regional trade. What are the likely consequences for shipping markets?
  • Economic diversification and the creation of export opportunities. What is required of regional shipping companies and ports, to meet growing need for outbound cargo flows?
  • India – the sleeping giant? What can the market expect as a result of India’s economic development over the next five years? What challenges have to be addressed?
  • Iran – How will the easing of sanctions impact on regional trade? How should companies prepare for the opportunities that will arise?
  • How can the banking sector assist unlocking regional trade opportunities? What does the financial services sector need to do better?
  • Financing fleet expansion – What is good practice? What new financing tools are emerging and which are fit for purpose?
  • Can the UAE become a regional ship finance hub?

12:00

Panel Discussion

12:45

Question & Answer Session

Session 1

speaker-clive-woodbridge2Clive Woodbridge (Session Chair) Editor, The Maritime Standard

00:00

Speakers and Panelists:

Ali Shehab Ahmad
Deputy CEO
KOTC
Khamis Juma Buamim
Managing Director and Group CEO
Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC
Yasser Nasr Zagholoul
CEO
National Marine Dredging Company
Eng. Rashed Al Hebsi
CEO
Emirates Classification (TASNEEF)
Andrew Baird
Partner
Watson Farley & Williams
Sanjay Mehta
Chairman
S One Capital
Jesper Kjaedegaard
Session Chair, Partner
Mercator International
Rajiv Agarwal
CEO & MD
Essar Ports Ltd.
Thomas Kriwat
Chief Executive
Mercmarine Group
Anders Kron
Commercial Manager Middle East
Sohar Port & Freezone
Chris Peters
Chief Financial Officer
Emirates Ship Investment Company LLC
Ziad Touma
Partner
Fichte & Co.
Jacob Berman
Managing Director
Infrastructure & Transportation Corporate & Institutional Clients Standard Chartered Bank
Marcus Machin
Director
Tufton Oceanic (Middle East) Limited
Vasudev P. Amonker
Unit Head – Int’l Lending, Corporate Banking
Burgan Bank Group

13:00

Lunch

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14:00

Session 2 – Ports and Shipping

  • The role of ports as enablers of economic development
  • Financing the growth of port capacity in line with demand. How can bottlenecks be avoided.
  • The role of international terminal operators in the region. Should the market be opened up to external competition more than it is now?
  • Subcontinent ports – how can the full potential be unlocked in future and what are the implications for the Middle East ports sector?

15:00

Panel Discussion

15:15

Question & Answer

00:00

Question & Answer Session

Session 2

speaker-jesper-kj2Jesper  Kjaedegaard (Session Chair), Partner, Mercator International

00:00

Speakers and Panelists:

Ali Shehab Ahmad
Deputy CEO
KOTC
Khamis Juma Buamim
Managing Director and Group CEO
Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC
Yasser Nasr Zagholoul
CEO
National Marine Dredging Company
Eng. Rashed Al Hebsi
CEO
Emirates Classification (TASNEEF)
Andrew Baird
Partner
Watson Farley & Williams
Sanjay Mehta
Chairman
S One Capital
Jesper Kjaedegaard
Session Chair, Partner
Mercator International
Thomas Kriwat
Chief Executive
Mercmarine Group
Anders Kron
Commercial Manager Middle East
Sohar Port & Freezone
Chris Peters
Chief Financial Officer
Emirates Ship Investment Company LLC
Ziad Touma
Partner
Fichte & Co.
Marcus Machin
Director
Tufton Oceanic (Middle East) Limited
Vasudev P. Amonker
Unit Head – Int’l Lending, Corporate Banking
Burgan Bank Group
Venugopal Venkatesh
CFO
Oman Shipping Company

15:30

Coffee Break

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16:00

Session 3 – Case Studies

How the finance sector has helped unlock the potential of the regional shipping and ports sector to the benefit of trade, key deals that have been made.

  • The final session will feature a number of speakers setting out significant case studies showing how specialist financial and legal expertise has helped unlock the potential of the regional shipping and ports sector to the benefit of trade.
  • Speakers will examine key deals that have been made over the past year or so, highlighting the challenges that had to be overcome and the steps that were taken to bring the deal to a successful conclusion.
  • Focus on actual, practical examples of financial and legal institutions working together with partners in shipping, ports and logistics, attendees will gain some valuable insights and pointers to the future.

17:00

Panel Discussion

17:15

Question & Answer

00:00

Question & Answer Session

Session 3

Richard Briggs (Session Chair), Executive Partner, Hadef & Partners Richard Briggs - Photograph new

 

00:00

Speakers and Panelists:

Ali Shehab Ahmad
Deputy CEO
KOTC
Khamis Juma Buamim
Managing Director and Group CEO
Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC
Yasser Nasr Zagholoul
CEO
National Marine Dredging Company
Eng. Rashed Al Hebsi
CEO
Emirates Classification (TASNEEF)
Andrew Baird
Partner
Watson Farley & Williams
Sanjay Mehta
Chairman
S One Capital
Jesper Kjaedegaard
Session Chair, Partner
Mercator International
Thomas Kriwat
Chief Executive
Mercmarine Group
Anders Kron
Commercial Manager Middle East
Sohar Port & Freezone
Chris Peters
Chief Financial Officer
Emirates Ship Investment Company LLC
Ziad Touma
Partner
Fichte & Co.
Marcus Machin
Director
Tufton Oceanic (Middle East) Limited
Vasudev P. Amonker
Unit Head – Int’l Lending, Corporate Banking
Burgan Bank Group
Venugopal Venkatesh
CFO
Oman Shipping Company
Bora Bariman
Head of the Energy & Marine segment
National Bank of Fujairah

17:30

End of Conference followed by Cocktail Reception

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Sponsors
Host & Platinum Sponsor
Abu Dhabi Ports- sponsor of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2016
Silver Sponsor
KOTC- The Maritime Standard Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Delegate Bags
National Marine Dredging Company- sponsor of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2016
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Islamic P & I Club- The Maritime Standard Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
General Sponsor
Dubai Maritime City LLC- sponsor of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2016
Supporting Associations
UAE Shipping Association- supporter of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2016
Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries- supporter of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2016
Organisation of the Islamic Shipowners Associations- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
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PAKISTAN SHIP’S AGENTS ASSOCIATION- supporter of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2016
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Women's International Shipping & Trading Association- supporter of The Maritime Standard Awards 2016
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