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Conference Programme 2018

Event Overview

Converting Greater Optimism into Sustainable Trade Growth

The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference is being held at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort on 6th November 2018. This will be the fourth in an increasingly successful series of conferences that started in 2015. Each event has attracted a bigger attendance than the previous one, and this year is set to be another record-breaker. The Ship Finance and Trade Conference has gained in relevance and popularity by bringing together experts from the fields of shipping, ports, banking, finance, trade and maritime law under one roof to discuss and debate the most important contemporary trends and issues facing the market. In particular the event aims to encourage dialogue and cooperation between the various sectors represented to help achieve sustainable growth within the regional shipping and ports sectors, as well as an overall expansion in trade activity.

The 2018 Ship Finance and Trade Conference will feature a top quality panel of speakers who are keen to share their knowledge and experience with those attending the event, as well as to point the way forward. These speakers will include some of the most influential personalities and policy makers within the maritime, finance and trade sectors, all with many years of experience in their chosen fields.

The event starts with a keynote session, followed by three distinct conference sessions on a particular theme. The popular ‘one-on-one’ interview with leading innovators and thinkers will return, and there will also be plenty of opportunity to ask questions of speakers and panellists at the end of each session.

The Ship Finance and Trade Conference is now firmly established on the industry calendar and this year the quality of the speakers is poised to raise the event to another level. The event aims to be both enjoyable and informative, and will present a unique opportunity to learn from, and be guided by industry experts, as well as to have the chance to network with business leaders.

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Conference Programme Outline

09:00

Registration

09:00

Welcome Refreshments

Sponsored by : DNV GL

9:45

Welcome by


Clive Woodbridge
Conference Chairman & Editor, The Maritime Standard
9:50

Inaugural Address by


Trevor Pereira
Managing Director, The Maritime Standard

10:00

Keynote Address
Capt. Mohammed Juma Al Shamisi
CEO
Abu Dhabi Ports
H.E. Ahmed M. Shareef Alkhoori
Director General
Federal Transport Authority – Land & Marine
10:30

Main Session: Investing in Infrastructure delivery – how to unlock trade potential?

  • How will the Chinese government’s New Silk Road and One Belt initiatives impact on infrastructure provision and demand in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent?
  • Port investments – developing strategies to support local trade growth
  • Sagarmala initiatives – what will be the impact on Indian trade?
  • Port investments in the UAE – what is the next step?
  • Hambantota port – a key piece in the global trade jigsaw
  • Assessing the climate for regional infrastructure investment
Speakers:
Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi
CEO
ADNOC Logistics & Services
Abdulla Bin Damithan
CCO
DP World
Ross Thompson
Acting/Chief – Commercial and Strategy Officer – Ports
Abu Dhabi Ports
Michael Jorgensen
CFO
Oman Shipping Company
Dr Priyath Wickrama
Chairman
Bestar Consultancy
Saliya Wickramasuriya
Senior Advisor to CEO
Hambantota International Port Group

11:45

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session

12:15

Up close with:

Sanjay Mehta
Chairman
S One Capital
Bibop Gresta
Chairman
Hyperloop
12:45

Lunch

13:45

Session 2 – The Future for Ship Finance – the implications for the market in Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent

  • What is the future for ship finance and what will this mean for the region?
  • What new approaches are needed by the ship finance sector?
  • Are alternative lending platforms a risk too far for shipping?
  • Will banks reassess their long term ship finance vision?
  • Investing positively in uncertain market conditions
  • M&A activity – is there more to come and what lessons can be learned from the past?
  • Assessing leading regional shipowner’s plans in terms of fleet development investment.
  • What does the shipping industry today need from the finance sector?

Jesper Kjaedegaard (Session Chair), Partner, Mercator International
Speakers:
Bobby Varghese
Vice President- Financial Strategy
Abu Dhabi Ports
Jacob Berman
MD, Infrastructure and Transportation. Corporate & Institutional Banking
Standard Chartered
Ali Shehab
Deputy CEO
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
Marcus Machin
CEO
Tufton Oceanic (Middle East) Limited
Andrew Simmons
CEO
Global Marine Transport
Tien Tai
Regional Partner
Holman Fenwick Willan
Michael Savva
Partner
Watson Farley Williams
15:15

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session

15:30

Coffee Break

Sponsored by : DNV GL

15:45

Session 3 – Supporting regional trade development

  • What does the future hold for India’s coastal and short sea trades?
  • Emirates Gulf Aluminium – a case study in investing in supply chain optimisation
  • RAK Ports – opening up a gateway for bulk trade growth
  • Overcoming security barriers to trade
  • Maritime law expertise – the key to regional trade success
  • Environmental investments – a growing and urgent necessity
  • The chemical trades – Bahri opens the door to new markets
  • Developing new trade-supporting finance products
Speakers:
Capt. S.R. Patnaik
CEO
International Shipping & Logistics
Bora Bariman
Head of Energy and Marine
National Bank of Fujairah
Waleed Altamimi
GM
Emirates Classification (TASNEEF)
Giovanni Moscatelli
Partner and Managing Director
THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP Middle East
16:45

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session

17:00

Networking Cocktail For more information please click here

17:30

End

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WHAT THE SPEAKERS ARE SAYING

Mr. Waleed AltamimiMr. Waleed AltamimiChief Operating Officer
TASNEEF
It is a great pleasure to be one of the speakers at the TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference 2018 on 6th November, at the Sheraton Hotel and Resort in Abu Dhabi. The development of safe, environmentally-compliant and sustainable models of transportation is vital and we have to ensure we invest wisely to achieve these goals. Tasneef stands ready to be a key regional partner in this context."
Mr. Giovanni MoscatelliMr. Giovanni MoscatelliManaging Director & Partner
THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP Middle East
I am looking forward to taking part as a speaker at the TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference 2018. This is a great opportunity to hear about some of the key trends facing port development in the region and what is going to be influencing the market over the next few years. So why not join us?”
Mr. Marcus MachinMr. Marcus MachinCEO
Tufton Oceanic (Middle East) Limited
It is a great privilege to be one of the speakers at the TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference 2018 on 6th November. This is a challenging time for our industry and getting financing right is one of the key challenges we face if we are to exploit emerging opportunities. This is a fantastic opportunity for different sectors of the industry to share their thoughts and air potential solutions."
Mr. Bora BarimanMr. Bora BarimanHead of Energy and Marine
National Bank of Fujairah
The TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference 2018 on 6th November takes place at an important time for the industry and I am delighted to have been asked to be one of the speakers. NBF has established a specialized Energy & Marine segment to ensure we meet market demands in this region and I am looking forward to updating the audience on the progress we are making.”
Captain S.R. PatnaikCaptain S.R. PatnaikCEO
International Shipping & Logistics
It is a tremendous privilege to be invited to be one of the speakers at the TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference 2018 on 6th November in Abu Dhabi. The Indian coastal shipping market is one of great potential and I will be highlighting on some emerging opportunities and challenges”
Mr. Tien TaiMr. Tien TaiPartner
Holman Fenwick Willan
It is a great honour to be one of the speakers at this year’s TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference in Abu Dhabi. HFW has been working on some interesting projects and notwithstanding the better fundamentals in the offshore marine industry, the market remains challenging. I will be sharing our experiences with the audience on some key issues that have to be addressed and possible strategies for all stakeholders to move forward.”
Mr. Jesper KjaedegaardMr. Jesper KjaedegaardPartner
Mercator International
The TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference 2018 on 6th November, at the Sheraton Hotel and Resort in Abu Dhabi, is an event that is not to be missed. I am delighted to have been asked to chair session 2 on ship finance topics and will share some of my company’s recent experiences in the market as well."
Mr. Abdulkareem Al MasabiMr. Abdulkareem Al MasabiCEO
ADNOC Logistics & Services
It is a great pleasure to be taking part in the TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference 2018 on 6th November, at the Sheraton Hotel and Resort in Abu Dhabi. This is an exciting time for ADNOC Logistics & Services, and for the emirate generally, and I look forward to sharing my perspective as to future opportunities and challenges with those attending this important event."

Endorsed by
Sponsors
Host
Abu Dhabi Ports- sponsor of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2016
Gold Sponsor
Silver Sponsor
KOTC- The Maritime Standard Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Delegate Lunch
Event Catalogue
Refreshment Break
General Sponsor
General Sponsor
Dubai Maritime City LLC- sponsor of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2016
General Sponsor
Supporting Associations
UAE Shipping Association- supporter of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2016
The Dubai Council for Marine & Maritime Industries- TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Organisation of the Islamic Shipowners Associations- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
Indian National Shipowner's Association- TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Pakistan Ship's Agenst Association- TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Nautical Institute- TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Women's International Shipping & Trading Association- supporter of The Maritime Standard Awards 2016
Conqueror Freight Network- TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Globalia Logistics Network- TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
The Cooperative Logistics Network- TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Media Partners
Actualidad- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Bunkerspot- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Cargo Connections- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Freight book- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Global Shipping Careers- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Harbours Review- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Lautindo- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Marino World- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Maritimes.gr- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Middle East Business- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Mudrock Media- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Oilgascom.com- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Port News- supporter of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2016
Project Cargo Network- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Robban Assafina- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Ship2Shore- supporter of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2016
Supply Chain Brain- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
T.U.N International- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
UAE Business- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
UAE Ports and Shipping Directory- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Universal Freight Organisation- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
World Oils- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Travel Partners

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