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Conference Programme 2019

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FINDING INNOVATICE SOLUTIONS IN A CHANGING GEOPOLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ENVIRONEMENT

The fifth annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference will be held at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche on 6th November 2019. It will seek to build on the reputation for quality information sharing and networking earned over the past four years.

In 2018 the Conference attracted a high-quality audience of around 150 executives and decision makers from across the industry. They assembled to discuss and debate the key issues and trends facing the shipping and ports market in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, with a particular focus on financial issues. The audience heard from some of the best-known personalities in the business, all leaders in their chosen fields, who highlighted the importance of building partnerships to help accelerate investment-led growth within the industry.

Wednesday 6th November 2019

Conference Programme Outline

09:00

Registration and welcome refreshments

9:30

Welcome by


Clive Woodbridge
Editor, The Maritime Standard
9:35

Inaugural Address by


Trevor Pereira
Managing Director, The Maritime Standard

09:40

Keynote Addresses
10:10

Session 1: Accentuating the positive – how to take advantage from regional and global trade trends

  • The changing world trade order – what lies in store and how can the maritime sector best position itself for long term success?
  • China’s One Belt, One Road – tapping into a once in a generational opportunity
  • Does oil supply volatility open up more opportunities than challenges?
  • Taking a port perspective – where should investment be focused at a time of rapid change and transformation?
  • Tanker operators see light at the end of the tunnel
  • Container shipping lines’ regional investment decisions start shaping opportunities
  • Profitably financing the shipping industry at a time of political and economic change
  • Indian coastal shipping – liberalising a market with huge potential
  • Inland transportation – using new technology to increase speed and reduce cost

12:30

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session

12:45

Lunch

13:45

Session 2: Developing future proof solutions

  • Will the industry turn more to mergers and acquisitions to secure future stability?
  • How can shipowners and operators chart a viable course through challenging environmental waters?
  • Attracting inward investment – a case study of success
  • Digitalisation and AI – is the industry keeping pace with emerging new technology?
  • Hyperloop technology – progress report on a potential game changer
  • Should the financial services sector be taking a longer-term view of shipping and maritime?
  • Multimodal rail and road transport – integrating shipping and port services with landside logistics
  • The automotive trades – catering to the needs of a fast-changing sector
15:15

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session

15:30

Refreshment Break

15:45

Session 3 – Breaking down the barriers to greater shipping and finance industry collaboration

  • Chinese banks and financial services – presenting exciting new options for regional shipping and ports investment?
  • Islamic Finance tools- how can they be adapted to better meet today’s shipping industry requirements
  • Does the industry need new financing tools for the next investment cycle?
  • What role do specialist insurers and maritime lawyers have in bridging the gap
  • Recent newbuilding projects – case studies in good collaboration
  • Alternative financing methods – will they usher in a new era?
  • Funding new road, rail and inland waterway services.
17:00

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session

17:30

Networking Reception

18:00

End

Download the full conference schedule here

WHAT THE SPEAKERS ARE SAYING

Ksenia ZudinovaKsenia ZudinovaExecutive Director,
Emirates Zone
It was a pleasure to see that the most important people from the industry were here. It was a very good networking event, allowing us to meet new people. This is very important for us and our clients.
Waleed Al tamimiWaleed Al tamimiGeneral Manager,
Emirates Clasification Society (TASNEEF)
This is the first time I have attended the conference and I was very impressed with the quality level of the attendees and speakers and also the size of the room that allowed so many people to participate today. There were a lot of excellent speakers who gave us a good picture about getting the right finance for your business, which was useful.
Andrew SimmonsAndrew SimmonsCEO,
Global Marine Transport Capital LLC
It was a great conference. There was lots of very interesting stuff and, having spent 8 years living in the UAE in the past, it was fascinating to see how things continue to develop here.
Capt. S. R. PatnaikCapt. S. R. PatnaikCEO,
International Shipping & Logistics
It was really interesting to hear how the industry is looking at the IMO 2020 issues, who is going to have sulphur scrubbers fitted and what are the pros and cons. We are just getting into shipowning so the discussion will help us plan our strategy.Overall, I found it most interesting and informative.
Tien TaiTien TaiPartner,
HFW
The value of the conference is the fact that it provides a platform for dialogue. You meet bankers, owners, third party suppliers, legal advisers and restructuring specialists, and everybody can come and discuss the ecosystem in which we will operate.
Fazel A. FazelbhoyFazel A. FazelbhoyCEO,
Synergy Offshore
The One Belt One Road discussion evoked a lot of reactions. Clearly there are some very positive aspects, but there is also a downside and some risks involved. I was glad that the audience and the panelists were actually engaging in this topic and debating what are the potential issues involved. TMS always does a wonderful job of rounding up the creme de la creme of the industry, so it was great to be there.
Flemming JensenFlemming JensenCEO,
DTA Ship Agency
A particularly fresh element of the agenda was the fact you had Hyperloop giving us a presentation showing us what the future is going to bring. This demonstrated very clearly that you get onboard or you get left behind.
Bora BarimanBora BarimanHead of the Energy & Marine segment,
National Bank of Fujairah
What I enjoyed about this event was the fact that the panels brought together quite unique viewpoints. The panels comprised bankers, management consultants, vessel operators, engineers and law firms, for example, and this really lent itself to a very rich discussion that examined problems from all perspectives.
Ali ShehabAli ShehabActing CEO,
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
This is the fourth event that has been held in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi and this is an important milestone. It's important also to see the support of the UAE authorities, like Abu Dhabi Ports, and other stakeholders to make this event successful.
Giovanni MoscatelliGiovanni MoscatelliPartner & Managing Director,
The Boston Consulting Group
The takeaway for me was that now ship finance is not an isolated sector, but one where there is a willingness to gather together operators, ports, regulators, ship finance and the banks together into a system. Otherwise it will be very difficult to face the future.
Jesper KjaedegaardJesper KjaedegaardPartner,
Mercator International
We heard that lending institutions are looking at the future slightly more positively perhaps than they were a couple of years ago. The session on ship finance was very upbeat; perhaps not quite full steam ahead yet, but I would say the wheels are running again in the industry. This is an event that is extremely valuable to this region because it's probably the only chance where we can all get together in one room - financial people, ship owners and fund managers - which is very important.
Bobby VargheseBobby VargheseVice President- Financial Strategy,
Abu Dhabi Ports
It was good to hear people talking about the challenges faced by the shipping industry and at the same time what sources of finance are possible. Different options were discussed, but there still seems to be a gap between the positivity that is there in the shipping market and the fact that banks and various financing organisations are not really geared up to snap up that positivity.
Michael SavvaMichael SavvaPartner,
Watson Farley Williams
I always enjoy coming to this conference and it's great to see the main industry players in the region both on the financing side and the owner's side. It was also extremely pleasant to hear more positive sentiments about the market this year than previously.
Pawan SahniPawan SahniManager Business Development – Middle East,
DNV GL
This was my first time at the Ship Finance and Trade Conference, and it was very impressive. The number of delegates who have come in, with people from across the industry, made it very valuable. All the sessions were really good with great questions from the audience as well.
Eduardo FonsecaEduardo FonsecaAmbassador
of the Republic of Panama to UAE
TMS events provide a space where you can engage and speak about issues outside of work and create those relationships which are really vital in the region. That's the best value added that TMS conferences have. Having the thought leaders driving change and growth here and in one venue is immensely valuable.
Vivek SethVivek SethMD,
Midgulf Projects & Services
I found the presentations to be extremely stimulating. I particularly enjoyed hearing about the Hyperloop and how this could be a major disruptor in logistics going forward.The benefit of being here is getting to know what new is happening in the market, getting to meet new people and sharing similar and dissimilar ideas, because that's what stimulates a good discussion.
Capt. Zarir IraniCapt. Zarir IraniMD,
Constellation Marine Services
I liked the diversity of the Ship Finance and Trade Conference, with information for example about Sri Lanka, India and Abu Dhabi all on the agenda. The content was brilliant and was kept nice and tight. I really enjoyed all the presentations.

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Host
Abu Dhabi Ports- sponsor of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2016
Gold Sponsor
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KOTC- The Maritime Standard Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
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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
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
Cargo Connections- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Freight book- 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
Mudrock Media- 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
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
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