The much praised The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference, which was held five times before its last staging in Abu Dhabi in 2019, returns in 2024, relaunched and rebranded, at a new location in Dubai. The event, which is expected to attract over 300 attendees, will take place at the Taj Exotica Hotel on the Palm, in a high quality setting that befits an event of this calibre.
Aimed at influential decision makers and opinion formers in the shipping, ports, ship finance, maritime law, insurance, shipbroking and trade related business sectors, among others, the one-day Conference will focus on the key issues facing the region as it seeks to expand infrastructure and services to meet evolving trade needs. It will in particular assess how creative financial solutions can help unlock barriers to growth and how the maritime and financial sectors can effectively collaborate to mutual benefit. This year there will also be particularly strong coverage of green finance issues, reflecting the importance of the drive to sustainability and net zero, picking up some of the themes and challenges raised during COP28, the pivotal global climate change conference hosted by Dubai in 2023.
The overarching theme of the Ship Finance and Trade event in 2024 is “Capitalising on an Era of Sustainable Growth” and the Conference will highlight the major changes in financial markets that are taking place and what these mean for shipping and maritime. Clive Woodbridge, Conference Editor, says, “The maritime sector is beset with uncertainties on many different levels at the moment. But the industry is generally recovering well post-pandemic and there is scope for the industry and financial sectors to come together to build a platform for future growth and development that aligns with green objectives as well as commercial goals.” A high quality programme has been finalised and can be seen here.
Over the years since its inception in 2015, the Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference, held in Abu Dhabi, has proven to be a resounding success, consistently attracting a diverse array of experts, including bankers, financiers, and ship owners. Previous editions featured esteemed speakers such as Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, the Group CEO of AD Ports Group, and Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO of ADNOC Logistics & Services, who graced the stage with their keynote presentations. These influential figures shared valuable insights, emphasizing the crucial role of financial institutions and the imperative for closer collaboration between the financial services sector and the maritime industry. Notable speakers also included Jacob Berman, Managing Director, Head of CCIB Client Coverage Japan, Standard Chartered Bank; Marcus Machin, CEO of Tufton Oceanic (Middle East) Limited; Chris Peters, Head of Sales and Purchasing, Montfort Investments Ltd (DIFC) ; Bora Bariman, Senior Advisor Alphier Capital; Andrew Baird, General Counsel at ADNOC Logistics & Services; Sanjay Mehta, Chairman at S One Capital; Andrew Simmons, Chief Financial Officer, Raduga Shipping; Sinan Ozcan, Senior Executive Officer & Board Director, DP World Financial Services; Giovanni Moscatelli, MD & Partner at Boston Consulting Group Middle East; George Giannakis, Managing Partner, Alantra; Nabil Azzouz, SVP & Head of Commercial Lines at Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company (ADNIC); KB Chandhiramouli, Senior General Manager- Corporate Finance and Treasury, Shipza Shipping Limited; and Vasudev P. Amonker, Director, Unieke Capital Advisory Private Limited. These experts have consistently shed light on regional and global trade trends, contributing to the conference’s reputation as a sought-after platform for industry discourse. In response to popular demand, the Ship Finance and Trade Conference is gearing up for another edition in Dubai, building on the success of its prestigious predecessor.
For the 2024 TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference, currently at an advanced planning stage, a high-quality group of speakers and panelists are being assembled. Based on the very positive experience of the first five events in the series, this will be a not-to-be-missed Conference that will not only feature a chance to learn from industry experts but will provide extensive opportunities for networking as well.
Speakers will come from a wide range of industry backgrounds, and will include representatives of leading shipowners and managers, port and terminal operators, shipyards, insurers, maritime law specialists, financiers, banks, and market analysts and consultancies. All of the key players will be represented within the various panels, including high profile organisations such as DP World, Abu Dhabi Ports Group, Safeen, ADNOC L&S, Bahri, Tomini, Montfort Capital, Standard Chartered, Asyad Drydocks and many, many more.
Senior Vice President – Group Finance
Abu Dhabi Ports