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Finance conference points the way forward for shipping and trade

Abu Dhabi, 17th November 2016: The second The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference, held in Abu Dhabi at the Sheraton Hotel and Resort, took full advantage of a stellar panel of speakers to chart a course for the future of the shipping and maritime sectors at an uncertain time politically and economically in world markets.

Conference chairman, Clive Woodbridge, editor of The Maritime Standard, said, “This Conference takes place at an interesting moment, with the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, and the vote for Brexit in the UK. The old order is changing and that makes this event so well timed. It is a chance to begin discussions about how the shipping and finance sectors respond to these seismic shifts.”

The Conference was hosted by Abu Dhabi Ports. Endorsing the event was chief executive of Abu Dhabi Ports, Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, who commented “Our participation and hosting of the Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference in Abu Dhabi for the second consecutive year is testament to our commitment to finding solutions for sustained growth and development. We are confident this event will serve as a platform that connects key players and decision makers together and create rewarding opportunities.”

Two influential personalities H.E. Dr. Abdullah Salem Alkatheeri, director general, Federal Transport Authority- Land and Maritime, and Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi, acting executive vice president – ports unit, Abu Dhabi Ports, gave the keynote addresses. Both struck an upbeat and optimistic note, highlighting the importance of the shipping and ports sector to the UAE, in general, and Abu Dhabi in particular, despite the uncertainties in the market. Both praised the organisers, The Maritime Standard, for their innovation and professionalism in bringing so many experts to Abu Dhabi to share their accumulated knowledge.

The chairman of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company, H.E. Sheikh Talal Al Khaled Al Sabah, was then invited on stage for a special presentation commemorating his attendance.

This was followed by a session looking at the changing global politico-economic environment, assessing the main challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Once again the conference heard from some leading personalities with many years of experience, including Ali Shehab, deputy chief executive of the Kuwait Oil Tanker Company; Khamis Juma Buamim, managing director and group chief executive of Gulf Navigation; Eng. Yasser Zaghloul, chief executive of National Marine Dredging Company; Eng. Rashed Al Hebsi, chief executive of Emirates Classification (TASNEEF) and Andrew Baird of Watson, Farley and Williams.

The conference audience was then treated to an Up Close session with well-known banker and financier Sanjay Mehta, of S One Capital who has over 25 years’ experience in fund management, investment banking and structuring mergers and acquisitions. In a one on one interview on stage with Clive Woodbridge, Sanjay Mehta gave some intriguing insights into his vision of how shipping and trade will evolve over the coming years, including an optimistic assessment of the product tanker market. “We like this market very much,” he said.

The afternoon sessions looking at developing strategies, and the right financial tools to meet the needs of challenging market condition, were also wide ranging and stimulating. There was plenty of discussion, triggered by excellent presentations from eminent speakers from the fields of ports, shipping, ship management, law, banking and finance. There was a general concensus that the banking and finance sectors need to work closely together and that Islamic Finance, while not a panacea for all, has a key role to play.

Trevor Pereira, managing director of The Maritime Standard, said, “This was a really unique event that brought together some of the most original thinkers and strategists from across the maritime sector under one roof. We successfully built on the success of the inaugural conference last year and I am sure everyone who attended went back to their day jobs with fresh ideas and enthusiasm to tackle the challenges that lie before them.”

 

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Five star venue confirmed for The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade conference

The second annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference will take place in Abu Dhabi on November 14th. An exciting new venue has been confirmed with the event now being hosted at the five star Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, offering delegates and guests plenty of networking opportunities with leading players in the market.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Beating the downturn; investing to be ready for the upturn.” A top class panel of speakers is being assembled to address some of the key issues facing the industry as it seeks to chart a course for long term recovery. Confirmed speakers to date include Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Abu Dhabi Ports; Khamis Juma Buamim, Gulf Navigation; Ali Shehab; Kuwait Oil Tanker Company; Rajiv Agarwal, Essar Ports; Andrew Baird of Watson, Farley & Williams; Marcus Machin, Tufton Oceanic (Middle East) Limited and former Greek finance minister, Petros Doukas.

Three separate 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 regarding 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. Based on the very positive experience of the inaugural event in 2015, which was hailed as a major triumph, by attendees and speakers alike, the conference is sure to be extremely high profile and informative.

The Conference is receiving high level support from Abu Dhabi Ports, while other sponsors include DTA, KOTC, Sohar Port & Freezone, National Marine Dredging Company; DNV GL, Essar Ports, Dubai Maritime City, Sharjah Ports Authority, Fichte Legal Consultants and Islamic P&I Club.

For more information about the conference and how to register to attend, please click here, or call +971 4 380 5556 for details.

 

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Top class panel of speakers assembled at TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference

The second annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference will take place in Abu Dhabi on November 14th. The theme of this year’s conference is “Beating the downturn; investing to be ready for the upturn.” A top class panel of speakers has been assembled to address some of the key issues facing the industry as it seeks to chart a course for long term recovery. The conference sessions will deal with a number of themes, including regional trade patterns, ship finance and ports and shipping.

H.E. Dr. Abdullah Salem Alkatheeri, Director General, Federal Transport Authority-Land & Maritime will kick start the conference with the keynote address.

Session 1 will cover the challenges and opportunities in the ever changing global politico-economic context. Speakers during this session are Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports; Ali Shehab, Deputy CEO, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC); Khamis Juma Buamim, Managing Director & Group CEO, Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC; Eng. Yasser Nasr Zagholoul, CEO, National Marine Dredging Company; Eng. Rashed Al Hebsi, CEO, Emirates Classification (TASNEEF); Andrew Baird, Partner, Partner, Watson Farley & Williams and Sanjay Mehta, Chairman
S One Capital.

Session 2 will be chaired by Jesper Kjaedegaard, Partner, Mercator International, this session will cover the developing strategies-preparing for the future. Speaking at this session are Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & MD, Essar Ports Ltd.; Anders Kron, Commercial Manager Middle East, Sohar Port & Freezone; Thomas Kriwat, CEO, Mercmarine Group of Companies; Chris Peters, CFO, Emirates Ship Investment Company LLC; Ziad Touma, Partner, Fichte & Co.

The topic for Session 3 is developing the right financial tools for the changing market, speakers are Marcus Machin, Director, Tufton Oceanic (Middle East) Limited; Vasudev Amoncar, Unit Head – Int’l Lending, Corporate Banking, Burgan Bank Group; Bora Bariman, Head of Energy & Marine, National Bank of Fujairah; Jacob Berman, Managing Director, Standard Chartered and Vengopal Venkatesh, CFO, Oman Shipping Company.

Trevor Pereira, The Maritime Standard managing director, says, “We want to focus on how to turn financial theory into shipping and trade reality, and provide a high-level forum that through insightful speeches and networking opportunities generates mutual benefit to finance and shipping companies.” He adds, “This is going to be a hugely important event that will bring together some of the most influential players in shipping, finance and port operations. The world will want to hear what they have to say, and already demand for conference places is exceeding all expectations.”

Based on the very positive experience of the inaugural event, which was hailed as a major triumph, by attendees and speakers alike, the conference will be extremely high profile and informative, with extensive opportunities for networking. Spaces at the event are strictly limited, to assure yourself of a place book now here

For more details visit http://tms-shipfinanceandtrade.com

 

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Supporting Associations
Conqueror Freight Network- TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
The Dubai Council for Marine & Maritime Industries- TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Globalia Logistics Network- TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Indian National Shipowner's Association- TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Organisation of the Islamic Shipowners Associations- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
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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
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
Universal Freight Organisation- Media Partner of TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017

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