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Conference Programme 2016


Registration & Welcome Coffee


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


UntitledInaugural Address by
Trevor Pereira, Managing Director, The Maritime Standard


Key Note Session

The conference will kick off with the keynote address by some of the most influential personalities in the business, senior executives with many years’ experience in their chosen fields.


Keynote Address by

His Excellency H.E. Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi
CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports

His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Salem Alkatheeri
Director General, Federal Transport Authority-Land & Maritime


Session 1: The changing global politico-economic context – challenges and opportunities

  • Brexit- will this worsen capital constraints within the shipping sector?
  • World oil prices-what does the future hold and what are the implications for regional offshore shipping markets
  • Container shipping- is it time to be optimistic again?
  • The ports perspective- investing locally to meet global trade patterns
  • Tankers and global trade- sustaining positive performance
  • Looking ahead to 2017 challenges and opportunities
  • Restructuring: avoiding an uncontrolled collapse

Sponsored by : DNV GL

Confirmed Speakers:


Ali Shehab
Deputy CEO
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC)
Khamis Juma Buamim
Managing Director & Group CEO
Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC
Eng. Yasser Nasr Zagholoul
National Marine Dredging Company
Eng. Rashed Al Hebsi
Emirates Classification (TASNEEF)
Andrew Baird
Watson Farley & Williams

Panel Discussion followed by Question & Answer Session


Session 1 contd: Up Close with Sanjay Mehta

A one-on-one session with eminent speaker Sanjay Mehta who has over 25 years’ experience in proprietary fund management, investment banking and mergers and acquisition. Sanjay comes with wealth of experience in the industries of maritime transportation, port infrastructure, mobile telephony, oil & gas and power generation industries in which he has lead financing and M&A transaction in excess of USD 12 billion.

Sanjay Mehta
S One Capital


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Session 2: Developing strategies-preparing for the future

  • Taking the merger route- economies of scale and improved fundamentals
  • Being bold and investing positively
  • Attracting shipping investment to the region: putting UAE government strategy into practice
  • Planning for the long term in ports provision
  • Iran: Re-engaging with the global economy
  • Diversification and restructuring- putting a business on a recovery path
Confirmed Speakers:


Jesper Kjaedegaard
Session Chair, Partner,
Mercator International
Rajiv Agarwal
Essar Ports Ltd.
Anders Kron
Commercial Manager Middle East
Sohar Port & Freezone
Thomas Kriwat
Mercmarine Group of Companies
Chris Peters
Emirates Ship Investment Company LLC
Ziad Touma
Fichte & Co

Panel Discussion followed by Question & Answer Session


Coffee Break


Session 3: Developing the right financial tools for the changing market

  • Adapting Islamic Finance to shipping market needs
  • Financing port developments in a multinational context
  • The US$ 1.5 billion shipping fund- developing innovative financial solutions
  • Alternative financial tools- are there legal pitfalls?
  • Embracing new ways of thinking in funding shipping projects
  • Using Sharia compliant financing options in practice
Confirmed Speakers:


Marcus Machin
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
Vengopal Venkatesh
Oman Shipping Company

Panel Discussion followed by Question & Answer Session


Networking Reception

Gold Sponsor
Delegate Lunch
Delegate Bags
Lanyards and Badges
Notepads and Pens
Refreshment Break
Water & Mints
General Sponsor
General Sponsor
Conqueror Freight Network- TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Globalia Logistics Network- TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
Media Partners

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