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Conference Programme 2019

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FINDING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS IN A CHANGING GEOPOLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT

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
Conference Chairman & Editor, The Maritime Standard
9:35

Inaugural Address by


Trevor Pereira
Managing Director, The Maritime Standard

09:40

Keynote Addresses

  • H.E. Eng. Ahmed Mohamed Sharif Al Khoori, Director General,Federal Transport Authority- Land & Maritime
  • Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO, ADNOC Logistics & Services
  • Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports
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

Speakers:


Ali Shehab
Acting CEO,
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company


Chris Peters
CEO,
Eships

Zhang Wei
Assistant General Manager,
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICIC)

Capt. S.R. Patnaik
CEO,
International Shipping & Logistics

Bobby Varghese
Vice President- Financial Strategy,
Abu Dhabi Ports

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

Speakers:


Andrew Simmons
CEO,
Global Marine Transport

Vijay Kamath
Regional Head,
North Star Asia Maritime Pte. Ltd. (NSAM)

Nitin Mehta
CFO,
Tomini Shipping

George Giannakis
Managing Director,
StormHarbour

Capt. Harihar Prasad
Managing Director,
McQuilling Shipping Services

Christopher James Thomas
CFO,
ADNOC Logistics & Services
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.

Speakers:


K. B. Chandramouli,
Director- Shipping, Aviation,
Faber Capital

Richard Briggs
Vice Chairman, EMAC,
Partner, Hadef & Partners

Nabil Azzouz
Senior Manager-Marine,
Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company

Tien Tai
Partner,
HFW

Nijoe Joseph
Partner,
Stephenson Harwood
17:00

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session

17:30

Networking Reception

18:00

End

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Globalia Logistics Network- TMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2017
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