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Conference Programme 2024

Event Overview


The TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference, which has been successfully held on five occasions in the past, returns in 2024. The one-day conference will be held on February 14th at a Taj Exotica Resort, The Palm in Dubai and is expected to attract over 250 delegates to hear expert speakers from the worlds of ship finance, banking, shipping, ports, ship broking, maritime law, logistics and trade facilitation, among others. The overall theme of the conference will be ‘Capitalising on opportunities for an era of sustainable growth’ and it will highlight the opportunities open to finance providers and the new approaches being adopted by the industry, given fast changing market scenarios and the uncertain and volatile geopolitical context. The expectation is that attending the event will give participants an insight into the key challenges and trends but will also demonstrate how stakeholders are adopting innovative solutions to ensure a successful future.

After a keynote address by a leading industry figure, Session 1 of the Conference will look at the strategic outlook for sustainable shipping and maritime investments on a global level. This will assess the primary challenges and opportunities facing the sector and offer both the banking and ship owner perspective on funding fleet growth in future, including both new buildings and vessel retrofits and upgrades. The session will assess the extent to which the perception of shipping is changing amongst lender banks and other financial institutions, as well as the emergence of new sources of green funding. There is a huge amount of regulatory and geopolitical uncertainty and how best to mitigate against the risks inherent in today’s markets is sure to be a core topic in this session.

After lunch, Session 2 will assess the future of shipping and maritime related investments, specifically in the Middle East and Subcontinent, assessing the financing requirements of port infrastructure developments, ship repair and refit capacity and the needs of offshore shipping markets, currently entering a growth cycle. The role of local law and insurance firms in unlocking growth opportunities will be highlighted, as will the specific issues relating to regional ship finance, including the application of the Poseidon principles and sustainability linked loan principles.

The third and final session will assess the role of financial services and tools in supporting trade facilitation and growth, and in optimising regional supply chains. This will include strategies for opening up new port gateways and coastal shipping routes, as well as the integration of ports and free zones to offer one-stop-shop support, embracing finance and other services. The significant future influence of new technology, covering AI and digital tools, will also be assessed.

Conference Programme

Wednesday 14th February 2024,
Taj Exotica Resort, The Palm, Dubai. UAE




Registration and welcome refreshments

Welcome Address

Trevor Pereira, Managing Director, The Maritime Standard
Keynote Address

Capt. Ammar Al Shaiba, CEO – Maritime & Shipping Cluster, AD Ports Group

Session 1: Investing in sustainable shipping and maritime – the strategic outlook

  • The key challenges and opportunities opening up for ship finance providers.
  • Are banks changing their views on ship finance?
  • Financing shipping in the future – the owners perspective
  • Accessing the credit and equity needed for sustainable growth – is it getting easier?
  • Financing the green newbuildings of the future
  • Retrofitting for cleaner energy – the financial options
  • The opportunities for upgrading ‘mid age’ tonnage as an alternative to newbuilding.
  • Mitigating risk in an era of geopolitical and regulatory uncertainty
  • How effectively are traditional lenders being challenged by alternative capital providers.
  • Building-in financial incentives for energy transition
  • Seizing remerging opportunities presented by carbon markets.
  • Leasing – an option whose time has come?
  • Banks and lenders – putting greater emphasis on ESG issues

Petros Doukas, Former Mayor of Sparta; President of Capital Partners and former Deputy Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs, Greece
Capt. Ammar Al Shaiba, CEO – Maritime & Shipping Cluster, AD Ports Group
Dr. Ibrahim Al Nadhairi, CEO, ASYAD Shipping & Drydock Services
Emile Hoogsteden, CEO, Sohar Port & Freezone
Theo Xenakoudis, Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director, Piraeus Office, International Registries
Chris Peters, Head of Sales and Purchasing, Montfort Investments Ltd (DIFC)

Panel Discussion


Question & Answer Session




Session 2: The future of ship finance – the shape of things to come for the Middle East and Subcontinent

  • The impact of the UAE’s new Maritime Law on ship finance and trade
  • Financing regional port infrastructure development
  • Expanding ship repair and refit capacity – Middle East yards take the lead.
  • Offshore markets – supporting the market through a growth cycle.
  • Are Middle East owners finding it easier than others to source finance?
  • Training up a new generation of regional ship finance professionals
  • The role of local law and insurance firms in unlocking the right finance at the right time
  • Sustainability Linked Loan principles – what will be the impact on regional finance for shipping and maritime in the future?
  • Assessing the impact of ESG and decarbonisation objectives on ship finance
  • The Poseidon Principles – are they working for the region?


Chris Peters, Head of Sales and Purchasing, Montfort Investments Ltd (DIFC)
Bobby Varghese, Senior Vice President-Group Finance, AD Ports Group
Dipak Karki, Business Advisor, Transportation, iLex
Ian Edwards, Director of Middle East & Africa, Maritime, DNV
Bard Poulson, Divisional Directo, Marine Middle East & Africa (MEA), Gallagher Re DIFC
Nitin Mehta, Chief Operating Officer, Lila Global
Menelaus Kouzoupis, Partner, Stephenson Harwood

Panel Discussion


Question & Answer Session

Refreshment Break
Session 3 – Building Resilience as Collaborative Enablers in the Maritime Landscape

  • Strategic Investments: The Role of Banks in Nurturing Sustainable Shipping
  • Harnessing Financial Safety Nets: Insights into Marine Insurance Strategies
  • Resolving Legal Complexities: The Role of Legal Advisors in Navigating Ship Finance Challenges
  • Deal Architects of the Maritime Marketplace: The Evolving Role of Shipbrokers
  • Bridging the Gap: Facilitating Transactions in the Ship Buying and Selling Landscape
  • Beyond Compliance: The Impact of Ship Classification on Insurability and Quality
  • Ensuring Operational Efficiency through Ship Management
  • Charting the Course: Advisory Services in Market Trends and Financial Strategies
  • Legal Anchors: The Crucial Role of Flag Administrations in Sustainable Ship Finance”
  • Deriving Value: The Role of Exchanges in Trading Derivatives and Futures Contracts

Ali Shehab, Global Director of Special Projects and Services, DNV
Jamil Al Ali, Middle East Regional Commercial & Business Development Director, Bureau Veritas
George Bolton, Director, Sale and Purchase, Clarksons DMCC
Ali Abouda, Group CFO, Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC
Tejas Shah, CFO, Tomini Shipping
Nikeel Idnani, Honorary Secretary, IMarEST
Panel Discussion
Question & Answer Session

Summary and Closing Remarks


Networking Cocktails

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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