The inaugural Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will take place on 25th October at Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai. The event will highlight the main regional trends in crude, chemical and product tanker operations, giving attendees a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead, not just for tanker owners and operators, but those who provide services to this sector.
A high level panel of speakers is being assembled and will include senior executives from major regional owners and operators of tankers. Confirmed speakers to date include representatives of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC), Gulf Navigation Holding, Bahri and Varun Shipping Company. In addition, there will be an opportunity to hear from leading regional shipyards, classification societies, ship brokers, financial services and legal services providers, who will stress the strategic importance of the maritime cluster being developed in the Middle East to the tanker sector, as well as highlighting some of the key challenges and opportunities that have to be addressed.. Confirmed speakers include senior figures from BIMCO, Fichte & Co. Mercmarine Group, McQuilling Shipping Services, Ince & Co., Islamic P&I Club and Drydocks World Dubai. Others will be added over the coming weeks, so watch this space!
The conference will start with registration at 10.15 am on 25th October, followed by welcoming speeches by Clive Woodbridge, Editor, The Maritime Standard and Trevor Pereira, Managing Director, The Maritime Standard. There will then be the conference’s keynote speech by Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Sabah of KOTC, one of the most influential figures in the market in this region.
The main session will start at 11.00 am, with the theme: ’The Middle East tanker market – present and future opportunities for growth.’ This will assess recent trade patterns and projected future trends, and assess how shipowners and operators are responding to market requirements. There will then be two further sessions after a lunch break, one of which will look at ‘Investing to serve the market’, which will feature presentations looking at current newbuilding and second hand tonnage acquisition programmes, and other investment strategies. This will be followed by a session on ‘Servicing the needs of the regional tanker market’, which will include presentations by companies providing a range of technical and other services to the tanker industry in the Middle East, underlining the importance of having a support infrastructure locally to facilitate tanker trade growth.
The conference will wind up with a drinks reception at 5.30 pm, which will provide a great networking opportunity. It is sure to be a fascinating day, and will be of extremely high value for all companies active in the tanker sector, or whose customers include owners and operators of tankers.
The conference will provide a valuable platform for industry leaders and experts to assess market trends and the future outlook, explore commercial opportunities and foster business relations with key decision makers representing the biggest names in the industry.