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Conference Programme 2018

Event Overview

The third annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will take place on Tuesday 16th October at the Atlantis hotel, the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. The first two events were both extraordinarily successful and as a result a new, and much larger venue has been chosen to host the Conference, which is already established as one of the leading events on the tanker shipping calendar. Aimed at key decision makers and high level policy takers within the tanker shipping business, the event takes place at a time when there is growing optimism about the future of many sectors of the regional tanker shipping business. The Conference aims to focus on key market trends in the crude, products, chemicals and gas tanker markets, giving attendees a unique insight into the opportunities that exist and how to capitalise on them. This applies not only to tanker owners and operators, but all companies that provide products and services to this sector of the shipping industry. The intention is that attendees will leave the TMS Tanker Conference with a much clearer idea about future trade patterns, and market influences, so they are better placed build the foundations for longer term business growth.

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Conference Programme Outline



Sponsored by : DNV GL


Welcome Refreshments

Sponsored by : DNV GL


Welcome by

Clive Woodbridge
Conference Chairman & Editor, The Maritime Standard

Inaugural Address by

Trevor Pereira
Managing Director, The Maritime Standard


Keynote Addresses by

H.E. Sheikh Talal Al Khaled Al Sabah
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company

Dr Nikolas Tsakos
Tsakos Energy Navigation

Abdulla Bin Damithan
DP World – UAE Region


Session 1: Tanker trades – building a strong case for greater optimism?

Sponsored by : DNV GL

  • Major investments in the downstream petrochemicals sector in Gulf and Subcontinent are set to open up opportunities for tanker owners.
  • Supporting the growth of petrochemical logistics clusters through UAE hubs
  • Is the demand-supply balance shifting in favour of deep sea tanker specialists?
  • How can regional operators benefit from in-house tanker management?
  • Identifying investment opportunities in deep sea and coastal tanker trades.
  • Building a strong regional tanker brand


Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi
ADNOC Logistics & Services

Capt. Anoop Kumar Sharma
Chairman & MD
The Shipping Corporation of India Limited

Tarik Al Junaidi
Oman Shipping Company

Khamis Juma Buamim
MD & Group CEO
Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC

Chris Peters
Emirates Ship Investment Company

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session



Sponsored by : DNV GL


Session 2: Support infrastructure and services – providing a regional platform for tanker shipping growth

Sponsored by : MSI

  • Global political and economic trends – how should tanker sector prepare for the future?
  • Regional tanker players take the lead in going green
  • Assessing the benefits of integrating maritime logistics services.
  • Making sure tank storage capacity keeps pace with demand.
  • Human capital – should the tanker industry be investing more in training and onboard support programmes?
  • India’s economic growth creates opportunities for deep sea and tanker trades
  • As traditional banks withdraw from ship finance market, where will funding for new generation tankers come from?
  • Assessing the benefits of integrating tankers into a comprehensive shipping and logistics offer.

Capt. Jitendra Misra (Session Chair), MD, Emarat Maritime LLC


Ali Shehab
Deputy CEO
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company

Capt. David Stockley
Oman Shipping Company

Petros Doukas
former Deputy Minister
Finance and Foreign Affairs

Rajiv Agarwal
Essar Ports

Tim Smith
Maritime Strategies International Ltd

Gaurav Moolwaney
Executive Director
Standard Chartered

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session


Refreshment Break

Sponsored by : Ince-CO-Web_230x186


Session 3 – Addressing the environmental and regulatory agenda: charting a safe, secure and sustainable path to tanker shipping growth

  • Is the tanker industry ready for 2020 sulphur cap, and are low sulphur fuels or scrubber systems the answer?
  • The role of classification societies within the tanker sector
  • Shipyards and technology suppliers – making the Middle East a global centre for ballast water treatment convention compliance.
  • Developing solutions for greater maritime security.
  • Keeping digitalisation and advanced technology at the heart of tanker safety.
  • Is LNG a viable fuel for the tankers of the future?

Ibrahim Fahmy (Session Chair), Marine Advisor, ADNOC Offshore

Capt. Stephen Bligh
Senior Principal Consultant

Waleed Altamimi
Emirates Classification (TASNEEF)

June Manoharan
LUKOIL Marine Lubricants DMCC

Capt. Tony Fields
Marine & Offshore Manager
Middle East & Africa, Lloyds Register UAE

Peter Sahlén
R&D Manager
Alfa Laval Pure Ballast

Roger Harfouche
Regional Director

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session


Networking Cocktail For more information please click here



Download the full conference schedule here

Capt. Tony FieldCapt. Tony FieldMarine & Offshore Manager
Middle East & Africa, Lloyds Register UAE
It is a huge pleasure to be one of the speakers at the TMS Tanker Conference 2018 on 16th October at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai. Join me as I discuss ways of boosting environmental performance as well as safety and security within the tanker shipping business.
Capt. Abdulkareem Al MasabiCapt. Abdulkareem Al MasabiCEO
ADNOC Logistics & Services
The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference is very professionally managed. The immaculate planning, robust conference program, expert speakers, fabulous venue, topped with a fantastic audience and networking opportunities, motivated me to be a speaker. I consider attending this conference is an investment in yourself, as well as your company"
Tim SmithTim SmithDirector of Oil and Tanker Markets
Maritime Strategies International
Taking part in The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference is an easy choice to make! As a gathering of the entire tanker shipping market, it facilitates interaction with key decision makers, top executives, professionals and policy makers. It’s an opportunity you would not want to miss."
Ibrahim FahmyIbrahim FahmyMarine Advisor
ADNOC Offshore
I am honoured to be a speaker at The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference. The event is always well organised and planned, bringing in a variety of expert speakers specialising in the tanker shipping business from across the globe. I look forward to seeing you in the audience."
Petros DoukasPetros DoukasFormer Deputy Minister of Finance
and Foreign Affairs, Greece
I am honoured to be a speaker once again at The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference. Attending last year’s conference was truly an ideal experience both as a presenter and as the audience. I would strongly recommend all businesses involved in the tanker and the petrochemicals trade to attend."
Tarik Al JunaidiTarik Al JunaidiCEO
Oman Shipping Company
The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference has a very relevant & strong conference program. What really encourages me to speak at this conference is that I can impart knowledge and wisdom that will positively influence the audience. As an audience, you will gain insights from the best in the business and that will help plan future strategies. Attending will also give you the opportunity to connect with them in person."
Roger HarfoucheRoger HarfoucheRegional Director
“The conference program has been well prepared in advance. The agenda is relevant and interesting, so I am confident that delegates will benefit by attending. All in all I am sure it will be a great experience and I’m looking forward to address key aspects of how to digitise ship owners operations enabled by satellite communications.”
Waleed AltamimiWaleed AltamimiGeneral Manager
Emirates Classification Society (TASNEEF)
“Accepting a speaking position at The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference is a winning decision due to the strength, the reputation of the event, the comprehensive conference program, expert speakers and the audience profile. I am also keen to learn from other speakers and mingle with the interactive audience. TMS Tanker Conference provides a unique convergence of knowledge exchange and networking."
Capt Jitendra MisraCapt Jitendra MisraMD
Emarat Maritime LLC
“What I like about The Maritime Standard is that they finalise and publish the conference details, the agenda and the speakers involved well in advance so that delegates are fully aware of what to expect. With a high profile speaker line up, delegates not only get to hear and learn from the best in the business but are also very sure of quality networking which is extremely important.”
H.E. Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al SabahH.E. Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al SabahCEO
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
"The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference brings together a fine mix of speakers from the region’s tanker trade. The audience will be treated to some of the finest presentations from industry leaders in their respective fields, all assembled in one place. I look forward to seeing you there!"
Khamis Juma BuamimKhamis Juma BuamimMD & Group CEO
Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC
"There is nothing like speaking to a targeted audience in the trade you belong to, The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference allows just that. It’s a speaking opportunity I would never miss. If you want to network, form new relationships and strengthen existing ones, this is the place to be!"
Capt. David StockleyCapt. David StockleyCOO
Oman Shipping Company
"The main factor that motivates me to be a speaker is that it allows me to share my experience with a relevant audience. The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference provides me with the platform to share the knowledge and experiences that I have gained within the tanker industry. I have spent many years in the tanker trade and have learnt a lot from this industry, so the feeling that I can give something back is very rewarding. If you like being in a room of people who, like you, are willing to take time away from the office to learn something new, then you must attend this conference.”
Ali ShehabAli ShehabDeputy CEO
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
"Since year 2016 I have seen The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference grow year on year in terms of speaker profile, conference program, venue and audience. I am pleased to be a speaker of this foremost and best conference in the tanker trade. You will find top executives and policy makers within the tanker industry at conference. Attending will give you the opportunity to connect with them in person."
June ManoharanJune ManoharanRegional Director
Lukoil Marine Lubricants
“This is a not-to-be-missed conference for incisive insights from experts in the tanker business.”

Gold Sponsor
Silver Sponsor
KOTC- The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference
Delegate Lunch
Lanyards & Badges
Conference Registration
Event Catalogue
Main Session
DNV GL- The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference
Session 2
Notepads & Pens
Refreshment Break
Water & Mints
General Sponsor
General Sponsor
General Sponsor
General Sponsor
Dubai Maritime City- The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference
IMarEST- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
United Arab Emirates Shipping Association-supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
Women's International Shipping & Trading Association- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
Global Shipping Careers- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
International Bulk Journal- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
Middle East Business News & Magazine- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
Port News- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
Robban Assafina Magazine- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
Ship2Shore- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016

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