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Conference Programme 2019

Event Overview

The fourth annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will take place on Tuesday 22nd October at the Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, UAE. The first three events have been both extraordinarily successful and popular, raising the profile of the tanker shipping business regionally and globally. The selection of a larger venue in 2018 paid off with a much-increased delegate attendance and an even bigger audience is anticipated this year. Already established as one of the leading events on the tanker shipping calendar, the Conference is aimed at key decision makers and high-level policy takers within the tanker shipping business. This year’s event takes place at a time of considerable volatility and uncertainty within the tanker shipping business. While some of the market fundamentals appear positive, there are significant challenges posed by the political-economic context, as well as the imposition of new environmental rules. The Conference will 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. It will also assess ancillary sectors, such as the bunker supply, law, ship agency and supplies, and petrochemicals trades. The event is a must-attend, not only for 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 to build the foundations for longer term business growth.

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Conference Programme Outline


Registration and welcome refreshments


Welcome by

Clive Woodbridge
Editor, The Maritime Standard

Inaugural Address by

Trevor Pereira
Managing Director, The Maritime Standard


Session 1: Tanker trades – how to adapt to fast moving market conditions?

  • 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

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session




Session 2: Adapting support infrastructure and services to ensure market success

  • What investments in tanker repair, maintenance and conversion services are needed to support regional growth?
  • Shipbuilding – an assembly of the types and sizes of tanker that will be ordered over the next few years and the impact on the market.
  • How can oil terminal operating efficiencies be enhanced while ensuring tanker storage capacity keeps pace with demand?
  • Bunker supply – what will the services of the future look like?
  • Developing the right ship management and chartering tools.
  • Maritime training and education – what does the industry require to ensure it is future proof?

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session


Refreshment Break


Session 3 – Overcoming technical, legal and regulatory challenges:

  • Scrubbers – is the open loop controversy damaging to environmental prospects?
  • Will low sulphur fuels be available to provide the answer to IMO 2020?
  • Drones – the future for tanker inspections.
  • Shipyards and technology: Middle East and India becoming global centres for environmental retrofits.
  • Alternative fuels for the tankers of the future
  • Keeping digitalisation and advanced technology at the heart of ship safety.
  • Achieving sustainable scrapping and recycling
  • What will the new UAE Maritime law mean for the tanker industry?

Panel Discussion/Question & Answer Session


Networking Reception



Download the full conference schedule here

Gold Sponsor
Silver Sponsor
KOTC- The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference
Delegate Lunch
Conference Registration
Delegate Bags
Main Session
DNV GL- The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference
Notepads & Pens
General Sponsor
General Sponsor
General Sponsor
United Arab Emirates Shipping Association-supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
International Bulk Journal- 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
The Shipping Tribune- supporter of TMS Tanker Conference 2016
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