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Conference Programme


Registration and refreshments

Welcome by

Clive Woodbridge
Editor, The Maritime Standard

Inaugural Address by

Trevor Pereira
Managing Director, The Maritime Standard

Keynote Address

Dr. Ibrahim Al Nadhairi,
ASYAD Shipping and Drydock Services

Session 1: Tanker trades – assessing the short and long term picture

  • Supply and demand – what will be the underlying trends shaping the market in the short and long term in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic?
  • What changes in oil and petrochemical trade flows can we expect to see?
  • How will evolving OPEC strategies affect the tanker market in 2022 and beyond?
  • Climate change actions- assessing the impact on tanker shipping of global environment protection initiatives.
  • Projecting likely crude oil and product tanker fleet growth
  • Scrapping – is this the key to future market stability
  • Evaluating the specific characteristics of the Middle East and Subcontinent tanker sector now and the future
  • How can digitalisation be harnessed to strengthen tanker market resilience?
  • Gas carrier trades -the brightest light at the end of the tunnel?

Session chair:

Clive Woodbridge, Editor, The Maritime Standard


Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi,
ADNOC Logistics & Services

Mrs. Hk Joshi,
Chairperson and Managing Director,
The Shipping Corporation of India

Capt. Maktoum Al Houqani,
Chief Corporate Authority Officer and Acting Head Maritime Cluster,
Abu Dhabi Ports

Capt. Nasser Sabt,
Director of Marine & Snr. Harbour Master,
DP World UAE Region

Capt. Rado Antolovic
DP World – Maritime Services Division

Andy McKeran,
Business Director,
Maritime Performance Services, Lloyd’s Register

Mr. Navin Kumar,
Drewry Maritime Research


Panel Discussion/ Q&A Session



Session 2: The importance of support businesses and services for tanker trade growth and development

  • Matching tanker repair, maintenance and conversion services to meet evolving owner and operator requirements
  • Classification societies – harnessing new tools to keep tanker shipping safe and secure
  • Developing smart ship management and chartering services
  • Maritime training and education – investing in human capital in innovative ways
  • Ship agencies – strengthening partnerships for tanker shipping.
  • Keeping vessels safe, secure and environmentally compliant
  • Ship finance in the post-pandemic era – funding the tankers of the future?
  • Crew mental and physical health – what is best practice?

Session chair:

Andrew Baird, Partner, WFW


Ian Edwards
Area Manager,
Middle East & Africa, DNV

Saleem Kadernani
Vice President, Commercial for the Middle East, South Asia & Africa Region,
Inchcape Shipping Services

Chris Peters
Emirates Ship Investment Company LLC


Panel discussion/ Q&A Session


Refreshment Break

Session 3 – Harnessing new technology and fresh ideas to shape the tanker shipping business of the future

  • Are remote surveys and inspections here for the long term and what technology is needed?
  • Developing alternative fuels and propulsion systems for the tankers of the future
  • Ensuring tanker safety and security
  • Hull coatings – technology and service enhancements that will cut tanker costs
  • 3D printing – a solution for spare parts logistics?
  • Modernising maritime law frameworks
  • Big Data – where next for IT innovation?
  • Scrubbers and ballast water treatment – developing creative retrofit solutions

Session chair:

Jesper Kjaedegaard, Senior Advisor- Board Member, Marcura Group


June Manoharan,
Regional Director,
LUKOIL Marine Lubricants DMCC

Morten Langthjem
Managing Director – Dubai Glander International Bunkering

Ramee Rashid,
Director – Seamaster Maritime

Panel Discussion/ Q&A Session

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