Five star venue confirmed for The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade conference

Keynote Session Speakers for The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference 2015
Keynote Session Speakers for The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference 2015
Keynote Session Speakers for The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference 2015

The second annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference will take place in Abu Dhabi on November 14th. An exciting new venue has been confirmed with the event now being hosted at the five star Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, offering delegates and guests plenty of networking opportunities with leading players in the market.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Beating the downturn; investing to be ready for the upturn.” A top class panel of speakers is being assembled to address some of the key issues facing the industry as it seeks to chart a course for long term recovery. Confirmed speakers to date include Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Abu Dhabi Ports; Khamis Juma Buamim, Gulf Navigation; Ali Shehab; Kuwait Oil Tanker Company; Rajiv Agarwal, Essar Ports; Andrew Baird of Watson, Farley & Williams; Marcus Machin, Tufton Oceanic (Middle East) Limited and former Greek finance minister, Petros Doukas.

Three separate conference sessions will deal with a number of themes, including regional trade patterns, ship finance and ports and shipping. The event will be rounded off by presentations regarding specific case studies illustrating how the financial sector has helped unlock the potential of regional shipping and ports operators to the benefit of trade and economic growth. Based on the very positive experience of the inaugural event in 2015, which was hailed as a major triumph, by attendees and speakers alike, the conference is sure to  be extremely high profile and informative.

The Conference is receiving high level support from Abu Dhabi Ports, while other sponsors include DTA, KOTC, Sohar Port & Freezone, National Marine Dredging Company; DNV GL, Essar Ports, Dubai Maritime City, Sharjah Ports Authority, Fichte Legal Consultants and Islamic P&I Club.

About The Maritime Standard:

The Maritime Standard (TMS) publishes a regular e-newsletter aimed specifically at the shipping and maritime community. It is delivered fortnightly, on the 1st and 15th of every month, and has built up a circulation of more than 40,000 recipients. The newsletter includes up-to-date news and analysis from the shipping and ports industries and related sectors in the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent. Topics that are covered include tanker, container, dry and liquid bulk, ro-ro, and cruise shipping; terminal operations; port development; classification; ship repair and conversion; shipbuilding; ship agency; finance and insurance; maritime law; and transportation & logistics.  The publishing portfolio will be expanded in 2016 with the publication of the first TMS magazine, focusing on the UAE. This will be a yearbook style publication that will give in-depth analysis and reports on key developments in the country’s maritime sector

Another division of parent Flagship Events, The Maritime Standard Events focuses specifically on the requirements of the shipping and maritime sector. The company organises a series of industry-leading events across the Middle East, including conferences and exhibitions. It also organises events for third parties in the shipping and ports business.

The not-to-be-missed TMS Awards recognizes and celebrates success in the shipping, ports and related sectors across the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent. The Awards are held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman, Emirates Airlines and Group. The inaugural event was held at the iconic Atlantis Ballroom, on The Palm with PR guru, journalist and writer Alastair Campbell as master of ceremonies. One of the most famous football players of all time, Ruud Gullit hosted The Maritime Standard Awards in 2015. The 2015 Awards were attended by over 600 guests from across the world, including senior figures from ports and shipping companies and public bodies in the region. As well as over 19 general awards categories, the TMS team presents a number of individual special achievement awards recognizing the contributions made by high profile industry leaders and innovators. The Awards attract the region’s elite, including chairmen, chief executives and directors from all of the leading shipping companies, ports, terminal operators and maritime companies and organizations. The Master of Ceremonies for the 2016 Awards will be former Awards winning CNN Anchor, Jim Clancy.

The inaugural The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will take place on 25th October this year in Dubai and is an event that nobody with an involvement in this important sector of the shipping industry will want to miss. Aimed at key decision makers and opinion formers, the one day conference will highlight the main regional trends in crude, chemical and products tanker operations.

Attendees will be given 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. You will leave the conference with a clear idea as to how you and your company can support, and benefit from, regional growth opportunities.

The first Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade conference was held in Abu Dhabi on November 26th 2015 at the Park Hyatt. This was attended by a high level panel of speakers and over 150 senior executives from across the Middle East, India and Europe. Hosted by Abu Dhabi Ports, the event boasted one of the highest ranked panel of speakers which read like a ‘who’s who’ of the region’s shipping and ports industry. The audience were treated to some detailed, expert presentations on the challenges facing the industry by these executives who were joined on stage by representatives of several leading banks and law firms.