The clock is ticking down to the fourth annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference, which is being held at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort on 6th November. A plethora of leading figures from the worlds of shipping, ports, finance and maritime law, as well as governmental influencers, will gather to discuss and debate key trends and issues facing the market.
Conference editor Clive Woodbridge says, “I am delighted that we have attracted so many experts from different fields this year. This shows the value of this particular event and makes it unique. Getting ship finance, trade and maritime professionals together under one roof, to brainstorm and share insights, is vitally important for this region. The interaction will help chart a course towards sustainable growth in the shipping and ports sectors, as well as expanding overall trade activity.”
Two ‘heavy hitters’ have been lined up to give the keynote addresses. H.E. Ahmed M. Shareef Alkhoori, Director General, Federal Transport Authority – Land & Marine will lead off, setting out governmental policies and plans, and will be followed by Capt. Mohammed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports.
The main session will assess how infrastructure and asset investment can unlock trade potential. Speakers include Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO, ADNOC Logistics & Services; Ross Thompson, Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer – Ports; Abu Dhabi Ports; Michael Jorgensen, CFO, Oman Shipping Company; Dr Priyath Wickrama, Chairman, Bestar Consultancy; and Saliya Wickramasuriya from Hambantota International Port Group.
Conference delegates will then be treated to a special ‘up close’ question and answer interview session with Sanjay Mehta, Chairman, S One Capital, and Bibop Gresta, Chairman, Hyperloop. “This is not to be missed,” says Clive.
After lunch the topic moves to the future of ship finance and in particular the implications for the market in Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. This session is chaired by Jesper Kjaedegaard, Partner, Mercator International. Expert panelists in this session include Bobby Varghese, Vice President- Financial Strategy, Abu Dhabi Ports; Jacob Berman, Director, Standard Chartered; Ali Shehab, Deputy CEO, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company; Marcus Machin, Director, Tufton Oceanic (Middle East); Andrew Simmons, CEO, Global Marine Transport; Tien Tai; Regional Partner, HFW; and Michael Savva, Partner, Watson Farley Williams.
How best to support regional trade development will be the subject of the third and final session. Lined up to tackle different commercial and technical influences are Capt. S.R. Patnaik; CEO; International Shipping & Logistics; Bora Bariman, Head of Energy and Marine, National Bank of Fujairah; Waleed Altamimi, General Manager, Emirates Classification Society (TASNEEF); and Giovanni Moscatelli, Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group Middle East.
The event ends with a special networking reception. For more information about how to register as a delegate go to: www.tms-shipfinanceandtrade.com