Preparations for this year's The Maritime Standard (TMS) Ship Finance & Trade Conference, which takes place on 6th November at Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, are gathering momentum. A host of top level speakers have now been confirmed for the event, ensuring it will be a not-to-be-missed experience.
Keynote speaker, Captain Mohammed Juma Al Shamisi, chief executive, Abu Dhabi Ports (ADP), will be followed in the headline Session 1 programme by Captain Abdulkareem Al Masabi, chief executive, ADNOC Logistics & Services; Abdulla Bin Damithan chief commercial officer, DP World; Ross Thompson, chief commercial and strategy officer, ADP; and Dr. Priyath Wickrama, chairman, Bestar Consultancy. The theme of this session will be Investing in Infrastructure: How to Unlock Trade Potential.
Session 2, which will the assess the future of ship and port finance, will feature Jacob Berman, managing director, infrastructure and transportation, Standard Chartered; Ali Shehab, deputy chief executive, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company; Marcus Machin, chief executive, Tufton Oceanic; Andrew Simmons, chief executive, Global Marine Transport; Tien Tai, regional partner, HFW; Andrew Baird, partner, Watson Farley Williams; and Adel Al Wahedi, chief finance officer, ADP.
The third and final session, chaired by Andrew Baird, will feature presentations by Captain SR Patnaik, chief executive, ISL; Bora Bariman, head of energy and marine, National Bank of Fujairah; and Waleed Al Tamimi, general manager of Tasneef. More speakers are expected to be added to this session in the next few weeks, so watch this space.
This will be the fourth in an increasingly successful series of conferences that started in 2015. Each event has attracted a bigger attendance than the previous one, and this year is set to be another record-breaker. The TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference has gained in relevance and popularity by bringing together experts from the fields of shipping, ports, banking, finance, trade and maritime law under one roof to discuss and debate the most important contemporary trends and issues facing the market. In particular the event aims to encourage dialogue and cooperation between the various sectors represented to help achieve sustainable growth within the regional shipping and ports sectors, as well as an overall expansion in trade activity.
The TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference is now firmly established on the industry calendar and this year the quality of the speakers is all set to raise the event to another level. Clive Woodbridge, conference editor, says, "Our aim is to make the Conference both enjoyable and informative. We are delighted with the calibre of the speakers who have agreed to take part and I am sure it will present a unique opportunity to learn from, and be guided by industry experts, as well as to have the chance to network with business leaders."
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. It delivers the most accurate, up-to-date news about the market and has built up the largest readership of any shipping-related online newsletter in the Middle East and India. It is also gaining popularity in other major shipping hubs, including Oslo, Hamburg, Singapore, London and Greece. The newsletter includes news and analysis from the shipping and ports industries and related sectors in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. Topics that are covered include tanker shipping, container operations, dry and liquid bulk trades, ro-ro, and cruise shipping. In addition there is up to date information about regional terminal operations; port development; classification; ship repair and conversion; shipbuilding; ship agency; finance and insurance; maritime law; and transportation & logistics. The newsletter regularly carries exclusives, analysis and interviews with top executives.
TMS also publishes the very successful TMS UAE Yearbook. The first 2016/17 edition was followed by a second volume covering 2017/18, that was launched in July last year. Covering key developments across the country's maritime sector, the annual publication aims to publicise the UAE's achievements both locally and internationally, through in depth articles, researched first hand. These cover all the major sectors of the shipping, ports and maritime industry in the UAE. The articles, on terminals, shipping companies, shipyards, maritime law firms, classification, regulators and inland transport firms, among others, have been well received by the industry as a year round reference point. The Maritime Standard UAE Yearbook 2017/18 is a must-read publication for everyone interested in UAE maritime issues, and can be downloaded by going to: http://www.themaritimestandard.com/uae-yearbook-2017-18 .
Preparations for the 2018/19 issue are well underway and this will be published in the summer of 2018.
The not-to-be missed The Maritime Standard Awards recognise and celebrate success in the shipping, ports and related sectors across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. The fifth edition of TMS Awards will take place on Monday, on 15th October 2018 at The Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai.
The Awards are now positioned as one of the world's leading shipping and maritime Awards gala dinners and are the premier event of their kind in the region. All of the four events to date have been held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and have each attracted close to 700 of the region's elite shipping and maritime professionals, as well as a number of leading figures from overseas. These guests have come from a variety of industry segments, ranging from ports and terminal operators to ship owners and managers, and executives from the worlds of maritime law and finance, classification, ship building and repair and maritime education and training.
For the inaugural event in 2014 PR guru, journalist and writer Alastair Campbell performed as master of ceremonies, while in 2015 Dutch soccer legend, Ruud Gullit compered the event and in 2016 former CNN news anchor, Jim Clancy, was on stage to lead proceedings.
The 2017 TMS Awards event, which was hosted by the well-known actress and model, Lara Dutta, saw 20 general awards presented, following the recommendations of an elite, independent judging panel, as well as a number for special individual awards recognising the contributions made by high profile industry leaders and innovators. The Awards have set a benchmark within the industry and have become an eagerly anticipated meeting place for top executives from across the business, where they can meet, network and create new opportunities.
The third Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will be held on 16th October 2018 at Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai. Attendees will include key decision makers and opinion formers who were able to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist, not just for ship owners and operators active in the tanker markets, but those delivering products and services to this sector. The second TMS Tanker Conference took place on 24th October 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai. Presentations were given by many of the region's leading tanker owners and operators, as well as experts in related fields. For more information about the 2018 event, which is at an advanced planning stage, please go to the website: http://www.tmstankerconference.com .
The fourth Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference will be held on 6th November 2018 at Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort. The Conference will bring together experts from the fields of shipping, ports, banking, finance, trade and maritime law, among others, to discuss and debate the key issues and trends facing the shipping business, and trade, in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. The third TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference took place at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, on November 8th 2017, building on the success of the first two events, held in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Speakers shared their insights and knowledge through a series of presentations and panel discussions, signposting the way forward. For more information about the 2018 event, please go to: http://www.tms-shipfinanceandtrade.com .