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A number of industry experts, representing different technical elements of the shipping business, have agreed to share their know-how and opinions at The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference 2018, which takes place on October 16th at The Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai.

The third and final session of the event takes as its theme ‘The environmental and regulatory agenda – charting a safe, secure and sustainable path to tanker shipping growth.’ In this part of the programme speakers will assess how ready the tanker industry is for the 2020 sulphur cap, and whether low sulphur fuels or scrubber systems are the answer, among other environmentally inspired topics. The role of classification societies within the tanker sector, in particular with regards to regulatory compliance and safety, will be discussed, as will the development of solutions for greater maritime security. The ballast water treatment retrofit process will also be high on the agenda, as will the use of new technology, such as inspection drones.

Confirmed speakers so far for session 3 include Waleed Al Tamimi, chief operating officer of Tasneef; June Manoharan, regional director, Lukoil Marine Lubricants; Tony Fields, marine and offshore manager, Middle East and Africa, Lloyds Register; Roger Harfouche, regional director, Marlink; and Ibrahim Fahmy, marine advisor, ADNOC.

      CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

09:30 Registration and Welcome Refreshments

10:00 Welcome by Clive Woodbridge, Editor, The Maritime Standard

10:05 Inaugural address by Trevor Pereira, Managing Director, The Maritime Standard

10:10 Keynote Addresses

• Keynote Address by H.E. Sheikh Talal Al Khaled Al Sabah, CEO Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
• Keynote Address by Nikolas Tsakos, Chairman, INTERTANKO and Founder & CEO, Tsakos Energy Navigation
• Keynote Address by Abdullah Bin Damithan, CCO, DP World

10:40 Session 1: Tanker trades – building a strong case for greater optimism?

• 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

12:30 Panel Discussion/ Q&A Session

12:45 Lunch

13:45 Session 2: Support infrastructure and services – providing a regional platform for tanker shipping growth.

• Global political and economic trends – how should tanker sector prepare for the future?

• Regional tanker players take the lead in going green

• Assessing the benefits of integrating maritime logistics services.

• Making sure tank storage capacity keeps pace with demand.

• Human capital – should the tanker industry be investing more in training and onboard support programmes?

• India’s economic growth creates opportunities for deep sea and tanker trades

• As traditional banks withdraw from ship finance market, where will funding for new generation tankers come from?

• Assessing the benefits of integrating tankers into a comprehensive shipping and logistics offer.
15:15 Panel Discussion/ Q&A Session
15:30 Refreshment break

15:45  Session 3 – Addressing the environmental and regulatory agenda: charting a safe, secure and sustainable path to tanker shipping growth.

• Is the tanker industry ready for 2020 sulphur cap, and are low sulphur fuels or scrubber systems the answer?

• The role of classification societies within the tanker sector

• Shipyards and technology suppliers – making the Middle East a global centre for ballast water treatment convention compliance.

• Developing solutions for greater maritime security.

• Is LNG a viable fuel for the tankers of the future?

17:00 Panel Discussion/ Q&A Session

17:30 Networking Cocktails

18:00 End

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                                                                   WHAT THE SPEAKERS ARE SAYING

“I am delighted to be taking part in the TMS Tanker Conference. The debate around low sulphur fuels is critical for the tanker industry and I hope to be able to contribute positively to this discussion, and raise awareness of the decisions that have to be taken.”

June Manoharan, Regional Director, Lukoil Marine Lubricants

“At Tasneef we have a number of initiatives underway that will address issues relating to safety and the environment, and I am looking forward to being able to share them with the audience.”

Waleed Al Tamimi, Chief Operating Officer of Tasneef

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