Ship Finance & Trade Conference returns to Abu Dhabi with top quality speakers

8th November 2017, Dubai, UAE: Preparations are gathering pace for the third annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference, which will now take place on Monday 20th November at the Sheraton Hotel & Resort in Abu Dhabi, after a date change forced by unexpected circumstances.

The structure and goals of the event, whose theme is “Building strong partnerships to generate investment led growth”, remain the same. However, the quality of the speaker panel has been improved through the participation of several high level policy makers and executives who are now able to take their rightful place on the Conference stage.

Trevor Pereira, managing director, The Maritime Standard, says, “I am tremendously excited about this Conference as we have a really top drawer group of speakers from a wide range of industry backgrounds. They will combine their expertise and experience to provide some unique insights in the main trade trends and commercial challenges facing the shipping and ports sectors, and how the financial sector can help the industry capitalise on emerging opportunities in the region.”

Keynote presentations will be made by H.E. Dr. Abdullah Salem Alkatheeri, Director General of the Federal Transport Authority-Land & Maritime, who is one of the leading maritime sector policy makers in the UAE, and Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, chief executive officer, Abu Dhabi Ports. Captain Shamisi has spearheaded the tremendous expansion at Khalifa port that has made it one of the world’s fastest growing container facilities, and has been instrumental in forging exciting new partnerships with Chinese shipping and logistics interests, such as the Cosco China Shipping group.

The keynote speakers will be followed by the main Conference session in the morning, which will assess the politico-economic factors that will shape future market conditions. This will feature two leading regional ports executives, Abdulla Bin Damithan, Director Commercial at DP World, and Ross Thompson, Acting Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer at Abu Dhabi Ports. They will be joined by senior figures within the Middle East shipping industry, including Ali Shehab, deputy chief executive, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company; Khamis Juma Buamim, Managing Director and Group Chief Executive, Gulf Navigation Holding; and Chris Peters, Chief Executive, Emirates Ship Investment Company. These speakers will set out their personal perspectives on the opportunities that currently exist and how any obstacles to future growth can be overcome through partnerships.

After lunch the standard of speakers will be maintained in a session looking at the development of future-orientated financial strategies for success. This will feature some leading ship finance experts, including Adel Al Wahedi, Chief Finance Officer, Abu Dhabi Ports; Jacob Berman, Managing Director, Infrastructure & Transportation, Standard Chartered; Bora Bariman, Head of Energy and Marine; National Bank of Fujairah; and Andrew Simmons, Chief Executive, GMTC LLC. This panel will assess how best the banking and finance sector can assist in unlocking the potential offered by regional shipping and ports. A legal perspective will be provided by Andrew Baird, Partner, Watson Farley & Williams, a company with significant experience in financing and restructuring businesses in this sector.

The second afternoon session of The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference will focus on case studies that illustrate the importance of developing maritime clusters, bringing together different skills and expertise within the region to support the overall growth of the shipping and ports industry. Attendees will hear from a number of individuals who have helped develop businesses that have helped to strengthen and diversify activities overall in the Middle East, including Stephen Bligh, Principal Consultant, DNV-GL; June Manoharan, Managing Director, Lukoil Marine Lubricants; Katherine Yakunchenkova, General Manager, Al Safina Security; and Amir Mosadeghi, Chief Executive, Islamic P&I Club.

Trevor Pereira concludes, “This is shaping up to be a not-to-be-missed event that will give attendees plenty of inspiration and fresh ideas that will add value to their own businesses. A full conference hall packed with senior executives and decision makers will also give plenty of opportunity to network.”

For more information about the programme and how to register for The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference please go to, or email:

Image Caption: The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference 2016 (from left to right) Clive Woodbridge, Editor, The Maritime Standard; Sanjay Mehta, Chairman, S One Capital; Jesper Kjaedegaard, Partner, Mercator International; Jacob Berman, Managing Director, Standard Chartered; Anders Kron Commercial Manager Middle East, Sohar Port and Freezone; Venugopal Venkatesh, CFO, Oman Shipping Company; Ali Shehab, Deputy CEO, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company; Abdulkareem Al Masabi, acting executive vice president - ports unit, Abu Dhabi Ports; Trevor Pereira, Managing Director, the Maritime Standard; Khamis Juma Buamim, Managing Director & Group CEO, Gulf Navigation Holding; H.E. Dr. Abdullah Salem Alkatheeri, Director General, Federal Transport Authority-Land & Maritime; H.E. Sheikh Talal Al Khaled Al Sabah, Chairman, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company; Dr. Ali Obaid Al Yabhouni, Chairman, UAE Shipping Association; Capt. Abdul Wahab Al Diwani, Federal Transport Authority-Land & Maritime; Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports; Bora Bariman, Head of Energy & Marine, National Bank of Fujairah; Eng. Yasser Nasr Zaghloul, CEO, National Marine Dredging Company; Chris Peters, CFO, Emirates Ship Investment Company; Vasudev Amonker, Unit Head – Int’l Lending, Burgan Bank Group; Eng. Rashed Al Hebsi, CEO, Tasneef; Marcus Machin, Director, Tufton Oceanic (Middle East) Limited; Thomas Kriwat, CEO, Mercmarine Group of Companies; Ziad Touma, Partner, Fichte Legal Consultants

Editor’s Note: About The Maritime Standard

The Maritime Standard (TMS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Flagship Events LLC, 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. It delivers the most accurate, up-to-date news about the market and has built up the largest circulation 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 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 this 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: 2017-18.

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 Indian Subcontinent. The fourth edition, The Maritime Standard Awards 2017, take place on Monday, 23rd October 2017 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. Each of the three events to date have been 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.

The 2017 TMS Awards event, which will be hosted by the well-known actress and model, Lara Dutta, will see 21 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. Website:  

TMS organises two market leading one day conferences: The TMS Tanker Conference and the TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference. The second TMS Tanker Conference will take place on 24th October 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai. Presentations will be given by many of the region's leading tanker owners and operators, as well as experts in related fields. Attendees will include key decision makers and opinion formers who will be given a unique insight into 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. For more information about the 2017 event, please go to the website:

The third TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference will take place at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, on November 8th 2017, building on the success of the first two events, in 2015 and 2016 respectively. 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. They will share their insights and knowledge through a series of presentations and panel discussions, signposting the way forward. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to hear from a high level panel of speakers about the key challenges ahead, as well as the significant opportunities that exist. For more information please go to: