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The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference

Niche event targets tanker trade

4th October 2016, Dubai: The Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai will be the venue for the first The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference, which takes place on Tuesday 25th October, starting at 10am. The event will highlight the key issues and challenges facing the crude, chemical and product tanker sectors.

A high level panel of speakers has been assembled and includes leading executives from the ports and shipping sectors, and several senior executives from major regional owners and operators of tankers. Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Sheikh Talal Al Khaled Al Sabah, chief executive, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
  • H.E. Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Al Khalifa, chairman, Arab Ship Building and Repair Yard
  • Khamis Juma Buamaim, managing director and group chief executive, Gulf Navigation Holding
  • Naser M. Al Abdulkareem, president, Bahri
  • Philip Tinsley, maritime security manager, BIMCO
  • Sanjay Mehta, chairman, S One Captial
  • Rashed Al Hebsi, chief executive, Emirates Classification (TASNEEF)
  • Thomas Kriwat, chief executive, Mercmarine Group of Companies
  • Petros Doukas, former deputy minister of finance and foreign affairs, Greece
  • Ali Shehab, deputy chief executive, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
  • Capt. Harihar Prasad, managing director, McQuilling Shipping Services
  • Rani Tadros, managing partner, Ince & Co
  • Amir Mosadeghi, chief executive, Islamic P & I Club
  • Lakshmi Janathanan, director-commercial, Drydocks World Dubai

Clive Woodbridge, TMS editor and Jasamin Fichte of Fichte & Co will chair the various sessions, which will look at the opportunities for growth in the regional tanker trades, the importance of investing to support this market and the growing capabilities of regional companies and organisations to service the needs of tanker owners and operators.

Trevor Pereira, managing director of TMS, says, “The tanker market is performing relatively well and we believe this will be a valuable niche event directed specifically at those with a special interest in the tanker market. The speakers are all leaders in their fields and this is sure to be a highly informative event, as well as a great chance to network and make contacts.”

For more information about the conference programme and how to register please click here. Space at the venue is limited so to ensure you have a place early registration is advisable.

Image Caption: The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference

Editor’s Note: About The Maritime Standard

Flagship Events is a Dubai-based events management company, which organizes high quality conferences, exhibitions and awards, both in-house and for third parties. It operates across a wide range of business sectors and industries and has staff with extensive experience in running events of various types, ranging in size from tens of attendees to over a thousand participants.

TMS Events-A division of Flagship Events, TMS Events focuses specifically on the requirements of the shipping and maritime sector. The company has organized a series of industry-leading events across the Middle East and can also organize occasions for third parties in the shipping and ports business. It has for example been responsible for running the BIMCO 2014 AGM and Awards in Dubai, the Islamic P&I 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner and the DNV GL 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner in Dubai.

Click on event name below to know more:

BIMCO Awards and Gala Dinner, 29 April 2014
Islamic P&I Club 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner, 12 November 2014
DNV GL YEAR ONE – 150 YEARS, 20 November 2014

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.


The Maritime Standard Awards:
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 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.


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.

Press Contact:
Ammaar Murtaza Moosa
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Office 108, Oasis Centre,

Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE

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