Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will address the top issues facing tanker owners and operators
The second annual Maritime Standard Tanker Conference, which takes place on October 24 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai, has assembled some of the leading names in the industry to speak at the event. Collectively, they will address the top issues facing tanker owners and operators today, making this a must-attend occasion for anyone involved in the oil, products and chemical tanker business.
Cybercrime is a matter of growing international concern within the tanker shipping sector and The Maritime Standard has responded by making this a key topic for this year's event.
Trevor Pereira, managing director, says: "We have received phenomenal support from the shipping industry for this conference, including the backing of the world's biggest shipping organisation, Bimco. One of the highlights of the day is the presentation by Phil Tinsley, Bimco's maritime security manager. This will be an informative session and a reminder that cyber security should be on everyone's agenda."
The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will also feature some of the most high profile and respected names within the region's tanker and petrochemicals business. The keynote speech will be given by Sheikh Talal Al Khaled Al Sabah, chief executive of the Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC), who will reveal plans to expand and upgrade its tanker fleet, as well as initiatives to protect the environment.
Other confirmed speakers at The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference include: Eduardo Fonseca Ward, Ambassador, Republic of Panama; Ali Shehab, deputy CEO, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company; Chris Peters, chief executive, Emirates Ship Investment Company; Sanjay Mehta, chairman, S One Capital; Gaurav Moolwaney, executive director, Standard Chartered Bank; Petros Doukas, former deputy minister of finance and foreign affairs, Greece; Tarik Al Junaidi, chief executive, Oman Shipping Company; and Omar Abu Omar, president, maritime and operations, Gulf Navigation Holding.
They will be joined by experts in specific operational sectors, such as ship management, communications, ship repair, classification and security, with Captain Patnaik, director and CEO, International Shipping and Logistics; Roger Harfouch, regional director, Marlink Communications; Ruanthi De Silva, chief executive, SCM Plus; Thomas Kriwat, CEO, Mercmarine Group; Lakshmi Janarthanan, commercial director, Drydocks World Dubai; Ralph Becker, regional business development manager, DNV GL; and Katherine Yakunchenkova, general manager, Al Safina Security, all confirmed to speak.
Pereira adds: "This is quite simply the finest assembly of the best known names in the region's tanker trade and related industries. We hope to add a few more high profile speakers in the next few weeks."
The quality of The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference has also won the support of several leading organisations as sponsors and supporters. Alongside BIMCO, these include the Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries; the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology; the Organisation of Islamic Shipowners Association, the Nautical Institute; The Indian National Ship Owners' Association; The Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents; The Mission to Seafarers; Pakistan Ship Agent's Association and the Women in Shipping and Transport Association.
The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference takes place the day after the 4th annual Maritime Standard Awards, which are being held at The Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai on October 23. This is a glittering event attended by over 750 senior executives and industry leaders not just from across the region, but worldwide also. Many of these figures have committed to stay on and attend the Tanker Conference, creating networking opportunities for those attending.