African – European
and Mediterranean Maritime Summit 

Exploring the future of the shipping, marine & maritime industries 
in the Mediterranean, African and European region

Wednesday 22 April 2015

Grand Hotel Excelsior

Malta

 

On Wednesday 22 April the 1st Mare Forum Malta 2015 will take place in Malta where representatives from all professions of the International Maritime  and Shipping will gather at this prestigious conference where the exchange of views, visions and valuable information will make this forum another imperative and meaningful event. Considering Malta’s geographic position between Africa and Europe and its important role as a great shipping nation, Mare Forum supported by the Government of Malta will host in Malta an annual active forum for participants of the local and international, European, Mediterranean and African maritime, shipping, and energy industries to discuss, and debate, to network and learn, all contemporary and urgent themes in the shipping offshore and maritime industries in the international and in particular the African and European region.
Among the topics to be analyzed and discussed is the international and regional economic and financial situation, the energy offshore business in the region, shipping, ports, sustainability, shipping markets and investments, taxes and maritime cooperation between the regions.   
The conference will share and debate views from top shipowners, operators, energy executives, charterers, traders, analysts, bankers, maritime lawyers, consultants, entrepreneurs, classification societies, regulators, port and terminal operators, the media, and other members of the maritime and energy industry – from this region and all over the world.
Together with a very high level international audience, participants will plunge in a pool of booming business and new network opportunities which focus the African, European and Mediterranean region
If you are interested in European African and Mediterranean maritime and shipping business, and if you want to know what’s next in the region we invite you to attend the 1st Mare Forum Malta Maritime Summit. You will find your answers there.
Looking forward to welcoming you in Malta
[ the Speakers and panelists as of 18 April ]
  Many more to confirm. Stay tuned!
Joseph Muscat The Prime Minister of Malta
Joe Mizzi  Minister for Transport and Infrastructure of Malta
Konrad Mizzi  Minister of Energy and Health of Malta
Jannis Kostoulas  President, Mare Forum
John A. Gauci-Maistre K.M. Chairman, GM International Services Limited
Hon. Justyne Caruana Head of the Maltese Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean
Michele Francioni CEO, RINA Services
George Tsavliris  Chairman, INTERMEPA and Principal, Tsavliris Salvage Group
Khamis Buamim Chairman, Drydocks
Ivan Sammut Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, Merchant Shipping Directorate, Transport Malta
Amb. Sergio Piazzi  Secretary General, Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean
Fortunato Sulfaro RINA GENERAL MANAGER ITALY
Phrixos Papachristidis CEO, Hellespont Shipping
John Su  Managing Partner & CEO, Erasmus Shipinvest B.V.
Harun Duzgoren  Group Business Development Director, EMEA Region, V.Group Limited
Greg Evans Executive Director, Global Safety & Compliance, Cayman Registry
Sandro Galliano Senior Marine Representative for Malta, Italy and Croatia, Lloyd’s Register
Anil Sharma  President and CEO, GMS
Max Ganado    Managing Partner of GANADO Advocates
Fabrizio Vettosi  Managing Director, Venice Shipping and Logistics SpA, Investment & Advisory
Neville Gatt    Partner at PwC Malta
Richard Greiner   Partner, Moore Stephens
Anne Fenech       Managing Partner of Fenech & Fenech Advocates
Kevin F. Dingli  Managing Partner of Dingli & Dingli Law Firm
Theodore Tsakiris Board Member National Oil Company of Cyprus (CHC-Cyprus Hydrocarbons Co.)
Taco van der Valk  Chairman, Dutch Maritime Lawyers Association and Lawyer and Partner AKD lawyers & civil law partners
Wendy Ye Eurasia Maritime Consultants Co Ltd
David Peel  European Manager Rightship
Theodore Chouliaras President of Steering Committee, Institute of Maritime & Economic Studies, Greece
Rona Kaspi  Partner, AKT LAW OFFICE, Turkey
Maria Bertzeletou Senior Shipping Analyst, RESEARCH & VALUATIONS,  GOLDEN DESTINY
Dr Andrea Campagna Coordinator, FUTUREMED project
Fortunato Sulfaro  General Manager Italy, RINA
Erkam Yildirim Board Member, Zealand Shipping Group
Captain Joseph Gabriele

Managing Director, Rise Company Ltd

…many more to confirm  ….stay tuned!
Tuesday 21 April
18:00 Registration
19:30 Conference dinner hosted by the Government of Malta. 

The Prime Minister of Malta, Dr. Joseph Muscat will be hosting the evening dinner

GovMalta
Wednesday 22 April
08:00 Registration
09:00 Opening & Welcome
Jannis Kostoulas President, Mare Forum
John A. Gauci-Maistre K.M. GMInternational Services Limited
KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Joe Mizzi Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Malta
session 1

Exploring the future of Shipping, marine & maritime industries in the Mediterranean, African and European region

Looking Ahead- the global geopolitical considerations today and in the future and examine the world economy, its energy and resource needs and challenges, trade patterns and how this will impact on the maritime industry in the world and the region. The important role of Malta in the international shipping business. The African renaissance and the effect in trade and shipping, the Mediterranean region synergies and cooperation in shipping, maritime and energy business.
09:20 SESSION CHAIRMAN:
John Su Managing Partner & CEO, Erasmus Shipinvest B.V. (Shipowner)
09:30 SPEAKERS:
Hon. Justyne Caruana Head of the Maltese Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean
George Tsavliris Principal, Tsavliris Salvage Group and Chairman, INTERMEPA
Dr. Neville Gatt Partner at PwC Malta
Theodore Chouliaras President of Steering Committee, Institute of Maritime & Economic Studies, Greece
Khamis Buamim Drydocks, and Maritime World
Speaker to be announced
10:30 Discussion between the speakers, discussion panelists and audience participants
Conference discussion panelists:
Phrixos Papachristidis CEO, Hellespont Shipping
Greg Evans Executive Director, Global Safety & Compliance, Cayman Registry
John Su Managing Partner & CEO, Erasmus Shipinvest B.V.
Ivan Sammut Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, Merchant Shipping Directorate, Transport Malta
David Peel European Manager, Rightship
Taco van der Valk Chairman, Dutch Maritime Lawyers Association
Fortunato Sulfaro RINA GENERAL MANAGER ITALY
Jasamin Fichte Managing Partner, Fichte & Co Legal Consultancy, Dubai
Rona Kaspi Partner, AKT LAW OFFICE, Turkey
Wendy Ye Eurasia Maritime Consultants Co Ltd
Harun Duzgoren V.Group Business Development Director, V.Ships – EMEA Region
Dr. Anne Fenech Managing Partner, Fenech & Fenech Advocates
Dr. Max Ganado Managing Partner, GANADO Advocates
Geert Dokter Director, Conoship International BV
Dr. Kevin F. Dingli Managing Partner, Dingli & Dingli Law Firm
more discussion panelists to be announced
11:00 Break
session 2

Global trade, energy and commodities outlook;
Supply and demand of Oil & Gas, iron ore, steel, coal and other commodities. 

Is Confidence is back?   

The Era of Gas and Oil – Mediterranean and African Oil and Gas Exploration and production

Focusing on the supply and demand for oil & gas, iron ore, steel, coal and other major commodities. This will take into account the views put forward by producers, buyers and traders from different parts of the globe, debate issues relating to the commodities markets and routing issues and the signs of improved market outlook for commodities.Views from shipbrokers, traders, analysts and shipowners and operators will be debated to examine the ‘Light ahead in the Tunnel’ with the session examining the liquid, dry bulk and container market outlook as well as the outlook per ship type. Issues on how shipping can be profitable in a changed market economy, future shipping trends, the creation of a profitable and sustainable shipping industry and trends in shipping rates will be discussed. Offshore perspectives including the economic viability of environmentally friendly vessels and the dynamics in relation to China will be debated.The session will also consider the role of gas in an expanding energy market, the opportunities that the offshore industry can provide to the shipping industry, the challenges and upsides for oil and gas exploration & production in the world and in particular in the Mediterranean and African region and the basics for growth in the LNG market. Attention will be given to the changes concerning entrance of the shale gas into the markets.
 11:40 SESSION CHAIRMAN:
Michele Francioni CEO, RINA Services
SPEAKERS:
Richard Greiner Partner, Moore Stephens
Maria Bertzeletou Senior Shipping Analyst, RESEARCH & VALUATIONS, GOLDEN DESTINY
Dr. Anil Sharma  President and CEO, GMS
Prof Yannis Maniatis Assoc. Professor, University of Piraeus & Former Minister of Energy, Greece
Theodore Tsakiris Member, Geostrategic Council of the Republic of Cyprus and Assistant Professor, Geopolitics and Hydrocarbons at the University of Nicosia
Fortunato Sulfaro General Manager Italy, RINA
more speakers to be announced
 12:50 Discussion between the speakers, discussion panelists and audience participants:
Conference discussion panelists: (see panelists session 1)
13:30 Lunch hosted by
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session 3

Innovations, Ports, Sustainability Investments and Financing Issues 

Especially those relating to new ships, new fuels, environmentally friendly business innovations and technological advances will no doubt draw a lot of attention. The economic issues relating to such investments, the advantages and disadvantages of such technology, the role of LNG in the future, ballast water management and the timing of implementing new regulations are certain to elicit plenty of interest. Where will the financing for these new investments come from-the banks or through private and public resources? Also attention will be given to the African shipping, offshore and infrastructures investments needed.
14:40 SESSION CHAIRMAN
Phrixos Papachristidis CEO, Hellespont Shipping
14:50 KEY SPEAKER:
Dr Konrad Mizzi Minister of Energy and Health
15:00 SPEAKERS:
Sandro Galliano Senior Marine Representative for Malta, Italy and Croatia, Lloyd’s Register
Markku Mylly Executive Director, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
Rona Kaspi Partner, AKT LAW OFFICE, Turkey
David Peel European Manager, Rightship
15:30 break
Fabrizio Vettosi Managing Director, Venice Shipping and Logistics SpA, Investment & Advisory
Dr Andrea Campagna Coordinator, FUTUREMED project
Harun Duzgoren V.Group Business Development Director, V.Ships – EMEA Region
Captain Joseph Gabriele Managing Director, Rise Company Ltd
16:40 Discussion between the speakers, discussion panelists and audience participants:
Conference discussion panelists: (see panelists session 1)
17:30 Conclusions and synthesis
by the session chairmen 
18:00 Reception hosted by Ministry of Transport 
TransportMalta
As of today (18 April) many high level executives (180) form the following top companies have already registered and confirmed their attendance:
  • Ablecare OIlfield Services Group
  • Adrem Shipbrokers
  • Affinity Management Services (Malta)
  • AKD
  • AKD Advocaten & Notarissen
  • AKT Law Office
  • Angelo Curciullo – Law Firm
  • Augustea Maritime
  • Bentivegna Consulting
  • BLOOMBERG LP
  • BUREAU VERITAS ITALIA SPA
  • Campbell Johnston Clark
  • Cassar Ship Repair Ltd.
  • Cayman Registry
  • Conoship International BV
  • Continental Shelf Department, Ministry for Transport & Infrastructure
  • COSMOS NAUTICAL TRAINING CENTRE
  • Credit Europe Bank N.V. 
  • Dingli & Dingli Law Firm
  • Drydocks World & Maritime World
  • ELNAVI Monthly Shipping Magazine
  • Embassy of Egypt
  • Embassy of Italy
  • Embassy of Spain
  • Embassy of the Hellenic Republic
  • EMSA – European Maritime Safety Agency
  • Erasmus Shipinvest B.V.
  • Eurasia Marine Consultants Co. Ltd.
  • F. A. Vinnen & Co.
  • Falzon Group
  • Fenech & Fenech Advocates
  • Fichte & Co. Legal Consultancy
  • FIMBank p.l.c.
  • FimBank plc
  • Fondazione De Beaumont Bonelli
  • FUTUREMED Project
  • G.E.I.E. MARE NOSTRUM
  • GANADO Advocates
  • GANADO Advocates
  • GAUCI-MAISTRE XYNOU
  • Geostrategic Council of the Republic of Cyprus 
  • GFK MALTA SERVICES LTD.
  • GM Conferences & Exhibitions Ltd
  • GM Corporate and Fiduciary Services Ltd.
  • GM International Services Limited
  • GM International Services Ltd.
  • GMS
  • Golden Destiny
  • Hellespont Group
  • IIG Bank (Malta) Ltd.
  • Intermarine UK Ltd
  • INTERMEPA 
  • IRI Istanbul Ltd/The Marshall Islands Registry
  • Jordanian Parliament
  • Lloyd’s Register
  • Lloyd’s Register EMEA
  • M.A.KARIDES-Advocate
  • Malta Motorways of the Sea Limited
  • Maltaeterprise
  • MAN BROTHERS ARABIAN GROUP
  • Mare Forum
  • MARE SOLVE LTD
  • Maritime & Corporate Affairs
  • MARK&FRANK; Limited
  • MarStrat
  • Master Crewing
  • ME GeoVentures
  • Merchant Shipping Directorate
  • Merchant Shipping Directorate, Transport Malta
  • MICS
  • Ministry for Energy and Health
  • Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure
  • Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Maritime and Tourism
  • Ministry of Economy, Infrastructures, Maritime & Tourism, General Secretariat of Telecommunications and Posts
  • MM Advisory
  • Moore Stephens LLP
  • Naval Architectural Services Ltd.
  • NBG Bank Malta Ltd
  • Nikolas Kardaras Law Offices
  • O.F. Gollcher & Sons Ltd
  • Orangefield (Malta) Ltd
  • Palmali Group of Companies
  • Palmali Shipmanagement Ltd.
  • Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean
  • Private
  • PwC Malta
  • Refalo & Zammit Pace Advocates
  • Ridgeway Maritime
  • Rightship
  • RINA
  • RINA Services
  • Salvo Grima
  • SCORINIS LAW OFFICES
  • SHIP2SHORE
  • SHIPPING International Monthly Review
  • SKF Hellas
  • SMM Consultancy Services Ltd
  • SP & Co
  • Spectrum
  • Studio Legale Lauro
  • Tankship Management Limited
  • TECHNING Worldwide
  • The House of Representatives of Jordan
  • The Malta Business Weekly
  • Transport and Infrastructure, Malta
  • Transport Malta
  • Transport Malta – Marine Safety Investigation Unit
  • Triton Engineering Ltd
  • Tsavliris Salvage Group
  • U.S. Embassy
  • University of Nicosia, Cyprus
  • University of Piraeus, Greece
  • Upmaritime London Ltd.
  • V.Ships
  • Vella Advocates
  • Venice Shipping and Logistics SpA
  • Venice Shipping and Logistics SpA, Investment & Advisory
  • WD Resources Malta
  • Wiersma Mensonides
  • Wilhelmsen Lines Malta Limited
  • Zealand Shipping B.V.

For further information on the conference please contact:

MARE FORUM

Weena 235
3013 AL Rotterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31.10.842 57 97
Fax:+31.10.844 99 69
global@mareforum.com

 

Contact Information

MARE FORUM
Weena 235
3013 AL Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Tel: +31.10.842 57 97
Fax:+31.10.844 99 69
global@mareforum.com