Panama, the Singapore of the Western Hemisphere

 - Looking Ahead - 

 

Friday 24 June 2016

The Bristol Hotel Panama

Panama City

  • If you are interested in global maritime, shipping and yachting business, and if you want to know what’s next in the American hemisphere, Panama and the world we invite you to attend the 1st Mare Forum Panama 2016. You will find your answers here. Together with a very high profile international audience, participants will plunge in a pool of booming business and new network opportunities, will connect them with Panama and the rest of the American hemisphere
  • Following the very successful conferences held around the globe, MARE FORUM is pleased to announce the 1st Mare Forum Panama 2016 – ” Panama, the Singapore of the Western Hemisphere”  to be held on Friday 24 June in the time frame of the new Panama Canal official opening (on Sunday 26 June). This event will emphasize the importance of the Maritime and Shipping sector in Panama and its growing recognition as a global maritime centre and First Flag Registry and a very important Hub in the world.
  • Analyzing Panama’s role in the region the American hemisphere, the world, the current and future trade and shipping markets, the conference will examine the future of the promising Maritime Cluster and maritime hub of Panama. It will also examine the convergence of shipping and tourism. It will examine the dynamics of today and by focusing on 2030 to explore how Panama will ook like in thenext 15 years and beyond, and what strategies and goals for this sector including topics relating to shipping, tourism, logistics, taxes, finance, shipping law and arbitration-conciliation center, shiprepair, port and terminals transhipment and attendant service industries including shipping agencieswill come into play.
  • The entire international maritime chain will gather at this distinguished conference where the exchange of information and ideas will make this conference a great experience. The conference will take place in an open, stimulating, free-flowing and attractive environment combined with informal discussions which once again will demonstrate the successful hallmark of the Mare Forum formula. It will not be just a series of presentations but in each session sufficient time will be allocated for discussion.
  • High level session chairmen, speakers, session panelists, discussion panelists and audience will contribute to a day packed with knowledge transfer, exchange of visions, experience and stimulating discussions. The openly approach of this type of Mare Forum conferences produces a wonderful environment for brainstorming, sharing and improving knowledge and intelligence.
  • Views will be shared and debated from ship-owners and ship-operators, charterers, traders, analysts, bankers, consultants and entrepreneurs, classification societies, regulators, maritime lawyers, port and terminal operators, tourism experts, the media and other members of the maritime community from the region and all over the world who will take an active part at this prestigious conference.
  • The conference will provide an interactive forum to participants to network, learn, discuss and debate all contemporary and future themes in the shipping, marine, yachting and maritime industries in Panama and the world.
  • The Mare Forum conferences have the reputation to be among the most global and influential focused forums for the maritime and shipping industry. Currently events are held in Europe, North and South America, South East Asia and the Middle East.
  • If you are interested in global maritime, shipping and yachting business, and if you want to know what’s next in the American hemisphere, Panama and the world we invite you to attend the 1st Mare Forum Panama 2016. You will find your answers here. Together with a very high profile international audience, participants will plunge in a pool of booming business and new network opportunities, will connect them with Panama and the rest of the American hemisphere
  • We look forward to welcoming you to Panama
  • Ioannis (Jannis) Kostoulas
  • President
  • Mare Forum
Philip Embiricos Member of the Advisory Board, Panama Canal and Past President, BIMCO and Conference Chairman
Jorge Quijano Administrador, Autoridad del Canal de Panamá
Jannis Kostoulas President, Mare Forum
Alberto Aleman Past Administrator, Panama Canal
Tomas M. Avila Secretary General, Autoridad Maritima de Panama
Belisario J. Porras Chairman, Panama Maritime Law Association
Katharina Stanzel Managing Director, INTERTANKO
Aymard Jimenez Granda Partner, PEGASUS – Lawyers & Consultants, Panama
Anuj Chopra Vice President – Americas, Rightship
Paul Slater Chairman and CEO of First International Corporation.
Carlos Urriola VP Manzanillo  - International Terminal, MIT
Basil Karatzas President, Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co.
Surse Taylor Pierpoint Caldwell Gerente General, Administración Zona Libre de Colón
Giuseppe Sembenelli  Engineering Manager, RINA-D’APPOLONIA
Nicolas Vukelja Duque Vice Chairman, Maritime Chamber of Panama and Commercial Manager, TERRAMAR
Captain Orlando Allard RTI Forensics
Joel Walton CEO, Cayman Islands Registry
Giuseppe Sembenelli Engineering Manager, RINA-D’APPOLONIA
Francia Olmos General Manager, Flamenco Drystack, S.A.
Rodolfo Sabonge Vice Rector, Universidad Marítima Internacional de Panamá
Enno Koll  Director, PSA
Edilberto Peralta Area Operations Manager, Lloyd’s Register
Wendy Ye Managing Director Eurasia Marine Consultatnts Co Ltd
Philip Barnes Chairman of the Board, Cayman Islands
Knut Helge Drivenes Director of Sales, Commercial Shipping, EMC Connected
John-Kaare Aune Deputy Director (GT), Cayman Registry
Frank Coles CEO, Transas
more speakers and panelists to be announced stay tuned!
Friday 24 June 2016
The Bristol Hotel Panama
08:00 Registration

 

Opening and Welcome

09:00
  • Philip Embiricos Member of the Advisory Board, Panama Canal and Past President, BIMCO and Conference Chairman
  • Jannis Kostoulas President, Mare Forum
  • Jorge Quijano Administrador, Autoridad del Canal de Panamá

session 1: 

The Big Picture Geopolitics – risks and rewards – Panama the Canal, the hub, the world destinations and global trade. Patterns trends: Ships ports and trade

  • Global geopolitical considerations today and in the future; an examination of the world economy, its energy and resource needs and challenges; environmental concerns; trade patterns changes and the impact on the maritime industry.
  • The maritime route trends, Panama, Panama canal and the world
  • Geopolitics and trade; World economy, finance and trade trends. Environment and the world; the financial situation, the Nicaragua Canal, Cuba and Panama, Global shipping trends and Panama.
  • Focusing on the supply and demand for oil & gas, iron ore, steel, coal ad other major commodities, taking into account the views put forward by producers, buyers and traders from different parts of the globe.
  • Trade patterns and Panama
  • Debating issues relating to the commodities markets and routing issues and the signs of improved market outlook for commodities.
  • Considerations of 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 and the basics for growth in the LNG market.
  • Views from shipbrokers, traders, analysts and shipowners and operators will be debated to examine the theme “is confidence bank?” by looking at the liquid, dry bulk and container market outlook as well as the outlook per ship type.
  • Debate on 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.
  • Offshore perspectives including the economic viability of environmentally friendly vessels and the dynamics in relation to China.
09:40
  • Session chairmen introduction
  • Philip Embiricos Member of the Advisory Board, Panama Canal and Past President, BIMCO and session co-Chairman
  • Alberto Aleman Past Administrator, Panama Canal and session co-chairman
10:00
  • Speakers and session panelists:
  • Tomas M. Avila Secretary General, Autoridad Maritima de Panama
  • Paul Slater Chairman and CEO of First International Corporation
  • Belisario J. Porras Chairman, Panama Maritime Law Association
  • Katharina Stanzel Managing Director, INTERTANKO
  • Nicolas Vukelja Duque Commercial Manager, TERRAMAR
  • Aymard Jimenez Granda Partner, PEGASUS – Lawyers & Consultants, Panama
  • Rodolfo Sabonge Vice Rector, Universidad Marítima Internacional de Panamá
  • Enno Koll Director, PSA
  • Carlos Urriola VP Manzanillo, International Terminal, MIT
  • Edilberto Peralta Area Operations Manager, Lloyd’s Register
  • Giuseppe Sembenelli Engineering Manager, RINA-D’APPOLONIA
  • Wendy Ye Managing Director Eurasia Marine Consultants Co. Ltd.
  • Basil Karatzas President, Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co.
11:00 Break
11:30 Discussion between session panelists, conference discussion panelists and audience participants on the following themes:
  • Will the current global geopolitical turbulences affect the recovery of shipping markets and influence freight rates?
  • Are geopolitical tensions a challenge or an opportunity for new business?
  • What are the effects on Panama?
  • How will Panama look like in the next 20 years and beyond?
  • What does the Panama Canal means for Panama, the American hemisphere and the global trade routes?
  • Could Nicaragua be a real competitor?
  • Is the low price of oil a threat to “Green Economies and Green shipping”?
  • The day after Paris COP 21 Agreement what are the implications for shipping?
  • Are the environmental regulations instruments for shipping innovations or a creation of more problems for the shipping recovery?
  • Do environmental regulations stifle or stimulate technological innovation?
  • How long will the low oil prices remain low?
  • Will the low price of oil create a delay on new ship-building and the introduction of alternative fuels?
  • Will the low price of oil create a delay on deep water explorations?
  • Will the market forces balance the oil supply and demand?
  • What is the market perspective for LNG according to the traders?
  • When and under what conditions will a spot market for LNG trading emerge?
  • What is the traders’ perspective on LNG shipping routes and the Panama route in particular?
  • Will traders continue with midstream and downstream integration in the oil markets?
  • What is the outlook for Asian demand and supply of raw materials in 2017 and 2018?
  • What is the outlook for Asian demand and supply of oil and gas in 2017 and 2018?
  • Is there a shift of balance in trade and what are its effects on different vessels usage and freight rates?
  • What type of ships is needed to fulfil future demands in view of the enlarged Panama Canal?
  • What are the current trends in the LNG, coal, iron ore supply and demand chain?
  • Where will the smart investments go now?
12:50 Lunch

session 2: 

Panama as Financial and Shipping Center – Opportunities – Innovations

14:00
  • Belisario J. Porras Chairman, Panama Maritime Law Association and Session chairman; introduction
14:10
  • Speakers and session panelists
  • Tomas M. Avila Secretary General, Autoridad Maritima de Panama’; Flag
  • Belisario J. Porras Chairman, Panama Maritime Law Association; Legal establishment
  • Basil Karatzas President, Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co.
  • Carlos Troetsch MMG Bank
  • Henry Kardonski Managing Director, Panama Pacifico
  • Captain Orlando Allard RTI Forensics; The Human Factor imperatives
  • Philip Embiricos Member of the Advisory Board, Panama Canal and Past President, BIMCO and Conference Chairman; Ship-owners
  • Nicolas Vukelja Duque Commercial Manager, TERRAMAR
  • Paul Slater Chairman and CEO of First International Corporation
  • More panelists to be announced
Discussion between the speakers, conference discussion panelists and audience participants on the following themes:
  • Who are the stakeholders and what are their instruments?
  • How can they create a world first class Financial and Shipping centre?
  • What are the policy strategies from Government and Industry?
  • What will be the reaction of the international maritime community?
  • Advantages and disadvantages of doing business in Panama.
  • Which innovative actions should be taken? 
15:20 Break

session 3:

Sea tourism and imperatives for the Panamanian blue waters – Panama a new major destination for sea tourism and a fountain for trade with Caribbean countries and Islands

15:40
  • Aymard Jimenez Granda Partner, PEGASUS – Lawyers & Consultants, Panama and Session chairman; Introduction
15:50
  • Speakers and session panelists:
  • Tourism Development, Cruise Ships, Yachting, maritime infrastructure, Management and services, Imperatives for Blue waters – Safety and environment in the Caribbean waters; prevention
  • Anuj Chopra Vice President – Americas, Rightship
  • Surse Taylor Pierpoint Caldwell Gerente General, Administración Zona Libre de Colón
  • Joel Walton CEO, Cayman Islands Registry: Synergies: – Miami, Panama, Cuba, Cayman, Caribbean islands – yacht market, leisure, cruises  – Looking ahead
  • Sea tourism and yachts, Yachting challenges and opportunities
  • Francia Olmos General Manager, Flamenco Drystack, S.A.; Sea tourism infrastructure
  • Clive McCartney Manager Yacht Services, Fraser Yachts Florida, Inc.
  • Edilberto Peralta Area Operations Manager, Lloyd’s Register
  • Knut Helge Drivenes Director of Sales, Commercial Shipping, EMC Connected
  • John-Kaare Aune Deputy Director (GT), Cayman Registry
Discussion between the speakers, conference discussion panelists and audience participants on the following themes:
  • Can Panama take advantage of the cruise business to attract returning tourism
  • Large number of Panamanian islands and coast line, unique fauna are prizes for eco-tourism
  • New infrastructure necessary
  • Synergies: – Miami, Panama, Cuba, Cayman, Caribbean Islands – yacht market, leisure, cruises – Looking Ahead
  • Why should food and fruit products destined for the Caribbean Islands be imported from Florida instead of Central American countries?
  • Industrial and consumer products could be imported from Panama free zone
  • Need to establish trade routes and small container line linking Panama to Central American ports and Caribbean Islands which could be supplied much more economically

session 4:

Panama’s maritime future – Looking ahead – The Maritime Hubs of the world – Their competitive advantages – their strategies for the future and Panama’s perspectives

Closer to home, this session will be devoted to the Panamanian Shipping Future; current and future dynamics and an assessment of how Panama will look like in the next 10 to 20 years and beyond. The legal frame work, the strategies and goals for this sector including topics relating to cleaner seas/ballast water management, logistics, taxes, shipbuilding, shipping law, ports and terminals, education and attendant services industries

panelist from the following sectors: canal, ports-terminals liner operators, traders, shipping agents – maritime lawyer – shipbuilders – shipowners/ship operators – insurers – tourism experts – marine equipment providers – bankers – capital providers – investors – education and more

16:20
  • Philip Embiricos Member of the Advisory Board, Panama Canal, and Past President, BIMCO and Conference Chairman; Session chairman introduction
16:30
  • session panelists:
  • Tomas M. Avila Secretary General, Autoridad Maritima de Panama
  • Belisario J. Porras Chairman, Panama Maritime Law Association
  • Aymard Jimenez Granda Partner, PEGASUS – Lawyers & Consultants, Panama
  • Captain Orlando Allard RTI Forensics
  • Carlos Urriola VP Manzanillo, International Terminal, MIT
  • Alberto Aleman Past Administrator, Panama Canal
  • Philip A. Barnes Chairman of the Board, Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands
  • Wendy Ye Managing Director Eurasia Marine Consultants Co. Ltd.
  • Nicolas Vukelja Duque Commercial Manager, TERRAMA
  • Paul Slater Chairman and CEO of First International Corporation
  • Rodolfo Sabonge Vicerrector, Universidad Marítima Internacional de Panamá
  • Enno Koll Director, PSA
  • Katharina Stanzel Managing Director, INTERTANKO
Discussion between the speakers, conference discussion panelists and audience participants on the following themes:
 
  • How will and must Panama look like in the next 10 to 20 years and beyond? What are the ship-owners’ needs? the Canal users? Who is Panama’s main competitor in the area and the world?
  • How can Panama improve its Services Industries – (logistics hubs and transhipment hub biz as a complement on the canal expansion?)
17:30

Conclusions by the conference chairman 

17:50

Post Summit Reception 

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