The Abu Dhabi Summit of Global Marine and Maritime Leaders

Wednesday 20 January 2016

St. Regis Saadiyat Island Hotel

Abu Dhabi

Views will be shared and debated from ship & yacht owners and operators, charterers, traders, analysts, bankers, consultants and entrepreneurs, classification societies, regulators, port and terminal operators, 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 Summit will provide an interactive forum to participants to network, learn, discuss and debate all contemporary and urgent themes in the shipping, marine and maritime industries. Following the two very successful conferences held in 2015 and last year in Dubai, MARE FORUM partners with TASNEEF to present the “3rd Mare Forum UAE 2016 – The Abu Dhabi Global Summit of Marine and Maritime Leaders – to be held on Wednesday January 20th 2016 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
This event accentuates the importance of the growth of the Maritime and Shipping sector in the Emirates and its growing recognition as a global maritime centre.
The 3rd Mare Forum UAE 2016 ” The Abu Dhabi Global summit of Marine and Maritime Leaders, will bring together leaders of both the regional and international marine, maritime, shipping, commodities, banking, energy and services industries and will be the third of a series of international forums in the Emirates with the focus on the world-wide attention to the growing importance and emerging stature of the region within industry circles. This Mare Forum event will be the third of its kind in the Middle East, Indian sub-continent and Africa.
Views will be shared and debated from ship & yacht owners and operators, charterers, traders, analysts, bankers, consultants and entrepreneurs, classification societies, regulators, port and terminal operators, 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 Summit will provide an interactive forum to participants to network, learn, discuss and debate all contemporary and urgent themes in the shipping, marine and maritime industries.
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.
The Mare Forum conferences are considered by many to be among the most global and influential 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 and Middle East maritime and shipping business, and if you want to know what’s next in Middle East and globally we invite you to attend the 3rd Mare Forum UAE The Abu Dhabi Global summit of Marine and Maritime Leaders. 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, which focus on the Middle East, South Asia and Africa (MESAA) region.
We look forward to welcoming you in Abu Dhabi,
MARE FORUM & TASNEEF
(as of 11th January 2016)
Rashed Al Hebsi  CEO, Emirates Classification TASNEEF and Conference Chairman
Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammad Belhaif Al Nuaimi

UAE Minister of Public Works and the Chairman of the Federal Authority for Land and Maritime Transport

Khamis Juma Buamim Senior Advisor, Mare Forum International Committee - Chairman, Dubai Council for Marine & Maritime Industries and  Chairman  - Committee for Review & Update of Maritime Commercial Law, UAE
Jannis Kostoulas President, Mare Forum
Ali Rashid Al-Jarwan Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company, ADMA-OPCO
Dr. Ali Obaid Al-Yabhouni  Chairman, UAE Shipping Association
Ugo Salerno President and CEO, RINA
Leo Drollas Former Director and Chief Economist, Centre for Global Energy Studies, UK
Bart de Witt CEO, National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC)
National Drilling Company (NDC)
Representative
Coco Vroon Managing Director, Vroon BV
Erwin Bamps  CEO, Gulf Craft
Apostolos Poulovassilis COO, Eletson Corporation
Michele Francioni Chairman, RINA Services
Representative Abu Dhabi Ports Company
Philip Embiricos  Past President, BIMCO
Arthur Joel Walton Chief Executive Officer, Cayman Islands Shipping Registry
Richard Greiner  Partner, Shipping Industry Group Moore Stephens
George A.Tsavliris Principal, Tsavliris Salvage Group
Anil Sharma President, GMS
Omar Abu Omar  COO Emirates Classification (TASNEEF)
Fay Catsiba Business Development Manager, The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR)
Manolo Veladini President, Mama Shipping
Jasamin Fichte Managing Partner, Fichte & Co. Legal Consultancy
Tony Field Area Marine Manager – Middle East & Africa, Lloyd’s Register Marine
Stefano Bertilone RINA General Manager Greece, Middle East and Africa
Richie Blake Director, Döhle Yachts Technical Services Ltd
Giovanni Paolo Risso President & CEO, Cambiasso & Risso International
Kevin Tang Director, Brazil China Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Jan Fransen Managing Director, Green Award Foundation
Dato Jude P. Benny Managing Partner, Joseph Tan Jude Benny
David Peel European Manager, Rightship
Francesco Fuselli Managing Director, Banchero Costa
Vienna Eleuteri Sustainability Manager, Viareggio Superyachts S
Yannis Triphyllis  Director, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping
Marcello Pica President, Marine Partners, Monaco
Andrea Di Bella Manager, Middle East Area, RINA
Ibrahim Fahmy Marine Advisor, ZADCO
Greg Evans Executive Director, Global Safety & Compliance, Cayman Registry
Peter Vettas Cayman Registry
Rania Tadros Managing Partner at Ince & Co. Middle East LLP (Dubai Branch).
more speakers and panelists  to be announced 
 
 
 
 
(the list of speakers and panelists will be updated daily)
Tuesday 19 January 2016
17:30 Registration
19:00 Welcome Reception
20:00 Conference dinner
Wednesday 20 January 2016
08:00 Registration
09:00 Opening & Welcome 
  • Rashed Al Hebsi CEO, Emirates Classification TASNEEF and Conference Chairman 
  • Jannis Kostoulas President, Mare Forum 
  • H.E Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammad Belhaif Al Nuaimi UAE Minister of Public Works and the Chairman of the Federal Authority for Land and Maritime Transport 
  • Dr. Ali Obaid Al-Yabhouni Chairman, UAE Shipping Association
  • Ali Rashid Al-Jarwan Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company, ADMA-OPCO
  • Bartholomeus Maria de Witt CEO, National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC)
  • National Drilling Company Representative
  • Abu Dhabi Ports Company Representative
  • Ugo Salerno President and CEO, RINA
  • Speaker to be announced

session 1:

The Big Picture

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 opening of Iran, Middle East tensions, the Russian Ukrainian west conflict, the African renaissance, the emerging markets situation and the impact on the trade and the maritime industry. Dependance on oil rates and the effect on green economies.
10:00
  • Session chairman:
  • Khamis Juma Buamim Chairman, Dubai council for marine & maritime industries  and Chairman of the committee for the review & update of the maritime commercial law, UAE and Senior Advisor, Mare Forum International Committee
10:10
  • Speakers and Session Panelists:
  • Leo Drollas Former Director and Chief Economist, Centre for Global Energy Studies, UK 
  • Coco Vroon Managing Director, Vroon BV
  • Kevin Tang
 Director, Brazil China Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in Rio de Janeiro – Shanghai
  • Dato’ Jude P. Benny Managing Partner, Joseph Tan Jude Benny, Singapore
  • George Tsavliris Chairman, INTERMEPA and  Principal, Tsavliris Salvage Group
  • Giovanni Paolo Risso Chairman CAMBIASO & RISSO International Global Ship Agencies & Logistics andSecretary, Monaco Chamber of Shipping
  • Ibrahim Fahmy Marine Advisor, ZADCO
10:40 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 increase freight rates?
  • Is the low price of oil a threat to “Green Economies and Green 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? 
  • Are geopolitical tensions a challenge or an opportunity for new business?
  • What are the effects on the Emirates?
  • How will the Middle East look like in the next 5 years and beyond?
11:30 Break

session 2:

Is confidence back? 

Global trade, energy and commodities outlook, trade patterns, the shipping markets outlook. Supply and demand of Oil & Gas, iron ore, steel, coal and other commodities 
Focus points and debating themes: Focusing on the supply and demand for oil & gas, iron ore, steel, coal and other major commodities, taking into account the views put forward by producers, buyers and traders from different parts of the globe. 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 back?” 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.
 11:50
  • Session chairman:
  • Michele Francioni CEO, RINA Services
12:00
  • Speakers and Session Panelists:
  • Francesco Fuselli Managing Director, Ranchero Costa
  • Philip Embiricos Past President, BIMCO
  • Richard Greiner Partner, Shipping Industry Group Moore Stephens
  • Apostolos Poulovasillis  COO, Eletson Corporation
  • Anil Sharma President, GMS The local and regional shipping market outlook
  • Manolo Veladini President, Mama shipping
  • Yannis Tryphillis Director, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping
  • Ibrahim Fahmy Marine Advisor, ZADCO
12:40 Discussion between the speakers, conference discussion panelists and audience participants on the following themes:
  • How long will the price of oil remain low?
  • Will the low price of oil create a delay on new ship-building and the introduction of new fuels?
  • Will the low price of oil create a delay on deep water explorations ?
  • Will the market forces balance the oil supply and demand?
  • How long will it take for shale gas to restore production and to be delivered in the International Market?
  • 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 markets?
  • Will traders continue with mid-stream and downstream integration in the oil markets?
  • What is the outlook for Asian demand and supply of raw materials in 2016 and 2017?
  • What is the outlook for Asian demand and supply of oil and gas in 2016 and 2017?
  • Is there a shifting of balance in trade and what are its effects on different vessels usage and freight rates?
  • What is the role of emerging markets in today’s demand and supply of iron ore and metal commodities?
  • What type of ships is needed to fulfill future demands?
  • What are the current trends in the Iron Ore, Coal, LNG supply and demand chain?
  • Where will the smart investments go now?
13:20 Lunch

session 3:

The Yachting expansion in the Emirates Regulatory, fiscal issues, eco yachts, innovations, finance, investments and yacht management imperatives

 14:30
  • Session chairman:
  • Arthur Joel Walton Chief Executive Officer, Cayman Islands Shipping Registry
14:40
  • Speakers and Session Panelists:
  • Erwin Bamps CEO, Gulf Craft 
  • Richie Blake Director, Döhle Yachts Technical Services Ltd 
  • Omar Abu Omar COO Emirates Classification (TASNEEF)
  • Vienna Eleuteri Sustainability Manager, Viareggio Superyachts Srl
  • Greg Evans Executive Director, Global Safety & Compliance, Cayman Registry
  • Manolo Veladini President, Mama shipping
  • Marcello Pica CEO, Marine Partners Monaco SAM
15:10 Discussion between the speakers, conference discussion panelists and audience participants on the following themes:
  • What is the future of yachting in the Emirates?
  • What has to be done?
  • What are the owners’ needs?
  • Will the orderbook increase in the next 5 to 10 years?
  • What are the new trends and developments for yachts?
  • Does environmental yachting make sense? 
  • What’s new on taxes?
  • How to deal with new regulations?       
15:20 Break

session 4:

New Ships, Innovations, Education and the Environment 

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 new investments come from? The banks or private and public resources?
 
 15:40
  • Session chairman:
  • Apostolos Poulovasillis  COO, Eletson Corporation
  • Speakers and Session Panelists:
  • Capt Tony Field Lloyd’s Register, Marine Area Manager for Middle East & Africa; Shipping trends and Innovations             
  • David Peel European Manager, Rightship; Charterers vs. Shipowners                
  • Stefano Bertilone  RINA General Manager Greece, Middle East and Africa
  • Jan Fransen Managing Director, Green Award Foundation
  • Peter Vettas Cayman Registry
  • Francesco Fuselli Managing Director, Ranchero Costa
  • Representative Educational Institute(s) to be announced
Discussion between the speakers, conference discussion panelists and audience participants on the following themes:
  • Shipping trends and Innovations,
  • Innovation and its impact on the Future of Shipping
  • Sense and nonsens on “Big Data”
  • Unmanning ships, fashion or reality
  • Views and experiences on ECO-Tankers
  • Which primary institutions are funding innovative marine technologies?
  • The charterers views vs shipowners’ interests
  • What kind of education is needed?
  • How to attract scholars for shipping and maritime industries?
  • What has to be done?
  • What are the new technologies available on the market today?
  • How do we make profits, stay environmentally conscious, and most importantly relevant and attractive to charters?
  • Who owns and lends the shipping money today and under what conditions?
  • What are the risks and rewards?
  • Towards oversupply of private equity and new ships
  • Are the shipping banks back in shipping business?
  • Where will the financing for new shipping investments come from? The banks or private and public resources?

session 5:

Shaping the UAE Shipping and Gulf Maritime Future

Closer to home, this session will be devoted to the UAE Shipping and Gulf Maritime Future; current and future dynamics and an assessment of how the UAE will look like in the next 10 to 20 years and beyond. The legal framework, 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 service industries
panelists from the following sectors: ports – terminals – maritime lawyers – shipbuilders – ship owners/ship operators – insurers – marine equipment providers – bankers – capital providers – investors – charterers – traders – education and more
17:20
  • Session chairman:
  • Dr. Ali Obaid Al-Yabhouni Chairman, UAE Shipping Association 
Round table and general discussion on the following theme:
  • What will, and must, the Emirates look like in the next 10 to 20 years and beyond?
  • Panelists:
  • Khamis Juma Buamim Chairman, Dubai council for marine & maritime industries and Chairman of the committee for the review & update of the maritime commercial law, UAE and Senior Advisor, Mare Forum International Committee 
  • Rashed Al Hebsi CEO, Emirates Classification TASNEEF and Conference Chairman 
  • Erwin Bamps CEO, Gulf Craft 
  • Jasamin Fichte Managing Partner, Fichte & Co. Legal Consultancy 
  • Representatives from local and regional Shipping and Maritime related Companies  
  • Arthur Joel Walton Chief Executive Officer, Cayman Islands Shipping Registry 
  • Dato’ Jude P. Benny Managing Partner, Joseph Tan Jude Benny, Singapore
  • Richard Greiner Partner, Moore Stephens; London Maritime 
  • Fay Catsiba Business Development Manager, The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR) 
  • Giovanni Paolo Risso Secretary, Monaco Chamber of Shipping and Chairman CAMBIASO & RISSO International Global Ship Agencies         
  • Apostolos Poulovasillis COO, Eletson Corporation       
  • Manolo Veladini  President, Mama Shipping         
  • Yannis Triphyllis Member of the Board of Directors Hellenic Chamber of Shipping       
  • Marcello Pica CEO, Marine Partners Monaco SAM         
  • Andrea di Bella Middle East Area Manager, RINA  
  • Rania Tadros Managing Partner at Ince & Co. Middle East LLP (Dubai Branch) 
  • Representative, Abu Dhabi Ports Company          
18:30 Conclusions
18:35 Post Summit Reception
conference panelists/guests  to be invited from:

  • Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Limited (GASCO), United Arab Emirates
  • Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO), United Arab Emirates
  • Al Khafji Joint Operations (KJO), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 
  • Bahri – Gas & Marine Services, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Emarat Maritime LLC, United Arab Emirates
  • Emarat Petroleum, United Arab Emirates
  • Emirates National Oil Company Ltd (ENOC), United Arab Emirates
  • Kuwait Oil Company, State of Kuwait
  • Kuwait Oil Tanker Company, State of Kuwait
  • Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, State of Kuwait
  • Maersk Oil Qatar AS, State of Qatar
  • Ministry of Environmental Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Ministry of Interior Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), Sultanate of Oman
  • Qatar Petroleum (QP), State of Qatar
  • Qatar Shipping Company, State of Qatar
  • Saudi Arabian Chevron Inc, State of Kuwait
  • Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Sharjah Free Zone & Ports
  • Supreme Petroleum Council
  • UASC
  • Vela International Marine Limited, United Arab Emirates
  • Local and Regional Shipping companies

 

Announcement:

In partnership with the Mare Forum, Tasneef launches the Abu Dhabi Summit of Global Marine and Maritime Leaders
The importance of the UAE as a country of great relevance in the maritime industry is underpinned by the huge successes of its maritime cluster and strength of its port operations
Abu Dhabi_ 30 September 2015:
Under the patronage and the presence of H.E Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammad Belhaif Al Nuaimi, UAE Minister of Public Works and the Chairman of the Federal Authority for Land and Maritime Transport, Emirates Classification Society “Tasneef” successfully signed a partnership agreement with the Mare Forum International Committee to host the “the Abu Dhabi Summit of Global Marine and Maritime Leaders” on 20 January 2016.
Officials-from-Mare-Forum,-Tasneef-and-Marasi-during-signing-the-agreement-(K)
The summit will be held with a great interest and involvement from the international and regional maritime shipping sectors, during which speakers will provide valuable information on the various factors affecting the clusters, the conclusions of intellectual ideas and will explore the prospects of future developments.
H.E Dr. Al Nuaimi explained that “the Abu Dhabi Summit of Global Marine and Maritime Leaders” is of strategic significance as it underpins efforts to improve the maritime sector in the UAE, which in turn, has high level competitive potentials. He added “We are confident in our ability to achieve qualitative development and make the radical shift to promote the local maritime sector to a new level of growth and sustainability in collaboration with our strategic partners in the public and private sectors. We look forward for the Mare Forum to significantly tackle the application of maritime strategic axes which will have a central role in activating the contribution of the maritime sector in driving the growth of vital economic sectors and turn Abu Dhabi into a major center of entrepreneurship and investment.”
Towards a sustainable development in the maritime sector
Eng. Rashed AlHebsi, CEO of Tasneef emphasized the importance of Tasneef’s partnership with the Mare Forum saying that “We recognize the importance of the Mare Forum in promoting interactive discussions among international leaders within the global maritime industry that could direct the future of international maritime and shipping industry and a number of allied sectors. Mare Forum in Abu Dhabi will help global leaders connect with the strong and emerging maritime sector in the UAE and will introduce key decision-makers in the region to the international players. This will greatly assist in building bridges, structuring new partnerships and expanding meaningful networks.”
AlHebsi added “We are privileged to enter into this international partnership to bring such an event to business leaders in the region and to the industry as a whole. An event of this stature will also give a major impetus to Abu Dhabi to create a safe, secure, and sustainable maritime sector.”
The UAE’s competitiveness in the international arena  
The 2016 Mare Forum also aims to recognize the global role played by the UAE in general and Abu Dhabi in particular in leading ground breaking initiatives in the Maritime, offshore, oil, gas & energy sectors. Moreover, it holds a distinguished position within industry circles and maritime transport, and can make a major impact on international business.
H.E Khamis Juma Buamim, Senior Advisor for Mare Forum International Committee said, “In light with the positive feedback from speakers who expressed a strong desire to participate, the summit will provide an interactive platform that enables industry leaders to discuss important issues affecting the current reality of the industry and its future prospects on a global level.” Buamim further elaborated that the UAE is looking towards consolidating its leading position as a global maritime hub and a strategic business location as there is a true drive to innovate. Thus, the maritime sector still has tremendous potential and promising opportunities by building clusters that serve the overall economy growth cycle and will provide a solid foundation for reaching a new level of excellence and leadership.
Mr. Jannis Kostoulas, President of Mare Forum clarified, “If we look at the world we find the UAE as one of the most important points for global and regional growth, where Abu Dhabi is a focal point for business, marine and maritime industrial affairs due to its interactive commercial and economic policies. We trust that our partnership with Tasneef will bring a great added value to the Mare Forum this year.”

About TasneefTasneef was established in 2012 and is headquartered in Abu Dhabi. The main activity is the classification of ships, maritime consulting and project management. Tasneef is already a member of the Dubai Council for Marine & Maritime Industries, which is an umbrella body promoting the interests of the industry. Tasneef is the first national authority aiming to raise the efficiency and specifications of ships, compliance with international standards and their application on both national and international companies thus; opening up new horizons for national engineers to work in the maritime sector.
 About Mare ForumThe Mare Forum conferences are considered by many to be among the most global and influential forums for the maritime and shipping industry. Currently events are held in the Asia, Europe, North and South America and UAE. MARE FORUM’s goal as a professional  organization is to bring together policy makers and chief executives of the maritime, shipping and related industries, in a decisive dialogue and debate, where business strategy and policy-making for today and tomorrow’s issues can be realized with optimal results. The Mare Forums are the meeting points of the regional and global industries leaders.

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MARE FORUM

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Tel: +31.10.842 57 97
Fax:+31.10.844 99 69
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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