TMS Tanker Conference speakers shine spotlight on support infrastructure and services

Dubai, UAE: The fourth annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference, which is taking place on Tuesday 22nd October at The Atlantis, the Palm, in Dubai, has assembled a high-quality cast of speakers and panelists. Nowhere is this more evident than in Session 2, which looks at the need to invest in, and adapt, support infrastructure and services to ensure market success.

Speakers confirmed for this part of the conference include Anders Østergaard, Group CEO of Monjasa; Capt. Mohammed Al Ali, Senior Vice President Ship Management, ADNOC L&S; Capt. Rado Antolovic, CEO and Managing Director of DP World’s Maritime Services Division; Rajiv Agarwal, CEO and Managing Director of Essar Ports; Said Al Maawali, CEO of Oman Drydock Company and Eng. Waleed Altamimi, General Manager, Tasneef.

Speakers will assess the role of classification and other technical services in supporting the growth of tanker shipping activities in the region. The investments in tanker repair, maintenance and conversion services required will feature as will an assessment of the types and sizes of tanker that will be ordered over the next few years and the impact of this spending on market fundamentals. Bunker demand and in particular the impact of scrubbers, and low sulphur fuel availability, on tanker shipping requirements, will be a key topic in this session, along with a discussion around ship management and chartering tools. Port facilities, and the requirement for investment in both ship-to-shore and storage facilities, will be covered in this session as well.

Aimed at influential decision makers and opinion formers in the tanker shipping and related business sectors, the one-day Conference will highlight regional and global trends in the crude, products and chemicals trades. This year there will also be coverage of several new areas, including the bunker trades and petrochemical markets. The majority of the leading owners and operators in the regional tanker trades will be present in the audience with over 300 delegates expected to attend.

Clive Woodbridge, conference editor, says, “We are delighted to have such a top quality panel of speakers in this session. They are all renowned experts in their specific sphere of operations with collectively many decades of experience in the business.”

Registration for the conference is now open. Sponsorship opportunities in connection with the event are also available. For more information, please call +971 4 380 5556 or visit the website: 

Editor’s note:

The Maritime Standard (TMS) is based in Dubai and 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 provides accurate, up-to-date news about the market. Over the past few years the publication has built up the largest readership of any shipping-related online newsletter in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. It is also gaining popularity in other major shipping hubs, including Oslo, Hamburg, Singapore, London and Greece.

The newsletter includes news and analysis from the shipping and ports industries and related sectors in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. Topics that are covered include tanker shipping, container operations, dry and liquid bulk trades, ro-ro, and cruise shipping. In addition, there is up to date information about regional terminal operations; port development; classification; ship repair and conversion; shipbuilding; ship agency; finance and insurance; maritime law; and transportation & logistics. The newsletter, which celebrated the publication of its 100th edition in 2018, regularly carries exclusives, analysis and interviews with top executives.

Towards the end of 2018 TMS launched a special Tabloid section of the newsletter. This includes news of recent and forthcoming events, information about the activities of the industry’s ‘movers and shakers’, recent appointments and other personality-led news.

The Maritime Standard also publishes the highly successful TMS UAE Yearbook. The fourth volume covering 2019/20 was launched in July 2019 at Norshipping in Norway. Around 5000 copies are printed and distributed worldwide and have a high profile at other partner maritime events, such as Posidonia, SMM, Dubai International Boat Show, Offshore Arabia and many more. The UAE’s Federal Transport Authority also takes the Yearbook with them to the events that they take part in and host over the year, as well as having copies on display at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

Covering key developments across the country’s maritime sector, the annual publication aims to publicise the UAE’s achievements both locally and internationally, through in-depth articles, researched first-hand. These cover all the major sectors of the shipping, ports and maritime industry in the UAE. The articles, on terminals, shipping companies, shipyards, maritime law firms, classification, regulators and inland transport firms, among others, have been well received by the industry as a year-round reference point. The Maritime Standard UAE Yearbook is a must-read publication for everyone interested in UAE maritime issues, and the latest edition can be downloaded by clicking on the link above.


The Maritime Standard Awards are the only Awards of their kind that represent all sectors within the maritime and shipping industries, a factor that has been evident since their inception. They are in particular the only Awards where all the major shipowners and operators from across the region are represented, something that TMS is extremely proud of.

The Awards are now firmly positioned as one of the world’s leading shipping and maritime Awards gala dinners and are the premier event of their kind in the region. All of the five events to date have been held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and have each attracted close to 700 of the region’s elite shipping and maritime professionals, as well as a number of leading figures from overseas. These guests have come from a variety of industry segments, ranging from ports and terminal operators to ship owners and managers. Top executives from the worlds of maritime law and finance, classification, ship building and repair and maritime education and training are also in attendance, creating unrivalled networking opportunities.

All of the events have had distinguished master of ceremonies. Past MCs have included Alastair Campbell, Ruud Gullit, Jim Clancy, Lara Dutta and Tim Wilcox. The 2019 event will be hosted by the well known entertainer and impressionist, Jon Culshaw.


The fourth Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will be held on the 22nd October 2019 at the Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai. Attendees will include key decision makers and opinion formers who will be able to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist, not just for ship owners and operators active in the tanker markets, but those delivering products and services to this sector of the shipping industry. The third TMS Tanker Conference took place on 16th October 2018 and was held for the first time at the Atlantis. The larger venue allowed for a record-breaking attendance of over 250 delegates.

The fifth annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference will be held at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche on 6th November 2019. It will seek to build on the reputation for quality information sharing and networking earned over the past four years.


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