The conference programme for Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East 2017 is currently under development. Whilst we work on producing a cutting-edge programme for 2017, here is the programme from 2015 to give you an idea of the content and quality you can expect at Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East.


Keynote Opening Summit - Sponsored by ABS

The offshore marine business is dynamic and complex; although it remains unpredictable in the current low oil price environment. Acting as a scene-setter for the remainder of the Forum
debates, industry leaders will scrutinise the most commercially salient issues and challenges impacting and confronting the workboat and offshore industry:

  • The current business environment and market outlook
  • Allocating the right resources to keeping your company competitive and profitable
  • Identifying the challenges for the industry
  • Is continuing growth likely and where are new opportunities likely to emerge?

Session moderator:
Eithne Treanor, Founder and Managing Director, E.Treanor Media
Capt Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Ports
Jean-Paul Pigat, Senior Economist, Emirates NBD
René Kofod-Olsen, Chief Executive Officer, Topaz Energy & Marine
Chandru Rajwani, Chief Executive Officer, Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (N-Kom), Qatar

The Marine and Offshore Leaders' Forum

This high level forum will feature some of the most respected company leaders who will give a thorough and frank evaluation of the industry’s current status, where it will stand in the near term and what prospects and developments will the marine and offshore industry have in the future? A series of interactive sessions will allow the audience to gain an insight and identify the most salient commercial developments, challenges and strategies that are currently defining this fast moving and dynamic industry:

  • Oil price analysis – evaluating the impact of the recent oil price drop on E&P spending and the offshore industry
  • Analysing the supply and demand drivers and what to expect from the order book?
  • Solutions for success, improving your chances of winning contracts and implementing major projects
  • National oil company perspectives and expectations of contractors
  • Red-Sea and regional project developments
  • A ship-yard outlook and project planning
  • Focus on opportunities and developments in the Caspian and Africa

Session moderator:
Capt Gamal Fekry, Chief Executive Officer, Red Sea Marine Management

Confirmed speakers:
Hamad Al Maghrabi, General Manager, Marine Services, Abu Dhabi Ports
Ibrahim Fahmy, Marine Advisor-Offshore Projects, Oil & Energy, ZADCO
Bill Farren-Price, Chief Executive Officer, Petroleum Policy Intelligence
Seidu Sakara Foster, Country Manager/Shipbroker, Offshore Shipbrokers Ghana Limited
Ian Hugo, Regional Managing Director, Middle East & Indian Subcontinent, Smit Lamnalco
Leong Seng Keat, Chief Executive Officer, Nam Cheong Offshore Pte Ltd
Chandru Rajwani, Chief Executive Officer, Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (N-Kom), Qatar
Lars Seistrup, Managing Director, Damen Shipyards Sharjah and Albwardy Marine Engineering LLC
Vivek Seth, Chief Executive Officer, Halul Offshore
Rania Tadros, Partner, Energy & Shipping, Ince & Co
Roy Yap, Assistant President and Chief Marketing Officer, Nantong Rainbow Offshore & Engineering Equipments Co. Ltd, China


Shipbuilding Technology Forum

Offshore oil produced in gulf waters is some of the cheapest in the world. As other regions are hit by the fall in oil prices, national oil companies in the Middle east are investing huge sums in offshore drilling and exploration as they seek to boost market share. in terms of oSV sophistication and complexity, expectations are rising. Vessel operators, meanwhile, who face lower day rates and tighter margins, are focusing more closely on ship efficiency and productivity. Advances in propulsion technology, including thruster developments and the application of electricity in thruster installations and nhybrid power systems offer significant benefits. Meanwhile, local shipbuilders must keep abreast of advances in vessel sophistication whilst also introducing steps to raise their own productivity. Competition is fierce as new shipyards open, but local builders must also track their position in relation to shipbuilders elsewhere.

Session moderator:
Joe Brincat, Vice-President, Middle-East, ABS
D Ing Hassan A Abouraya, Consultant Engineer, Corporate Business Development, Int Marketing & Risk Management, Zamil Offshore
Gary Dockerty, Director Sales AMEA Region, Sanmar Middle East
Arnstein Eknes, Segment Director - Special Ships, Business Development, DNV GL
Gunnar Haug, Managing Director, Ulstein Asia Pte
Lars Seistrup, Managing Director, Damen Shipyards Sharjah and Albwardy Marine Engineering LLC

The Human Element Forum

Civil engineering projects, new port developments, land reclamation and offshore energy exploration and production are all generating demand for more sophisticated work boats of many types. Yet the investment in new assets and service facilities for oSVs and work boats is not being matched by a similar commitment to recruit, train, motivate and retain more seafaring recruits. the worldwide shortage of seagoing labour is evident in gulf waters. Crew costs there were already rising, even before the latest squeeze on day rates. As operators face growing challenges in their manpower strategies, various initiatives are under way to increase the flow of young people into the maritime and seafaring sectors. However, attracting new recruits is only half of the challenge. Long hours and the potential isolation of life at sea have little appeal to many young people. Crew retention is a constant headache.

Session moderator:
Joe Brincat, Vice-President, Middle-East, ABS
Omar Abu Omar, Chief Operating Officer, TASNEEF
Capt Sunil Chaudhary, Founder Director, CS Offshore
Peter Grindem, Area Sales Manager, Kongsberg, Maritime AS Simulation Department
Dr Martin Renilson, Dean, Maritime, Higher Colleges of Technology

Iran Energy Focus

This unique briefing will feature experts who have crucial insight and knowledge of the future of oil and gas production in a country that is both strategically, geographically and commercially an important producer and supplier of some of the world’s largest hydrocarbon reserves. Experts will share strategic insights into the investment opportunities that are likely to be open to international companies as well as strategies for gaining a foothold and partnering with domestic iranian contractors.

Session moderator:
Eithne Treanor, Managing Director, E.Treanor Media
Confirmed speakers:
Dr Naji Abi-Aad, Chief Operating Officer, Petroleb
Dr Amir Kordvani, Senior Associate (Energy & Resources), Clyde & Co
Patrick Murphy, Partner, Clyde & Co
Dr Manouchehr Takin, London-based International Oil & Energy Consultant


The Marine and Offshore Finance Forum

Interactive panel discussions will deliver a frank exchange with both regional and international financiers and lenders. the programme will also feature leading executives from commercial entities involved in major marine and offshore companies gaining their viewpoints on the current commercial and market realities of the industry, where it is heading and what their financing requirements are likely to be over the short, medium and long-term:

  • Current Middle Eastern market outlook (Oil price, Drilling & OSVs
  • Expansion opportunities and outlook for GCC companies
  • Offshore commercial outlook and opportunities for the Caspian, South Asia and Africa
  • Bankers and Financiers Power Hour - Multi-sourced debt financing for offshore 'hot-spots’
  • The ECA market for offshore and marine with reference to international examples
  • The rising importance and interest of Islamic Finance and Chinese financiers in the region Exploring both domestic and international lenders perspective on lending to Middle Eastern companies
  • Identifying new sources of capital and understanding how to access them
  • Operational, technical and legal risk management

Session moderator:
Marcus Machin, Chief Executive Officer, Tufton Oceanic Finance Group

Maria Bertzeletou, Research Team Leader, Ifchor Group
Tony Field, Area Manager Marine – Middle East & Africa, Lloyd’s Register
Nijoe Joseph, Finance Partner, Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP
Peter D. Knudsen, Senior Partner, Northcape Capital AS
Tien Tai, Banking and Finance Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan Middle East LLP
Dr Manouchehr Takin, London-based International Oil & Energy Consultant
Roy Yap, Assistant President and Chief Marketing Officer, Nantong Rainbow Offshore & Engineering Equipments Co. Ltd, China