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Third Party

UAE Maritime Future Leaders Seminar
08:30 - 13:30 Keynote Theatre, Hall 8
Organised by Dubai Maritime Cluster Office
Dubai Maritime Cluster Office
Executive Director of Maritime Transport
Federal Transport Authority - Land & Maritime
Executive Management Officer
Gulf Craft
Deputy Harbour Master, Head of Marine Traffic & Safety
Port of Fujairah
Chief Commercial Officer, UAE Region
DP World
Head of Commercial Operations
Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, Solent University
Managing Director
Senior Research Engineer
General Manager New Technology
Wärtsilä Voyage Solutions
Principal Marine Consultant Engineer, FOBAS
Lloyd’s Register

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0830 - 0930 UAE Session
H.E. Eng. Hessa Bint Ahmed Al Malek, Executive Director of Maritime Transport, Federal Transport Authority - Land & Maritime
H.E. Abdulla Bin Damithan, Chief Commecial Officer, DP World
H.E. Abeer Alshaali, Executive Management Officer, Gulf Craft
Captain Taleb Al Yamahi, Deputy Harbour Master, Port of Fujairah
Nawfal Al Jourani, Director, Dubai Maritime Cluster Office

Moderator: Katharina Stanzel, Managing Director, Intertanko

0930 – 1010 Intelligent Shipping: just how smart are we?
There is much more to smart shipping than autonomous ships. What are the tangible benefits and efficiencies offered by intelligent shipping technologies in the short term and how are they likely to affect the traditional ways in which ships are managed and operated?
Jörgen Strandberg, General Manager New Technology, Wärtsilä Voyage Solutions

1010 – 1050 The 2020 fuel challenge: are we ready?
With the deadline looming for IMO’s global 0.5% sulphur regime on January 1 2020, the industry has to make up its mind between the alternative options of compliant fuel, scrubber technology and LNG, with massive implications for shipowners, the ports and the fuel supply sectors. This session will consider the alternatives and their consequences, with emphasis on how Dubai and the UAE are responding to the challenge.
Timothy Wilson, Principal Marine Consultant Engineer, FOBAS, Lloyd's Register

1050 – 1110 Coffee Break

1110 – 1150 Security from cyber-attack: how safe are we?
Cyber security is a moving target. What does experience show about the level of risk and the nature of the threat? What systems are available to protect and respond?
Jason Stefanatos, Senior Research Engineer, DNV GL

1150 – 1230 Building an innovation cluster: how well informed are we?
Maritime education, research and development are key ingredients for success as a global maritime hub. Using examples from other regions, and matching them to local circumstances, what are the next steps towards the development of Dubai and the UAE as a centre of excellence, with a high skilled and well-motivated maritime workforce?
Lars Lippuner, Head of Commercial Operations, Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, Solent University

1230 – 1320 Interactive Round Table Discussion
An opportunity for further discussion between the four expert speakers and Q&A from the floor.

1320 – 1330 Closing remarks
Nawfal Al Jourani, Director, Dubai Maritime Cluster Office

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Saudi Arabia’s new mega yard – an opportunity for the whole region? (by invitation only)
09:30 - 11:00 Breakout Theatre, Hall 6
Hosted by International Maritime Industries (IMI)
Chief Financial Officer
International Maritime Industries
International Maritime Industries
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer – Zones A & D (MRO & New Build Rigs),
International Maritime Industries
Seatrade Maritime Review
Chief Operating Officer - Zones B & C
(New Build Ships & OSV’s) International Maritime Industries

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  • What is the long-term vision of the largest yard in the Middle East?
  • What are key benefits and opportunities for suppliers, ship operators and shipowners?
  • What support can IMI provide to companies wishing to setup in Saudi Arabia?

In this Q&A breakfast meeting, delegates will get an exclusive opportunity to ask questions directly to a panel of executive directors from IMI.

Fathi K. Al Saleem, Chief Executive Officer, International Maritime Industries
Emad Al Humam, Chief Financial Officer, International Maritime Industries
Yi Seong Kang, Chief Operating Officer – Zones B & C (New Build Ships & OSV’s), International Maritime Industries
George Gourlay, Chief Operating Officer – Zones A & D (MRO & New Build Rigs), International Maritime Industries

Session Moderator:
Bob Jaques, Editor, Seatrade Maritime Review

RSVP: [email protected] 

Ballast Water Management: Knowledge is Compliance
11:00 - 12:00 Breakout Theatre, Hall 6
Hosted by Ecochlor
Managing Director

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ADMIRALTY A Future with ECDIS Seminar
11:00 - 13:00 First Floor, Meeting Room C, DWTC
Hosted by ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solutions
Head of OEM Technical Support & Digital Standards
UK Hydrographic Office

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Achieve the full benefits of ECDIS with our free technical seminar.

To fully realise the potential of ECDIS a ship manager has to be constantly aware of advances in technology that will enhance safety and bring performance benefits.  This will involve:

  • Cyber security – risk assessments, insurance and crew training
  • ​Connected ECDIS – back of bridge developments, S-mode, HD ENCs
  • Maritime connectivity - how developments in satellite communications are enabling the transfer of Big Data
  • Software and hardware maintenance - predictive equipment maintenance, IHO updates and regulatory compliance

REGISTER HERE for a fully interactive seminar.  If you need guidance on any of the above topics and more, join your peers for this opportunity to share knowledge, concerns and industry insight with experts from the UK Hydrographic Office.  Lunch will be served after the seminar.

HFW Legal Clinic – Ship Arrest in the Middle East / Liens / Agent and Freight Forwarder’s Liability
12:00 - 13:00 Knowledge & Networking Lounge, Hall 6
Hosted by HFW

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  • Are owners liable for charterers not paying bunkers suppliers?
  • Can the vessel be arrested for charterers' liability to third parties?
  • What do actions in rem mean? What is the position in the Middle East?
  • Can owners detain the cargo for non-payment of hire or freight? What is a lien?
  • Are ship agents liable with their principals towards pollution / detention charges?
  • Is a booking agent or freight forwarder liable for cargo damage?
Maritime cyber security risk and how to mitigate it
12:30 - 14:00 Breakout Theatre, Hall 6
Hosted by CSO Alliance
Senior Technical Advisor, Sales and Marketing Maritime Solutions, Communications, Intelligence & Security
AIRBUS Defence and Space
Sales and Marketing Maritime Solutions, Communications, Intelligence & Security
AIRBUS Defence and Space
Managing Director
CSO Alliance

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We will provide an oversight of the current risks faced by shipowners, their crews, ports and the maritime supply chain and outline the risk management steps required to mitigate these issues with insights to help your colleagues, management, board and shareholders to go forward as one. 

You will leave recognising the benefits of sharing the reporting of maritime criminality and through collaborating garner a better and real time understanding of the issues we collectively face with the outcome of overall improving our ability to protect against maritime criminal activity in all its forms. 

BIMCO SmartCon - The NEW generation of charter party editor
17:00 - 18:00 Breakout Theatre, Hall 6
Hosted by BIMCO
Product Manager
IT Director

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SmartCon is the new generation of contract editing tools developed using the latest technology from Microsoft. It is using Word versions of our contracts to provide a seamless integration with the workflows of shipping professionals.


Supporting Organisation

Decommissioning of Offshore Platforms
14:30 - 16:00 Breakout Theatre, Hall 6
Hosted by The Royal Institution of Naval Architects UAE Branch
Executive Director, Oceanus Offshore Sector
ADNOC's Arzanah Decommissioning Project
Managing Director
Trans Asia Pipe Line Services
Director, Asset Management & Decommissioning
Lloyd's Register
Chairman, RINA UAE Branch and Managing Director
Great Waters Maritime LLC

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The effective decommissioning of aging offshore platforms, subsea wells, and related assets is one of the most important technical and business challenges facing the oil and gas industry today and in the future. More than 600 decommissioning projects are expected to be disposed of during the next five years worldwide.  Decommissioning project opportunities exist in the Middle East, Caspian, Angola, Nigeria, North Sea and GOM.

Increasingly stringent decommissioning regulations are coming into force from governing authorities at the same time as the inventory of structures nearing end-of-life status is getting larger and more complex to decommission.

Decommissioning activities in deeper water and harsh environments, involving complex structures comprising hundreds of wells and miles of risers tied back to large platforms, present enormous challenges when planning the removal of these assets. 


Original Intelligence: Maritime's human backbone
15:00 - 15:55 Keynote Theatre, Hall 8
In association with Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) UAE Branch
Head of Fleet Division
D&K Holdings LLC
Team Leader, Fleet Personnel
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
Fleet Personnel Manager
Simatech Shipping & Forwarding LLC
Managing Director
Abojeb Company
Honorary Secretary
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) UAE Branch
Director, Crew Management and Training
Hapag Lloyd AG, United Arab Shipping Company Ltd branch

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In a world of headlines dominated by autonomy, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, “people” can be easily forgotten. This session discusses the importance of the human element in maritime safety, security and environmental protection.

Can going green save the green?
16:05 - 17:00 Keynote Theatre, Hall 8
In association with Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) UAE Branch
Senior Vice President, Ship Management
ADNOC Logistics & Services
Middle East & Africa Area, Marine Director
Global Application Manager, Marine Fuels and Lubricants
Alfa Laval
Executive Business Development & Innovation Manager
M3 Marine Technology
Honorary Secretary
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) UAE Branch
Technical Manager Middle East
Sigma Paints

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The IMO has agreed to cut shipping’s total GHG emissions by 50% by 2050 and pursue efforts to phase out these emissions altogether. While some industry bodies praised the strategy, others criticized it for not being ambitious or direct enough in outlining decarbonization measures.

Merchant shipping as the most efficient and cost-effective method of international transportation is essential for future sustainable economic growth. With the IMO going into a ‘green’ overdrive to regulate merchant shipping, the panel will deliberate whether shipping can continue to provide a dependable, low-cost means of transporting goods globally, facilitating commerce and helping to create prosperity among nations and peoples.